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Bear and Leather Events

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Bear and Leather Events

Bear and Leather Events


  • Smokeout – SMOKEOUT is a fun-filled uncomplicated weekend in Las Vegas for cigar studs, bikers, leathermen, bears, and friends from all over the world.  A ‘free-flowing’ weekend so everyone can enjoy Las Vegas the way you want to … in the company of fellow studs!  No rigid program to follow with lots of time for being a tourist, enjoying a show, attending events or just relaxing and having a great time! Come with a fun, uncomplicated, positive attitude and let Las Vegas do its magic! Las Vegas, NV; Apr 5-9 2017
  • Bears, Bikers and Mayhem – Now in its 6th YEAR, Bears, Bikers, and Mayhem is the ultimate crossover event for bears, that like leather, and bikers that like bears who like leather. Gettysburg, PA; Apr 6-9, 2017
  • Northwest Bears Spring Thaw – Seattle, WA; Apr 6-9 2017
  • Sugar Bear Weekend – Montreal, Canada; Apr 6-9, 2017
  • BIG BOY PRIDE – Big Boy Pride is a four-day event presented to foster the empowerment and togetherness of same gender loving larger men and those who support them. Orlando, FL; Apr 6-10 2017
  • Barcelona Bear Pride 2017 – Evento bear gay internacional en Barcelona en 2017. Internacional gay bear event in Barcelona in 2017. Barcelona, Spain; Apr 12-17, 2017
  • BLF | ECMC Leather & Fetish Week – In 1998 the BLF was established to organize this event and also to provide a framework for the Berlin Easter Meeting to once again become one of the great fetish fixtures in the calendar of the fetish world. This is the reason why in 2013, we celebrate 15 years BLF | Berlin Leather and Fetish e.V.. We are pleased that you are all here together celebrating this anniversary with us and the Berlin community. Apr 12-18, 2017
  • Torremolinos Leather & Fetish – Torremolinos will hold its Leather & Fetish event, now in its third year. Torremolinos, as an international gay resort, has a large resident and tourist population making it a reference on the Leather circuit. This year, many bars such as QUERELL, EXXXTREME, THE FACTORY, MEN’S, WANT and AQUA will organize Leather and Fetish theme parties. Other bars, restaurants, hotels and saunas will also join the party such as EDEN Chiringuito, GATO LOUNGE (beside the beach), IBIZA STYLE (in Pueblo Blanco). Hotels GUADALUPE and BEATRIZ and CANDISOL Apartments are participating as well as Sauna APOLO.  We will also have nightly club parties at clubs CENTURYON and AQUA with well-known Leather and Fetish sessions from ADUFF JUSTFFESTISH, BUNKK3R, BRUTUS, EXPLOSION and IN THE NAVY. Torremolinos, Spain; Apr 13-16, 2017
  • Easter BearDance – The hottest bear event in Berlin- with DJ Saeed, Luis Yanguas & LXG – live visuals by VJ Alkis. Berlin, Germany; Apr 14, 2017
  • Central Canada Drummer – Gear up for Central Canada Drummer Fetish Weekend 2017 — a testosterone-fuelled Easter long weekend of kink and play. Gay kinksters into rubber, leather, sports kit, skinhead, uniforms, punk, military and more will partake in seven events over four days. Toronto, Ontario; Apr 14-16, 2017
  • KinkFest – KinkFest is the west coast’s premiere sexually-diverse BDSM and kink conference, offering educational workshops, infamous play parties, leather and fetish vendors and community meeting space. Portland, OR; Apr 14-16, 2017
  • BLF | FAST – EASTER BASTARDS BERLINThe official party of the BLF – EASTER WEEK FETISH place in the gay again this year Schoeneberg neighborhood instead. Enjoy a 100% gay EASTER BASTARDS – PARTY in a unique atmosphere. With the TOP DJ`s Rafa Nunes, RedTomCat, TommyS is the party people fired up strong again. On 2 levels you can party, dancing, cruising, and messing around …….! STRICT DRESS CODE: Leather – Rubber – Army – Skin – Sportswear NO JEANS- only in combination with Chaps/ NO street clothing! Berlin, Germany; Apr 16, 2017
  • Beach Bear Weekend – BeachBear Weekend was founded to bring men to greater Fort Lauderdale to experience the best we have to offer. Our city is like a cruise that doesn’t leave port. Come enjoy our world-class beaches, the nearby Everglades, our wild nightlife, and beachfront restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. We’ll show the bears one hell of a time! Fort Lauderdale, FL; Apr 19 – May 3, 2017
  • International Ms Leather – Cruising, flirting, playing, watching, hot fun, education, connecting, shopping and much more! The weekend starts on Thursday with Seduction, our steamy show to get you going. Friday includes day-long intensive educational courses, vendor opening, play space opening, judging for the 2017 IMsL/IMsBB titleholders and the opening ceremonies. Saturday we are in full swing with workshops, vending, silent auction and the second half of the contest. Sunday continues with a brunch, our pool party, more workshops and Bawdy Storytelling and Slam. Throughout the weekend will be hospitality parties such as the queer mixer and hosted parties by clubs and organizations. San Jose CA; Apr 20-23 2017
  • Manchester Rubber Weekend 8 – Manchester, England; Apr 20-24, 2017
  • Sleazy Madrid – The main Spanish gathering of international fetish men which takes place in Madrid during MayDay weekend. Madrid, Spain; Apr 26 – May 2, 2017
  • Bear Hunt XVII – Cajun Bears and Creole Cubs, let’s get ready to party at Bear Hunt XVI: Bears on the Bayou. Myrtle Beach, SC;  Apr 27-30, 2017
  • CLAW 17 – Cleveland Leather Awareness Weekend – CLAW 17 is 100% non-profit and has donated over $680,000 to community charities. Cleveland, OH; Apr 27-30, 2017
  • Beyond Leather and International Power Exchange – Imagine taking your vacation in Fort Lauderdale Florida enjoying four (4) days and three (3) nights sharing a unique experience with 400 like minded individuals! Now picture your days filling your mind and body with learning technique skills as well as how to create, maintain and keep pleasure in your relationships to help ignite that fire within! Close your eyes because now it’s night time and you’re immersed in the joy surrounding you. Feel that personal sexual freedom as you’re watching the exploration all around. Share in the journey as you see and feel the techniques learned. The vision is amazing and the energy is powerful. Welcome to Beyond Leather, an experience to never forget! Fort Lauderdale FL; Apr 27-30, 2017
  • International Bears Meeting – Sitges, Spain; Apr 27 – May 1, 2017
  • Phurfest 2017 – Join the Bears of the West for Phurfest 2017! Enjoy fun in the sun, a chance to meet new friends, and explore what Phoenix has to offer. Phoenix Phurfest has been around for 14 years. Over 2200 bears and buddies from 12+ countries have enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of our city at Phurfest. Phoenix, AZ; Apr 27 – May 1, 2017
  • Doggy Weekend 2017 – the Thüringer Lederclub e.V. is organizing an international meeting again for dogs and their owners. You can slip into your role for a whole weekend and you can join together with like-minded pet player. From 28th of April until 1th of May 2017 we are looking forward to offering you a comprehensive program. The whole things are designed by Pet player for Pet player. Experienced guys and newcomers are welcome. Efurt, Germany; Apr 28 – May 1, 2017
  • GREAT BRITISH BEAR BASH 20: OPERATION RESCUETeaming up with The Big Scrum Manchester, Bear Club UK, Eagle Bar Manchester & The Rem Bar just for starters. Manchester, UK; Apr 28 – May 2, 2017
  • Annual Laughlin River Run – Desert Brotherhood MC, 9 AM, Las Vegas NV; Apr 29, 2017
  • Mister Leather Italia – The Mr. Leather Italia 2017 weekend, organized by Leather Friends Italia and Leather Club Roma. Rome, Italy; Apr 29 – May 1, 2017
  • INTO THE TANK ROMA – The famous fetish night from Madrid, goes this winter to Rome again. Rome. Sports – Urban – Clubbers – Leather – Rubber – Army – Jockstraps – Underwear – Swimming Trunks – Speedos, etc.. are the main dress-codes for the party. Rome, Italy; Apr 30, 2017


