RUFF THOUGHTS: Wizard World Chicago

I’m attending my very first Cosplay event tomorrow in costume.  I’ll be trying to channel my inner Steve Rogers in my Captain America suit.    

It’s funny… this being my first Cosplay event, I have a little anxiety much like when I went to my first leather bar.  Not so much nervous with this as I am excited.   There’s a big contest tomorrow we are planning to attend.  I doubt I’ll enter it but I will definitely be taking photos to share on my blog later.  

If you see me and author Pablo Greene (“How to kill a Superhero“) feel free to say hello!


Rick Storer’s Farewell Speech at IML 2017

The Leather Archives & Museum announced today that Executive Director Rick Storer will resign to pursue new opportunities. The resignation will take effect June 11th, 2017.

Jon Krongaard, President of the LA&M said, “When Rick called to share the news with me, I was very surprised. And while I am saddened by his leaving for a new role in the Chicago LGBTQ Community, I am also grateful for his 15 years of amazing service to the LA&M. Under his leadership, we have grown in ways very few thought possible. We are well positioned for what I know to be an exciting and vibrant future. The Board of Directors will be announcing the formation of a search committee for a new Executive Director in very short order along with the naming of an interim Executive Director.”

Rick Storer joined the Board of the Leather Archives & Museum in 2001 and joined the staff as Executive Director in 2002. During his tenure the organization saw growth in the size of the collection and its accessibility. Rick worked with the Board of Directors to successfully complete a capital campaign in 2004. His guidance and leadership over the past 15 years leave the LA&M poised to collect and provide access to Leather / kink / BDSM / fetish history and culture for years to come. “I am grateful for the privilege to have worked so closely with the amazing history at the LA&M. I am excited for the bright future of of the Leather Archives,” Rick added.

Pablo Greene brings superhero fetish to Men’s Room Chicago this summer

Superhero fetish only gets hotter and hotter in Chicago. Join author Pablo Greene this Saturday, May 13 as he kicks off his residency at Men’s Room Chicago the fashion and fetish shop located in Lakeview. Pablo Greene is the author of How to Kill a Superhero, which blends superhero fetish, BDSM and a rich sci-fi world in his cult book series. Pablo will be joining the rest of the Men’s Room team in store to answer all your questions regarding fetish gear, products and toys. That means he can also autograph your copies of How to Kill a Superhero, his book series, which they carry in the store. You can catch Pablo in store on Saturdays from now through summer.


Also make sure to mark your calendars for POW! The Superhero Fetish Meetup  during IML 2017 which Pablo co-organizes with community member Brian Bolt Donner.





This shirt was given to me as a gift by a vendor at MIR 6 years ago. They strategically left it on a rack in their booth for me to find it. When I did, they pounced me from behind.

“Happy Birthday, Ruffy!”

My body has changed quite a bit since 2010 (thanks crossfit). I am so happy it still fits and that I got to show them it this weekend at #MIR20.

Electro Demo at IML


Jarrod Locke is a shy jock who volunteered to get tied up at IML this year for a demo. Coach Dirk Caber has him strung up in no time with his mouth tied to the Tetruss rig via a makeshift pole-gag. Once Jarrod is helplessly restrained, Dirk brings out the violet wand and slowly glances it across the muscled boy’s smooth body. Jarrod groans and moans as the crowd watches the boy suffer under the violet wand.


CHICAGO: Leatherman Psychology: Conceptualizing Identity and Mental Health

Leather Archives & Museum


at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

FREE. Open to the public 18+

Much psychological research has examined identity and mental health factors of sexual minority men from a minority stress perspective. However, little to no research has focused on what makes leathermen a unique population in regard to these constructs. Alex Tatum is a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, and he has devoted his time as a researcher to studying numerous sociodemographics, identity dimensions, and mental health traits that define this tightly-knit community. We invite you to join Alex as he discusses similarities and differences between leathermen and mainstream sexual minority men from a psychological perspective. Q&A will follow, during which attendees are invited to critically analyze presented data to generate possible directions for future inquiry.



Stunning photos of Patrick Smith IML 2015

Say hello to one of the most beautiful IMLs we’ve had yet, Patrick Smith.  Check out those sexy eyes that just bring you in.  

I can already feel a little healthy crush building.     😛 




IML 2015 Patrick Smith from Christina Court on Vimeo.

Dustin Cunningham Photography

You can follow Patrick Smith in his journey as IML 2015 at the links below.

Go get em’, Patrick!

Facebook Page

Twitter Feed


CHICAGO: Flix in Gear @ LA&M

Join the Leather Archives & Museum for a pre-bar screening of three films “Age of Consent”, “DOG EAT DOG” and “pissies not sissies”

Come in GEAR, change into GEAR here, or come as you are.

FREE for Members of the LA&M
$5 Students / Seniors / Anyone in Gear (leather, fetish, uniform)
$10 General Admission
FREE popcorn for all

pissies not sissies
2004 – 13 minutes

2006 – 12 minutes

Age of Consent : The story of the HOIST, London’s first and only Gay Fetish Bar
2014 – 88 minutes

Free bag check will be available.


C.A.G.E. does Steamworks!

The first 50 CAGE members will get free entry into Steamworks. So their locker will be covered, they’ll just need their membership ready. They will also have the option to apply that to a room if they want to upgrade to that.

We only have 50 passes total to give away so keep that in mind when sharing this PASS LINK.

Also… here is the Facebook Event Page.