Transgender Day of Remembrance in Chicago

CHICAGO — Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual day honoring those whose lives were lost throughout the year due to acts of anti-transgender violence. We encourage everyone to be more #transfluent – to be more informed and able to advocate for the trans community. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Take a moment to pause and reflect. You are encouraged to light a candle in honor of those transpersons whose lives have been lost due to violence and hate, and to remember those who remain unnamed. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Day of Remembrance concert by ResonaTe, Chicago’s first and only transgender choir.

LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum

Sept. 18 now known as Leather Archives & Museum Day in Chicago

CHICAGO — With the assistance of Chicago 44th Ward Alderman Thomas M. Tunney, the Chicago City Council recently passed a resolution to acknowledge the Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) and to recognize September 18th as Leather Archives & Museum Day in Chicago.  Although the LA&M is a national charity, support from Alderman Tunney and the Chicago City Council has been instrumental in establishing a physical headquarters.   The official resolution, adopted September 14th, 2016, reads as follows and is on display at the LA&M:

WHEREAS, the Leather Archives and Museum is celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary on Saturday, September 18, 2016; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of this milestone by Alderman Thomas M. Tunney; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Chuck Renslow, a highly respected lifelong citizen of Chicago, called a meeting of his friends in 1991, to explore the ways and means available to preserve the suppressed and disappearing history of America’s Leather Communities, regardless of sexual orientation or geographical location, and

WHEREAS, from that meeting, the Leather Archives & Museum was established as the first formally organized archival collection of artifacts, ephemera, and other materials relating specifically to the history and subculture of the leather community; and,

WHEREAS, as a library, museum and archive, the collection contains published books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources, original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals; and,

WHEREAS, the archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter; and,

WHEREAS, in addition to activities in Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum serves the leather world by preserving material from all leather communities, sending “traveling” exhibits around the country, and providing email and telephone research assistance; and,

WHEREAS, this vital institution has been maintained and developed over the past 25 years and has become a world-renowned institution which brings honor to the City in countless ways, including by way of the unofficial motto of the Leather Archives & Museum, known across leather communities worldwide: “Located in Chicago and Serving the World;” now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we the Mayor and Members of the Chicago City Council, assembled the 14th Day of September, 2016, do hereby acknowledge the fine work that the Leather Archives & Museum does and express our gratitude to all contributors to the success of this institution by declaring that the 18th day of September 2016 is and shall be known as Leather Archives & Museum Day in Chicago; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to the Leather Archives & Museum. CITY COUNCIL OF CHICAGO
via press release

TransReelization: “A Celebration of Transgender Film”


CHICAGO — The Chicago Premiere of FREE CeCe! at The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave): On her way to the store with a group of friends, CeCe McDonald fell victim to a brutal and malicious hate crime . Despite defending herself from a transphobic attack, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. FREE CeCe! is a deep investigation into the realities of being a trans woman of color in a time when they are disproportionately targeted for hate crimes, lack access to employment and healthcare, and are at a much higher risk of attempting suicide.

Chicago Leather Community Outreach announces holiday schedule

CHICAGO — Here is a schedule for upcoming volunteer opportunities throughout the rest of 2016. Please read the details for each of the opportunities. There are caps we need to put on the groups so if you are interested in a specific date, ***please Facebook message us directly*** to sign up for that date. I will be adding to this calendar throughout the next few weeks and I also hope to have a 2017 calendar started within the next month. Please consider signing up for one or all of these upcoming opportunities so we can show our Chicago community how much we care!

LA&M to host new exhibit “Part of the Party” by Erica Brooks

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum announced a new GAG Gallery Exhibition “Part of the Party : The Visual Story of the Onyx Brotherhood and Walter Houston III”. The exhibit opens Friday, January 27th, 2017 and runs through June 4th, 2017.  The show features works from Chicago artist Beatrix Erica Brooks in a variety of media, focused on ONYX and one of its members, Walter Houston III”. About the artist, Beatrix Erica Brooks: “As an artist and arts educator I love to delve into the connections we all share as humans. I also love to dissect the differences between us that cannot be overlooked. I do this exploration through arts based storytelling.

New play Malefactions explores female empowermenin Midwestern Premiere

CHICAGO —Choices, Background, Diversity, Social Injustices and Female Strength are all explored with the Midwest premiere of new play Malefactions, by New York playwright Matt Minnicino. The show will open on Oct. 20 at 7pm at Gorilla Tango Theatre Company 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60647. Performances will be October 20, 21, 26, 27 at 7pm and October 22 and 30 at pm. Tickets are $15; to purchase tickets call 773-598-4549 or visit

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.