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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.

Mr. International Rubber Travel Fund renamed the Sly Hands Travel Fund

CHICAGO — As part of the ceremonies opening the 21st Mr. International Rubber (MIR) contest, Chief Operating Officer William “Rubberwilli” Schendel announced that the executive committee of the organization was renaming the winners travel fund to honor Si “Sly” Hands, Mr. International Rubber 2012. The renamed fund will be known as the “Sly Hands Travel…

NLA-International writing submissions being accepted for 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — NLA-International (NLA-I), a national organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards. The awards are given for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. The deadline for…

Federal court blocks transgender military ban

WASHINGTON — News reports on Monday said that Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel has been blocked by the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the transgender service members who had sued over Trump’s policy were likely to win and ordered a return…

LA&M board adopts new mission statement

CHICAGO — At the Annual Meeting of the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) the Board of Directors continued strategic planning work that began last year with the adoption of a new Mission Statement for the organization. “The new mission statement better reflects both the work of the LA&M and the communities we serve,” said Bob Miller,…

Executive director search committee updates LA&M board on progress

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) Executive Director Search Committee reports the initial phase of the search process concludes with the closing of the application submission window. Following a nation-wide search, 66 applicants submitted their resume for consideration to be the next leader of the LA&M. The search committee evaluated candidates based on…

MIR21 – Squeakeasy

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber returns to Chicago next week. This year’s theme reaches back to Chicago’s history of speakeasies. As in past years, the contest, vendor market will be at the Center on Halstead in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. But rubber events will be taking place across town at CellBlock, Touche, Jackhammer and two of…