  • MR. LEATHER BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG 2017/18 – The most important fetish-event in LC Stuttgart´s annual agenda is coming up soon. We are convinced that the May Meeting with the election of MR. LEATHER BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG and the following club party Rough Men Night is going to be a great event. Everyone can come on his costs or rather to his kind, as hot leather and fetish guys from many parts of Europe are supposed to come and enjoy themselves until the early morning. Starting the long weekend we welcome our guests at the Gaydelight Party on Stuttgart´s spring fair. On Friday Night, we are going to crowd the Boots and the Eagle where the candidates for MR. LEATHER BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG 2017/18 will be introduced. Saturday night is reserved for the election at Kings Club and the subsequent leather-fetish-party at an exceptional location. There, the LC Stuttgart organizes a great fetish-event again that does not leave any wishes. It is going without saying that there is an agenda around all the fetish-events as well: we would like to go motor-biking together, to enjoy sights of Stuttgart, and in the end, to celebrate at the spring fair of Stuttgart once more. Stuttgart, Germany; May 4-7, 2017
  • Northwest Leather Celebration – Northwest Leather Celebration is a gathering place for all the leather tribes and offers a full weekend of education, fellowship, fun, and the Northwest Regional Master-slave Contest. Sacramento, CA; May 4-7 2017
  • Paris Fetish 3 – Paris is hosting its first European fetish weekend – 16 parties and new events have been planned in order to gather many people in Paris for a great time of conviviality, sharing, pleasure and sex of course. May 11-14, 2017
  • DomCon: LA We are proud to announce that the DomCon LA 2017 Mistresses of Ceremonies are Mistress Porcelain Midnight of San Diego, California, Mistress Gabrielle of Adelaide, Australia, and Mistress Molly from Manchester, New Hampshire. Los Angeles CA; May 17-21, 2017
  • Urban Bear – Join thousands of the world’s hottest Bears, Cubs and friends at this annual block party in the heart of the Meatpacking District featuring NYC, NY; May 18-21, 2017
  • Texas Bear Round UP – Annual Bear Weekend with the Dallas Bears. Dallas, TX; May 18-21, 2017
  • Twilight Guard 2017 Run – Excelsior MC Presents Lust for Life 2016 The Island of Misfit Boys (The Lord of the Flies meets The Boys in The Band!) Fire Island, NY; May 19-21, 2017
  • Amsterdam Fetish Pride – Amsterdam will celebrate it’s fourth Fetish Pride. The city of cheese, tulips and tolerance welcomes all the fetish fella’s and their friends for a weekend filled with fun. Amsterdam, Netherlands; May 25-29, 2017
  • FIERTE OURS PARIS (Paris Bear Pride) – This will be the year of the 10th edition of this event which has found its place in the bear community, both in France and abroad. For this anniversary edition, The Bear Paris invite an adventure companion of many talents and facets, as partner artist Nicolas Maalouly, who will present his works in two exhibitions at home and Bears’den IEM. It is the photographer Mathias Casado Castro will highlight the 10 candidates in 2017. DJ RV (Follivores / Crazyvores) will moderate the inevitable Paris Bear Cruise, 25 May. Major Evening Pride Bear Paris, the Election of Mr. Bear 2017 will be held Saturday, May 27 at Depot with DJ Amina and Dj Quentin Vedelly, Paris, France; May 24-28, 2017
  • Nuremberg Leather Club Campus 2017 – an outdoor meeting not only for bikers – takes place in the Bavarian Rhön. Nuremberg, Germany; May 24-28, 2017
  • Bear Pride – Whether it’s your first trip to Chicago, you visit all the time, or you are a local Bear Pride 22 will give you a chance to enjoy the city and all that it offers.  BP22 delivers the best dances, the most interactive events, and endless opportunities for connecting with friends, both old and new.  You won’t want to miss out on this great weekend of Bears in the City! Chicago, IL; May 25-29, 2017
  • IML – International Mr Leather – International Mr. Leather (IML) is an international conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago, IL; May 25-19, 2017
  • Empire City, M.C.’s Annual Biker Weekend – EMPIRE CITY MOTORCYCLE CLUB: 52 YEARS OF RIDING & BROTHERHOOD! New York, NY; May 26-29, 2017
  • Lisbon Bear PrideAn international encounter for bears and friends in the spectacular city of Lisbon. Parties and fun with optional gastronomic and cultural experiences. Lisbon, Portugal; May 31 – June 5, 2017


