Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 this weekend

CHICAGO — The Mr. Chicago Leather 2018 contest will be this weekend, with the main events being held at the Leather Archives & Museum. The judges for this year are: Mr. ICON Detroit 2017 Joey Dinello Mr. Illinois Bear 2017 Freddy Miranda Mr. Midwest Rubber 2017 Pup Link International Mister Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau Gerald…

inkedKenny exhibition at LA&M starts Jan. 26

CHICAGO — An exhibition of works by photographer inkedKenny opens on Friday, Jan. 26, in the Guest Artist Gallery at the Leather Archives & Museum.

The Archives said in a press release that an opening reception for the exhibition is Jan. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission for the reception is free, but 21 and over only. refreshments will be served. inkedKenny will be in attendance to talk about his photography and what inspired many of his black-and-white and color images included in the show. Refreshments will be served.

New documentary talks about changing face of Boystown

CHICAGO — The foodie website Eater Chicago has just released it’s first documentary. However, instead of something on the high-end dining options in the city, the documentary actually discussed the changing face of Chicago’s most well known gay neighborhood, Boystown. INTO Managing Editor Zach Stafford, a Chicago native who spent a lot of time in…

Celebrity drag line-up set for Dorothy’s Masquerade Ball

SOUTH BELOIT — The Yellow Brick Road (YBR) organization of South Beloit has finalized the celebrity drag line up for their Dorothy’s Masquerade Ball next month. The non-professionals in drag will include Marc Perry, Yuri Rashkin, Eric Stoner, John Pruitt, and Khary Penebaker. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $45 for dinner, dancing and show tickets…

Equality Illinois PAC endorses Villivalam for 8th State Senate District

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois, has endorsed Ram Villivalam for the Illinois State Senate 8th District Democratic primary. “Ram Villivalam will be a champion for all residents of the 8th district, including LGBTQ residents,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC, in a statement released Tuesday. “Villivalam’s record…

SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to anti-LGBTQ law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Mississippi law that would let businesses and government workers refuse service to LGBTQ people if they had a religious objection. Bloomberg reported that the court turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court…

Pride Film Festival – January 2018

CHICAGO — Pride Arts Center has announced a new, monthly LGBTQ film festival in Chicago. Called the Pride Film Festival, it will feature new and independent features, documentaries and shorts the second Tuesday of each month. It kicks off on January 9. This month’s theme will be Issues, Anxieties and Obsessions. Another Day (Rozana) –…