For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself, your Leather titles and how you are connected to the community.
Hey there, my name is Joey McDonald. I’m 57 years old and a native Chicagoan, but have also lived in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia and Key West, Florida. I am a US Navy Veteran who served as an openly gay sailor (long, long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). I was lucky enough traveled around the world by the time I was honorably discharged, having visited 32 countries. In the mid-80s, I owned a catering and event planning business. I am a trained master weaver, and spent 15 years in the interior design industry designing and weaving luxury/high-end upholstery fabrics.
I worked for LGBT equality in Illinois until April 2013. I currently work as a Community Health Advocate, serving the homeless, recovering/addicted and HIV/AIDS impacted people and am going to school to get certified as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Although I never won a Leather title, I competed for and was a runner-up for Mr. Windy City 1981. I am a member of the Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather, Inc. (IML). I have served as the IML Den Daddy for the past eight years, working with the men who compete each year. I have the distinction of having volunteered at every IML since its beginning in 1979.
Extreme cold and snow failed to deter a huge turnout in Chicago that saw Miguel Torres win the 2014 Mr. Chicago Leather Contest January 25 at Touché.
The contest on Saturday night featured six men going for the title. Joining Miguel at the contest’s end was first runner-up Jonathan Saidler and second runner-up Clint Sabin.
Miguel will now compete at Mr. International Leather 2014 in May. Miguel is originally from Venezuela and has called Chicago his home since 2000. He remains active in fundraising for local charities and this past summer participated in Ride for AIDS, a two-day, 200-mile bicycling event for Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).
The judges for Mr. Chicago Leather 2014 were International Mr. Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Mr. Midwest Leather 2012 Matt Hengle, Mr. Midwest Rubber 2013 Jesse Driscoll, videographer and editor for the Leather Archives and Museum’s Leather Preservation and Conservation Project Christina Court, and Mr. Chicago Leather 2013 Nick Zuko.
Leatherman Of Color 2018 Dax Volpe Partner Luar
Leatherman of Color 2018 Dax Volpe
Leatherman of Color 2018 is Dax Volpe who won his title on December 9 at the DC Eagle in Washington, DC 20019. Leatherman of Color 2017 Kai Anderson passed the title to his successor. https://www.facebook.com/loc2018/
Concluding a multi-month search process, an experienced library director and administrator will lead the next chapter of the Leather Archives and Museum. Gary Wasdin received unanimous support of all nine board members present at the Sunday afternoon meeting. He will assume his new position on January 2.
CODE: Dress Rehearsal
CODE: Dress Rehearsal - MAL Discount Tix Night will be hosted by CODE at the Glorious Health Club on Saturday, January 6 at 9 PM. With MAL just around the corner, try out your best gear at CODE - it's "dress rehearsal" time! Harnesses, chaps and jocks, oh my! Don't be caught by surprise - it's always best to have a Dress Rehearsal. Glorious Health Club, 2120 West Virginia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. https://www.facebook.com/codedc/
A new catalog published by the LA&M, Leather Archives & Museum : 25 Years, celebrates a milestone anniversary for the community institution which is located in Chicago and serving the world.
AIDS Life Cycle ride
By Pug Pug
Team Wombat finished the AIDS Life Cycle ride today, June 9 after 545 miles from Sand Francisco to Los Angeles. While not a Leather community event, Leather was very visible. Thank you to everyone that supported our efforts. A special thank you to the Bullet Bar for being a team sponsor.
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) announced today that they have hired Jakob VanLammeren as Archivist and Collections Librarian. Jakob has been a project archivist at the Leather Archives since November of 2012, working with the Chicago Hellfire Club Collection. Prior to his work on the Hellfire Club Collection, Jakob was an intern in 2012, processing and describing two small collections and transcribing an oral history.
Jakob will graduate with his MLIS degree from Dominican University, River Forest, IL in August of 2013, where he has pursued coursework focusing on archives, archival theory, and metadata. His professional interests lie in increasing user access and utilizing new and innovative ways to build relationships among finding aids and digitization. He is also deeply committed to creating and sustaining traditional and 21st century innovations for the field. Jakob is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Chicago Area Archivists, and the American Library Association. In addition to his work as an archivist, Jakob is a poet and received his MFA in Poetry from Bennington College, Bennington, VT in 2008.
LA&M Executive Director Rick Storer said "We are excited to bring Jakob on board. His understanding of archival, museum and library collections will enhance services the Leather Archives and Museum provides to its patrons." Through his work with the collections, he will focus on digitization efforts to bring materials available at the Leather Archives to a wider audience.
The Leather Archives and Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to Leather and alternative sexual communities. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter. Click on Leather Archives and Museum to find more information.
My name is Gary Wasdin, and I am the new Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. I am humbled to have been chosen to lead this organization and to continue the work that so many have contributed to over the past 26-plus years. While I am only in my third week, your passion and commitment to the LA&M and its work is evident. Thank you for your support.
Scene from Southwest Leather Conference 2017. Photo by Dave Rhodes
Southwest Leather Conference - Take the Plunge
Southwest Leather Conference 2018 - Take the Plunge will highlight the annual Southwest Master/slave Contest and Southwest Bootblack Contest in gorgeous Phoenix, Arizona. Southwest Leather Conference also includes Dance of Souls hook pull ceremony, keynote brunch, play parties, a large number of classes and workshops, Leather Tribe Revival and other socials. http://www.southwestleather.org/content/registration NOLA Leather to Geaux 2018 March 16 - 18, 2018 hosted by NOLA Leather to Geaux March 16-18 at 6 PM at the Phoenix, 941 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117-8535.