  • Tidal Wave Weekend – We are excited to welcome you to the Wave of the Future! Come “Get Lucky“ at this year’s Tidal Wave Weekend at the Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area, from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4! We have once again secured the entire 325-room property for our annual weekend blow-out party, this year featuring not only our amazing line up of DJ’s and pool parties, but a live Vegas-style knock-down, drag-out battle royale between three of our favorite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob the Drag Queen, Alaska Thunderfuck and Ginger Minj! Also new this year, immediately following the show on Friday, will be Double or Nothing, an after-hours party spectacular featuring Fort Lauderdale DJ Doug Jackson! Come beat the spread at our Charity Casino and compete for great prizes, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Saturday night poolside, don’t miss a special performance by Martha Wash, the Original Weather Girl! Orlando, FL; Jun 1-4, 2017
  • Cologne Fetish Pride – In addition to our activities distributed over the year, we host of Rheinfetisch always at Pentecost, the Cologne Fetish Pride. From Thursday to Monday there are many events and is certainly one of the highlights of the choice of Mr.Fetish NRW, who represents the Cologne, and the scene of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and beyond its borders. We are pleased to announce that Georg Kroneis of viol voice, known from fetish baroque, accompanied the election of mr.fetish nrw 2017.Cologne, Germany; June 1-5, 2017
  • Southern Hi Bearnation – Victoria’s premier bear event. Melbourne, Australia; June 11-18, 2017
  • Boot Camp – The 15 Association – The longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA. Active in the San Francisco BDSM community with play parties, an annual run (Boot Camp), social events and charitable fundraising. Saratoga Springs, Lake County CA; June 14-18, 2017
  • Vienna Fetish Spring – Hosted by LMC Vienna. Vienna, spring and a hot fetish event: each one is a good reason for a city trip. Put them all together and you have a must-go event! Fetish Spring began four years ago when the Austrian fetish club LMC Vienna decided to add another highlight to the international gay fetish calendar. The event is in addition to LMC Vienna’s main fetish event which takes place in October. Since it was launched, Vienna Fetish Spring has taken place around the weekend of the Corpus Christi holiday – typically in late May or early June. What makes this event special is the vibe that comes from the combination of a wonderful city, the early summer sun (hopefully), and an amazing set of parties. If you are looking for a commercialized mass rally, other places might satisfy you more. But if you want the perfect mix of hot parties and a personal touch, Vienna Fetish Spring is a perfect choice. The program covers a wide variety of fetishes. It starts with a rubber and sportswear party and includes both a BLUF hour and a naked party. The main events are two full fetish parties on Friday and Saturday nights. The first includes the Mr. Fetish Austria contest while the second features a live DJ. The nightly events are enriched by supporting activities such as a ride through the city in a chartered tram or a fetish brunch. Vienna, Austria; Jun 14-18, 2017
  • FIST FEST MICHIGAN – This is a weekend specifically for and by men who are into BUTTS, HOLES and HANDS (and other related stuff). So leave your friends who faint at the thought of sticking a hand up someone’s butt at home! If you’re into ASSPLAY, this is the weekend for YOU. Saugatuk, Michigan; June 15-17, 2017
  • Folsom Street East Weekend – the largest outdoor LGBTQ and Allied Kink-Fetish Festival on the East Coast.New York, NY; TBA
  • Leather Odyssey – Election of Mister Leather Hessen Hosted by FLC Frankfurt – Frankfurt, Germany; TBA

