Category: Illinois

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CIPx/MAsT: Decatur Recognition Reunion – June 10

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — CIPx/MAsT: Decatur will hold their rescheduled Recognition Reunion on Sunday, June 10. The previous reunion had to be cancelled because of an ice storm that hit central Illinois in February. Invitations sent for the February event are still being honored for this event. From the Fetlife event: This Reunion has been rescheduled…

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…

Silent Auction Donations for QPEX Anniversary Party

QUINCY, Ill. — QPEX is holding a silent auction at their anniversary party and is looking for donations. From the Fetlife post: This is a major fundraiser that helps support the group and the services that Mistress_Jackie, LeatherSwtich and the entire QPEX Krewe provide for their community throughout the year. Last year, the silent auction…

LA&M to host trans masculine artist’s reading, May 31

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum will host HP Lehkonen, a trans-masc artist from Finland, on Thursday, May 31. 

Lehkonen is the author of the Queer Prism Award-winning “Short Gay Stories” from Cow House Press. He will be doing a reading at the LA&M.

The event is free but donations are encouraged. A $5 donation will get an art print and people who donate $10 will get an art print and a goodie bag. All donations go to the LA&M.

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…

LRA’s Annual Fetish Ball on May 26

CHICAGO — The LRA-Chicago will have its annual Fetish Ball on Saturday, May 26, at their space starting at 8 p.m. From the LRA announcement: Did you go to the IML Market? Are you eager to try out your purchases and break them in? If so, join LRA as we host LRA’s 18th Pansexual Fetish…

Chicago street dedicated for Chuck Renslow

CHICAGO — IML founder Chuck Renslow was honored with a street dedication on Saturday, May 19, the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Clark Street between Argyle and Winnemac was renamed Chuck Renslow Way. That stretch of Clark was also the site of both the Chicago Eagle and Mans Country. In the coming months, it will become…

Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference this weekend

CHICAGO — The Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference will be returning for its second go this weekend. According the the website, the goal of the conference is to help bring the Chicago non-monogamy community together across all the lines – age, gender, race, class, location, ability, configuration, label, and others. The one-day conference provides a space for attendees…