All 63 International Mr. Leather 2017 contestants wave to the crowd. Soon after, the IML Top 20 Finalists were named. All photos by Dave Rhodes
International Mr. Leather 2017 is Ralph Bruneau who came in as Mr. GNI Leather 2016; his first runner-up is Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, second runner-up is Mr. Leather Europe 2016 Joe King; International Mr. Bootblack 2017 is Ryan "Pawlish" Garner-Carpenter and first runner-up is Rhys.
A special weekend of films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen October 4-5 at the Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 North Greenview Avenue, as CineKink, "the kinky film festival," hits Chicago for a red-hot rendezvous.
On Saturday, October 4 at 7 PM, Best Of CineKink 2014 will be a collection of sexy shorts deemed the best during CineKink's most recent festival run. With works ranging from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit, this year's edition includes 'Un Bisous Americain' (J.M. Darling), 'Human Warmth' (Christophe Predari),'Tom's Gift' (Todd Verow and Charles Lum), 'Music Box' (Anna Brownfield), 'Another Happy Anniversary' (Miranda Bailey).'Trains' (Paul Deeb), 'Dear Jiz' (Ms Naughty) and 'de-railed' (Quinn Cassidy and Creamy Coconut).
Next up on Saturday, at 9 PM, it's the Chicago premiere of Broken Side Of Time, winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at CineKink 2014. Combining photo shoots using actual photographers, and a narrative based on some of their real-life adventures, this is a a unique glimpse at a rarely-seen world, and the tale of one fetish model, Dolce, who's looking for a better life on the other side of the camera.
The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that CLAW Corporation donated $12,000 to the LA&M following the CLAW 2014 event. The CLAW Nation Silent Auction at International Mr. Leather 2014 raised an additional $5,000 for the LA&M .
Since its inception in 2002, CLAW (Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend) has donated nearly $100,000 to the Leather Archives & Museum and has raised over $500,000 in charitable funds nationwide.
This year, the Leather Archives mounted a new exhibit at CLAW: "To Know What Is Enough" a historical exhibition from the Chicago Hellfire Club collection. Exhibit curator Jakob VanLammeren said "Providing access to the collections at the Leather Archives is a critical part of our mission, and we are so excited to present excerpts from the Chicago Hellfire Club Collection at the LA&M to provide CLAW attendees the chance to experience the amazing 43 year history of the CHC. Most of the materials in this exhibit were on public display for the first time, and the LA&M looks forward sharing this exhibit in the future."
The Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) has announced that Bob Behr has assumed the duties as President of the Board of Directors in light of Jon Krongaard’s announcement he is stepping down as President, effective September 27. Krongaard will retain his position on the Board of Directors, of which he has been a member of the last 17 years. Krongaard said, “It has been an honor to serve as President of the Board, but after relocating to New York, my focus and energies must now be directed towards my career pursuits. The Archives is in great hands under the leadership of our outstanding professional staff, dedicated volunteers and passionate board.” Krongaard added, “I have complete confidence in Bob to lead the institution into the future and he has my total support."
Behr is a longstanding member of the leather, kink, BDSM, and fetish communities. He joined the Leather Archives and Museum Board of Directors in October of 2016 and quickly took on leadership roles serving as Chairperson of the Governance and Board Development Committee. “I am humbled and honored to lead the board during this important time in LA&M’s history, said Behr.
Longtime member of the LA&M Board Member, Randall “Bear Man” Klett noted, “Bob has a solid understanding of what it takes to lead both an organization and a board. His passion and excitement impresses me and I look forward to him leading the Board’s strategic planning session next month."
If you would like to meet or reconnect with Bob to informally share your ideas and perspectives related to the LA&M, he will be hosting an informal lunch conversation Saturday, October 7 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the Etienne Auditorium of the Leather Archives and Museum located at 6418 North Greenview Avenue.
Learn more about Leather Archives and Museum at https://www.leatherarchives.
Founded in 1991, in just 26 years the Leather Archives & Museum has become recognized worldwide as a significant center dedicated to the compilation, preservation, and maintenance of primary materials on the leather, kink, BDSM and fetish communities and their cultures in both physical and electronic formats. Our museum galleries serve to present educational and historical material that highlights the silent histories of marginalized and under-represented communities.
The Archives is located on Greenview Avenue in Chicago near Loyola University. The building houses the Teri Rose Library with holdings of over 3,000 books and 12,600 journals and periodicals, searchable by an online catalog, 1425 square feet archival storage space, and eight exhibit galleries. Among its ongoing endeavors are the Women’s Leather History Program, a gallery with rotating exhibits that celebrate contemporary artists who inspire dialogues related to Leather, kink, BDSM and fetish and a community space used for programming and special events. The LA&M is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under the 501 c (3) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code. Nearly all income is derived from the generous support of member organizations within the Leather/kink/BDSM/fetish communities.
Satyrs MC Anniversary
The Satyrs Motorcycle Club celebrated their 63rd Anniversary at the Tom of Finland House in the Echo Park district of los angeles, CA on Saturday night, November 18. New club president Garry Bowie and the Satyrs presented a $1,000 to the ONE Archives and $200 to the Tom of Finland Foundation. http://satyrsmc.org/