Category: Illinois

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Court Support for Trans Lifeline Cofounder Nina Chaubal

CHICAGO — Last December, Nina Chaubal was returning home after a very long fundraising trip for Trans Lifeline , when she was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not being able to immediately provide her marriage certificate to authorities when they questioned her citizenship at a random checkpoint in Arizona. As a result,…

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task force

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…

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…

Chicago Leather Club goes on hiatus

CHICAGO — Chicago Leather Club, a service-oriented leather club in Chicago, announced Tuesday that they would be going on indefinite hiatus. From their Facebook page: Hello CLC family and friends, On Friday, Oct 27th, the active full members of CLC voted to suspend the bylaws of the club and go on an indefinite hiatus. This…

Poland wins Mr. International Rubber 21

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber once again made history when Michal, Mr. Rubber Poland, won MIR 21. He is the first international fetish titleholder from beyond the former Iron Curtain.

Michal came out of a field of eight contestants to win the title. First runner-up was John Cheshire, Mr. Melbourne Rubber, and second runner-up was Pup Ranger, Mr. New England Rubber. Other contestants came from the American Midwest, Florida, Spain, the Netherlands, and San Francisco.

Chicago’s Touché celebrates 40 years

CHICAGO — Chicago’s oldest leather bar Touche is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this week. The bar kicked off the celebrations on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the bar itself. The bar had drink prices from 1977, a performance from Sharon McKnight, a buffet and birthday cake. The celebration will continue through the weekend. For more photos…

Equality Illinois launches drive for LGBTQ leadership in state

CHICAGO—Equality Illinois is launching a new initiative to build the policy and political power of LGBTQ Illinoisans by linking qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people to openings on key state boards and commissions. “The Boards and Commissions Initiative seeks to enhance the visibility and public leadership of LGBTQ Illinoisans on the important state…