Midwest Drummer names new titleholders

CHICAGO — Midwest Drummer held it’s second contest at Chicago’s Jackhammer bar on Sept. 22. Brandon Gentry of Chicago took home the Midwest Drummer title and Pup Bayard won Midwest Drummerboy.

Regional LGBTQ orgs react to new “religious liberty” guidance

ST. LOUIS — LGBTQ organizations in the Midwest have reacted to Attorney General Jeff Sessions issuing guidance to “protect religious liberty in a broad, yet vague, guidance memo that critics fear could give people of faith — including government workers and contractors — a loophole to ignore federal bans on discrimination against women and LGBT people.”

U.S. votes against UN resolution banning death for being gay

NEW YORK — Last week, the United States voted against a United Nations human rights resolution that condemned using the death penalty for same-sex relationships, the Washington Blade reported. From the Blade: The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin. Congo,…

S/m*art² Kinky Artisans Fair – Sat., Oct. 28

WINDSOR, Ont. — On Saturday, October 28th, 2017, Bad-Ass Designs and BDSM-Windsor are proud to present the… S/m*art² Kinky Artisans Fair. Several talented artisans and vendors from across Ontario will be present, showcasing their wares for you to see and purchase! Come out and actually see and touch the things you want to buy, (Please ask before touching) and…

Chicago ClubFem Halloween Party, Oct. 7

CHICAGO — Get ready for a Monster of a good time! Save the Date for the October 7, 2017 Party! RSVPing on the Fetlife page does not get you on the guest list, but it does remind you to attend! RSVPs MUST be sent to chicagomistress@gmail.com by 8 pm the Friday BEFORE the party, October 6th. Chicago…

Jeremy Miller wins Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2017

PEORIA — Jeremy Miller won the second Mr. Central Illinois Bear competition this past weekend out of a field of four contestants.

The contest was put on by the River City Bears of Peoria. A meet and greet was held Friday night at Club Diesel with the actual contest held Saturday at Blondie’s. The contest included a boots and jeans, underwear, formal wear and a question and answer section. During the contest, there were two different performances by Elijah Nation and Michael Edwards, Keegan Nation and Kato Mann.

Equality Illinois honors Planned Parenthood of Illinois, LGBTQ activist Jim Bennett

CHICAGO – For their dedication to social justice and equality, Planned Parenthood of Illinois and veteran LGBTQ rights activist Jim Bennett will be honored at the 2018 Equality Illinois Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ formal celebration, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the…