Category: Feature

Feature stories on the Great Lakes Den (interviews, profiles, fun stuff).

Letter From the Community

BlackLivesMatter because until we are not objectified as an economic commodity to white people, our lives will continue to be disposable in the eyes of those who hold the power of life and death in their hands in this country.

Black Lives Matter because we deserve experiences Black Boy Joy and Black Girl Magic. We should not have to constantly fight with cultural appropriation and co-optation of our ideals, inventions, and works.

Cupcake Wars 5

On Sunday, April 15th, the Trident International WIndy City hosted the 5th Annual Cupcake Wars at Touché in Chicago. This year’s event benefited the Broadway Youth Center. The Broadway Youth Center (BYC) of Howard Brown Health is a haven for LGBTQ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Here they seek refuge and community…

Pup Pawlympics Winter 2018

  Pup Pawlympics was a result of conversations Iowa Puppy 2018,Mal Orion (who is also the producer) had with other pups in Iowa as he was coming out as puppy. They felt there wasn’t a community here and he wanted to be part of changing that impression. Mal wanted to do something that was less…

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Archiving the Future: Ivan Nunez

Editor’s Note: Ivan Nunez of Minneapolis, International LeatherSir 2016, is the next writer in our Archiving the Future series. This was originally posted on his Facebook page and is reprinted here with permission. If you are involved in the leather community, you may know of the Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) and that it recently…

Archiving the Future: Steph Sanders

Editor’s Note: Since the Leather Archives & Museum board of directors selected Gary Wasdin as the new executive director, the community has been expressing frustration, confusion and anger. The choice of a library system professional over a longtime volunteer with museum management and development experience and a longtime employee of the LAM has sparked discussion…

People of color find solidarity at MIR meetup

CHICAGO — This past weekend, Mr. International Rubber (MIR) played host to what is likely the first formal meetup for People of Color to be part of an official event schedule and not hosted by a club.

About 25 people gathered in the third-floor lobby of the Center on Halstead, during MIR Weekend. While African-Americans did make up the largest part of the group, people from the Asian, Native American and Latinx communities were also present. Those present spoke about their experiences as people of color both as LGBTQ and kinky people.