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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

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). IPAHW will return to St Louis for the second year. Despite our original plans to have the event in…

IML Announces Staffing Changes

CHICAGO — As IML begins to enter a new chapter in its history, The Executive Committee is announcing a staff change, effective immediately. Erick Joseph, International Mr. Bootblack 2016, and Jeremy Morris, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 and Executive Producer of Iowa Leather Weekend, have been named Co-Coordinators for the International Mr. Bootblack Competition (IMBB). Erick,…

Minnesota health officials call for push to end HIV/AIDS

ST. PAUL — As World AIDS Day approaches, state health officials are calling for renewed passion and dedication in the fight to end HIV in Minnesota.

“We have the tools to end HIV in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “New interventions, such as early, sustained HIV treatment and pre-exposure preventive drugs, are highly effective at preventing HIV. We are committed to working with our communities that have disproportionate rates of HIV to reduce barriers to HIV prevention, testing and care.”

LA&M announces opportunities to meet executive director finalists

CHICAGO — The three finalists for Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) executive director position will be making site visits and participating in various focus groups and meetings this upcoming weekend.

Jeffrey Storer, experienced Director of Operations will be on site December 1, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director will be on site December 2, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant will be on site December 3.

Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director finalists announced

CHICAGO — Three leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish veterans have been selected as finalists for Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) executive director effective next year.

Jeffrey Storer, experienced director of operations, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant, have been chosen from a highly qualified field of candidates. Storer, Wasdin, and Swindell were chosen from a field of 66 candidates and five semi-finalists.

Leather Heart Foundation launches general assistance applications

PHILADELPHIA — Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. A few weeks ago, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires…

Sir Randy Ingram-Lile is Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2018

MINNEAPOLIS – What do a kitty, two puppies, a jock, and a Sir have in common? They were the five diverse contestants representing their version of leather as high cow season descended on the eagleBOLTbar for the Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2018 Contest Weekend (#MME2018)!

The weekend kicked off with “Greet the Meat” where judges and contestants were introduced to the audience. The contestants drew their numbers and the weekend was underway.

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: Talking about Boundaries in Power Exchange

CHICAGO — Saturday, Nov 18. – Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable discussion group meets, talking about boundaries in power exchange. In power exchange, boundaries take on a new level, and with that comes new awareness, new responsibility / new surrender. Boundaries define where we end and where others begin. Our boundaries are the skin we live…

Drummer North America, February 22-25

LAS VEGAS — Join us in Sin City for a weekend fueled by play, fun and the opportunity to explore your fetishes. Alongside social and skills building workshops, Drummer North America (DNA) weekend features three fetish contests for gay men: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack. In 2018, we are also the home for the Women…