Category: Feature

Feature stories on the Great Lakes Den (interviews, profiles, fun stuff).

Event Report – GLLA 11

Once again, hundreds of Leather folk converged on Indianapolis for Great Lakes Leather Alliance XI. Held August 24 -26, this years event marked a return to a previous hotel venue, traditionally enjoyed by many of the attendees. And of interest for those in and around the Chicago area, for the first time, Illinois had the…

Getting to know Sarah Sloane

CHICAGO – The one thing I noticed right off about Sarah Sloane is that the more you get to know her, the more you want to ask her! She is one person who never takes a moment for grass to grow under her feet. Just when you think you know all you can know about…

Behind the Green Door, Exxxotica Expo!

CHICAGO – Exxotica Expo in Chicago this past weekend was full of vendors and stage performances as well as seminars. There was dildo riding (yes you read that right. It was like the mechanical bull only it was a huge purple dildo) as well as some lovely ladies from Graffiti Dancers in cages dancing, and one…

Interview with Mr. Mid-West Leather 2011 Mike Prater

  Mike Prater, Mr. Mid-West Leather 2011 EVANSVILLE, Ind. – I had the great privilege to sit down with and interview Mr. Mid-West Leather 2011, Mike Prater. We talked about his title and his perception of the leather/kink community in his small town. Talking with Mike, about how being a titleholder was a life-changing experience…

Power eXchange: More Than Just the Whip

COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend in Ohio was the first ever Power eXchange Summit.  What differentiates this event from others is the types of things found there. Sure, there were vendors. Sure, there were classes and presentations. Sure, there was a silent auction. However, there was no one competing for anything, and not one class…

CLAW – Cleveland Really Does Rock

CLEVELAND – After hearing about Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend, I finally made it to the event without a contest. And I didn’t really miss there not being a contest. Now in its eleventh year, for those not familiar with it (there has to be a few) CLAW is an annual weekend of workshops and festivities…

Halfway Through with IML 2003

  (Editor’s Note: MU, or Midwest Ursine, was the original name for the GLD when we founded in 2001.) John Pendal of England is the most recent international winner of the International Mr. Leather contest held each Memorial Day weekend. Since then he’s been very busy almost literally globetrotting in support of his title. Luckily,…

24 Hours + 7 Years: A Journey Revisited

In a world where coming out seems easier than it used to be, say 10 years ago, there are still stories out there of coming out nightmares. One such story was told seven years ago by a young bear by the name of Robert Harmon from West Virginia. When Robert posted his story on the…

Will Clark: More Than a Bad Boy

  The gay community often treats its adult video stars like true celebrities. The bear community is no different. And you’d be hard pressed to find someone more deserving of it than Will Clark. The friendly Wisconsin native is multi-talented and very busy. Along with being in videos that span many genres – from bear…