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Sexuality advocacy groups release statement on sexual addiction

BALTIMORE — A coalition of organizations dedicated to sexual health and advocacy have issued a statement in reaction to recent revelations of sexual harassment and violations, with some of the accused claiming they are sexual addicts. Their statement is below: Addiction to Sex and/or Pornography A Position Statement from the Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS),…

The Liberal Redneck meets Gay Naturists International

CHICAGO — If you follow liberal politics, you’ve probably heard of Trae Crowder, aka The Liberal Redneck.

Since the election of Trump, he’s become well-known for blowing up the stereotypes of rednecks. Where as most people hear rednecks and think far right-wing politics and a member of the Fox News cult, Trae and his comedy partners show that you can be pro-choice, pro-LGBTQ and pro-economic justice while having a southern drawl and enjoying the backwoods.

Well, Trae and company had an interesting experience recently when they were invited to perform… for the Gay Naturists International gathering in the Poconos. While a little surprised, they actually rolled with it pretty well. Watch below.

UPDATED: LGBTQ candidates win nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — History was made Tuesday night as transgender women won in two races. Andrea Jenknins was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Danica Roem was elected to the state House in Virginia. Danica became only the second transgender person to win election to a state legislature in U.S. history, defeating a Republican…

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.

IPAHW announces management, staff changes

ST. LOUIS — The owners of the International Puppy Contest are pleased to announce the following staff and management changes in preparation for the International Puppy 2019 contest, being held July 12-15 during International Pup and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) in St. Louis, MO. Pup Tripp, IPC’s International Puppy 2014 and co-owner, has been officially appointed…

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…

NLA-International writing submissions being accepted for 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — NLA-International (NLA-I), a national organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards. The awards are given for excellence in SM/Leather/Fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. The deadline for…

Federal court blocks transgender military ban

WASHINGTON — News reports on Monday said that Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel has been blocked by the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. The Associated Press reported that U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the transgender service members who had sued over Trump’s policy were likely to win and ordered a return…