Jan – Mar | Apr – Jun | Jul – Sept | Oct – Dec

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Chicago Contributing Writer LGBT Media

Multimedia Platforms WorldwideChicago, IL

Chicago – Contributing Writer – Multimedia Platforms Worldwide

Multimedia Platforms Worldwide is currently seeking a freelance writer based in Chicago, Illinois to contribute content to its six platforms. Qualified applicants should have extensive knowledge of the local LGBT market in Chicago and a desire to become part of this rapidly growing LGBT media and publishing company. Applicants may also be required to create content not only about issues pertaining to the local Chicago community but at the national level as well. Experience in travel writing a plus.

Chicago Contributing Writer LGBT Media

Chicago Contributing Writer LGBT Media

Multimedia Platforms is the parent company of FunMaps , Frontiers Media , Next Magazine ,Florida Agenda , Guy Magazine and Wirld.com . Collectively, Multimedia Platforms’ current brands represent 7.5 million readers and 4 million unique online visitors annually.

If interested, please send resume, cover letter, and five writing samples

Required experience:

writing: 1 year

Send you resume to info@mmplgbt.com

Gay LGBT Job Board

We think it’s important where you spend your money, so we try to provide every opportunity for the LGBTQI community to either gain new business or land a new job. We encourage you to consume in a responsible way. Support our community by shopping, dining and staying with LGBT Businesses.

We think it’s important where you spend your money, so we try to provide every opportunity for the LGBTQI community to either gain new business or land a new job. We encourage you to consume in a responsible way. Support our community by shopping, dining and staying with LGBT Businesses.

A free service for job seekers to locate jobs and employers to locate employees that are GLBT friendly.

Seasons of Pride is supporting LGBT business by offering free services to promote LGBT business: Free Press Release Publication, Free Job Postings, Free Business Listing and Free Event Listing for LGBT Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations.

Our newest offering freelancing jobs.  We offer a free freelancers board to the LGBT community.  Send us an email with your freelance needs such as bookkeeping, web design, etc. and we will post it and promote it through our LGBT partners.

Building Pride through LGBT Business

Every day, we here stories of businesses that refuse to sell to the LGBT community claiming it somehow violates their Religious Freedom. And we think that is a good thing.  Why? Because, I want to know if I am spending my hard earned dollars in a business that discriminates against against my community. I appreciate them telling me they oppose marriage equality or gender equality – because I can go spend my money someplace that supports equal rights.

LGBT owned independent businesses return a percentage of each dollar you spend back to our community. For example, bear businesses put that dollar back into the community through bear runs, bear media, and contributions to local non-profit organizations and political organizations.

We believe the best path to equality is financial empowerment.

Seasons of Pride supports diversity in the workplace through free LGBT jobs listings, and free directories for gay and lesbian businesses and a LGBT Freelancers  for the Queer Community.

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Northalsted Market Days 2015

August 8, 2015toAugust 9, 2015

Northalsted Market Days – The 34th Annual Northhalsted Market Days® is coming to you live! A crowd from across the country will come together to celebrate the largest two-day street festival in the Midwest, right here on Halsted Street. Chicago, IL.

Northalsted Market Days 2015

Northalsted Market Days 2015

Northalsted (also known as “Boystown”) was voted the 2013 “the best gay neighborhood in the world” by Out traveler Magazine. And it’s easy to see why: our collection of fabulous shops, fantastic restaurants, famous nightlife, and our proud LGBTQ legacy gives us a sense of community spirit unlike any other place.

The Midwest’s largest two-day street fair features Boystown’s best food, bars, boutiques and musical entertainment, attracting crowds worldwide to Chicago.

