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Halfway Through with IML 2003

  (Editor’s Note: MU, or Midwest Ursine, was the original name for the GLD when we founded in 2001.) John Pendal of England is the most recent international winner of the International Mr. Leather contest held each Memorial Day weekend. Since then he’s been very busy almost literally globetrotting in support of his title. Luckily,…

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…

24 Hours + 7 Years: A Journey Revisited

In a world where coming out seems easier than it used to be, say 10 years ago, there are still stories out there of coming out nightmares. One such story was told seven years ago by a young bear by the name of Robert Harmon from West Virginia. When Robert posted his story on the…

Randy Stern: Bear Cliqueatude

Recently on the Four Lakes Bears message board, an anonymous poster made an observation that the Bear Coffees on Thursdays in Madison, Wisconsin tended to be cliquish. He claimed he was an outsider and felt like he would not be able to participate because of the regulars who show up. He even said that the…

Will Clark: More Than a Bad Boy

  The gay community often treats its adult video stars like true celebrities. The bear community is no different. And you’d be hard pressed to find someone more deserving of it than Will Clark. The friendly Wisconsin native is multi-talented and very busy. Along with being in videos that span many genres – from bear…