Wednesday, April 6, 2016

LRA-Chicago TRANSALL play party this weekend

CHICAGO — Do you like a bit of KINK with your Gender play? Come out to the oldest pansexual BDSM club in Chicago for our first Trans(itions)(parent)(former)(sexual)(gender)(anything) Night!
LRA will be open to all (members and non-members) for socialization and PLAY on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8 PM to 2 AM for our first TRANSALL night!

Transgender, Crossdresser, Transvestite, Gender Fluid, Transsexual, Gender Queer, He-She, Queer, Sissy, Androgynous, FtM, MtF…

New power exchange discussion group starting in Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago Power Exchange (formerly the D/s Roundtables discussion group) is excited to announce our next meeting and new schedule!

But wait! What is Chicago Power Exchange? It is a discussion and social group for everyone 18 and over who is involved in, exploring, or curious about power exchange relationships. This includes M/s, D/s, Sir/ boy, and Trainer relationships, as well as relationships that defy labels but incorporate consensual power exchange. Attendees do not need to be actively in a relationship to attend, and all levels of experience (including none!) are welcomed.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Illinois House committee approves bill to ease birth certificate updates

Illinois State Capitol (Photo by Éovart Caçeir
at English Wikipedia)
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House Human Services Committee on Tuesday voted through a bill that would make it easier for trans people in the state to change the gender on their birth certificate.

The committee also held back a bill that would have required trans students to use restrooms for the gender of their birth.

Equality Illinois said the bill, HB 6073, modernizes the standard in Illinois for an individual to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate. This is important to trans Illinoisans because they may face embarrassment, discrimination, and harassment if their core identification documents do not reflect their authentic gender identity.

RAD Remedy's 2nd Birthday Party



CHICAGO — After a long week (and perhaps a day of tax prep), come re-live your childhood at Remedyland – a carnival of the games you grew up with – Hungry Hungry Hippos, Chutes and Ladders, and Don’t Break the Ice just to name a few. We’ll also have a silent auction filled with heaps and heaps of cool things!

Through the generous donation of an anonymous benefactor, everything we raise will be matched up to $2,000 so please engage in copious bidding wars on our behalf.

Food and drinks will be provided!

All funds will go to support RAD Remedy’s mission of connecting trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queerfolks to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care in order to improve individual and community health. To find out more about RAD Remedy and our current projects, check us out at www.radremedy.org

Suggested sliding entrance fee of $50-$25 - RSVP now at remedyland.brownpapertickets.com!

The event is wheelchair accessible (using main door of the building) and open to all ages. A note for those consuming our libations: please be 21 or older with ID and please drink responsibly.

Touché to host Bear All, April 23



CHICAGO — Touche will host a list of bear musicians with their Bear All event on April 23 in Chicago. Comedian Bryan Dowling will be the host with The Pleasure Centers, Mister E Machine, Ben Walter, and Scott Free performing.

The show starts at 10 pm at 6412 N. Clark in Chicago.

The performers are:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Leadership change at Chicago Puppy Patrol

Pup Tork
CHICAGO — Justin Hartman, aka Pup Tork, announced last week that he would be stepping down as secretary of the Chicago Puppy Patrol, one of the most active clubs in the city and one of the country’s biggest pup groups.

Tork made the announcement in an open letter to the CPP’s Facebook group last week. He stated that his commitments, which include being a board member of the International Puppy and Trainer Contest, a director for the Illinois Pup and Trainer contest, plus membership in the Windy City Boys Troop, just didn’t allow him to give his position in the CPP the attention it deserved.

Rough Crowd April: Foundations of Rough Body Play, April 10

CHICAGO — Are you ready to dip a toe into rough body play? Interested in learning more about where to go with your play after a little spanking? This introductory day is the perfect place to start.

Rough Crowd is an educational workshop, and is a perfect place to start your exploration. It's friendly and relaxed, private and confidential, and always covers topics with an accessible, demystifying approach. There is lecture and demo, and opportunity to practice your new skills if you like (no attendee is ever expected to do anything they don't feel comfortable doing; we even have written policies on that stuff). So if you're curious, come join us for a 3-hour introduction to rough body play!

Class will cover safety, anatomy, and basic techniques for you to take home with you and practice with. There will be practice time for those interested, and you'll be able to try out techniques and get pointers and advice. ... (read more)

Check out Rough Crowd for the full post and details. Come join us for this event (and join the group to get updates!).

Inaugural Mr. Illinois Bear contest on April 15


CHICAGO — After years without a local bear contest, the first Mr. Illinois Bear and Illinois Bear Cub contests will be at Jackhammer on April 15.

