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Renee Beckman, Women’s International Leather Legacy 2017

Renee Beckman of Alaska won this year’s Women’s International Leather Legacy title last month in Dallas. She’s become the latest Alaskan to take home an international title, one of a distinguished line.

“I’m actually the fifth,” Renee said in a phone interview with the Great Lakes Den. “We now have more international titleholders than anywhere else in the United States.”

Renee said she was actually shocked to win with the class of contestants she competed with. This year had five women competing, the largest number yet. She was taken aback by the bios of the other women and all they had done. When she was announced as the winner, she knew she had done enough.

Editor’s Note: The tide is high

When this publishes, it will be four and a half months since my husband Jeff died of a heart attack. It will also be my first birthday in a decade that he wasn’t a part of. I’m not saying that to garner sympathy. It’s more of a statement of fact. I’m still adjusting to things.…

Ralph Bruneau wins IML 2017, Pawlish wins IMBB 2017

International Mr. Bootblack 2017 Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter and International Mr. Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau (Photo courtesy of IML) CHICAGO — Ralph Bruneau, Mr. GNI Leather 2016, of Los Angeles won International Mr. Leather 2017 at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on Sunday, May 28. Ryan “Pawlish” Garner-Carpenter of Cincinnati was named International Mr. Bootblack. Ralph came out…

Event calendar for IML weekend fills up

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CHICAGO — The Windy City goes all leather during International Mr. Leather (IML) over Memorial Day weekend. Along with the contest at IML itself, businesses and organizations throw parties and events across the city. Here’s a list of what we’ve found so far. May 24 IML/IMBB 2017 Meet & Greet Join us in welcoming IML…

Region sends off contestants to IML

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CHICAGO — Titleholders from across the Midwest and Great Lakes are getting ready for International Mr. Leather at the end of May in Chicago. Be sure to support your local titleholder as they head off to vie for IML 2017. May 7 Pup Chomper’s IML Kickoff Party 1 PM until… Join former Mr. Wisconsin Leather…

Regional organizations react to LGBTQ appeals court decision

CHICAGO —  LGBTQ rights organizations in the Midwest reacted to this week’s decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago saying that the Civil Rights Act protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Chris Paulsen, campaign manager of Freedom Indiana, said on Tuesday: “This is a welcome decision for anyone who has ever…

Illinois Leather Alliance selects 2017 titleholders

The 2017 Illinois Leather Family. (From left) Illinois Puppy 2017 Pup Xolox, Illinois Trainer 2017 Daddy Eos, and Illinois Ms. Leather Pride Daddy Sky. (Photo of The Illinois Eagle) CHICAGO — The Illinois Leather Alliance selected new titleholders this past weekend at the Leather Archives and Museum. The new titleholders are: Daddy Sky Cotton as…

Women come out in force across the region and nation

Thousands crowded onto the  Indiana Statehouse grounds in Indianapolis for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. (Photo submitted to the Den) CHICAGO – People across the Great Lakes and Midwest joined with millions of others in sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Chicago, the region’s largest city, hosted the largest…

Indiana Leather Contest producer John Schmitt steps down

INDIANAPOLIS — John Schmitt, producer of the Indiana Leather Contest, announced today in a message to the Great Lakes Den that he was stepping down as the contest’s producer. Here is John’s complete statement: I have been honored to serve in this role as producer of the Indiana Leather Contests since 2009. It has given…