ABW presents $900 to local charity

CHICAGO — The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend are pleased to present a check for $900 to Heartland Alliance on October 12, 2017 in Chicago. During the contest weekend Two fundraising efforts – a MST3K-style roasting of the movie “Fifty Shades of Gray” hosted by Laura Antoniou and Karen Ultra, and an ABW Bingo game held during the contest weekend. These entertaining moments in the weekend raised $900 for Vital Bridges, a Chicago charitable organization that provides food & housing support for people who are HIV+. The check was presented to Lori Cannon by Dean Ogren, owner/producer of ABW. Lori is the Northside Pantry Coordinator and Founder of Open Hand the predecessor of Heartland Alliance – Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care.

Executive director search committee updates LA&M membership on progress

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) Executive Director Search Committee reports the process for naming the next Executive Director is progressing as planned. In June 2017, following 15 years as LA&M Executive Director, Rick Storer pursued new opportunities with another Chicago non-profit organization. “The Board has been quick to develop and implement a comprehensive process to recruit, screen, interview, and appoint our next Executive Director, said Bob Behr, Acting President of the LA&M Board. “The most important decision we as a Board can make is the hiring of the Executive Director. I am impressed with the process and progress of the search,” Behr continued.

American Brotherhood Weekend this weekend

CHICAGO — Our 28th year promises to have yet another reason to visit Chicago in October. another family reunion that you have all come to love. Stay tuned as more will follow. Event Schedule at a Glance (Subject to change)

Friday 10/6

5:00-10:00 pm Registration for participants at Touché: Join us for a pre event cocktail as you register. As guest arrive this starts to really turn into a fun afternoon pre Opening Party/Party.

#HireTrans Chicago campaign launches

CHICAGO — A new Chicago-based campaign, #HireTrans, is launching this week in advance of an LGBTQ job fairSept. 29. Windy City Times, Chicago’s LGBTQ newspaper since 1985, created the #HireTrans campaign to push for more opportunities for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals, who face high obstacles for consistent employment and advancement opportunities on the job. More than 60 TGNC folks gave of their time to be photographed at one of three public photo shoots with award-winning filmmaker André Pérez. The HireTransChicago.com website features photos from the campaign, as designed by Patrick Olson.

Fall club rush in Chicago

CHICAGO — The leather and fetish clubs of Chicago held their annual fall club rush this past weekend at Touche in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Representatives from ONYX/Midwest, Chicago Puppy Patrol, Chicago Leather Club, Trident Windy City, Windy City boys Troop and BLUF Chicago were all present.  

TPAN awarded grant for mental health, substance abuse

CHICAGO — Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) has been awarded a five-year, $2,500,000 grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to address substance use and mental health among young Chicagoans affected by HIV. Beginning in October of 2017, TPAN’s new program, EPIC (Empowering Positive Innovative Change), will provide group intervention for Chicago’s living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS: black men who have sex with men (MSM), ages 18-29, and MSM 30 and over. “TPAN has been serving young populations since 2010; this is our fourth SAMHSA program. EPIC will help TPAN to continue to provide such important services to a population that continues to be vulnerable,” said Julie Supple, Director of Client services. Young men, ages 20-29, are the most frequently diagnosed with HIV, representing 43.2% of all new HIV diagnoses nationally.

Fall Club Rush in Chicago

CHICAGO — Looking to give back to the community? Interested in a exploring your fetishes? Now that you are spending less time on the beach or in the park, you might be looking for something else to get into. Our busy fall continues this Friday with our annual FALL CLUB RUSH PARTY. Over our 40 year history, Touché has been the home of many local leather/fetish clubs.

Sex and relationships educator event in Chicago

CHICAGO – The first event focused on crowd-sourced training and networking for emerging sexuality and relationship educators in the city has been announced! Calling all emerging educators in the Chicago area! This November 11, the first Sexuality and Relationships Educator Skill Share will launch a with a one-day event to help connect, nurture, and empower educators through a combination of educator-led classes & open sourced workshops run by attendees. We know that creating more diversity in those that educate is critical to the growth of the communities that rely on that education, however, educators are often limited in their ability to practice their skills by issues of money, geography, physical accessibility, and other factors. We want to create a weekend to help gives educators to work with each other to grow, both in skills and in ways to break down those barriers and create richness in the communities that they serve.

Self Defense Training with Chicago Pink Panthers

CHICAGO — Come on out and practice with us! We’re going to work on centering ourselves in our bodies, moving with intention, and generating forces to avoid, parry, and push back against physical intrusions into our space. We’re going to work with what we’ve got to be the change we want to see in the world, we’re going to get stronger and be more confident, and we’re going to be fabulous whilst doing so. No previous experience necessary. This will be the first session of a 6-week class meeting every Saturday from 9/9/2017 to 10/14/2017.