New Illinois Bear Contest titleholders announced

CHICAGO — The 2019 Illinois Bear Contest was this past weekend in Chicago at the Jackhammer Bar on the far north side. The winners this year are:

Mama Bear winner – Queenie
Illinois Bear winner – Zerberus
Illinois Cub winner – Boone

The contest was emceed by drag queen Truly Scrumptious from Cincinnati.

Mr. Chicago Leather 2019 coming in January

CHICAGO — Mr. Chicago Leather will be held at Touché in Chicago the weekend of Jan. 25 through 27. The contest will select Chicago’s entry to International Mr. Leather in May. The producers have announced the judges, staff and schedule on their Facebook event:
Master of Ceremonies- International Mister Leather 2003 John Pendal

IML 2018 James Lee
Rodi Coderage – Mr. Midwest Rubber 2018
Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2018 Pup Buster Richard William
Mr Chicago Leather 2018, Stitch Stitch Leatherdandy
Issa Arden

Mr. Chicago Leather 2006 Robin Czar
American Leatherwoman 2018 Sky Cotton

Den Daddy- Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres

*All events at Touché unless noted

Thursday, January 24, 2019

6-8pm- Full Kit Gear Chicago 4th Year Anniversary @5021 North Clark Street
7pm-Midnight- MCL2019 Registration- Pick up or purchase packages, contestant entry deadline 10pm

Friday, January 25, 2019

5pm-Midnight- MCL2019 Registration- Pick up or purchase packages, sales of MCL2019 merchandise
10pm- Welcome Cocktail Party- Meet judges, contestants and other guests, Intros and number drawing by contestants
Midnight- Roast of MCL2018 Stitch- Mr Chicago Leather 2018, Stitch takes a licking, Hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012

Saturday, January 26, 2019

11am-Noon- Leather Eyeopeners- Complimentary coffee & continental breakfast
Noon-4pm- Fetish Flea Market- Buy- sell – trade leather, rubber, uniforms, boots, gear, equipment- clean out the closet or shop for bargains! no fee to participate
1-4pm- Kink U at Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend presented by Titans of The Midwest- admission free, must be 21 or older.

New Central Illinois Bear, Cub sashed in Peoria

PEORIA — Mateo Martinez won Central Illinois Bear 2018 and Justin Reeves won Central Illinois Cub on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Peoria. The annual contest was hosted by the River City Bears at Blondies. Other sponsoring businesses included The Jackhammer Complex, Leather 64TEN, and Club Diesel. The emcee was Chicago entertainer Diamond Richards Devereaux.

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2018 Contest this weekend

PEORIA — The River City Bears of Peoria are holding their annual Central Illinois Bear contest this weekend at Blondies in Peoria. The contest is open to guys throughout Central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign/Urbana. People can enter in either the Bear portion or the Cub portion. The winners will go on to the Illinois Bear Contest in Chicago next February. The judges are:

Bradley Tobias – The night manager at Leather64TEN leather store in Chicago and is Best Boy for the Mr.Leather64TEN Contest.

Indivisible Aurora announces logo contest for 2019 Aurora Pride Festival

AURORA — Indivisible Aurora is looking for a new logo for the 2019 Aurora Pride Festival. The political organization, which was the organizers of Aurora’s first Pride, said in a post on their website that “the logo needs to be unique and help promote the Aurora Pride Festival’s goal of, ‘Promoting the inclusion and support of LGBTQ+ Aurorans through art, entertainment, and conversation.’ ”

The contest is open only to individuals. Members of Indivisible Aurora, the contest judges and their immediate family are not eligible to enter the Contest. Everyone who enters must be old enough to enter into a contract with the organization.

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!

Illinois Leather Alliance announces judges, new contest

CHICAGO — The Illinois Leather Alliance, producer of the Illinois LeatherSir, Leatherboy, Ms. Leather Pride, Handler, and Pup contests, has announced their judges for 2018 and a new contest for the roster. The judges for this year are:

Mufasa Ali, ONYX Founder and Mr World Leather 2006-07
Ms Simone, Illinois Ms. Leather Pride 2008 and International Ms. Olympus Leather 2009
Dan the Rubberman, Midwest Rubber 2006
Tom Wray, Founder and Editor of the Great Lakes Den and Illinois Eagle
Pup Havok, TriState Puppy 2017

The ILA has also added the Illinois Person of Leather title to their contest weekend. This follows Great Lakes Leather Alliance, which ILA feeds into, adding a Great Lakes Person of Leather contest. “Many of our titles are very specific in their requirements based on gender, sexuality or relationship mode.” said Michael Shorten, executive producer of ILA, in a press release. “We have been looking for an opportunity to give to leather folks in our community who may not fit those specific titles, but feel called to be a titleholder.”

The Illinois Person of Leather contest is open to anyone of the leather community, no matter gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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.

Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2017 contest held

PEORIA — Jeremy Miller won the second Mr. Central Illinois Bear competition this past weekend out of a field of four contestants. The contest was put on by the River City Bears of Peoria. A meet and greet was held Friday night at Club Diesel with the actual contest held Saturday at Blondie’s. The contest included a boots and jeans, underwear, formal wear and a question and answer section. During the contest, there were two different performances by Elijah Nation and Michael Edwards, Keegan Nation and Kato Mann.