— Leather Archives (@leatherarchives) August 30, 2017
The staff and board of the Leather Archives & Museum are saddened to hear of Chuck Renslow’s passing. As LA&M’s co-founder, Chuck gave deeply and worked with great passion for over 26 years to save the names and faces of Leather, kink, BDSM and fetish people, communities, and history, and he fought to ensure that Leatherfolk were the ones who would “tell” their own stories so that they might better understand and bring enhanced visibility to “Leather history.” As co-founder, longtime President and, most recently, Chairman of the Board, Chuck has left his mark throughout our institution and touched each of us very deeply. He will be missed.
During this time of grieving and celebrating of Chuck’s life and contributions, LA&M will continue to hold its open museum hours. Beginning Saturday July 1st we will establish a temporary display of rare and remarkable items from Chuck’s private collection for visitors to view In the Etienne Auditorium.
For the next month, we will also have a letter writing station available during museum hours where folks can write letters to Chuck that we will then bundle and give to the Renslow Family. Those who cannot visit LA&M are welcome to write a letter or send a postcard to Chuck and mail it to us via the postal service at 6418 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60626 USA. Letters via post only, please.
For those who wish to hold memorial or celebration services, we have created a page containing high resolution images of Chuck and a brief biography that is courtesy of IML, Inc. and with special thanks to Owen Keehnen. You can locate these resources here http://www.leatherarchives.org/renslow.html
LA&M’s Staff and Board of Directors
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.
See more by B. Clarke at the Leather Archives & Museum
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.
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
DOG EAT DOG
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.
No worn out leather stuff here! Bid on contemporary racing gear and jackets, toys and devices, books, framed art, posters, clothing and more. This is a CLAW Nation event sponsored by CLAW held every April in Cleveland, OH. Open to the adult public 18+. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Now available in the Leather Archives & Museum Store: Leather Sex Shadows (Muscle) featuring the art of Joseph W. Bean.
More information over at the Leather Archives and Museum
Join us for these upcoming
BLUF Chicago events:
Sat. Sept. 27 – SOFO Gear Night
Get into gear, you could be a winner!
Join us as we host our first gear night at The SOFO Tap. The fun begins at 9 pm.
• Upon arrival be sure to get your special BLUF Chicago wristband and when you buy a Miller Lite Draft or Absolut Vodka drink SOFO will donate $1.00 to BLUFChicago.
• Enjoy a cigar or pipe on the SOFO patio
• Enter our raffle to win some valuable prizes.
• Music by DJ Aaron prime
• Dress Code: Wear what you like but we encourage leather uniforms, motorcycle leather, fabric uniforms, Levi/leather, rubber, western or sports gear.
Sat & Sun Oct. 4 -5 Cinekink: The kinky film festival
… comes to Chicago at the LA&M
BLUF Chicago is sponsoring the concessions table featuring classic movie snacks along with, kinky, gourmet, sweet & savory fest favorites such as Pizza Popcorn, Spicy & Savory “Hot Chocolate” on a stick, Ginger(leather)men cookies, and more. The items are made by BLUF Chicago members for this “bake sale” event. Fund raised will help support BLUF Chicago. So be sure to stop by and pick up a snack and see a movie or get a snack to go.
Find out show times at Cinekink
… or the Leather Archives & Museum
This sounds like a lot of fun. Wish I was going to be in town for it. Bummer!
Join the Leather Archives & Museum for an evening of five award winning film shorts from Germany’s Fetisch Film Festival. Friday, April 4th, 2014 8p – 10p. $10 adults, $5 student / senior, Free for LA&M members. Tickets available at the door. Three films are in English, one film has no speaking, and one film is in German with English subtitles.
Directed by Maud Ferrari (USA)
English language (french parts have english subtitles)
An actress accidentally meets a driver who has some strange desires…
Fetisch Film Festival Germany Award: Best actor in a shortfilm Johnny Kostrey
DA KINK IN MY LAIR
Directed by Yulia Petrauskas (Canada)
18 minutes, english language
Mockumentary about professional dominatrix Severija.
It’s a one-woman-show with Yulia Petrauskas in front and behind the camera.
Fetisch Film Festival Germany Award: Best actress in a shortfilm Yulia Petrauskas
Directed by Saskia Quax (Netherlands)
8 minutes, no talking (english text insert at beginning)
The fantasies of a woman: scary and romantic.
Fetisch Film Festival Germany Award: Best shortfilm of the year
Directed by Stefan Blomquist (USA)
18 minutes, english language
New Year’s Eve for a Crossdresser in New York who gets a phone-call from the past
Fetisch Film Festival Germany Award: Scott Speiser Best Trans-Performance
MY DAY WITH TARNA
Directed by Chris Caliman (Germany)
40 minutes, german language with english subtitles
Documentary about Dominatrix Tarna from Berlin.
Fetisch Film Festival Germany Award: Best documentary film of the Year