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Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: Talking about Boundaries in Power Exchange

CHICAGO — Saturday, Nov 18. – Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable discussion group meets, talking about boundaries in power exchange. In power exchange, boundaries take on a new level, and with that comes new awareness, new responsibility / new surrender. Boundaries define where we end and where others begin. Our boundaries are the skin we live…

Sexuality advocacy groups release statement on sexual addiction

BALTIMORE — A coalition of organizations dedicated to sexual health and advocacy have issued a statement in reaction to recent revelations of sexual harassment and violations, with some of the accused claiming they are sexual addicts. Their statement is below: Addiction to Sex and/or Pornography A Position Statement from the Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS),…

Chicago Leather Club goes on hiatus

CHICAGO — Chicago Leather Club, a service-oriented leather club in Chicago, announced Tuesday that they would be going on indefinite hiatus. From their Facebook page: Hello CLC family and friends, On Friday, Oct 27th, the active full members of CLC voted to suspend the bylaws of the club and go on an indefinite hiatus. This…

The Liberal Redneck meets Gay Naturists International

CHICAGO — If you follow liberal politics, you’ve probably heard of Trae Crowder, aka The Liberal Redneck.

Since the election of Trump, he’s become well-known for blowing up the stereotypes of rednecks. Where as most people hear rednecks and think far right-wing politics and a member of the Fox News cult, Trae and his comedy partners show that you can be pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ and pro-economic justice while having a southern drawl and enjoying the backwoods.

Well, Trae and company had an interesting experience recently when they were invited to perform… for the Gay Naturists International gathering in the Poconos. While a little surprised, they actually rolled with it pretty well. Watch below.


Anti-LGBTQ clerk in Kentucky actually running for reelection

LOUISVILLE — Kim Davis, the county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court ruling, is actually running for reelection in 2018. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Davis’ attorney confirmed that she will be seeking a second term. It’s the first chance for the county’s voters to have their…

UPDATED: LGBTQ candidates win nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — History was made Tuesday night as transgender women won in two races. Andrea Jenknins was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Danica Roem was elected to the state House in Virginia. Danica became only the second transgender person to win election to a state legislature in U.S. history, defeating a Republican…

People of color find solidarity at MIR meetup

CHICAGO — This past weekend, Mr. International Rubber (MIR) played host to what is likely the first formal meetup for People of Color to be part of an official event schedule and not hosted by a club.

About 25 people gathered in the third-floor lobby of the Center on Halstead, during MIR Weekend. While African-Americans did make up the largest part of the group, people from the Asian, Native American and Latinx communities were also present. Those present spoke about their experiences as people of color both as LGBTQ and kinky people.

IPAHW announces management, staff changes

ST. LOUIS — The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner, has been officially appointed…