Category: Regional

News affecting the entire region’s bear, leather and kink communities.

CLAW moves back downtown for 2017

CLEVELAND — CLAW moves back to Cleveland after three years in the suburbs, into the magnificent Westin Downtown Cleveland, our biggest and best hotel yet. The bulk of the CLAW schedule will be at the Westin, including the vendor mart, banquets, speed dating, cigar deck and most of the Skills and Education sessions, with some…

Bear Abbott Community Commitment Award established at Midwest Olympus

COLUMBUS — John Schmitt, Producer Midwest Olympus Leather announced to the establishment of the Bear Abbott Community Commitment Award. The award named for Master Bear Abbott, Mr. Great Lakes Olympus 2013/14, honoring his history service to the leather community. It will be presented at the Midwest Olympus Leather Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, on February 25.…

Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2016 announced

INDIANAPOLIS — John Schmitt Producer of Midwest Olympus has announced that Matt O’Toole has accepted the title of Mr. Midwest Olympus Leather 2016.   Matt will soon be stepping down as Bluegrass Leather Pride boy 2016 and will compete at International Olympus Leather in San Diego in May 5-7 2017. Due to the reorganization of the…

Women come out in force across the region and nation

Thousands crowded onto the  Indiana Statehouse grounds in Indianapolis for the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. (Photo submitted to the Den) CHICAGO – People across the Great Lakes and Midwest joined with millions of others in sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Chicago, the region’s largest city, hosted the largest…

Midwest Olympus Weekend to be Feb. 24-25, 2017

COLUMBUS — John Schmitt Producer of Midwest Olympus announces that Midwest Olympus Weekend will be held in Columbus, OH on February 24th and 25th.   After the closing of the 501Eagle in Indianapolis, a regional search was held for a new venue, The contest will be held at The Highball Tavern and the educational components will…

Titans of the Midwest elect new board

DES MOINES — Titans of the Midwest held Executive Board elections from November 1, 2016 at midnight CST until November 15, 2016 at midnight CDT. The Titans of the Midwest have a current total membership of 209 Full andAssociate Members, with no Recruit Members. All Full and Associate Members are provided one vote each on…

GLLA celebrates 15 years

Front row: Pup Dodger (W, Pup), boy kaz (W, boy), boy bolt, boy mike, bot matt.  Second row:  Aazura, Duckie, Angie (W. Ms.), Megan, Sir Mitch (W, Sir), Sir Kel, Sir Roman, Sir Shadi, Elisa (W, Bootblack), Kiltgrrl, Master Doug/slave lori (W, M/s).  Third row:  Sir Tim/slave sarah, Vick, slave nanon, Sir Krzysztof. (Photo by…

Daddy Jeff Henken wins Mr. Midwest Leather 2016

2nd Runner-up Phoenix Moon, Gene Cheek, 1st Runner-up Brian Lambert, Alonzo Gault and winner Jeff Henken.  (Photo courtesy of Skytrain Photo) ST. LOUIS — Daddy Jeff Henken won the Mr. Midwest Leather 2016 contest and Pup Gungnir won the Midwest Puppy 2016 contest on Oct. 1 during the Midwest Leather Weekend 2016 held at JJ’s…

New Great Lakes Drummer, boy selected

CHICAGO — The new Great Lakes Drummer and Drummerboy were chosen this past weekend in Chicago. There were two contestants for the first formal contest with the titles. Kevin and Todd, both from Chicago, competed for the Drummerboy title. The judges for the contest were Mr. Leather 64TEN James Tyrcha, Ms. Olympus 2008 Mistress Simone…