Category: Illinois

News from Illinois bear, leather and kink communities, courtesy of The Illinois Eagle.

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Silent Auction Donations for QPEX Anniversary Party

QUINCY, Ill. — QPEX is holding a silent auction at their anniversary party and is looking for donations. From the Fetlife post: This is a major fundraiser that helps support the group and the services that Mistress_Jackie, LeatherSwtich and the entire QPEX Krewe provide for their community throughout the year. Last year, the silent auction…

LA&M to host trans masculine artist’s reading, May 31

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum will host HP Lehkonen, a trans-masc artist from Finland, on Thursday, May 31. 

Lehkonen is the author of the Queer Prism Award-winning “Short Gay Stories” from Cow House Press. He will be doing a reading at the LA&M.

The event is free but donations are encouraged. A $5 donation will get an art print and people who donate $10 will get an art print and a goodie bag. All donations go to the LA&M.

MIR announces judges, emcee, new venue

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber announced a slate of changes for the 2018 contest Friday afternoon at International Mr. Leather in Chicago.

The biggest news was a change of venue for the final portion on the Saturday of the contest weekend. MIR COO Rubberwilli said that the Center on Halstead would remain the home of the vendor market and Friday night portion of the contest. However, due to the growth of the audience, the finale portion will now be at the auditorium at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Contestant numbers for IML/IMBB 2018 assigned

CHICAGO — International Mr. Leather announced the contest numbers for this year’s contestants during the Opening Ceremonies Friday night in Chicago. The contestant numbers are: 1- Nick Hollie, Mr Philadelphia Leather 2017 2- Bret Streetman, Oklahoma Mr Leather 2018 3- Damien Basile, Northeast Handler 2017 4- Scot Blumstein, Mr Ramrod 2017 5- Ray Sparo, M…

LRA’s Annual Fetish Ball on May 26

CHICAGO — The LRA-Chicago will have its annual Fetish Ball on Saturday, May 26, at their space starting at 8 p.m. From the LRA announcement: Did you go to the IML Market? Are you eager to try out your purchases and break them in? If so, join LRA as we host LRA’s 18th Pansexual Fetish…

Chicago street dedicated for Chuck Renslow

CHICAGO — IML founder Chuck Renslow was honored with a street dedication on Saturday, May 19, the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. Clark Street between Argyle and Winnemac was renamed Chuck Renslow Way. That stretch of Clark was also the site of both the Chicago Eagle and Mans Country. In the coming months, it will become…

Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference this weekend

CHICAGO — The Chicago Non-Monogamy Conference will be returning for its second go this weekend. According the the website, the goal of the conference is to help bring the Chicago non-monogamy community together across all the lines – age, gender, race, class, location, ability, configuration, label, and others. The one-day conference provides a space for attendees…

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable to tackle structural tools in May discussion

CHICAGO — The Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable will cover Structural Tools & Their Effectiveness in Power Exchange. From the Fetlife event: Tools that create structure in power exchange can help define and shape a dynamic, and be useful in establishing stability, security, anticipation – rituals, protocol, personal growth assignments being some of those tools. Using such…

Chicago Bearfest this Memorial Day weekend

CHICAGO — Chicago Bearfest will return for its second time May 24-28. This year’s schedule of events has bear dancers, the 2018 Chicago Bear & Chicago Cub contest and a special show “My Big Funny Peter” featuring comedian Peter Bisuito. There is no official host hotel for Bearfest. Most of the events and activities take…