Contest organizer Scott Turner, himself a former International Bear, said he started organizing the contest because there was no state or local bear contest anymore. The contest will also be a fundraiser for co-sponsor the Imperial Windy City Court’s charities (Autism Speaks and Vital Bridges) plus the court’s scholarship fund.

The winners will get medallions and patches, along with gift certificates from bear themed t-shirt vendors, gift cards from various local bars, Bear Skin undergear, $50 each from Jackhammer and adult DVDs with more prizes being added in the run-up to the contest.

(Editor's note: Great Lakes Den and Windy City Banner are media sponsors of the contest.)

The judges for the first contest are:
  • Jeff Willoughby, Mr. Chicago Leather 2005
  • Justin Herren, Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2015
  • Pup Ryker, Mr. Heartland Leather 2015
  • Eric Masters. Mr. 501 Eagle 2016
  • Christopher Clai 
Three local bears have already signed up to compete and Scott said the community response has been very good.

“We anticipate a good turnout for this event,” he said. “Being its first year and fairly quickly organized, we hope to grow it more in the coming years.”

The event page for the contest is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1506248489678679/.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2016 Workshops and Events at Early to Bed


CHICAGO — Spring has sprung and a new crop of workshops and events have sprouted at Early to Bed! Check out our offerings below and keep your eyes peeled for more that will be coming up in May and June, including Tantric Orgasm, Sexuality and Disability, and Sex for Survivors, among others!

Also note: We are always on the lookout for more instructors with great ideas for interesting workshops! If you have a cool idea and want to see if EtB might be a good fit for sharing your knowledge, please contact us at outreach@early2bed.com and send us your proposal!

International Mr. Leather announces 2016 emcees

Lenny Broberg
CHICAGO — International Mr. Leather announced the emcees for the 2016 contest through their Facebook page today. The emcees will be Thib Guichard-Callin and Lenny Broberg.

IML management said this in their announcement:

Lenny Broberg, IML 1992 will be lending his smoky voice and infectious snark once again! Joining him this year will be French Native, Thib Guicherd-Callin! Currently a resident of San Jose, California, Thib earned 1st Runner-Up at International Mr Leather 2013.

"We are delighted that they will be co-hosting the ceremonies throughout the weekend, creating a fun-filled, sexy atmosphere that will be most enjoyable to all in attendance!," said IML Executive Producer, Chuck Renslow.

IML will be at the Congress Hotel May 27 through 20.
Thib Guicherd-Callin

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April CCRB Munch, April 9

SPRINGFIELD — Getting a little bit of a head start here, Easter is past (well passed as of tomorrow), spring is in full swing. Let get out of the gloom of winter and come out to CCRB at La Feista on April 9, Saturday, from 2 until 5. Our discussions sometimes get loud, but so far we have not been kicked out of the restaurant, not that we are trying. We have a great manager there as well as serving help.

This months discussion will follow on the same thread as have been doing. A general topic, (no I haven't decided yet) as well as the cards with words, phrases and such that help in leading the discussion n different ways.

Everyone so far has enjoyed them, or at least that is what they tell me, lol... (probably don't want to hurt my feelings).

Come enjoy a Saturday afternoon of fun. It will probably be raining so come out and see us.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Winery Wednesday, March 20, in Decatur

DECATUR — Howdy gang! We survived our trip on the big boat and didn't end up visiting Gilligan's Island.

Firstly, I'd like to say a big thank you to our Kitten for getting the post put up last week for us. Secondly, I want to invite everyone to come on down and join us for Winery Wednesday! Time for those wonderful burgers and phillies, nice cold beverages, and lots of laughs.

The Winery is located on the corner of W. Main and Oakland in good ol' Decatur. The dress code is your usual vanilla bar wear. Be sure to bring your cold, hard cash as the Winery doesn't accept plastic or checks. There is an ATM on site if you should need it. The fun starts around 6 and goes til the last person quits.

Looking forward to seeing everyone who is able to make it out.

Words that Bind: An Erotic Literary Event at LA&M

CHICAGO - Join us for a panel reading and discussion of erotic works by six poets, fiction writers, playwrights, graphic novelists and more, exploring the intersection of sexual desire and literature representing the LGBTQQIAA spectrum. 

Panelists include: Dale Lazarov; Nikki Patin; Philip Dawkins; and others. (See bios below.)

A Q and A follows the event, with a reception in the Guest Artists Gallery featuring beer, wine and other refreshments, as well as a chance to mingle with the night's readers. Women and Children First Bookstore will also be hosting an erotic book fair pop-up with items for purchase during the reception.

