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American Brotherhood Weekend announces 2017 titleholders

CHICAGO — The producers of American Brotherhood Weekend pleased to announce the winners of their 2017 contest, held October 6-8 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2017 American Leatherman title was awarded to Rod McCoy, who hails from the great state of Maryland. Rod held the title of Leatherman of Color 2011, and is a Full Brother of ONYX. Joining Rod as the American Leatherwoman 2017 is Jackie Thompson, who also resides in Maryland. Jackie also held the title of Ms. Capital Pride Leather 2009, and is a member of Highwaymen TNT.

US clarifies vote on UN death penalty resolution

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department explained its “no” vote on a anti-death penalty resolution after an outcry on social media. From NBC OUT: In a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explained why the U.S. voted against the resolution. “We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s…

Executive director search committee updates LA&M membership on progress

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) Executive Director Search Committee reports the process for naming the next Executive Director is progressing as planned. In June 2017, following 15 years as LA&M Executive Director, Rick Storer pursued new opportunities with another Chicago non-profit organization. “The Board has been quick to develop and implement a comprehensive…

U.S. votes against UN resolution banning death for being gay

NEW YORK — Last week, the United States voted against a United Nations human rights resolution that condemned using the death penalty for same-sex relationships, the Washington Blade reported. From the Blade: The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin. Congo,…

Bob Behr appointed LA&M board president

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard’s announcement he is stepping down as President, effective September 27. Krongaard will retain his position on the Board of Directors, of which he has been a…

Drummer North America, February 22-25

LAS VEGAS — Join us in Sin City for a weekend fueled by play, fun and the opportunity to explore your fetishes. Alongside social and skills building workshops, Drummer North America (DNA) weekend features three fetish contests for gay men: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack. In 2018, we are also the home for the Women…