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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.