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Mr. Midwest Rubber 2017 this weekend

CHICAGO — Who will be the next Mr. Midwest Rubber? The winner will go on to represent the Midwest at Mr. International Rubber in Chicago this fall! JUDGES: 1) Issa Arden 2) Gerald “Daddy G” Cernak, Mr. Chicago Leather 2017 3) Solomon Hursey 4) Preston “wexx” So, Mr. International Rubber 20 & Mr. New England…

Midwest Olympus Leather announces dates

INDIANAPOLIS — John Schmitt, producer of Midwest Olympus Leather announced on Tuesday that Midwest Olympus Leather Weekend will be held February 9 -11 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. “We are excited to be returning to the Columbus Space for Alternative Self Expression, and the Highball Tavern for 2018,” Schmitt said. The weekend event will begin Feb.…

Midwest Olympus Leather 2017

by Master Bella and slave rooks all photos by slave rooks COLUMBUS, Ohio — This past February the Midwest Olympus Leather weekend took place offering a great mix of entertainment and leather. With also a full Saturday of workshops held at The Columbus Space, attendees found a diverse range of educational opportunities to choose from. Despite…

CLAW 17 rocks Cleveland

(Above) Karaoke in the Main Atrium of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Photos by Brett Peugh) CLEVELAND – With more than 2,000 attendees, 1,000 volunteer shifts filled, and 104 educational and skills workshops, CLAW 17 was the largest to date. The annual event filled The Westin, DoubleTree and Hampton hotels in downtown Cleveland.…

Region sends off contestants to IML

IML

CHICAGO — Titleholders from across the Midwest and Great Lakes are getting ready for International Mr. Leather at the end of May in Chicago. Be sure to support your local titleholder as they head off to vie for IML 2017. May 7 Pup Chomper’s IML Kickoff Party 1 PM until… Join former Mr. Wisconsin Leather…

CLAW 2017: What Should I Do?

CLEVELAND — CLAW is Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend and is one of the biggest leather events in the country. Going to events like this can be daunting to begin with, but if it’s your first time, it makes it even more difficult to try to figure out what’s going on, when, and where. We are going…

Leashed! at CLAW in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — Join the Midwest Puppy Co-Owners Papa Woof, Puppy Boo, Daddy John and Pup Scout, Midwest Puppy 2016 Gungnir, Northeast Handler 2017 Sir Damien and Northeast Puppy 2017 Pup Vidhra for LEASHED! The CLAW Handler focused social event Saturday night 11pm – 1am at the Westin 6th Floor Lobby. Sponsored by the Midwest Puppy…

Regional organizations react to LGBTQ appeals court decision

CHICAGO —  LGBTQ rights organizations in the Midwest reacted to this week’s decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago saying that the Civil Rights Act protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Chris Paulsen, campaign manager of Freedom Indiana, said on Tuesday: “This is a welcome decision for anyone who has ever…

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…