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 […]
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 […]
April 5, 1957 – October 3, 2013
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Leland Carina
Please be forewarned that this article contains details that may be difficult for some people to read.
My father took his own life a week ago. My family is close-knit, and this was quite unexpected. He had dealt with depression and anxiety throughout his life, but lately he had seemed so happy. We […]
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
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]