Sun-Times: LGBTQ Dreamer given asylum

CHICAGO — A Chicago LGBTQ activist was given asylum by a federal judge today, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

From the Sun-Times:

Lulu Martinez, 28, who was brought here by her parents at age 3, had faced possible deportation proceedings if not granted asylum.

Christopher Clark named TPAN CEO

CHICAGO — TPAN announced on Tuesday that Christopher Clark had been hired as chief executive officer. He’ll start April 30.

TPAN is a social service agency for those living with HIV in the Chicago area. Clark joins TPAN following more than a decade of service at Lambda Legal. Since 2016, Clark has served as Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Director, responsible for the management of the Chicago office and the coordination of fundraising and public policy strategies in a 10-state Midwest region.

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 “Daddy G” Cernak, Mr. Chicago Leather 2017

The tallymasters are Mr. Tri-State Leather 2012 Isaac Emerson and Chicago community member Stephen Turchin. Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres will be the den daddy. The schedule of events is:

Friday, Jan. 26

Touché open 5pm – 4 am

MCL2018 Registration 5pm – midnight Pick up weekend packages, sales of individual tickets, merchandise
Guest Artist Gallery Reception 7-9pm at the Leather Archives & Museum opening of MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenny
MCL2018 Welcome Cocktail Party- 10 pm Meet judges, contestants and other guests, introductions and number drawing by contestants at 11 pm hosted by John Pendal IML 2003
Roast of Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak- Midnight Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 takes a licking, Hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012

Saturday, Jan. 27

Touché open 11 am – 5 am

Leather Eyeopeners 11am – 1pm Complimentary coffee & continental breakfast at Touché, provided by The Kitchen Sink, 1107 W.
MCL2018 Registration noon – 4pm Weekend package pick up, sales of individual tickets & merchandise
Fetish Flea Market noon – 4pm Buy-sell-trade leather-rubber-uniforms-boots-gear
Kink U 1 – 4 pm Presented by Titans of the Midwest in Club Room

1-2pm: slave amendah- Bottoms Up: Impact Play!

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 the area as a young gay man, toured the neighborhood and talked both with the businesses that have shaped and changed the area and the people who have seen how the rising costs and changing the population are impacting the most vulnerable. Among those interviewed also include Kylon Hooks, one of the emcees from last year’s Mr. International Rubber contest. Hooks works as a social worker serving LGBTQ youth who still flock to the neighborhood.

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) – Directed by Raj Rishi More, India, 11 min.

Court refuses injunction in transgender lawsuit against school district

PALATINE — A federal judge denied a request for a court order to block a transgender student’s use of the girls’ locker room on Tuesday. The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that federal Judge Jorge Alonso cited the availability of privacy stalls for all students in the locker rooms as a factor in deciding not to allow the injunction. “This case does not involve the forced or extreme invasions of privacy that the courts addressed in the cases cited by plaintiffs,” Alonso wrote in the decision. “Further, the restrooms at issue here have privacy stalls that can be used by students seeking an additional layer of privacy, and single-use facilities are also available upon request. Given these protections, there is no meaningful risk that a student’s unclothed body need be seen by any other person.”

F*ck Cancer fundraiser raises $1,131 in jock auction

CHICAGO — Midwest Drummer and Drummerboy held a fundraiser at Jackhammer on Saturday night to raise money for cancer research. Brandon Gentry and Pup Bayard recruited about 20 people to wear or donate ripe jockstraps that were auctioned off on stage by local entertainer Diamond Devereaux. A total of $1,131 was raised with all the money going to the American Cancer Society. The fundraiser was personal to many. Bayard was diagnosed and had surgery for stage 1 testicular cancer.

Full Kit Gear to stay open after Man’s Country sale

CHICAGO — Full Kit Gear, one of Chicago’s three leather stores, said Friday that they will remain open after the Man’s Country bathhouse closes. Full Kit has had a storefront in the building in the city’s Andersonville neighborhood since it’s opening in 2015. The bathhouse will be closing after a final part on Dec. 31, 2017. From Full Kit’s announcement on Facebook:
With the announced closure of Man’s Country and the pending sale of the two buildings at 5015-5023 N Clark Street, there have been many rumors regarding the future of Full Kit Gear.