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1. For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself & your connection with the leather world.

Master Michael is a 47 year leatherman. Slave angie is a (mumble,mumble) year old leatherwoman.  They’ve been together for almost 11 years in a Master/slave relationship. Both are active in the leather/kink community of Chicago and the M/s community around the world. Michael is a co-founder of the Chicago Leathermen’s Group, a discussion group for leather and leather-curious men. He’s a community member of the Chicago Hellfire Club’s McAdory Committee. Michael is a co-director of MAsT: Greater Chicago (Master And slave Together). Slave angie is a member of MAsT: Greater Chicago. She is a former Board Director for the LRA Chicago, a pansexual dungeon social club.  Angie volunteers as a bootblack at many local events.

Our connection is through our involvement with our leather club - Chicago Leather Club, our involvement in the leather and Master/slave community both locally and across the world as presenters, learners and listeners. Together, we are honored to hold the titles of International Master/slave 2014, Great Lakes Master/slave 2013 and Illinois Master/slave 2013. 


Master Michael slave Angie


Cinekink_logo_hiresA 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 exhibit will feature over 40 prints of Leatherwomen and Leathermen photographed over the last 32 months by C. Creane. This dedicated historian has been documenting women (and men) throughout the Leather Community. One-at-a time, falling in love with each participant's personal story. Now for the first time-she gets to share with the public her work and our readers are invited!

We are Leather Women ~ A Photographic Documentary

September 27th (8pm - 10pm) In association with: THE PLEASURE CHEST NYC ~ UPPER EAST SIDE 1150 2nd Ave New York, NY 10065
Photographic Exhibit of Leather Women from the C. Creane documentary "We are Leather Women ~ A Photographic Documentary"


ccreane first exhibit pleasure chest nyc

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1. For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself & what your titles are.

My name is Kj Nichols. It wasn't always Kj. It's the name I chose for myself upon transitioning. It is actually the initials from my birth name as a way to honor my parents and my past while creating my future. After being called Kj since age 19 years old, I sat down with my dad one night at age 29 and we tried figuring out "male" names with the initials Kj. Neither of us liked any. Finally, he looked at me and said, "I like just Kj." It was perfect. I nodded my head and told him that I agreed. My father named me Kj.

I'm proud to represent the Connecticut Leather Inc. community as Mr. Connecticut Leather 2013, 2nd runner up at Mid Atlantic 2013 and was blessed as a Top 20 contestant representing the class of 35 at International Mr. Leather 2013.

images/articles/news/regional/2014_Events/Not far around the corner will be the holidays and Tom of Fin land does it well as these guys are seen in 2013 Photo by Dave Rhodes.jpgThe Tom of Finland Art Fair returns to TOM House the weekend of October 3-5, the iconic property where it has been held in earlier years in Los Angeles, CA. The Art Fair’s tagline, Art in Residence, reflects its staging at a residence of much significance to art lovers.

Situated on a quiet street in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, TOM House is the site where the artist Tom of Finland lived and worked for the last decade of his life, producing the erotic drawings for which he was internationally renowned. Preserved in homage to Tom, the house is visited by fans from around the world. The house also remains a home for the operations of the Tom of Finland Foundation, whose archives comprise the world’s largest repository of erotic art.

The art fair will showcase more than 30 artists, both emerging and established, from the USA and beyond. Workshops and panel discussions will be held, and artwork – spanning sculpture, photography, paintings, sketches, digital renderings and more – will be for sale. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour TOM House, including the attic space that served as Tom of Finland’s bedroom and studio.




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1. Please tell us about yourself & and your connection with the leather world.

Starting out with a softball question huh? Well, I'm 50 years old, a native new Yorker, a Leatherdyke, a writer, a Jew (I converted) and a kvetch. My connection with kink/alt-sex is inborn; I remember having fantasies of power and surrender, force and control, as a very small child. My earliest reading desires found me deep in books with titles like Greek Slave Boy - and yes, that's an award winning children's book! Later on, I wrote my own stories featuring the kind of relationships and behaviors living in my fantasies, and then still later, discovered there were others like me who had them too. And slightly before any club or organization would allow me in (because of my age), I was already practicing what I desired with a few (probably puzzled) erotic partners. (And of course, that was after years of solo adventuring.)




Dave Rhodes Accepts Award at Southland Honors 2011 By Jay Lawton Web

1. Please tell us about yourself and what your connection with the world of leather.

I am a man who loves masculine men and masculine scenarios. This reflects in what I read, what movies and television programs I watch and those with whom I connect. To start off, here is my definition of Leather. I see it as a broad range of things, not just actual cowhide. It is an attitude and a feeling, an attraction to certain types as mentioned above.

NCSF 225The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) held its annual Conference June 4-8, in Monterey, California. Jim Fleckenstein and Susan Wright attended on behalf of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

On Friday, June 6, 115 of the 550 participants attended a panel presentation on "Social Organizations and BDSM Communities," moderated by Neil Cannon, PhD, DST and Russell Stambaugh, PhD, DST. The panel raised over $4,000 for AASECT.

