RIP Mr Leather Ottawa Jon Letke

The news just came out that Mr Leather Ottawa 2014, Jon Letke, has died from an apparent suicide. Letke, 25, who was known in the leather community as “Nizzi Greatpup”, had moved to Ottawa from Toronto in 2013 and was a well-loved member of Ottawa’s leather/queer community. Letke had competed at International Mr Leather in […]

By |July 26th, 2014|Current Affairs, Events Canada, Passings|4 Comments

ACT- UP Co-Founder Commits Suicide

ACT-UP co-founder Carl Goodman, 58, of Bristol, RI was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital after jumping from the Mt. Hope Bridge in Bristol.

San Francisco activist Michael Petrelis, author of The Petrelis Files blog, reported that Goodman was his friend and one of the co-founders of ACT UP. Petrelis shares personal memories of how […]

By |January 7th, 2014|News, Passings|0 Comments

In Memoriam, Artemis Silverowl—“A Lion Among Women”

April 5, 1957 – October 3, 2013

by Caro

Last week the tragic news of the untimely death of Artemis Silverowl rocked both the Women’s and Leather communities. Artemis was a long time member of both, beginning in the early days of the “feminist wars in the 70s” through to NLA-I Dallas, Living in Leather, the Domestic […]

By |October 12th, 2013|News, Passings|0 Comments

Thank You Empress Jose

One of America’s gay rights pioneering leaders, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away in Albuquerque, N.M. this morning at 7:02 a.m. He was 90. Sarria was a proud World War II veteran, founder of the Imperial Court System, and the very first openly gay candidate to run for public office in North America.  He was a […]

By |August 19th, 2013|Passings, People|0 Comments

Eusebio Alfaraz 1959-2013

Eusebio Alfaraz, an entrepreneur and artist, passed away in his sleep at his home in the Adams Hill area of Los Angeles on April 16th. He was 54. Born in Remedios, Cuba, his family immigrated to Miami in 1963 where they resettled in Falls River, Massachusetts.

Mr. Alfaraz attended college in Calgary, Canada where he studied […]

By |May 16th, 2013|Passings|0 Comments

The Final Shot

Los Angeles – We received the news yesterday that Jay R. Lawton of JayPG photogaphy has passed away after a brief but intense fight with cancer.  Jay was surrounded by friends at the end.

You could usually find Jay at just about every leather event in Los Angeles and he was best-known for his candid audience […]

By |April 24th, 2013|Film, Passings|0 Comments

Passings: Harley McMillen Former IML Coordinator

We’ve received word that Harley McMillen, a past Coordinator at International Mr Leather, has passed away in Viroqua, WI.

Full story at the Windy City Times

By |March 28th, 2013|News, Passings|0 Comments

In Memoriam Jason Lynch “RubberJason”

In Memoriam
Jason Lynch “RubberJason”
Mr. International Rubber 16

February 24, 1975 – February 25, 2013

It is with great sadness and heavy heart that we report the passing of our current Mr. International Rubber, Jason Lynch, on Monday February 25th, one day after his 38th birthday. Jason’s partner found him unconscious when he arrived home from work. Paramedics […]

By |February 26th, 2013|News, Passings|0 Comments

RIP Chuck Windemuth

by Pup Ruff – Chicago Den

photo by Lady Justice

CHICAGO – Chuck Windemuth, 54, of Chicago and Cumberland, Md., passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the home of his parents in Cumberland after a long battle with cancer with his family by his side.

Born on January 16, 1959, in Cumberland, Chuck was the son […]

By |February 9th, 2013|Passings|0 Comments

RIP Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence, a fixture of the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Leather Communities, and co-founder of LeatherWerks left this life surrounded by friends and family peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013 after a long, courageous and graceful battle with cancer.

Born Larry Gene Troutfetter on October 10, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa son of Frances and Russell […]

By |January 29th, 2013|Passings, People|0 Comments

Thank You, and Goodbye, Daddy Zeus

We learned this weekend that the incomparable Daddy Zeus, aka Mikal Bales, passed away at his home in Palm Springs.  He was 73.
Mikal was born in Pomona, CA and served a stint in the Air Force and the Peace Corps in his younger days.  He also worked as a publicist in Los Angeles with some […]

By |November 11th, 2012|Passings|4 Comments

Passings: Nova Lei

Ray Tilton, Mr San Francisco Leather 1990, reported today via the Mama's Family list that Nova Lei, aka Mama's Lei, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from complications related to HIV, which he fought valiantly for over 25 years.
Nova Lei was a fixture in the SF Leather community in the 1980's and 90's.  He […]

By |October 17th, 2012|Passings|0 Comments