UPDATED: LGBTQ candidates win nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — History was made Tuesday night as transgender women won in two races. Andrea Jenknins was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Danica Roem was elected to the state House in Virginia.

Poland wins Mr. International Rubber 21

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber once again made history when Michal, Mr. Rubber Poland, won MIR 21. He is the first international fetish titleholder from beyond the former Iron Curtain.

Final countdown to IML 2003

  CHICAGO – The world’s hottest leathermen will come together to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather 2003, as IML celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Thursday, May 22 through Monday, May 26, 2003 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago.  The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street in Chicago, is the official host hotel for…

Announcing Beartribe.Org

COLUMBUS, Ohio – would like to formerly announce the trial period for Beartribe.org (http://www.beartribe.org).  Beartribe.org is a means to provide the gay/bear/leather/chub communities with a community portal for posting news, opinion, comments, and announcements.  Want to let everyone know about the latest HIV/AIDS research?  Want to announce your bear group’s latest function?  Want to discuss current…

24 Hours + 7 Years: A Journey Revisited

In a world where coming out seems easier than it used to be, say 10 years ago, there are still stories out there of coming out nightmares. One such story was told seven years ago by a young bear by the name of Robert Harmon from West Virginia. When Robert posted his story on the…

Randy Stern: Bear Cliqueatude

Recently on the Four Lakes Bears message board, an anonymous poster made an observation that the Bear Coffees on Thursdays in Madison, Wisconsin tended to be cliquish. He claimed he was an outsider and felt like he would not be able to participate because of the regulars who show up. He even said that the…

Will Clark: More Than a Bad Boy

  The gay community often treats its adult video stars like true celebrities. The bear community is no different. And you’d be hard pressed to find someone more deserving of it than Will Clark. The friendly Wisconsin native is multi-talented and very busy. Along with being in videos that span many genres – from bear…

Bear Pride 2002

CHICAGO – Despite the rumors earlier this year, the mighty has not fallen. Bear Pride was the mightiest of bear runs on the circuit. Bears know that Memorial Day weekend meant being in Chicago. However, years of operating losses and issues with host hotels allowed the Great Lakes Bears to reinvent the community’s premier run.…

Hot weekend in the Windy City

CHICAGO – The Windy City again will host the two biggest events in both the bear and leather worlds – Bear Pride and International Mr. Leather. Both events take place during the Memorial Day weekend and fill the city with bears and leathermen. Things start off early with the Thursday events for IML. Registration begins…