GTO gets woke with its world premiere sci-fi/hip-hop mashup: #GETWOKE


CHICAGO — “Woke”: past tense and paste participle of “Wake.” Related: “Stay Woke” or “Get Woke” (adjective; slang) meaning a state of being self-aware, questioning the dominant paradigm, and/or striving for something better, especially as it relates to social injustice. E.G. “While you are obsessing about the Kardashians, there are millions of homeless in the world. GET WOKE.” #GETWOKE, written by James Jones and directed by Jessica N. Vann, performs April 7-May 28, 2017 at 7:30pm (Fridays in April and Sundays in May: April 7, 14, 21, and 28, and May 7, 14, 21 and 28), at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $20.

New Howard Brown program expands support for sexual assault survivors

CHICAGO – Howard Brown Health has launched an innovative Sexual Harm Response Project called in.power* to better assist survivors of sexual assault in gaining access to needed medical, behavioral health, legal, and support services.  The program is designed to serve all people who experience sexual harm inclusive of diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. in.power* is believed to be the first LGBTQ-specific sexual assault support program of its kind and the only resource in Illinois designed specifically for sexual and gender minorities. “Survivors of sexual harm deserve supportive services that are trauma informed and accessible,” said Dr. Paige Leigh Baker, in.power* Sexual Harm Response Project Manager for Howard Brown Health. “With the generous commitment from our funders, support from organizational leadership, and the exceptional skill set of Howard Brown staff, in.power* is uniquely poised to provide affirming, holistic care for survivors. Howard Brown is proud to be able to offer this vital service to members of our community who have experienced sexual violence.”

Through in.power*, patients are eligible to receive free STI testing and treatment along with supportive services including case management, support groups, acupuncture, legal support, linkage to community resources, and survivor support.

Mr. Illinois Bear Contest 2017, April 21

CHICAGO — It’s time for the Mr. Illinois Bear Contest! Deadline to compete is April 14th. Email the application to Titles Awarded:
Mr. Illinois Bear
Mr. Illinois Cub
Mr. Illinois Bear Hunter

Weekend Schedule:

Meet and Greet: Friday April 21st
Jackhammer @ 9pm

Contest: Saturday April 22nd
Leather Archives and Museum
With After party at Touché

Victory BBQ: Sunday April 23rd
Jackhammer @ 12pm

The judges for this year are:

Raymond Smith- Mr. North American Bear 2016
Gerald Cernak- Mr. Illinois Leather 2017
Slade Travis- Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2017
Miguel Torres- Mr. Chicago Leather 2014
AJ Perdew- Mr. North American Bear 2017

The winners will go on to represent Illinois at the North American Bear Contest in Lexington, Ky. In February 2018.

“Love Me Tinder: Swipe Right” at Gorilla Tango

CHICAGO — Not cool enough to join “Tinder Select”? Gorilla Tango Originals has got you covered with its late-night offering that gets hot and heavy about the good, the bad, and the down-right dirty sides of dating apps: “Love Me Tinder: Swipe Right.”

“Love Me Tinder: Swipe Right,” by J. Joseph Cox and directed by Taylor Pasche, performs Wednesdays at 8:00pm in April and 9:30pm in May, April 5-May 24, 2017 at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $20. Please visit or call 773-598-4549 for tickets and more information. Scruff, Grindr, Tinder, OkCupid…

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!

Cupcake Wars raises $2,500 for Broadway Youth Center

CHICAGO — Trident Windy City’s annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser raised a record $2,500 for the Broadway Youth Center on Sunday, April 2. The backpatch club invited clubs and organizations from across Chicago to participate in its annual bake-off. All money raised goes to support BYC, the Howard Brown Health Center’s youth center. The BYC offers refuge, medical care, social services, clothes and other care to LGBTQ youth. BYC staff member Kylon Hooks said the money raised would help fund three to four months of BYC’s services.

GayCo takes “Love is Love is Love Handles” to the ‘burbs

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – GayCo is back in the northwest burbs with their over-the-(muffin)-top sketch comedy revue for the LGBT-etc community, featuring a mix of the funniest scenes from their 20 year history and providing you all the love and laughs you can handle. On Friday, March 31st at 7:30pm, GayCo treks out to Arlington Heights after their sold-out smash-hit winter revue, Cntl+Alt-Right+Delete to celebrate any LGBT right we’ve managed to attain in the last 4 years before they put it down, flip it and reverse it. (Ti esrever dna ti plif nwod tit up…) by performing in “Love is Love is Love Handles” at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and seats are assigned, so it’s recommended they be purchased in advance. Their surburban romp includes scenes, songs, and dance, and probably a lesbian break-up scene or two.

Pups take over Illinois Leather Alliance

CHICAGO — Illinois Leather Alliance Weekend was jam packed with interviews, classes and shenanigans. The contest weekend kicked off with the ILA Meet and Greet at Touché on Friday, March 17th. The Meet and Greet allows the contestants to introduce themselves to their audience and contest judges. This year, there were five contestants total: three Puppies, one Trainer, and one Illinois Ms. Leather Pride. Saturday, March 18th, the afternoon kicked off with a series of workshops and classes held in the club room at Touché.

PASSINGS: Daddy Jeff Woods

CHICAGO — Daddy Jeff Woods, 55, passed away after a heart attack on February 11, 2017. Jeff was a long time member of the Chicago community, donating countless hours of his time to local charitable organizations and events. His southern charm and warm laughter were bright spots in the lives of all those he touched, and his presence will be deeply missed. He was Illinois LeatherSir 2013 and music producer for the Illinois Leather Alliance. Despite the title, he was known as Daddy to many in the Chicago and regional leather communities.