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National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released

DETROIT —The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released its annual report documenting the high level of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States in 2012. The report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012, is the most comprehensive…

San Francisco’s Andy Cross Wins IML 2013

CHICAGO – Andy Cross, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2013 took the International Mr. Leather 2013 sash home, coming out on top of 51 other men from six countries. He wasn’t alone from the Bay Area on the winners’ podium. Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr. Santa Clara Leather 2012 won first runner up. The top three was rounded…

Beverly McClellan To Headline at IML

CHICAGO – International Mr. Leather has announced that singer/songwriter Beverly McClellan will be the headline entertainer during IML on Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago. From IML: We are thrilled and excited to announce that BEVERLY McCLELLAN has been signed to appear and HEADLINE at the 35th Annual IML Contest on Sunday, May 26th! Introduced to…

IML Vendor List Released

CHICAGO – International Mr. Leather has released the list of vendor’s for this year’s IML Leather Market. From the IML website: Non-weekend package holders will need to get a daily Day Pass to enter the Leather Market. There is a $5.00 suggested donation with all proceeds going to the Leather Archives and Museum.  Wristbands are…

Finalists Announced for 2012 NLA-I Writing Awards

COLUMBUS, Ohio – National Leather Association: International (NLA-I), a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather/fetish community, announced today the finalists for its annual writing awards. Named after activists and writers Geoff Mains, John Preston, Pauline Reage, Cynthia Slater, and the groundbreaking organization Samois, they are awarded annually to recognize excellence in writing and…

UPDATED: Possible Scam with FB LA&M Fundraiser

CHICAGO – The LA&M and Bear Man have said today that a Facebook page, “The Eric Lawrence Fundraiser for Leather Archives & Museum,” is a possible scam. Bear Man, who wrote the obituary for Florida leatherman Eric Lawrence and is treasurer for the Leather Archives & Museum, has said that neither he nor the Archives…