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Leather Archives holds public interviews for next Exec Director

CHICAGO — The Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago hosted open interview sessions for the three executive director position over the weekend.

The candidates each were interviewed on stage in the auditorium after private interviews and receptions throughout the day. Jeff Storer had his session on Friday, Dec. 1, Gary Wasdin on Dec. 2, and Alissa Swindell on Dec. 3.

Class mentioning Hitler raises controversy at LLC

ATLANTA — The leather community was rocked this week after a class at Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) 22 included references to Hitler and Genghis Khan in the course description.

The class description got a lot of attention after author Laura Antoniou, originally the keynote speaker, wrote an open letter denouncing the class and saying that she could not support an event with such a class. Since then, other attendees, presenters and vendors have said they will no longer attend the event in Atlanta next year.

IML Announces Staffing Changes

CHICAGO — As IML begins to enter a new chapter in its history, The Executive Committee is announcing a staff change, effective immediately. Erick Joseph, International Mr. Bootblack 2016, and Jeremy Morris, Mr. Iowa Leather 2012 and Executive Producer of Iowa Leather Weekend, have been named Co-Coordinators for the International Mr. Bootblack Competition (IMBB). Erick,…

LA&M announces opportunities to meet executive director finalists

CHICAGO — The three finalists for Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) executive director position will be making site visits and participating in various focus groups and meetings this upcoming weekend.

Jeffrey Storer, experienced Director of Operations will be on site December 1, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director will be on site December 2, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant will be on site December 3.

Leather Archives & Museum Executive Director finalists announced

CHICAGO — Three leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish veterans have been selected as finalists for Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) executive director effective next year.

Jeffrey Storer, experienced director of operations, Gary Wasdin, veteran library director and executive director, and Alisa Swindell, active lecturer, curator, and research assistant, have been chosen from a highly qualified field of candidates. Storer, Wasdin, and Swindell were chosen from a field of 66 candidates and five semi-finalists.

Court says government must pay for reassignment surgery for military

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post reported Tuesday afternoon that a second federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must pay for the gender reassignment surgery of transgender military members. From the Washington Post: The ruling Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in the Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington…

Leather Heart Foundation launches general assistance applications

PHILADELPHIA — Over the last year the Leather Heart Foundation (LHF) has gone through structural changes and reorganization internally to bring all of the fetish communities LHF serves a strong foundation for those facing financial hardships. A few weeks ago, LHF opened applications to the Disaster Relief Fund for individuals affected by the devastating wildfires…

Adam & Eve releases facts on abortion in the U.S.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. —, a longtime adult novelty retailer, released statistics about abortion in the United States this week. The information provides data on everything from the number of abortions performed each year to parental consent and mandatory waiting laws. “Adam & Eve supports healthy sexuality between consenting adults,’” said Chad Davis, marketing director for…