International Mr. Leather Patrick Smith Sees Egypt and Morocco

Author: , March 9th, 2016

International Mr. Leather Patrick Smith

After trips to Ukraine and Uganda last year, International Mr. Leather Patrick Smith has taken his LGBTI awareness mission to the African countries of Egypt and Morocco.

Wrapping up his visit this week, Patrick used the opportunity to meet with local LGBTI activists, including a co-founder of the Moroccan LGBT group ASWAT.

‘It is pretty discouraging to hear how underground these groups must be,’ Patrick says on the ‘less-organized’ gay rights movements in the countries in question . ‘How do you build an infrastructure when any sort of visibility can land you in jail, or dead?’

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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International Mr. Leather Debuts Tonight

Author: , May 23rd, 2014

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Get ready Chicago! The 36th annual International Mister Leather (IML) competition is returning to the Windy City full of parties, celebrations and weekend events. IML, one of the biggest leather and fetish events in the world, brings thousand of leathermen to town.

In addition, two well-known DJs will be headlining IML festivities this year. Eddie Martinez spins the Victory Party, which celebrates the announcement of the new International Mr. Leather 2014, on Sunday, May 25 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, and David Picard takes over the turntables for the Black & Blue Ball on Monday, May 26 at Castle Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn.

Martinez, who was born and raised in NYC, has a passion to making listeners dance.

“I have been DJing for about nine years and working as a DJ for the past five years,” he told ChicagoPride.com. “My passion came from my love for music. Ever since I was a little boy, I would always dance around to pretty much anything and everything and I still do.”

By Denny Patterson – Go Pride | Illinois Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Pride Season 2013 Updates – 5/26/13

Author: , May 26th, 2013

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2012With Pride Season getting into full swing in June, we have a number of updates for you.

Chicago Celebrates International Mr. leather Contest Tonight

Chicago’s annual leather festival reaches its peak tonight – GoPride.com reports:

The 35th Annual International Mr. Leather Contest begins at 6 p.m. (door open at 5 p.m.) at The Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph, and will be emceed by Lenny Broberg, a proud, openly-gay San Francisco Police Officer and internationally recognized leather personality. Beverly McClellan, who made the final four on NBC’s The Voice, will provide entertainment. Each finalist will be judged on a variety of criteria including community involvement, speech, presentation and overall presence.

Chicago Pride Starts June 28th

Chicago is also planning its own gay pride celebration in June. Seasons of Pride reports:

Each year, parade entrants, as well as groups sponsoring Pride Month events, have the option of using an international theme, or using a theme or slogan of their own choice… Chicago commemorates and celebrates Pride with more than one hundred different events during June Pride Month. This year, the Chicago 44th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday June 30 at 12 Noon stepping off from the corner of Montrose at Broadway.

Harlem Pride Celebrates “Harlem Through The Years” June 28th-30th

In New York, harlem’s pride celebration includes various events between June 28th and 30th. Seasons of Pride reports:

Come march with Harlem Pride in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2013. This year our theme is “Harlem Through The Years”. We’re turning 5th Avenue into our very on Harlem Style Runway as we sport hi-style fashion honoring the illustrious LGBT/SGL history of Harlem through the years. So join us, feel free to strut your stuff and showcase your gear! Oh yeah, of course we’ll also be doing the REAL HARLEM SHAKE!

NYC Pride to Be Led By Edie Windsor

NYC’s gay pride parade on June 30th will feature one of the main plaintiffs for marriage equality. Seasons of Pride reports:

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. We are pleased to announce Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes will be leading the 2013 March down Fifth Avenue.

Helsinki Pride Kicks Off June 24th

Helsinki is set to celebrate gay pride in a week long festival next month. Seasons of Pride reports:

Helsinki Pride is the Helsinki region Seta Association’s bi-annual week-long cultural and human rights event in the heart of Helsinki. It is also Finland’s leading sexual and gender minorities, and their loved ones gather together at the event and one of the biggest events of the week-long summer. Helsinki Pride 2013 will be held June 24 to June 30, 2013. Helsinki Pride visitor numbers have increased every year. In 2012, the entire week, visitors to the event was close to 32 000 and the Pride parade was attended by about 8,000 people. This year’s Pride parade held on Saturday, 29.6. The procession begins in a Senate Square and the parade of the programmatic Park Festival Hakasalmi in the park. Throughout the week the program is built on a wide range of mm. culture, debates, parties, meetings, workshops, and art around.