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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.

Court says government must pay for reassignment surgery for military

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon that a second federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must pay for the gender reassignment surgery of transgender military members. From the Washington Post: The ruling Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in the Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington…

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…

Adam & Eve releases facts on abortion in the U.S.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Adamandeve.com, a longtime adult novelty retailer, released statistics about abortion in the United States this week. The information provides data on everything from the number of abortions performed each year to parental consent and mandatory waiting laws. “Adam & Eve supports healthy sexuality between consenting adults,’” said Chad Davis, marketing director for adamandeve.com…

Sexuality advocacy groups release statement on sexual addiction

BALTIMORE — A coalition of organizations dedicated to sexual health and advocacy have issued a statement in reaction to recent revelations of sexual harassment and violations, with some of the accused claiming they are sexual addicts. Their statement is below: Addiction to Sex and/or Pornography A Position Statement from the Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS),…

The Liberal Redneck meets Gay Naturists International

CHICAGO — If you follow liberal politics, you’ve probably heard of Trae Crowder, aka The Liberal Redneck.

Since the election of Trump, he’s become well-known for blowing up the stereotypes of rednecks. Where as most people hear rednecks and think far right-wing politics and a member of the Fox News cult, Trae and his comedy partners show that you can be pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ and pro-economic justice while having a southern drawl and enjoying the backwoods.

Well, Trae and company had an interesting experience recently when they were invited to perform… for the Gay Naturists International gathering in the Poconos. While a little surprised, they actually rolled with it pretty well. Watch below.

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UPDATED: LGBTQ candidates win nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — History was made Tuesday night as transgender women won in two races. Andrea Jenknins was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Danica Roem was elected to the state House in Virginia. Danica became only the second transgender person to win election to a state legislature in U.S. history, defeating a Republican…

People of color find solidarity at MIR meetup

CHICAGO — This past weekend, Mr. International Rubber (MIR) played host to what is likely the first formal meetup for People of Color to be part of an official event schedule and not hosted by a club.

About 25 people gathered in the third-floor lobby of the Center on Halstead, during MIR Weekend. While African-Americans did make up the largest part of the group, people from the Asian, Native American and Latinx communities were also present. Those present spoke about their experiences as people of color both as LGBTQ and kinky people.

IPAHW announces management, staff changes

ST. LOUIS — The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner, has been officially appointed…