The panelists were experienced and articulate organizers of the kink leadership on the West Coast. Race Bannon described the establishment of Kink Aware Professionals and the organizing of a successful write-in campaign, the Diagnosis Project, that implemented language in DSM-IV that limited paraphilia diagnoses to those engaged in criminal or non-consesnsual behavior, or who complained of adverse social or occupational functioning. Janet Hardy described her work with Dossie Easton and Jay Wiseman, and the founding of Greenery Press, one of the first publishers of quality kink non-fiction. Demitri Moshoyannis described the birth and functioning of the Folsom Street Fair. Richard Sprott of CARAS provided an excellent short history of the rise of kink social organizations and showed the importance of supporting community research efforts. Anna Randall discussed the health needs of the kinky population, as revealed by interviews that TASHRA has been conducting in Bay Area communities, and discussed Society of Janus. Finally, Jim and Montaine described their decisions to launch a dungeon-themed B and B in Monterey, and their roles introducing many visitors who are new to kink into safety-conscious and consensual practice.

Joey McDonald At CLAW Supplied By Jaco Lourens WebFor 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.





Featuring: Chuck Renslow

  1. For those who don’t already know, please tell us about yourself and what your titles are.

    I started the first leather bar in the United States and have been an advocate for the leather and gay community since then. I have been a Mason, photographer, psychologist, accredited hypnotist and many more. In the Leather community I’m referred as “Sir,” Daddy or Master.

  2. You got an amazing story to tell and I think so many of us consider you a pioneer, if you would, tell us who got you started in the leather community and what prompted the decision to start a contest called International Mr. Leather?

    My lover in the early sixties was Dom Orejudos, also known as the artist "Etienne.” One evening I went to a park in Chicago called bug house square I picked up a gentleman, I took him home and told him:  “I want to fuck you.” He said: “you will have to fight me for it!” Fighting him until he got submissive was a great turn on. From that point on I was aggressive in my sexual activity.

    I started the Mr. Gold Coast Contest. It became so popular the bar couldn’t handle the crowd so we decided to move somewhere else but the Mr. Gold Coast could not be held out of the bar so we moved it out to a hotel and renamed it International Mr. Leather. In order to promote it I had posters made up and mailed to every leather bar in the world that I could locate. I even translated one into German and sent it to the German leather bars.

  3. You have received just about every award in the gay and lesbian, leather community, can you perhaps narrow it down, some of your favorite awards that stand out and mean the most to you?

    I have received many awards. And all of them are at the Leather Archives and Museum. three of the awards that stand out are: the one from the gay and lesbian task force because they have done so much good for the entire gay community, the one by the Metropolitan Community Church, because they helped so many people that needed religion in their lives and could not find acceptance in the mainstream churches. And the third one was the leather man of the century.

  4. Family is important, you've been a Daddy to many, and trust is earned and very important, can you tell us about your family who are at your side now?

    I consider the entire gay community as my family. Right now my lover Juan is at my side and I am surrounded by people who had been around me for decades.

  5. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?

    I was basically raised by my grandmother since my mother worked and my dad had left us. I consider most of my attributes to my grandmother: she was practical, smart and very logical. She became a very successful business woman after my grandfather died.

  6. In your mind, what’s the biggest misconception of the leather community?

    People think that the leather man just is into beating each other up etc. They don’t realize there is a great deal of love and compassion in the leather community.

  7. What does unity in leather mean to you?

    We have to do away with all the prejudices and jealousy and other negative forces in the BDSM community.

  8. What do you see for the future of leather in your community and internationally?

    I think the future will show more acceptances between the men's leather community and the women's leather community and the general public.

  9. Tell us what your favorite piece of leather is and why?

    A vest that have my name and the International Mr. Leather logo all in studs, made by Studworks in San Francisco.

  10. You have done countless opening, closing and key note speeches; can you tell us some of your favorite or perhaps a funniest moment?

    In so many of my speeches I have advocated that which I felt was beneficial to our community. Most of them, the community listens and follows through.

  11. For someone who never attended IML (International Mr. Leather), what would you say to him or her, why they should attend the event in Chicago?

    IML is the largest leather gathering in the world. It is a lifetime experience and if you attend you will feel camaraderie with a great leather community. We are all brothers and sisters. One big loving family!

  12. In your own words, can you tell us the difference between BDSM and Leather?

    Leather is merely a symbol. Some people are into different aspects of BDSM, such as just bondage, or the masculine image of leather.

  13. What’s the funniest safe word you ever heard?

    “Little purple prunes”

  14. You have said that you enjoy cooking, and don’t particularly like the cleaning part, please can you cook us a meal that represent you and what would it be called?

    That's easy! Prime Rib with whipped sweet potatoes and cream corn. And for dessert Pecan Pie.

  15. Away from Leather, would you tell us what one of your guilty pleasures are?

    Watching Spanish Soap Operas... I don't understand a word they say yet. But the men are so handsome! I also like to watch men getting fucked.

  16. Tell us your favorite book at this moment.

    Easy: “Steel and Velvet: a soldier's story” by Juan Cordoba. It kind of reminds my other favorite book “The Persian Boy.”

  17. In conclusion, anything you would like to add to this interview for the leather community of South Africa?

    Keep unity. We are all in the fraternity of leather. We are family, we may not like everyone but we will support every single one because they are part of who we are.




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