Friday, January 29, 2010


The Leather Archives & Museum Hosts...
a thorough exploration of pornography, kink, consent, and fine lines


documentary and discussion featuring film director Barbara Bell. Presented by Clarisse Thorn and the Sex+++ Film Series at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in support of the Leather Archives & Museum

This event is generously sponsored by Shibaricon, the world's premier international pansexual annual rope bondage educational conference. Located in the Chicago area May 28-31, 2010.

When: Friday, February 12, 7:30PM

Where: The Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626. For more information, please contact Director of Programming, Jennifer Tyburczy, at

Suggested Donation: $5-10

Light refreshments provided by Shibaricon

"Graphic Sexual Horror" takes a peek behind the facade of, a notorious bondage website, exploring the mind of its artistic creator and asking hard questions about personal responsibility. Original Insex footage, behind-the-scenes interactions, and interviews with website creator PD, models, members, and staff reveal deep fascinations with bondage and sadomasochism that run parallel, and in fact become irreversibly entwined with the lure of money.

InSex was shut down by federal prosecutors, but its story asks questions that are still relevant. Can paying a BDSM partner distort his or her consent? Why were prosecutors so easily able to force a legal business to fold? Come out, watch the documentary, and talk about it afterwards! Director Barbara Bell will be present for the discussion, which will be moderated by pro-BDSM activist Clarisse Thorn.

This is a benefit for the Leather Archives & Museum, and we're requesting a $5-10 donation from attendees -- please help preserve the history of alternative sexuality!

Thanks to our documentary film series sponsor, Sex+++ at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum -- a free documentary film series for people who like sex!

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Special Thanks to the Graphic Sexual Horror Event sponsor, Shibaricon-for more information on Shibaricon and the May 2010 conference in Chicago visit,

Screening facilitated by Clarisse Thorn -- sex-positive activist and original curator of the Sex+++ Film Series, home on vacation from her work in Africa!

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Friday, February 12, 7.30PM, Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave, $5-10 suggested donation.

About Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum is a unique museum, library and archives with collections centered on leather, fetishism and sadomasochism. For more information, please visit

Thursday, January 28, 2010



CBS has long had a policy of refusing to run what it called "advocacy advertisements." Perhaps the most famous of the rejections came when the network declined to run a United Church of Christ ad a couple of years ago which appeared to criticize the unwelcoming attitudes of many other churches while touting their own inclusionary policies.

Recently, however, CBS announced that they had changed that policy and would now carry such "advocacy ads" and ads of a controversial nature. This revelation accompanied news that they would run an anti-abortion advertisement from the radical right-wing organization, Focus on the Family. To test CBS's newfound openness, the ManCrunch website put together the following advertisement. No word as of this writing as to whether or not CBS will accept it for major Superbowl airing.


LEATHER AND VAMPIRES - WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE? Okay, okay, maybe Lady Gaga, herself. I'm not a great fan of her music, but she's become a major gay icon in a very short time, owing largely to her open support of our community and performances with more than just a touch of gay sensibility. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



Some photos just need to be preserved for posterity. Meet republican Scott Brown, the new United States Senator from Massachusetts and self-declared homophobe. Brown defeated democrat Martha Coakley last night to claim the senatorial seat vacated by Ted Kennedy's death. Despite flabby abs, wimpy arms, an undefined chest and a penis he can hide behind his wrist, he sure is kinda purty. In a bottom-boy sort of way.

You do kind of have to wonder. Would a woman with nude pictorials and magazine centerfolds in her background have stood even a snowball's chance in hell of getting a major party nomination, let alone actually winning a seat?

As reported by, while Coakley's pro-gay rights positions were well known, Brown attempted to cloak his views, refusing to answer such questions from the mainstream media. Brown would only say he holds a similar position on gay marriage as President Obama, who publicly supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

Brown, however, did respond to questions from the anti-gay group Massachusetts Family Institute. According to a scorecard released by the group, Brown opposes gay marriage, laws that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace and repeal of the military's ban on open gay service, also known as “don't ask, don't tell.”

He has frequently enraged gay-rights campaigners, at one point describing a lesbian's decision to have children as "not normal".

In 2007, he voted for an amendment that would have banned gay marriage in Massachusetts.

At one point during the current campaign, a man in his audience shouted, "We should shove a curling iron up Martha Coakley's butt!" The classy Mr. Brown responded, "We can do that!"

So, it's fair now to ask just what exactly has been shoved up Senator Naked's butt? Take a close look at that pouty little mouth and those spongy thighs. Do you recognize this boy? HAVE YOU FUCKED THIS MAN?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LEATHER ARCHIVES - Tom Stice Resigns

CHICAGO, IL - January 17, 2010 - The Board of Directors of the Leather Archives & Museum [LA&M] announced today that Tom Stice has decided to resign his position on the Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2001.

