Great Lakes Den Staff

Midwest Leather Comes to Chicago

By Tony Esquivel, Jr. CHICAGO – Ah, the aroma of Leather, skin, and cigars. Is it IML? No, it’s Friday night, April 7, 2006, for the Mr. Midwest Leather 2006 Meet ‘N’ Greet at the Chicago Eagle. The Master of Ceremonies for contest was Jon Krongaard of Chicago. He is Vice President of the Leather…

Halfway Through with IML 2003

  (Editor’s Note: MU, or Midwest Ursine, was the original name for the GLD when we founded in 2001.) John Pendal of England is the most recent international winner of the International Mr. Leather contest held each Memorial Day weekend. Since then he’s been very busy almost literally globetrotting in support of his title. Luckily,…

2003 Great Lakes Titleholders Selected

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Leather Alliance selected new titleholders for LeatherSir, Leatherboy, Ms. Leather Pride, Master/slave and BootBlack over a three-day weekend in downtown Indianapolis. Bill Morse of Chicago won the Great Lakes LeatherSir title, titusboy of Ohio won the Great Lakes Leatherboy title. Both will go on to represent the region in the…

Bear Community Leader Mourned

CHICAGO – Gerardo Montemayor, a Chicago activist and founder of the Bears of Color mailing list, died June 27 following a brief illness. The Chicago Free Press reported that Montemayor, 36, worked at Rape Victim Advocates. The newsweekly also reported that he was active in the leather community and other community organizations. Most people found…

Final countdown to IML 2003

  CHICAGO – The world’s hottest leathermen will come together to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather 2003, as IML celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Thursday, May 22 through Monday, May 26, 2003 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago.  The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street in Chicago, is the official host hotel for…

Announcing Beartribe.Org

COLUMBUS, Ohio – would like to formerly announce the trial period for Beartribe.org (http://www.beartribe.org).  Beartribe.org is a means to provide the gay/bear/leather/chub communities with a community portal for posting news, opinion, comments, and announcements.  Want to let everyone know about the latest HIV/AIDS research?  Want to announce your bear group’s latest function?  Want to discuss current…