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Tim Koski named Mr. Michigan Leather

DOUGLAS, Mich. — Tim Koski has been named Mr. Michigan Leather 2018.

Bryon Hayes, a producer for the Mr. Michigan Leather contest, said on the MML Facebook group that Erwin Willhite, Mr. Michigan Leather 2018, had to step away from the title for personal reasons. 

Koski won the Leather Brotherhood Award at Mr. Michigan Leather contest held at The Dunes Resort in Douglas, Mich., in September 2017.

Shameless Grounds looking for break-in suspects

ST. LOUIS — Shameless Grounds, a kink-friendly coffeehouse in St. Louis, was the victim of a break-in on Dec. 28.

In a post on their Facebook page, Shameless Grounds said two thieves broke into the business after closing on Dec. 28. The thieves stole the 100 pound safe that held $1,300 in drawer money, cash reserves, a bit of payroll, and employees tips. The safe itself was worth $400.

However, the security camera did get footage of the two thieves. The business is asking the community for help in identifying the suspects.

LAM board selects Gary Wasdin as Executive Director

CHICAGO — The board of directors of the Leather Archives & Museum announce early Monday afternoon that they had confirmed Gary Wasdin as the new executive director. The announcement came after a months long search with three finalists having public, open interviews in early December. According to the press release from the LAM, the vote…

Committee endorses Gary Wasdin for LA&M executive director

CHICAGO — The selection committee for the Leather Archives & Museum has recommended Gary Wasdin for the vacant executive director position.

The LA&M made the announcement in an early Saturday morning post both on social media and in an email press release.

The full LA&M board will consider final approval at its December 10 virtual meeting.

Class mentioning Hitler raises controversy at LLC

ATLANTA — The leather community was rocked this week after a class at Leather Leadership Conference (LLC) 22 included references to Hitler and Genghis Khan in the course description.

The class description got a lot of attention after author Laura Antoniou, originally the keynote speaker, wrote an open letter denouncing the class and saying that she could not support an event with such a class. Since then, other attendees, presenters and vendors have said they will no longer attend the event in Atlanta next year.

Anti-LGBTQ clerk in Kentucky actually running for reelection

LOUISVILLE — Kim Davis, the county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court ruling, is actually running for reelection in 2018. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Davis’ attorney confirmed that she will be seeking a second term. It’s the first chance for the county’s voters to have their…

UPDATED: LGBTQ candidates win nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — History was made Tuesday night as transgender women won in two races. Andrea Jenknins was elected to the city council in Minneapolis and Danica Roem was elected to the state House in Virginia. Danica became only the second transgender person to win election to a state legislature in U.S. history, defeating a Republican…

Poland wins Mr. International Rubber 21

CHICAGO — Mr. International Rubber once again made history when Michal, Mr. Rubber Poland, won MIR 21. He is the first international fetish titleholder from beyond the former Iron Curtain.

Michal came out of a field of eight contestants to win the title. First runner-up was John Cheshire, Mr. Melbourne Rubber, and second runner-up was Pup Ranger, Mr. New England Rubber. Other contestants came from the American Midwest, Florida, Spain, the Netherlands, and San Francisco.

Editor’s Note: Changes at the Den and Eagle, good ones

This past weekend, I attended the LION Publishers Conference here in Chicago. LION stands for Local Independent Online News. The majority of news sites there were mainstream news. They often function like a local daily newspaper. In a few cases, they were the only daily news source for their towns. However, that wasn’t the only…