"Tom has been an influential Board Member for the LA&M, investing his time, network and numerous public appearances for the benefit of the museum" said Chuck Renslow, Leather Archives & Museum President and founder. "He spoke with many leather men and women about the importance of their history and the LA&M. His connections in Chicago, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale were pivotal in spreading the word about why saving this history was key." added Renslow. In addition to providing outreach opportunities for the LA&M, Tom served on several Board committees including special events and grants. In 2004, Tom helped to establish the LA&M President's Award to recognize outstanding contributions to the institution. In 2005, Tom presented the first President's Award at the LA&M's mortgage burning celebration.

About Leather Archives & Museum
The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains published books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative
sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter. For more information about the LA&M, please visit

Leather Archives & Museum
Rick Storer
Executive Director

Monday, January 11, 2010


I WAS PLEASED TO FIND THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE WEBSITE OF THE RECENTLY ORGANIZED LEATHER HALL OF FAME. With a goal of preserving our leather history, this is an organization worthy of our attention and support.

Satyrs, DeBlase and Olson/Morrison Selected for Leather Hall of FameSatyrs, DeBlase and Olson/Morrison Selected for Leather Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremonies at CLAW 9 on April 25, 2010

The Board of Governors of the Leather Hall of Fame (LHOF) is pleased to announce the 2010 inductees: The Satyrs MC; Tony DeBlase; and Frank Olson/Don Morrison (elected as a couple).

The Satyrs MC was founded in 1954 in Los Angeles and is the longest continuously running gay organization in America, leather or otherwise. The Satyrs was formed by leather-clad bikers interested in sex during an era when that sort of sexual expression often resulted in arrest. From the beginning, the Satyrs rode to national parks for camping and sex with men, and they still host their annual Badger Flat Run, now in its 49th year. Many clubs and organizations around the world can trace some part of their roots back to the Satyrs or the bylaws they adopted back in 1954. Member of the Satyrs stood up to the Los Angeles Police Departments raids of the 70s, eventually resulting in the end of those raids and entrapments. The Satyrs continue to be a very active club with as bright a future as they have a notorious past.

Frank Olson and Don Morrison were among the most important founders of the leather scene in New York City. They were famous for many parties, at that time the major leather social events, both in New York City and on Fire Island. Frank was the principal person behind the opening of the Eagles Nest, for many years New Yorks premier leather bar. During the Worlds Fair that took place in New York in 1964/5, the NYPD kept closing gay bars, including the leather bars. Frank kept finding new places as old ones were closed, leading the community like Moses through the social wilderness, until the police pressure abated. He was also a founding member of the gay bike club scene in New York. Frank and Don are still together and living in Pennsylvania.

Tony DeBlase was perhaps the most transformational figure in the history of the leather community. He developed the contest and demonstration schedule at the Chicago Hellfire Clubs Inferno, and he helped export those lessons to other, less experienced SM clubs. He was the Founding publisher of DungeonMaster magazine, the best and most extensive published source of SM technique, much of it written by DeBlase himself. He was the publisher of Drummer magazine during its peak years from 1986-1992. He was a co-founder of the Leather Archives & Museum where he served as an officer and developed the Leather History Time Lines. He wrote leather fiction under the name Fledermous, and was a frequent lecturer and workshop leader. In 1989 he designed the Leather Pride Flag. He won multiple awards and was a mentor to many. Tony died in July, 2000.

The three runners up in the 2010 voting were publisher/writer/filmmaker Leonard Burtman, New York scene pioneer Bob Milne, and Mr. S. founder Alan Selby.

LHOF was formed to honor and preserve the legacy of the extraordinary men and women who have significantly impacted and shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. By publicly acknowledging and honoring those individuals, it is LHOFs mission to preserve the history of our communities, to pay respect to the leaders and trailblazers who came before us, and to establish a permanent and unbiased resource for anyone interested in leather culture to learn about the people who built its foundations and guided its evolution. The Board of Governors of the LHOF represents a diverse, pansexual cross-section of the some of the leather communitys most widely-respected and longest-standing academics and activists. LHOF has gone to great pains to insure that the internal voting process is confidential, professional and free of politics or cliquishness. Nominations can be made by anyone in the community. The chief criterion for eligibility is that nominees have made substantial contributions to BDSM/leather dating back at least 15 years. Nominations are accepted throughout the year at The annual deadline for nominations is October 15th. The Board of Governors carefully evaluates all nominations and selects three inductees each year. Nominations that are not selected are carried over to be considered the following year.

