International Mr. Leather cancelled for 2020

CHICAGO —International Mr. Leather was officially cancelled on Memorial Day.

Normally, the event takes place over Memorial Day weekend. The event, one of the largest annual conventions in Chicago, was postponed until fall back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, they officially cancelled it for 2020.

In a video announcement on the front page of the IML website, the event staff said out of concern for everyone and because of the uncertainty the pandemic, they were cancelling for the year.

Buffalo Grove neighbor complains about Pride decorations, they get gayer

BUFFALO GROVE — Since Buffalo Grove Pride was pushed back until 2021, the community has been planning for a Pride Drive past homes decorated for Pride. And not everyone seems to have been happy about the decorations.

Carolyn Heyman Pinta, one of the organizers of the suburb’s Pride celebration, received an anonymous letter on Thursday. While the letter did thank the Pinta family supporting LGBTQ rights, they also thought it could be toned down.

Both Pinta and people in the Buffalo Grove Pride Facebook group have basically taken that as “So… go bigger then?”

Metro East Pride holding poll for virtual drag show

BELLEVILLE — Metro East Pride is running a poll on their Facebook page to find the interest in doing a virtual drag show on June 6. Metro East Pride’s annual festival has been pushed from June to August. But like many communities, they’re looking at ways to celebrate Pride online. To let them know if you’d be interested in participating, just vote in the poll.