Northalsted Market Days annually showcases some of the best food, arts and crafts, and live music Chicago has to offer! Spanning 6 city blocks with more than 400 vendors and 3 music stages, thousands from around the country flock to this unique event–which happens to be the largest street event in the Midwest!

Northalsted Market Days take place on N. Halsted between Belmont and Addison.

About the Northalsted Business Alliance

The Northalsted Business Alliance works cooperatively to maintain a diverse, safe and thriving shopping and entertainment district. In 1980, a small group of retailers in a four-block area along Halsted Street joined forces to promote the street and improve business conditions.

Since its inception, the Northalsted Business Alliance has grown to represent more than 80 businesses along North Halsted Street from Barry Street to West Irving Park Road. The Association has been recognized by the media, the City of Chicago and local residents as a major force in the community, championing positive change and growth.

Northalsted Events

The Northalsted Business Alliance hosts two of the city’s most popular events—Chicago Pride Fest® and Northalsted Market Days®—which bring thousands of people to our neighborhood. The Northalsted Business Alliance-sponsored Halloween on Halsted parade also invite the community to gather and experience Northalsted.

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Chicago Pride 2015

June 20, 2015toJune 21, 2015
June 28, 2015

Chicago Pride – 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade & Pride Weekend. Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade – The two-day festival takes place along Chicago’s famed Halsted strip on June 20-21. The parade takes place over a four-mile route on Sunday, June 28. Chicago, IL.

Chicago Pride 2015

Chicago Pride 2015


The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Pride Month in June is the culmination of Chicago’s vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of June each year in commemoration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. On Pride Frida and Saturday thousands will gather along Halsted for the two day festival. Stages of music, exhibitors, great food and drinks are available to enjoy. In the evening the revelers will pour into Boystown clubs and party into the wee hours of the night.

On Sunday the roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 12 people deep as 750,000 people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots near the beginning of the route along Broadway between Montrose Avenue and Sheridan Road or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.

When is Chicago Pride?
The Chicago Pride two-day Celebration takes place the weekend before the parade. And the Parade historically takes place during the final weekend in June of each year.

How did Pride begin?
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a “Gay-In” that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, Since its modest beginnings, Chicago Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression.

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Laboratory Technician Howard Brown Health Center

Howard Brown Health CenterChicago, IL

Performs various aspects of laboratory services for all Howard Brown Health Center clients, patients, and research participants, including specimen handling and preparation. Processes and handles human blood, urine and stool specimens. Some phlebotomy duties as necessary.

Laboratory Technician Howard Brown Health Center

Laboratory Technician Howard Brown Health Center

  • Perform/complete processing of specimens from daily clinic primary care schedule for delivery to Howard Brown contract laboratories: process orders for contracted laboratories, ensure proper handling, temperature, and delivery; maintain specimen integrity and order accuracy. Prepare specimens for shipment to external laboratories ensuring that specimens are ready and picked up by courier in accordance with designated courier schedule.
  • Perform onsite, rapid HIV testing as part of the Walk-In/STI Services Program; maintain all logs and pickup schedules for specimens going to the IL State Lab and the Chicago Department of Public Health Laboratory. Maintain specimen integrity and accuracy.
  • Attend to phone calls, phone notes and chart flags for lab result critical values and abnormal results. Forward them to the appropriate clinical staff in a timely manner. Monitor test results and ensure proper resulting to patient charts.
  • Maintain designated training manual for client services and specific research laboratory procedures. Complete ongoing training with procedures and protocols.
  • Work with specific research project coordinators on designated research projects to ensure appropriate laboratory processing as dictated by research protocols. Ensure that specimens are processed in accordance with clinical research protocols. Maintain updated IATA shipping certification.
  • Maintain and upkeep all laboratory equipment according to Howard Brown standards.
  • Carry out policies and procedures developed to maintain infection control and safety according to OSHA Laboratory Safety Guidance and Blood Borne Pathogen Standards protocols; perform duties according to approved policies and procedures relating to OSHA and Universal Body Fluid precautions.
  • Work with the Laboratory Services Coordinator to maintain the laboratory and its operations in accordance with OSHA standards.
  • Work with clinical staff to improve procedures/flow for patient requiring laboratory testing; work with contract laboratories to maintain updated information on test offerings.
  • Maintain levels of laboratory supplies as needed.
  • Attend medical services and research meetings as required.
  • Attend training and continuing education as required or requested.
  • Communicate effectively with all team members/all staff.
  • Performs other duties as directed.



  • High School Diploma and professional training in clinical laboratory/healthcare setting is required.
  • Phlebotomy license is required.
  • Must be comfortable working with the LGBT community


  • Medical Assistant license is preferred
  • Previous experience working with HIV/AIDS clients
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with laboratory regulatory rules and guidelines including OSHA, HIPAA, and JCAHO, and familiarity with CLIA laboratory environments are preferred.


