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Two take titles at Indiana Leather Pride

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Leather Pride contest was held this last weekend in Indianapolis. Among the three competing, two walked away with titles. Rachelle Bales (Indybabygirl) was awarded the title of Indiana Ms. Leather Pride 2018 and Cathy Haynes (Bootblack Cathy) became Indiana Bootblack 2018.

Ohio Pup and Handler Contest, March 23-25

Ohio Pup and Handler

CLEVELAND — The first Ohio Pup and Handler Contest will be held on March 23 through 25 in Cleveland. This event weekend will be full of moshes, classes, and of course the first Ohio Pup and Handler contest! The only requirements for competing as a pup or a handler is that you are a resident…

Community Comment: Reclaiming our Leather Victimhood

It’s 2018 and in the Leather Community, victims are the enemy.
Not just any victims, mind, just the ones who choose not to be. “Drama” is the sin, not injustice. “Exclusion” is the virtue, not change. We have always been at war with East Asia.
The “1984” allusion might have been a tad hyperbolic, but in light of “International Leather Victim 2018”, an article published by an IML 2017 top 20 contestant, we’re forced to ask ourselves how did this happen?

Community Comment: Making Leather the Victim 2018

What a time to be alive. The previous year filled itself with threats from multiple sources which threaten to tear the social fabric apart. The potential victims are numerous and varied. Yet little did we know that our own leather community was amongst their number. Thank heavens, then, for the article “International Leather Victim 2018,” without which this terror may have gone unnoticed. In the short read, the author Pup Chomper bemoans the imminent collapse of our community brought on by the whippersnappers what with their social media self-victimization.

Archiving the Future: Ivan Nunez

Editor’s Note: Ivan Nunez of Minneapolis, International LeatherSir 2016, is the next writer in our Archiving the Future series. This was originally posted on his Facebook page and is reprinted here with permission. If you are involved in the leather community, you may know of the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) and that it recently…

Archiving the Future: Steph Sanders

Editor’s Note: Since the Leather Archives & Museum board of directors selected Gary Wasdin as the new executive director, the community has been expressing frustration, confusion and anger. The choice of a library system professional over a longtime volunteer with museum management and development experience and a longtime employee of the LAM has sparked discussion…