Leather community says good bye to Chuck Renslow

The final White Party begins after the Chuck Renslow Memorial ends at Metro on Sunday, Aug. 28. (Photos by Daddy Tom)

CHICAGO — The leather community gathered in Chicago to say good bye to IML founder Chuck Renslow, who passed away June 29.

The Chuck Renslow Memorial Service was held at The Metro just north of Wrigley Field. The Metro was once known as the Center Stage, one of Chuck’s many business through his long career.

The memorial, with many of those attending dressed in white, featured speakers including Chicago Ald. Tom Tunney, former alderman Cliff Kelley, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, former bar owner Marge Summit, Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim, former judge Tom Chiola and Chuck’s partner Ron Ehemann. Each spoke about different parts of Chuck’s life as a businessman, activist and leatherman.

Tunney also read a proclamation from the Chicago City Council in memory of Chuck’s passing. Tunney noted that, unlike the human rights ordinance Chuck had worked to get passed, the proclamation passed with a unanimous vote.

After the memorial service, the White Party was held. An annual tradition with all the partygoers dressed in white, this was the last White Party that will be held.

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