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Military to accept transgender people starting Jan. 1

WASHINGTON — The military will start accepting transgender recruits starting January 1, media reports said. National Public Radio reported that Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump’s ban on Monday. Two federal judges put the ban on hold after several lawsuits were filed against the ban. The Trump administration had appealed…

LAM board selects Gary Wasdin as Executive Director

CHICAGO — The board of directors of the Leather Archives & Museum announce early Monday afternoon that they had confirmed Gary Wasdin as the new executive director. The announcement came after a months long search with three finalists having public, open interviews in early December. According to the press release from the LAM, the vote…

Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List

CLEVELAND — The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. Each year, we induct three groups or individuals to honor their legacy. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 inductees are International Mr.…

Committee endorses Gary Wasdin for LA&M executive director

CHICAGO — The selection committee for the Leather Archives & Museum has recommended Gary Wasdin for the vacant executive director position.

The LA&M made the announcement in an early Saturday morning post both on social media and in an email press release.

The full LA&M board will consider final approval at its December 10 virtual meeting.

IPAHW announces 2018 plans

ST. LOUIS — The joint Board of Directors for International Puppy Contest (IPC) and International Puppy and Trainer Contest (IPTC) are pleased to announce our plans for the second annual International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW). IPAHW will return to St Louis for the second year. Despite our original plans to have the event in…

Supreme Court lets Texas anti-marriage equality ruling stand

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let a Texas ruling that marriage equality did not mean same-sex couples could receive spousal benefits. The Austin American-Statesmen reported that the city of Houston had asked the court to overturn last June’s Texas Supreme Court decision, which determined that all marriage-related matters were not decided when…