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Bootblack Roundup 2018

CHICAGO – On the Weekend of August 10 to 12, 2018, Bootblacks from around the country will pour into the City of Chicago for the 3rd annual  . In 2015, Sparkie, 2015 Illinois Community Bootblack, wanted to do a unique fundraising event to end his title year and decided to fill the void for Bootblack-focused…

Study: LGBTQ adults worry about long-term care

WASHINGTON — When it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, discrimination in long-term care (LTC) facilities, and access to LGBT-sensitive services for seniors, according to a new AARP survey. Black and Latino LGBT adults report the greatest concern about…

UNAIDS: There is no new superstrain of HIV

CHICAGO — The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) said on Tuesday that, despite media reports, there is not a new and untreatable strain of HIV. Louie R. Ocampo, country director for UNAIDS Philippines, said in a blog post that virus variants found in the country haven’t changed and are similar to…

Power eXchange Summit 2018 coming up in May

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Power eXchange Summit has launched ticket sales for their 2018 event. Early bird tickets for PXS2018 are on sale now at http://www.powerexchangesummit.org/. From a press release from Power eXchange: Power eXchange Summit is a 3-day exploration and celebration of Power Exchange Relationships.  Dominant/submissive, Master/slave, Owner/property, 1950’s, Trainer/pet, Taken in Hand, Executive, Gorean,…

New leather community survey being circulated

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Pup Indigo, Mid-Atlantic Drummerboy 2016, has launched a survey to find out the current state of the national leather community and it’s needs. From his Facebook post: Goal: To compile data and information on the current leather/kink/fetish community at large in order to help grow a better understanding of how the…

IMsL/IMsBB announce contestants for 2018

SAN JOSE, Calif. — International Ms. Leather/International Ms. Bootblack have announced the contestants for this year’s event in April. The IMsL contestants are: Carla, Washington State Ms. Leather, of Seattle girl ang of Melbourne, Australia Jesbian Bagheera, Ms California Leather 2017, of San Francisco Jinnie Horta, Oklahoma Ms. Leather 2017, of Tulsa Scarlett Sin, Ms Los Angeles…

New study shows LGBTQ acceptance dropping

DAVOS, Switzerland — GLAAD announced on Thursday that, for the first time, acceptance for LGBTQ has gone down. The result came from the annual Accelerating Acceptance report produced by GLAAD and Harris Poll. This is the first time in the four year history of the report that the level of acceptance has gone down. Some…

NCSF looking for new board members

BALTIMORE — The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announced Monday that they are looking for new board members for the upcoming year. From their email announcement: The NCSF needs you! The NCSF is run by a Board of Directors consisting of 13 Board Members. Nine of the Board Members are elected at our annual…