Special guest at Iowa Leather Weekend 2017

DES MOINES – The 29th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend returns October 13-17th, 2017! Plans are currently underway for another record setting weekend that promises to be full of leatherwomen, leathermen,…

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.

Indiana Historical Society to host LGBT exhibit

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Historical Society will host a new exhibit with stories of the state’s LGBT community, a local TV station reported Monday. From RTV6: The historical society says the exhibit called “Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana,” will be on display Sept. 16 through Nov. 4 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana…