GayCo celebrates 20 years in gaytastic one-night-only event

CHICAGO — When they began, they couldn’t get married, serve openly in the military, adopt, or have federally recognized unions thanks to the brand new Defense of Marriage Act. Matthew Shepard was still alive. AIDs was still a serious threat. Ellen was in the closet and Will & Grace was two years away. GayCo Productions, Chicago’s first and longest-running gay sketch comedy ensemble, was founded ’96, as part of The Second City’s Outreach & Diversity arm.

Chicago leather clubs hold rush

CHICAGO — Touche hosted the leather and play clubs of Chicago on Friday, Sept. 30. Eight clubs from across the city, including BLUF, Trident, MAFIA, ONYX and the Windy City Boys Troop sent members to greet potential members as they came into the bar. The club rush is an annual event at the bar, open to all leather play and service clubs in the region. In the past, participating clubs have included the Chicago Rubbermen, LRA-Chicago and Chicago Hellfire.

Slade wins Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2016

CHICAGO — Slade Travis won the Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2016 contest on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Chicago’s Jackhammer Complex. Slade was one of three contestants in the contest’s third showing. The judges were Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Q Ellis-Lee, Mr. Midwest Leather 2015 Pup Vino, Mr. International Rubber 19 Gummibärchen, Mr. Leather Montreal 2015 Elie Darling, and Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2015 Justin Herren. Mr. Midwest Rubber 2016 Pup Icarus and Mr. Illinois Bear 2016 Jason Shiver-Simpson were the tallymasters.

Chicago Puppy Patrol Gaming Day at Dice Dojo

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for an afternoon of board gaming at the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo! The Dojo has a large demo library, but feel free to bring your own games if you want to play something specific! Food and drink is BYO, and bringing along a snack to share is encouraged (there’s also a good Mexican place opposite the Dojo if you want more substantial food). We’ll be meeting in front of the Dojo at 2:45pm and going inside at 3pm (or once 4-5 people have arrived). If you don’t see us outside, come in and look for the dog shirts and collars!

Chicago Club Rush on Sept. 30

CHICAGO — Touché, 6412 North Clark Street in Chicago, has announced that the 5th Annual Leather/Fetish Club Rush Party will be held at 10pm on Friday, September 30th. Besides being home to the Leather Archives & Museum and International Mr. Leather, Chicago boasts over 15 local leather/fetish clubs, some for play others strictly social. This Club Rush Party allows those interested in the club scene to meet members from many of these clubs and talk about their group’s activities and membership. Chicago has had a vibrant leather and fetish community for many years prior to IML and the “coming out” of leather that followed in the success and growth of the contest each Memorial Day weekend. A few of these clubs have been in existence for many years while others came together in recent years as interests in other fetishes such as rubber and puppy play have developed.

Howard Brown

Howard Brown highlights health outcomes in Community Impact Report

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health has published its first Community Impact Report, highlighting patient and community outcomes resulting from its integrated healthcare delivery system. The progress report uses infographics and text to illustrate how Howard Brown’s individualized approach to healthcare improves the lives of patients, supports the communities of LGBTQ people and allies, and improves overall public health in Chicago. The report describes recently achieved outcomes in reaching patient populations and improving population health as measured by important health indicators. View the report at http://howardbrown.org/2015CommunityImpact. Highlights include:

Howard Brown’s increased reach and scope of its practice, achieved by growing the size and diversity of its patient base and attending to a variety of critical healthcare and wellness needs.

GTB presents Great Scott, Those Are Boobs! A Back to the Future Burlesque

CHICAGO — Marty McFly is your average teenager growing up in 1985. He deals with the same things every young person does, like school, bullies, budding sexuality, and being sent back in time. When an experiment created by Doc Brown goes wrong (but oh so right), Marty goes back in time to when his parents fell in love…well, at least, when they were supposed to fall in love. Meet Doc thirty years before he discovers time travel, fall in love with a sexually-aggressive Lorraine, and witness George as he turns from wimp to super wimp to adorable hero. If Marty can’t get his parents together, he may not have a future to return to.

Chicago Puppy Patrol Gaming Day at Dice Dojo

CHICAGO — Join Chicago Puppy Patrol for an afternoon of board gaming at the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo! This is a free event run by the Dojo and open to all. The Dojo has a large demo library, but feel free to bring your own games if you want to play something specific! Food and drink is BYO, and bringing along a snack to share is encouraged. We’ll be meeting in front of the Dojo at 2:45pm and going inside at 3pm (or once 4-5 people have arrived).

School Supply Drive for CPS

CHICAGO — School is about to start back up for kids all around the city and we want to help them get supplies! There are tons of kids all over the city who need a little help for the school year, and teachers often end up supplying these out of pocket. The local GLLA and ILA titleholders want to help out! We will be collecting donations of school supplies via drop boxes at several locations throughout the city and would appreciate your donation. Dropboxes are located at:

Cell Block- 3702 N Halsted St
Touche- 6412 N Clark St
Leather Archives & Museum- 6418N N Greenview Ave
Women and Children First- 5233 N Clark St
The Center on Halsted- 3656 N Halsted St

For a list of needed supplies, please visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6FJPyB9nn1eX0hiX1YyaURyS2hmbFJnLTFRcnp2WVVYaENR/view?usp=sharing
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