  • Space is limited and must be shared for most efficient usage.
  • Healthcare environment subject to high stress and a fast-pace.
  • Primary work environment is a laboratory and is subject to OSHA Laboratory Safety Guidance and Blood Borne Pathogen Standards.


  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Duties may include bending, standing, light lifting, carrying, and sitting for long periods.
  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required.
  • Requires good manual dexterity and the ability to communicate effectively with others, including verbal and visual skills.
To apply for this position, please submit both your cover letter and resume together as one document into our ADP system using the link below.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at Howard Brown are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, veteran status, age, FMLA status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statutes.

HOWARD BROWN HEALTH CENTER is an innovative health and human service organization focusing on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The Center provides a unique network of programs and services to the community, addressing the medical, social and research needs of its clients. To learn more about our Howard Brown Health Center, please see our web page at www.howardbrown.org.

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Legal Assistant Lambda Legal

Lambda LegalChicago, IL

Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its Legal Department, in the Midwestern Regional Office in Chicago. The Legal Assistant will spend significant time staffing the Legal Help Desk by responding to the public’s requests for help and/or information. The Legal Assistant will also assist attorneys in the HIV Project and other areas with research and preparation of legal filings to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy.

Legal Assistant Lambda Legal

Legal Assistant Lambda Legal

The Legal Assistant will primarily be responsible for legal and administrative support to attorneys who work on an array of priorities within Lambda Legal’s mission. In addition to the production of legal briefs and cite-checking, the Legal Assistant will prepare other legal filings; perform non-legal research; maintain case files and other organizational systems; draft correspondence; contact court personnel and other attorneys and advocates; and provide general administrative support to attorneys in the Legal Department. Finally, the Legal Assistant will also help staff the Legal Help Desk intake line, which involves initial pre-screening and information-gathering to identify potential clients, as well as helping callers locate resources.

Excellent oral and written communication skills. Motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, self-starting, dependable, able to work well under pressure, a team player, computer-literate. Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and internet research skills required. Prior legal secretarial or support work is highly desired, and a willingness to develop the specialized knowledge about the legal system and legal documents necessary to perform duties in a law office setting is essential. Familiarity with LexisNexis, electronic court filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), Excel, and PowerPoint is helpful. Because of the focused and challenging nature of the work Lambda Legal does, a background in or familiarity with issues, legal or otherwise, important to the LGBT community and/or people with HIV will greatly strengthen an application. Ability to handle intake calls, often from people facing crises or significant problems, is critical; thus any experience with hotlines is also helpful. Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents. A minimum two-year commitment is required, and fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Mid-30’s, DOE. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and longterm disability insurance, and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.

Send your application to ggonzalez@lambdalegal.org.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, including federal and state constitutional law issues; gender identity, sexual orientation and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, and the criminal justice system; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, and adoption; foster care and juvenile justice; asylum and immigration policy; and anti-LGBT harassment and violence. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas , Romer v. Evans , Boy Scouts of America v. Dale , Bragdon v. Abbott, Glenn v. Brumby, University of Alabama v. Garrett , In re Marriage Cases , Varnum v. Brien , Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group , and Brandon v. County of Richardson . For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org

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International Mr Leather IML 2015

May 22, 2015toMay 25, 2015

International Mr Leather IML - One of the biggest leather/fetish events in the world returns to Chicago this May! We’ll be celebrating our 37th annual contest as the hottest leather (and rubber!) men from around the world converge on the Congress Plaza Hotel for four days of events, including the contest shows, parties, and our HUGE vendor market! Chicago, IL.

International Mr. Leather (IML) is an international conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. IML spans several days, and includes the International Mr. Leather competition, as well as other events, such as speakers, socials, themed dance parties and a large leather vendor market.

International Mr Leather IML 2015

International Mr Leather IML 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

  • The Leather Market – the world’s best collection of leather and fetish vendors.
    Noon – 7p.m. $10 donation for all-weekend access, all proceeds go to the Leather Archives and Museum.
  • IML Opening Ceremonies
    (Location TBA)
    Introduction of contestants and judges, IML Contestants are judged on their appearance and stage presence. Additionally we will be unveiling of the IML 2015 Flag.
    9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • The Leather Market – the world’s best collection of leather and fetish vendors.
    11a.m. – 7p.m. $10 donation for all-weekend access, all proceeds go to the Leather Archives and Museum.
  • IML  Pecs & Personality (Physique Competition)
    (Location TBA)
    IML Contestants are judged on their appearance and stage presence. Doors open at 8:00 pm and show begins at 9:00 pm. Proudly Sponsored by Orbitz.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • The Leather Market – the world’s best collection of leather and fetish vendors.
    11a.m. – 5p.m. $10 donation for all-weekend access, all proceeds go to the Leather Archives and Museum.
  • 36th Annual International Mr. Leather Competition
    (Location TBA)
    6p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
  • IML Victory Celebration Party
    House of Blues – 329 North Dearborn
    After the contest til 4am