The initial focus is on the earliest pioneers of our community. The LHOFs first three inductees (2009) were Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen), the prolific artist whose stylized homoerotic art had a profound effect on gay and leather culture; Chuck Renslow, founder of the Chicagos legendary Gold Coast bar, International Mr. Leather, the Leather Archives & Museum, and dozens of other projects; and artist John Willie, a major figure in the development of the imagery and culture of heterosexual and lesbian BDSM in the mid twentieth century. Learn more about our first three inductees at

The Leather Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will be held at CLAW 9 at the Wyndham Hotel in Cleveland, OH on Sunday, April 25, 2010. We invite all leather people to join us to celebrate and honor the lives and accomplishments of these great inductees. Find out more and order your tickets now at

For more information about the Leather Hall of Fame, visit


THE HEART OF AMERICA LEATHER BOY 2010 CONTEST IS FAST APPROACHING! Mark your calendars for February 5-7 and plan to attend!

“Boys, bois, boys”

Heart of America Leather Productions is proud to bring you the Heart of America Leatherboy 2010 competition. What we need is for all the leather families to come out and enjoy the weekend, support the community, our sponsors and join in the competition…whether running for the title, supporting our presenters or cheering on your favorite leatherboy! Heart of America Leather contest is open to all Gay,Lesbian or Trans - non gender specific boys over the age of 21 who are US Citizens and live in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma.

To start the weekend off on Friday night we are proud to announce the Official HOALb Meet & Greet ~Blackout Party starting at Missie B's @ 2100 hours~ featuring our Cigar Party & Demos! Join us as we introduce our contestants and staff for the weekend.

Saturday there will be world class educational classes presented by top notch presenters, followed by a luncheon prepared by the staff of Missie B’s & Bootleggers. Mid-Afternoon feel free to take a break and enjoy shopping on the Country Club Plaza, Power and Light District or just relax before the evening festivities start promptly at 2100 hours.

Sunday the victory brunch @ Missie B’s will feature all the contestants and the new Heart of America Leatherboy 2010

Questions, Concerns or General Information:
Producer, boy elena- President of KC Boys of Leather


The Leather Archives & Museum Presents...

If you missed the showing at the Music Box Theatre in October, here's your second chance...Come for the film and stay for the talkback with Filmmaker Ron Pajak (pictured right) and legendary leatherman, Chuck Renslow!

Filmmaker Ron Pajak's documentary, QUEARBORN & PERVERSION, will be shown on Saturday, January 16th at 8:00PM at the Leather Archives & Museum (6418 N. Greenview Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626).

Co-produced by the Chicago History Museum, QUEARBORN & PERVERSION has taken ten years of research and includes eighty oral histories that have been collected, representing various demographics of the pre-liberation lesbian and gay landscape in Chicago.

Interviewees include Augie Flanagan, one of the first lesbian bar owners; Studs Terkel, who reminisces about his meetings with Pearl Hart, a pioneering attorney and friend of the community; Chuck Renslow, a founding father of male beefcake photography; and Yvonne Hudson and Ernestine Medley, who reveal how they overcame racism in being accepted by their white sisters.

Enriching and illustrating these compelling interviews are treasured private photo collections, old home movies and print memorabilia. Each person's interview gives voice to an important component of the struggle to live an emotionally honest life at a time when society's labels of "pervert" and "sick" brainwashed many.

The film also explores the nation's first organized homosexual-rights group established by writer Henry Gerber, the subsequent development of a strong social underground structure for men and women in the 1940's and 1950's, and such early rights organizations as Daughters of Bilitis and Mattachine Midwest.

Then, in 1969, the strategic placement of a classified ad explicitly in search of a gay roommate by activist Henry Wiemhoff in the University of Chicago's college newspaper, "THE MAROON", sowed the seeds of the newly emerging Gay Liberation movement.

QUEARBORN & PERVERSION concludes in the early 1970's with the flashpoints of the first gay right's march (not yet identified as a parade), same-sex dances and the opening of the first community center.

Suggested donation $5-10 sliding scale at the door. All proceeds from the door benefit the Leather Archives & Museum. Film will be followed by a talkback with the filmmaker and featured cast member, LA&M founder, Chuck Renslow. DVD copies of the film will also be available for sale after the screening.

For additional information, contact Ron Pajak, 312/925-7800 - Also, visit

Film maker, Ron Pajak

For more information on the Leather Archives & Museum, including information on how you can rent our beautiful Etienne Auditorium for your event, visit us at or write to Director of Programming, Jennifer Tyburczy, at

About Leather Archives & Museum
About the LA&M : The Leather Archives & Museum is a unique museum, library and archives with collections centered on leather, fetishism and sadomasochism. For more information, please visit