"July 20, 2016 The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announces that the GLLA 2016 contest Emcees will be Randal Kinnear and Woody Woodruff. International Leather Sir 2006 Randal Kinnear brought many laughs to GLLA last year as a contest co-Emcee, and GLLA is thrilled he will return to the stage this year. He is a fundraiser, activist, entertainer, auctioneer, producer, mentor, teacher, and Bootblack. Among Randal’s many accomplishments, he is the former owner and president of ILSb-ICBB, first runner up at International Drummer 2000, the 2003 Pantheon Leather Man of the Year, the 2005 Flesh and Fantasy Man of the Year, and the 2009 Pantheon South Central Regional Award winner. Currently, Randal resides in Dallas, Texas."
The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announces that the GLLA 2016 Weekend will host the Leather Archives & Museum (LA&M) Fireside Chat Series. This year—GLLA Weekend’s 15th Year—LA&M’s Fireside Chat host Douglas O’Keeffe will interview GLLA’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Ms Kendra about her life and Leather journey and GLLA’s history.
"June 20, 2016 The Great Lakes Leather Alliance (GLLA) announces that one of this year’s brunch keynote speakers will be Mr. 501 Eagle 2010 and Indiana Leather Sir 2012& 13 Sir Ernie."
(keynote address, Leather Leadership Conference XX, March 18, 2016) For 37 years, my workplace has been the television industry, and trust me, it’s very industrial. Television employs about as many Americans as the firearms industry. In fact, there are about as many guns as there are TV sets in the country, upwards of 300 million. The [...]
An essay by Saint St. James On November 1ST, 2015, Mr. Hardy Haberman presented his keynote address, “Welcome to the War on Sex,” at Leather Fiesta, an annual celebratory and educational event for kinksters, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his powerful speech, Hardy claimed that now that the LGBT Rights campaign has been essentially [...]
As the Parapan Am Games were ramping up in Toronto, so was this year's Toronto Leather Pride Weekend (August 6th-9th, 2015). The “opening ceremonies” for the weekend started with SALUTE! at Crews & Tango where the the 2015 Titleholder Team – Mr. Leatherman Toronto 2015 Brett Murden, Ms. Leather Toronto 2015 Luca, and Toronto Puppy [...]
"Each year the National Leather Association – International acknowledges those who have gone above and beyond for our community at different levels. We are proud to announce the 2015 winners."
"National Leather Association: International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual SM/leather community, announced the winners for excellence in literary works in SM/leather/fetish writing published in 2014. The judges received a great number of nominations this year and judging in most categories was quite difficult with such exemplary pieces of writing."
International Ms Leather Inc., recently released a press release stating that they are looking for volunteers to fill positions that will address needs from minority groups in the Leather Community. Within positions needing to be filled are three liaison positions, one each for People of Color, Transwomen and those Under 35 years of age. IMsL has [...]
"Ignite your passions and let the fire within you glow at Southwest Leather Conference. Share in the warmth of your tribe at the annual gathering of leather, sex and spirit in Phoenix on January 21-24, 2016."
"by Bella, IMsBB 2013 NEW ALBANY, Indiana— #StillMe is a grassroots social awareness campaign that targets negative attitudes surrounding mental health diagnoses and seeks to remind all people that I am #stillme first. The campaign was born of frustration when founder Bella Oliver saw a pattern of survivors of mental illness, including herself, struggling for community acceptance. Taking it's cue from the success of Mr. Friendly's one on one conversations, #StillMe was created with a mission of helping to embracing all the facets of an individual. "
" According to the CDC, in 2013, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for Americans of all ages.1 A staggering 41,149 suicides were reported, roughly one almost every 13 minutes.2 The CDC sites suicide as the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.1 Suicide is the second cause of death among persons aged 25-34 years, the third cause of death among persons aged 15-24 years.2 Statistics are one thing, so much yadda yadda, but all the statistics in the world don’t matter when you are the one who is left to deal with the suicide attempt or suicide of another."