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.”

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…

Leather Press Series: Becoming the Leather Press

Third in a four-part series There are actually some good reasons to become part of the leather press. I have complained a bit about the challenges, but there are things I like about it. And I’d love for more people to join it. The first reason, it’s a way to give back. One thing the…

Sushi Night Peoria, Oct. 2

PEORIA — Come out for some good food and hang out with friends. Meeting at Sushi Ko in the back corner of the Metro Center at 630 between Nick and Willy’s and Naturally Yours Grocery. They do have great Chinese food along with sushi. Best part is it’s 25% off your whole bill. We have…

Bob Behr appointed LA&M board president

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard’s announcement he is stepping down as President, effective September 27. Krongaard will retain his position on the Board of Directors, of which he has been a…

Drummer North America, February 22-25

LAS VEGAS — Join us in Sin City for a weekend fueled by play, fun and the opportunity to explore your fetishes. Alongside social and skills building workshops, Drummer North America (DNA) weekend features three fetish contests for gay men: Drummer, Drummerboy and Drummer Bootblack. In 2018, we are also the home for the Women…