IPAHW announces 2018 plans

ST. LOUIS — The joint Board of Directors for International Puppy Contest (IPC) and International Puppy and Trainer Contest (IPTC) are pleased to announce our plans for the second annual International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW).

Tri-State Leather Weekend 2017

A little history on Tri-State Leather weekend: Starting in 2011, the Tri-State area (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana) has come together and held the Mr. Tri-State Leather Contest.

Ohio Fairness Act hearings pushed to 2018

COLUMBUS — A second hearing for the Ohio Fairness Act has been pushed to January 2018, the Columbus Patch reported Tuesday. The act would amend Ohio’s anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected classes, expanding legal protections in housing, employment, and access to public services, according to the ACLU…

Krampus Kink Weekend held in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — December 9 saw the first annual Krampus Kink Weekend in Iowa City, IA.

The event featured a series of KINK U workshops in the afternoon, sponsored by Titans of the Midwest. Iowa Puppy 2018, Pup Paddles, also hosted a pup mosh and “yappy hour” at Studio 13 in downtown Iowa City. Educational workshops included classes addressing leather/kink on a budget and a demonstration on cuppin

Military to accept transgender people starting Jan. 1

WASHINGTON — The military will start accepting transgender recruits starting January 1, media reports said. National Public Radio reported that Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump’s ban on Monday. Two federal judges put the ban on hold after several lawsuits were filed against the ban. The Trump administration had appealed…

LAM board selects Gary Wasdin as Executive Director

CHICAGO — The board of directors of the Leather Archives & Museum announce early Monday afternoon that they had confirmed Gary Wasdin as the new executive director. The announcement came after a months long search with three finalists having public, open interviews in early December. According to the press release from the LAM, the vote…

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: The gifts that we get from doing power exchange

CHICAGO — For our December Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable, we’ll be talking about “the gifts that we get from doing power exchange”. We’ll be at the Leather Archives & Museum (6418 N Greenview, Chicago IL) on Saturday, December 16th. Group discussion starts at 3:00pm & is free to attend. Our roundtable ends at 5:00pm. Afterwards,…

Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List

CLEVELAND — The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. Each year, we induct three groups or individuals to honor their legacy. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 inductees are International Mr.…

Committee endorses Gary Wasdin for LA&M executive director

CHICAGO — The selection committee for the Leather Archives & Museum has recommended Gary Wasdin for the vacant executive director position.

The LA&M made the announcement in an early Saturday morning post both on social media and in an email press release.

The full LA&M board will consider final approval at its December 10 virtual meeting.