Tag: Chicago

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task force

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…

Equality Illinois applauds LGBTQ appointment to Illinois Senate sexual harassment task

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois welcomed the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Robbins to a state senate task force on sexual harassment and discrimination in a statement on Friday. As with the national government, media and entertainment, the state general assembly has been hit with allegations of harassment. From Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois We applaud the…

Transgender Day of Remembrance across the Midwest

CHICAGO — As the annual time to remember transgender members of the LGBTQ community that have been lost, communities across the region are planning events and vigils. Saturday, Nov. 18 Transgender Day of Remembrance Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 Saturday at 6 PM – 8 PM Join FORGE and…

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: Talking about Boundaries in Power Exchange

CHICAGO — Saturday, Nov 18. – Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable discussion group meets, talking about boundaries in power exchange. In power exchange, boundaries take on a new level, and with that comes new awareness, new responsibility / new surrender. Boundaries define where we end and where others begin. Our boundaries are the skin we live…

Chicago Leather Club goes on hiatus

CHICAGO — Chicago Leather Club, a service-oriented leather club in Chicago, announced Tuesday that they would be going on indefinite hiatus. From their Facebook page: Hello CLC family and friends, On Friday, Oct 27th, the active full members of CLC voted to suspend the bylaws of the club and go on an indefinite hiatus. This…

People of color find solidarity at MIR meetup

CHICAGO — This past weekend, Mr. International Rubber (MIR) played host to what is likely the first formal meetup for People of Color to be part of an official event schedule and not hosted by a club.

About 25 people gathered in the third-floor lobby of the Center on Halstead, during MIR Weekend. While African-Americans did make up the largest part of the group, people from the Asian, Native American and Latinx communities were also present. Those present spoke about their experiences as people of color both as LGBTQ and kinky people.

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.

Michal came out of a field of eight contestants to win the title. First runner-up was John Cheshire, Mr. Melbourne Rubber, and second runner-up was Pup Ranger, Mr. New England Rubber. Other contestants came from the American Midwest, Florida, Spain, the Netherlands, and San Francisco.

Mr. International Rubber Travel Fund renamed the Sly Hands Travel Fund

CHICAGO — As part of the ceremonies opening the 21st Mr. International Rubber (MIR) contest, Chief Operating Officer William “Rubberwilli” Schendel announced that the executive committee of the organization was renaming the winners travel fund to honor Si “Sly” Hands, Mr. International Rubber 2012. The renamed fund will be known as the “Sly Hands Travel…

Chicago’s Touché celebrates 40 years

CHICAGO — Chicago’s oldest leather bar Touche is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this week. The bar kicked off the celebrations on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the bar itself. The bar had drink prices from 1977, a performance from Sharon McKnight, a buffet and birthday cake. The celebration will continue through the weekend. For more photos…