Monday, May 25, 2015

  • The Leather Market – the world’s best collection of leather and fetish vendors.
    Hours 11a.m. – 4 p.m. $10 donation for all-weekend access, all proceeds go to the Leather Archives and Museum.
  • Black and Blue Ball
    The traditional IML final blowout “sweat disco” celebration. Monday, May 30 from 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.
    (Location TBA)

Contestant Schedule of Events at a Glance

  • Thursday, May 21:
    Contestant Registration – MANDATORY
    12:00 P.M. Congress Plaza Hotel
  • Friday, May 22:
    Rehearsal for Opening Ceremonies – Time and location TBA
  • Saturday, May 23:
    Interview (time assigned at registration)
    Rehearsal for Physique & Stage Presence
    6:40 P.M.
  • Sunday, May 24:
    Meet for IML contest and rehearsal
    Time and location TBA
  • Monday, May 25:
    Contestant Scores
    12:00 P.M., IML office at the host hotel

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Bear Pride 2015

May 22, 2015toMay 25, 2015

Bear Pride – Join the bears in Chicago for one of the best bear celebration of the year. Bear Pride is turning 21!  Join us in Chicago for a birthday party like no other!

Bear Pride 2015

Meet & Greet Party
It all starts here. Where it goes is up to you. This is the event that begins as a diary entry aptly named “Woof! Did you see him?!” Go ahead, introduce yourself, and remember, you’re in a room full of new bear friends.
Friday, May 22nd, 5:00PM – 2:00AM
Included in the Run Package at no additional cost

Bear Pride 2015

Boxer and Pajama Party
Are you bear enough to “shake it” in your boxers or pjs?  Check your street clothes at the door, and join us for a dance party with great beats and wall-to-wall bears.  The dance floor will come alive with a variety of boxers and pajamas.  Show team spirit, your love of a certain super hero, or your favorite brand.  Draw some attention to those drawers- go wild, be bold, be daring. Just be there.
Saturday, May 23rd, 9:00PM – 2:00AM
Included in the Run Package at no additional cost

Nuts to Butts Dance Party
What can we say? The name says it all. Celebrate 21 years of Bear Pride with the dance party to end all dance parties. Enjoy Bear Pride drink specials while you dance the night away.
Sunday, May 24th, 9:00PM – 4:00AM
Included in the Run Package at no additional cost

Hospitality After Hours
You’ve partied all day, and now it’s time to relax and wind down before you turn in for the night.  Join everyone for one last chance at conversation and refreshments, or wander across the hall to explore the darkened bear den.  Who knows what adventures await once the lights go out!
Saturday, May 23rd, 12:01AM – 4:00AM
Sunday, May 24th, 12:01AM – 4:00AM
Monday, May 25th, 12:01AM – 4:00AM
Included in the Run Package at no additional cost

Bears, the Baths, & Beyond
Do you know what’s good for your complexion? Steam. Really, trust us. Steam works. You know what else is good for your complexion? A facial. Try it if you don’t believe us. You know what is better and twice as good? A Steamworks facial. The steam rooms are sure to inject some life into your pores. Hang with friends or make some new ones. Just remember, the towels are short and the sights are long…
Saturday, May 23rd, 12:00PM – 5:00PM
$25 – Add-on to your Run Package, or purchase as a separate excursion

Trolley Tour of Chicago
First time in the Windy City? This is a great way to see some of Chicago’s landmarks while relaxing, as someone else does the driving. Sit back, enjoy an adult beverage (or two), and sightsee for a bit. Please note: we cannot be held responsible for the sudden outbursts of excitement by the tour guide. Feel free to change seats to get a better view of the city or that guy with the hot tattoo two rows up. After all, that is why you are at BP 21 – to meet new and exciting people on a trolley. Ok maybe not. Enjoy the ride.
Friday, May 22nd, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Saturday, May 23rd, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
$45 – Add-on to your Run Package, or purchase as a separate excursion

Boat Tour of Chicago
Bueller? Bueller? Play hooky for a while and go for a ride on the historic Chicago river. Hop on board the Seadog, and tour the city made famous by Ferris Bueller and The Dark Knight while enjoying some complimentary adult beverages. You probably won’t see a tall dark handsome fella dressed in black latex unless the boat goes ashore at IML, but the buildings are all there. Revel in the excitement of the architectural wonders from the boat as you navigate the water way for this private three hour tour (three hour tour). I dare you to look for Gilligan and the Skipper now that you have read that description.
Sunday, May 24th, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
$65 – Add-on to your Run Package, or purchase as a separate excursion

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Part-Time Bookkeeper

Friends of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of FameChicago, IL

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (GLHF) is both a historic event and an exhibit. Through the Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world are made aware of the contributions of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the communities’ efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of LGBT people, their organizations, and their friends, as well as their contributions to the LGBT communities and to the City of Chicago. This is a unique tribute to dedicated individuals and organizations whose services have improved the quality of life for all of Chicago’s citizens.

