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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…

Titans of the Midwest announce new appointments

DES MOINES — The Titans of the Midwest education group announced two executive board appointments on Wednesday. Rob “Papa Bear” Anderson to the Vice President position. Rob Anderson has previously served as Secretary for Titans of the Midwest in 2015 and most recently has been serving as At-Large West in 2018. He has been a…

Bear Necessities 2018 coming this weekend

DES MOINES — The Capital Bears of Des Moines will be hosting Bear Necessities 2018 this weekend across the Des Moines area. The full schedule: Friday, April 13, 2018 7:00PM – A Bear-y Welcome to Des Moines! – The Blazing Saddle – 416 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309 9:00PM – 1:00AM – Bear Bartenders – The Blazing Saddle 10:00PM –…

Mr. Minnesota Leather Sir wins Mr. Midwest Olympus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather contest occurred the weekend of Feb. 9-10, 2018, at Highball Tavern in Columbus, Ohio. The weekend consisted of a meet-and-greet, cigar social, a day of learning opportunities at The Space in Columbus and then the contest Saturday night. Outgoing title holder Ken Powers (Sir Steele) said that “he…

Titans of the Midwest select new board

DES MOINES — The Titans of the Midwest, a regional community service and education leather organization, has selected a new executive board for 2018. The new board members are: President – Sargent James Vice President – Brian Bolt Donner Treasurer – Gerard Schwickerath Secretary – Shane Donegan Public Liaison – D.S. Trumbull Membership Secretary – Jonathan Garton Bookkeeper – Vacant At-Large…

GLLA announces Mufasa Ali as the GLLA 2018 keynote speaker

INDIANAPOLIS — The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mufasa Ali will serve as the GLLA 2018 Keynote Speaker.

Mufasa Ali, a member of the Leather community for over 20 years and the inaugural Mr. World Leather 2006/2007, is the founder of ONYX, an international club supporting Leathermen of Color and the recipient of the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Award.

The region recognizes Worlds AIDS Day 2017

CHICAGO — December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS and those living with the virus. Many local community across the world and across the Midwest are recognizing the battle with memorials, gatherings and events. The following list of events isn’t a complete list, so please watch…

Transgender Day of Remembrance across the Midwest

CHICAGO — As the annual time to remember transgender members of the LGBTQ community that have been lost, communities across the region are planning events and vigils. Saturday, Nov. 18 Transgender Day of Remembrance Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 Saturday at 6 PM – 8 PM Join FORGE and…