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Indiana cop on leave after white male privilege statement

PLAINFIELD, Ind. — A captain with the Plainfield, Ind. police department is now on administrative leave after a statement about white male privilege during a transgender awareness session for the town’s police. Indianapolis TV station RTV6 reported that the comment came at the Nov. 1 session. A representative from the U.S. Department of Justice and a United States…

Supreme Court lets Texas anti-marriage equality ruling stand

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a Texas ruling that marriage equality did not mean same-sex couples could receive spousal benefits. The Austin American-Statesmen reported that the city of Houston had asked the court to overturn last June’s Texas Supreme Court decision, which determined that all marriage-related matters were not decided when…

Leather Archives holds public interviews for next Exec Director

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago hosted open interview sessions for the three executive director position over the weekend.

The candidates each were interviewed on stage in the auditorium after private interviews and receptions throughout the day. Jeff Storer had his session on Friday, Dec. 1, Gary Wasdin on Dec. 2, and Alissa Swindell on Dec. 3.

Missouri county health department drops STD treatment

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — St. Charles County near St. Louis will no longer offer treatment and testing for sexual transmitted diseases (STD) through its public health, local media reported on Thursday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that after today, no more appointments would be allowed for the STD clinic’s nurse practitioner. Health department director Hope…

Minn. medical cannabis program to add autism, obstructive sleep apnea as qualifying conditions

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger on Thursday announced the decision to add autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as new qualifying conditions for the state’s medical cannabis program. “Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Commissioner Ehlinger. “However, there…

Class mentioning Hitler raises controversy at LLC

ATLANTA — The leather community was rocked this week after a class at Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) 22 included references to Hitler and Genghis Khan in the course description.

The class description got a lot of attention after author Laura Antoniou, originally the keynote speaker, wrote an open letter denouncing the class and saying that she could not support an event with such a class. Since then, other attendees, presenters and vendors have said they will no longer attend the event in Atlanta next year.

‘Wisconsin Businesses for Equality’ launches to support transgender equality legislation

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Fair Wisconsin proudly announced the formation of Wisconsin Businesses for Equality, a coalition committed to updating Wisconsin’s non-discrimination law to protect our transgender community. Founding members include Froedtert Health, Kohler Co., ManpowerGroup, Milwaukee Bucks and UW Health. “We believe it’s time to update and modernize our…

One Iowa Action announces LGBTQ speakers bureau trainings

DES MOINES — One Iowa Action, an affiliated advocacy arm of One Iowa, announced details for its first Speakers Bureau trainings on its new website (oneiowaaction.org) Thursday morning. The site also includes the organization’s legislative priorities, upcoming details for other events, ways for LGBTQ Iowans and allies to engage with the organization and the Iowa…

IML Announces Staffing Changes

CHICAGO — As IML begins to enter a new chapter in its history, The Executive Committee is announcing a staff change, effective immediately. Erick Joseph, International Mr. Bootblack 2016, and Jeremy Morris, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 and Executive Producer of Iowa Leather Weekend, have been named Co-Coordinators for the International Mr. Bootblack Competition (IMBB). Erick,…