Category: News

News from across the region and country.

Great Lakes Puppy 2006 from the Inside

CHICAGO – Pup whimper of Columbus, Ohio won the Great Lakes Puppy 2006 title this past weekend and Sir Bill of Oak Brook, Illinois got the Handler title. The difference between this contest and the other puppy contests I’ve covered? This time, yours truly, this faithful reporter, was the first runner-up for Great Lakes Puppy.…

Colorful Night of Leather

CHICAGO – Joey Boynton of Chicago kept the Leatherman of Color title in the Windy City and will be taking it to the International Mr. Leather contest next May. Joey and Doc Hoskins of New York City were the contestants for the contest held during BlackOut X, the tenth annual run for the Men of…

2003 Great Lakes Titleholders Selected

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Leather Alliance selected new titleholders for LeatherSir, Leatherboy, Ms. Leather Pride, Master/slave and BootBlack over a three-day weekend in downtown Indianapolis. Bill Morse of Chicago won the Great Lakes LeatherSir title, titusboy of Ohio won the Great Lakes Leatherboy title. Both will go on to represent the region in the…

Bear Community Leader Mourned

CHICAGO – Gerardo Montemayor, a Chicago activist and founder of the Bears of Color mailing list, died June 27 following a brief illness. The Chicago Free Press reported that Montemayor, 36, worked at Rape Victim Advocates. The newsweekly also reported that he was active in the leather community and other community organizations. Most people found…

London’s John Pendal Named IML 2003

  CHICAGO – John Pendal of London, England, was named the 25th International Mr. Leather over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. He represented The Hoist bar in London. Donald Dotson of St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. Suncoast Eagle, was named first runner up. Stephen Blackwell of Los Angeles, Mr. LA Leather, was second runner up. Richie…

Final countdown to IML 2003

  CHICAGO – The world’s hottest leathermen will come together to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather 2003, as IML celebrates its 25th Anniversary, Thursday, May 22 through Monday, May 26, 2003 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Chicago.  The Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe Street in Chicago, is the official host hotel for…

Announcing Beartribe.Org

COLUMBUS, Ohio – would like to formerly announce the trial period for Beartribe.org (http://www.beartribe.org).  Beartribe.org is a means to provide the gay/bear/leather/chub communities with a community portal for posting news, opinion, comments, and announcements.  Want to let everyone know about the latest HIV/AIDS research?  Want to announce your bear group’s latest function?  Want to discuss current…

Bear Pride 2002

CHICAGO – Despite the rumors earlier this year, the mighty has not fallen. Bear Pride was the mightiest of bear runs on the circuit. Bears know that Memorial Day weekend meant being in Chicago. However, years of operating losses and issues with host hotels allowed the Great Lakes Bears to reinvent the community’s premier run.…