Tickets: $12 general admission, $5 for museum members and students with valid ID. Event is 21+ only, and admission includes two drink tickets.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

GEAR - PIT Contest with Mr. Chicago Leather Todd Harris



CHICAGO - Last Tat-Tuesday of the month is GEAR and we celebrate scent with our infamous ArmPit Contest. This month, the brutally hot, TODD HARRIS (Chicago Mr Leather 2016) is our celebrity guest judge... WOOOOOOF! 

Come get into a little Tuesday night trouble with us, the Replay Beer & Bourbon crew. Behind the bar this week are bartenders Ryan Willing, Keith Stryker, and bareback, Victor Giorgio aka Beverly Lately. Our door whore is Richard Streetman and our foul-mouthed host, Debbie Fox is up to no good! So swing by Tuesday night from 7pm - 2am for an inked up night of debauchery!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Silicon Valley welcomed the NCSF Coalition Partners

SAN JOSE - The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom's annual Coalition Partner Meeting took place March 4-6, 2016, in San Jose, CA. For the first time, the annual meeting was made accessible by video conferencing for Coalition Partners and NCSF staff members, so they could actively participate in the meeting.

"Opening up the NCSF annual meeting to everyone regardless of whether they can travel will allow more people to get involved in our work," says Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF. "NCSF has made a lot of progress over the past 19 years fighting for our rights, and we are seeing a drop in persecution because of our successful efforts with the American Psychiatric Association. We look forward to more progress with our new American Law Institute project to make consent a defense to BDSM in criminal proceedings."


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

GD2 Newcomers Social: Meet & Greet and More, April 9

CHICAGO - We had another great turnout for March's social. Nearly 75 people, with LOTS of newcomers, and of course our friendly staff and many members to welcome them.
Thank you to everyone for bringing your kinky selves and your delightful kink-filled energy to GD2!
We look forward to a big turnout for April's social!

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Do you want to meet other kinky, sex positive people but aren't sure where to start?
Are you curious about what a sex positive BDSM/kink club is like but nervous about attending one while it is in full swing?


Illinois Leather Family 2016 chosen in Chicago

The new Illinois Leather Family (from left): Trainer - Sir Krystoff, Puppy - Pup Scout, Ms Leather Pride - Sarah Sloane, and Leather Sir - Sir Shadi (Photo courtesy of Slade Travis)

CHICAGO - The new Illinois Leather Family was chosen at the Leather Archives & Museum in Chicago on March 19. It was the first contest under the newly formed Illinois Leather Alliance.

The new titleholders are:

IL Puppy - Pup Scout
IL Trainer - Sir Krystoff
IL Ms Leather Pride - Sarah Sloane
IL Leather Sir - Sir Shadi

The winners will go on to represent Illinois at the Great Lakes Leather Weekend in Indianapolis.

The contest also had a very successful weekend in fundraising, with more than $2,700 being raised for the travel fund.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Idealism, pragmatism and making a choice

Photo courtesy of AlterNet
When Bill Clinton was first elected President, I was 18 and a freshman in college. I was idealistic then. At 18, you should be. I remember feeling like we had created a new world. That anything was possible.

In the next presidential election, I will be 42. Solidly middle-aged. I'm not (too) idealistic anymore. Ironically enough, that means I'm voting for a Clinton again. And it has me torn.

Even though I've become much more pragmatic, I actually like Bernie Sanders. I like a lot of his policies. I agree with a lot of his economic arguments. I like he wears his opinion on his sleeve and is an honest-to-God liberal. And I don't like the idea of having the Oval Office switching between a couple of families. He does connect with the idealism I still hold on to.

But as I've grown older, I've learned that idealism doesn't always work in the real world. We absolutely need it. It drives us. It helps us dream of what could be. It gives us a goal. But idealism does not do negotiation or compromise well. It can't. It thrives by taking a stand and fighting for it.

Reality, sadly, tends to beat idealism up. We want perfection, but perfection doesn't actually exist. To move forward at all, there has to be some give. We can't always get everything we want. We have to focus on what we need.


Monday, March 14, 2016

CUFF's March Slosh

URBANA, Illinois - It's starting to get warm out there! Come celebrate the beginning of spring and send off the snow with some of our local kinksters! It's going to be another great night with many old and new friends.

Keep in mind that this month we are back to our normal set up. It will NOT be a private event this month, so please keep that in mind when choosing what to wear. I know you'll all look fantastic no matter what you choose! However, since it will not be private this month, there will be vanilla patrons sharing the bar with us.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

GD2 Newcomers Social: Meet & Greet and More, Sat, Mar 12

February's social was a blast! To the 50+ newcomers, it was a pleasure to see your energy and enthusiasm. All of us at GD2 look forward to seeing more of you!
And a big thank you to the 30+ GD2 members, and of course our staff, for being so welcoming and being your usual fabulous selves.
If you haven't been to GD2 before or haven't been in a while, we hope to see you at next month's social!