Tag Archives: IML

TEXAS: Dallas Eagle Owner To Challenge Greg Abbott

The Dallas Voice reports: Dallas businessman Jeffery Payne on Friday, July 14, announced that he is running for governor of Texas, challenging Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, who he characterizes as a “disaster for Texans” and a governor who “offers nothing in the way of new ideas.” “Texas needs a governor who believes in real Texas values, like integrity, honesty, freedom ...

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IML Founder Chuck Renslow Dies At Age 87

Tracy Baim reports at the Windy City Times: Chuck Renslow, 87, a longtime pillar of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and around the world, has died after multiple long-term health issues. Renslow reigned over a seven-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses—bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants and bookstores. He fostered organizations ...

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Porno Pete Flops At IML

It’s International Mister Leather weekend in Chicago and yesterday Porno Pete announced a “press conference” to be held today outside the Leather Archives. Pity the press didn’t show up. Via DNA Info: A handful of anti-gay activists and their cameramen held an event Friday morning dubbing the longstanding Leather Archives & Museum a “perversion museum” that promotes incest, pedophilia and ...

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Porno Pete Will Be At IML

Send us your selfies with Porno Pete, boys!

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Happy IML From Porno Pete

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Porno Pete Vs Dan Savage

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Mr. Michigan Wins IML 2012

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CHICAGO: Labor Controversy As Leather Event May Cross Host Hotel Picket Lines

The 34th annual International Mister Leather convention is taking place this weekend in Chicago, where attendees at the host hotel could potentially face a picket line over a long-running union labor dispute. The Hyatt Regency Chicago, site of the recent competitions, has been at the center of a bitter a contract fight with workers represented by the union UNITE HERE ...

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Disabled Trans Man Wins IML 2010

Tyler McCormick, a disabled trans man from New Mexico, has won the 32nd Annual International Mr. Leather. In the short clip below, the top three winners are announced.

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No Bareback Porn On Sale At IML

The International Mr. Leather convention has followed through on their vow to ban the selling of barebacking porn at their vendor mart. Via Chicagoist: “For many years, our organization has always preached the importance of safe- sex,” explains [IML coordinator RJ] Chaffin. “It has been on the lips of many people, [the fact that] we speak out on safe-sex, but ...

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PhoboQuotable – Matt Barber

“Oh, those fun-loving little sadomasochists. They do enjoy their, um, slapstick, don’t they? I’m flattered to have made such an impression. Comedy aside, though, forgive me if I find the specter of a fussy little mob of queer CPAs, I.T. geeks and interior designers in buttless leather chaps pointing at me shrieking ‘There he is! There he is!’ a little ...

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HomoQuotable – Chris Jensen

“The International Mr. Leather competition is purportedly the climax of the IML weekend. But this cowhide beauty pageant—which, at 3.5 hours, rivals the Oscars in terms of jaw-dropping self-regard—is interesting more as anthropology than as entertainment. (If you consider that the entire multi-hour event is underscored by a steady OON-cha-OON-cha-OON-cha house beat, punctuated with triumphalist theme music from “Gladiator,” you’ll ...

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You Da Man, Gerle

Over the weekend, Mikel Gerle of Los Angeles was crowned Mr. International Leather 2007 at Chicago’s annual gathering of SM/BD enthusiasts and fans of the couture. Gerle will use his title year promoting world peace, fighting third world hunger, and smacking around anybody that seems to like it. Perennial favorite Mr. Trinidad-Tobago did not make the final round. After the ...

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Transmen Controversies

Transmen, female-to-male transexuals, continue to be barred from membership in Chicago’s Hellfire BD/SM club, the largest of some 400 such clubs in the nation. Despite some internal dissent, including the resignation of the club’s newletter editor, the membership recently voted to maintain their 10-year policy that “there must be a penal [sic] attachment.” Hellfire is one of the few BD/SM ...

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Gowns And Harnesses

Yesterday I had a fun lunch with Matt Foreman and his partner, during which Matt told me about having attended the previous night’s Night Of 1000 Gowns, and we chatted about the similarities between the Imperial Court and International Mr. Leather pageants. Later in the afternoon, I arrived at the Dugout to find an Imperial Court victory party in progress. ...

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