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Applications for ABW available

  CHICAGO — Applications to compete for American Brotherhood Weekend are now available. ABW welcomes contestants from all over the United States to run for the American Leatherman, American Leatherwoman, and American Leatherboy titles October 5 through 7 in Chicago.  For details on contestant requirements, you can visit their website www.americanbrotherhood.com and download the application or…

New Olympus Leather titleholders sashed in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Olympus Leather Weekend 2018 (May 4-6, 2018) highlighted an impressive roster of contestants, an incredible luau, fantastic weather, and 3 new titlists. International Mr Olympus Leather 2018 Ben Workman, International Ms Olympus Leather 2018 Samsara, and International Mx Olympus Leather 2018 Raven Darknights. We welcome them to the Olympus Leather Family and look forward to them inspiring non-biased visibility as they promote a positive image of the leather lifestyle.

James Lee wins IML 40, Lucky Rebel wins IMBB

CHICAGO — James Lee, Mr. Kentucky Leather, won International Mr. Leather 40 and Lucky Rebel, Mr. Oregon State Leather 2016, won International Mr. Bootblack 2018 in Chicago on Sunday, May 27. Lee is the first IML to come from Kentucky and an ONYX Great Lakes member. Mr. Friendly SF 2018 Stephen Ferris was second runner-up…

PASSINGS: Artist Michael Kirwan

LOS ANGELES — The Tom of Finland Foundation announced the passing of artist Michael Kirwan over the weekend. From the press release: With a sad heart, we are letting you know that artist Michael Kirwan passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, 26th May 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Hoist a glass and make…

MIR announces judges, emcee, new venue

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber announced a slate of changes for the 2018 contest Friday afternoon at International Mr. Leather in Chicago.

The biggest news was a change of venue for the final portion on the Saturday of the contest weekend. MIR COO Rubberwilli said that the Center on Halstead would remain the home of the vendor market and Friday night portion of the contest. However, due to the growth of the audience, the finale portion will now be at the auditorium at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Contestant numbers for IML/IMBB 2018 assigned

CHICAGO — International Mr. Leather announced the contest numbers for this year’s contestants during the Opening Ceremonies Friday night in Chicago. The contestant numbers are: 1- Nick Hollie, Mr Philadelphia Leather 2017 2- Bret Streetman, Oklahoma Mr Leather 2018 3- Damien Basile, Northeast Handler 2017 4- Scot Blumstein, Mr Ramrod 2017 5- Ray Sparo, M…

AP: Kink community angry at New York AG over comments

NEW YORK — According to the Associated Press, the kink community lashed out at comments from former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He claimed the alleged violence was “role-playing and other consensual sexual activity.” As always happens, anything that even hints at kink got the mainstream press circling, but the article did, repeatedly, say…

Bootblack Roundup 2018

CHICAGO – On the Weekend of August 10 to 12, 2018, Bootblacks from around the country will pour into the City of Chicago for the 3rd annual  . In 2015, Sparkie, 2015 Illinois Community Bootblack, wanted to do a unique fundraising event to end his title year and decided to fill the void for Bootblack-focused…