Tag Archives: leather

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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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the thirteenth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of Pride in the hope of encouraging you to attend your local events. Have a wonderful Pride Month. Love each other. Watching The Defectives ...

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Baltimore Eagle Eyes New Year’s Eve Opening

Bucking the nationwide trend of gay bars closing. The Washington Blade reports: The Baltimore Eagle, the city’s iconic leather bar, may have its long-awaited opening on New Year’s Eve. “We’re doing two inspections this week,” Charles King, general manager of the Baltimore Eagle, told the Blade. “We’re still hopeful of opening even partially by New Year’s Eve. Keeping our fingers ...

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TEASER: Tom Of Finland [VIDEO]

Dark Horizons recaps: Protagonist and Helsinki Filmi have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Dome Karukoski’s anticipated biopic “Tom of Finland” about groundbreaking Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen who adopted the moniker ‘Tom of Finland’. The project is still being edited ahead of its release in February next year. A pioneering figure in late 20th century gay culture, Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) ...

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New Promotional Clip From Folsom Street Fair

Last week organizers of the Folsom Street Fair won praise for their Fosse-inspired promotional clip. Today they released a less-raunchy but equally bizarre follow-up. This one you can probably watch at work, provided your cube-mates don’t have an issue with rubber body suits.

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Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! Folsom, Folsom, Folsom! [VIDE0]

In what may be their most clever promotion ever, today the Folsom Street Fair released a Bob Fosse-inspired video in which leather-clad dancers evoke Sweet Charity‘s famed Rich Man’s Frug and other familiar dance routines. You will enjoy this but you probably do NOT want to watch it at the office. Wherever you do watch it, put it on full-screen.

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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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Folsom Street East: June 21st

After a hiatus in 2013 due to the continuing makeover of West 28th Street, Folsom Street East came roaring back last year just one block away. Some details on this year’s flesh fair: Folsom Street East, Inc. (FSE) today announced that it will hold its 18th annual Street Fair on Sunday, June 21st, from 11 AM to 4 PM, in ...

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Folsom Street Fair Unveils 2015 Poster

Folsom Street Fair unveiled its always hotly-awaited poster today. Also revealed today is the possibly less blog-safe poster for the Dore Alley Fair. Meanwhile Porno Pete is slavering over a much more imminent bit of sexytime mantasticness.

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TRAILER: Folsom Forever

Clip recap: In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco – home to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene – faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. Folsom Forever tells the story ...

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SF Considers Leather-Themed Park

Via the Bay Area Reporter: A leather-themed public plaza would be built on the roadway outside the Eagle bar in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood under a proposal backed by the developer of a new mixed-use housing and retail development. The plan would turn a block of 12th Street, between Harrison and Bernice, fronting the gay-owned bar into a ...

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Funny Or Die: The Handkerchief Code

Quite the odd turn at the end. Naughty language!

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Folsom Street Fair 2014 Raises $322K For HIV/AIDS, LGBT Rights, And Homeless

This year’s Folsom Street Fair raised $322,666 for a multitude of local charities including Project Open Hand, the Transgender Law Center, and the AIDS Memorial Grove. Members of the benefiting organizations comprised the majority of the event’s volunteer workers.

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HRC Puts Porno Pete On Notice

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Leather Controversy At Oakland Pride

Oakland’s first Pride parade is today, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the leather community is not invited. One thing you probably won’t find at Oakland’s first LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday: partially clad men in leather chaps. What you will find is the Jolly Trolly from Children’s Fairyland, pony rides, antique fire engines and singer/drummer Sheila E. Instead ...

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Porno Pete Goes To Dore Alley

Whenever Porno Pete LaBarbera goes silent for a few days on Twitter, I usually figure that he’s out slithering around some kink event with his camera. And sure enough, his recent absence from the Twittersphere came because he was stalking the attendees of last weekend’s Up Your Alley Fair, the smaller version of San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair that precedes ...

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TODAY: Folsom Street East 2014

Folsom Street East runs today on West 27th between 10th and 11th avenues. That’s one block south of the street in front of the Eagle. The weather today is partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s – perfect for an outdoor party.

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Folsom East Announces 2014 Lineup

Details and bios. I know most of these guys!

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Folsom Street East To Return

Folsom Street East didn’t happen last year due to the massive apartment building that is nearing completion on West 28th Street. The event returns this year, one block away. Via press release: Folsom Street East (FSE) today announced that it will hold its 16th annual Street Fair on Sunday, June 22nd. In anticipation of final approval from the City of ...

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