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GLLA announces Mufasa Ali as the GLLA 2018 keynote speaker

INDIANAPOLIS — The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mufasa Ali will serve as the GLLA 2018 Keynote Speaker.

Mufasa Ali, a member of the Leather community for over 20 years and the inaugural Mr. World Leather 2006/2007, is the founder of ONYX, an international club supporting Leathermen of Color and the recipient of the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Pantheon of Leather Large Club of the Year Award.

The region recognizes Worlds AIDS Day 2017

CHICAGO — December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day set aside to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS and those living with the virus. Many local community across the world and across the Midwest are recognizing the battle with memorials, gatherings and events. The following list of events isn’t a complete list, so please watch…

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…

Midwest Bearfest 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Midwest Bearfest turns 21 this year returning to the Clarion Waterfront Hotel on December 14-17, 2017 with friendly bears and cubs from all over. Let us know you’re coming by signing up online and buying a t-shirt. If you’re reading this, you’ve found the right place to register! Once you pay, you’ll get…

Great Lakes Leather Alliance XVI

INDIANAPOLIS — Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) was held in Indianapolis on September 28, 2017 – October 1, 2017. In it’s 16th year, it had one of its largest contests yet with eight different contests going on simultaneously and working together with the Great Lakes Pup and Trainer Contest (GLPT). GLPT is in its third year…

New Mr. Midwest Leather and Midwest Puppy named

ST. LOUIS — Adam Heusinkveld of Chicago won Mr. Midwest Leather 2017 and Pup Axel, Cleveland Puppy 2017, won Midwest Puppy 2017 this past weekend in St. Louis.

The Midwest Leather and Puppy Contest was held at JJ’s Clubhouse, not far from downtown St. Louis. Adam came out ahead of two other contestants: John Owen of Omaha, who go first runner-up, and Pup Chewy of Chicago, who was second runner-up. Pup Xeno of Chicago got first runner-up for puppy. The contest was the climax of a weekend that included classes, dinners and parties throughout the weekend.

Midwest Drummer names new titleholders

CHICAGO — Midwest Drummer held it’s second contest at Chicago’s Jackhammer bar on Sept. 22. Brandon Gentry of Chicago took home the Midwest Drummer title and Pup Bayard won Midwest Drummerboy.

Brandon came out ahead of Michael Sanders, another Chicago resident, for the Drummer title. Bayard was the only Drummerboy contestant but still had to reach a minimum number of points to win the title. There was no bootblack contestant for this year.