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Mr. Gem City Bear 2017 named in Dayton

DAYTON — Benjamin Benton of Indianapolis took home the Mr. Gem City Bear 2017 title in August. The contest was held at MJ’s on Jefferson in Dayton on Aug. 5 and was hosted by the Gem City Bears and Scarlett Fever. The contest raised $700 for Brigids Path, which provides inpatient medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental…

Ohio SMART Third Saturday Presenter Dinner, Sept. 16

CLEVELAND — Come meet @Mattaoh and @Fox-Quinn at our monthly presenter dinner! This month’s dinner will be hosted by @BeastD, and for a fun change of pace, we will be noshing on some of the area’s best sushi at Sushi 86! Menu: https://www.sushi86.com/menu/ Please RSVP for dinner IN THIS THREAD– our reservation is for 10 people,…

CUFF’s September Slosh, Sept. 16

URBANA — It’s time for that time of the month again, the SLOSH! I apologize for the late posting of this event, as we were in communications with the new management of the bar, and wanted to make sure all was set so that this could go off without a hitch! So come on out,…

DOJ brief in gay rights case slammed by advocates

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has again filed an amicus brief against gay civil rights in a case up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. From NBC Out: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission involves Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused — due to his religious beliefs — to make a wedding…

SF activist Bubbles killed in Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO — Activist Anthony Torres, known in San Francisco as Bubbles, was shot and killed in the city’s Tenderloin area this past weekend, local media reported. From SFGate.com: San Francisco activist, artist and DJ Anthony Torres, who was best known by his gender-nonconforming alter ego, Bubbles, was fatally shot early Saturday morning, according to…

TNGC Presents: Practical D/s Dynamics, Sept. 17

CHICAGO — Dominance/submission and Master/slave are core elements of the kink culture. Monkey has been involved in M/s relationships for the majority of his kink life. The fantasies of this lifestyle are often as unrealistic as they are powerful. However, the reality can be much more rewarding. In this class, we’ll explore the drive that…

Renee Beckman, Women’s International Leather Legacy 2017

Renee Beckman of Alaska won this year’s Women’s International Leather Legacy title last month in Dallas. She’s become the latest Alaskan to take home an international title, one of a distinguished line.

“I’m actually the fifth,” Renee said in a phone interview with the Great Lakes Den. “We now have more international titleholders than anywhere else in the United States.”

Renee said she was actually shocked to win with the class of contestants she competed with. This year had five women competing, the largest number yet. She was taken aback by the bios of the other women and all they had done. When she was announced as the winner, she knew she had done enough.