The part-time bookkeeper will be responsible for handling the fundamental aspects of GLHF’s financial recordkeeping, including recording financial transactions, managing accounts payable and receivable, reconciling bank statements, and completing annual tax forms.

Part-Time Bookkeeper Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

Part-Time Bookkeeper Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Preparation of financial statements and reports, including the profit and loss statement and balance sheet
  • Assistance with budget preparations
  • Assisting accountants with tax return preparation
  • Reconciliation of bank account
  • Conducting invoice activities and paying vendors for delivered materials
  • Preparation of appropriate schedules and reports as requested by leadership

Mandatory job qualifications:

  • Proficiency with QuickBooks for Nonprofits

Rate and hours:

  • Rate of pay is $40/hr.
  • Hours range from 10 to 20 hours per month, depending on the time of year. No minimum of hours in guaranteed.
  • Invoices are to be submitted once per month by the 5th .
  • Part-time bookkeeper will be issues a 1099 form for IRS tax reporting purposes and will be responsible for paying taxes as an independent contractor.

Interested parties may send their resume and cover letter to Vince Pagan, vince@glhalloffame.org no later than March 20th for best consideration.

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is both a historic event and an exhibit. Through the Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world are made aware of the contributions of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the communities’ efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination.

With the support of the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues (now the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues) established the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in June 1991. The inaugural induction ceremony took place during Gay and Lesbian Pride Week at City Hall, hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley. This was the first event of its kind in the country.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of LGBT people, their organizations, and their friends, as well as their contributions to the LGBT communities and to the City of Chicago. This is a unique tribute to dedicated individuals and organizations whose services have improved the quality of life for all of Chicago’s citizens.

Induction into the Hall of Fame symbolizes that the recipient either has made a contribution with far-reaching effects on the quality of life for Chicago’s lesbian and gay community or the city of Chicago, or has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago’s LGBT communities.

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is privately funded through generous donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Staff support is provided by volunteers.


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HIV Case Manager University of Chicago

University of ChicagoChicago, IL

HIV Case Manager: Will be involved protocol development, resource identification, collection of resource utilization and patient outcomes data, as well as provision of client centered, wrap around case management to individuals living with or at risk for HIV. As part of the process they will assess and triage the social and psychological needs of the patient and their family and develop comprehensive service plans; conduct initial assessments/reassessment of client needs, implement service plans, identify gaps in services and provide ongoing follow up; advocate for clients and identify obstacles to compliance/adherence; maintain documentation of services and keep statistical reports; attend interdisciplinary team meetings, mandatory trainings, participate in pager coverage, and community outreach/education; and make home visits (car required) as needed. Case managers will be expected to maintain a case load of 25-40 individuals and will actively facilitate connections with other CBOs.

HIV Case Manager University of ChicagoHIV Case Manager University of Chicago

The candidate will provide wrap- around case management services to individuals who are HIV positive or are at risk of acquiring HIV. The case manager will maintain a caseload of 25-40 individuals. Provision of services will require: linkage to HIV and PrEP care; referrals to other community based organizations (CBOs) and social service agencies (e.g. housing, food, and primary care organizations); follow up with participants of the program; monitoring and evaluation of services; documentation of client encounters and services. This individual will also: collect and analyze data to identify program progress and any need for change; work closely with the PI and other project coordinators; collaborate with community members and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH); assist in the development of protocols and procedures for the network based HIV/STI testing program and linkage to care; actively pursue required knowledge and skills for professional development; stay informed about the CDPH regulations and requirements; case manager may conduct data analysis and provide appropriate recommendations or conclusions for the program.

Principal contribution is the application of principles and knowledge relevant to the administration and support of the research project. Under limited direction, performs complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks.

  • Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and making contributions to methodology.
  • Collects, records and analyzes data.
  • Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts. Oversees the management of equipment and supplies.
  • Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. Trains and oversees the work of research support personnel.
  • Responsibilities may include the following non-laboratory duties: transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments; presenting research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences; assisting with building databases; and recruiting and scheduling research subjects.
  • Responsibilities may include the following laboratory duties: recognizing abnormal results and varying conditions or procedures to correct problems; setting up and performing experiments. May serve as a lead research specialist in smaller labs.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health science (epidemiology, community science), social work, or related field preferred.


  • Required: Experience working with and/or providing care to LGBT populations, Black and Latino community members; previous work experience providing HIV/STI treatment and/or prevention; previous case management experience.
  • Preferred: Previous work experience with Chicago Department of Public Health; previous supervisory experience; previous grant writing experience; program management and/or development experience; program monitoring and evaluation


  • Demonstrated effective leadership and teaching skills
  • Strong knowledge of Chicago social service resources
  • Strong knowledge of program subject matter
  • Willingness to attend necessary orientation and trainings through Chicago Department of Public Health and prior to start date
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Creativity
  • Ability to manage stressful situations
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability and/or willingness to provide HIV/STI treatment, education, and prevention in non-traditional settings (community venues)
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Applications, including but not limited to Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skills
  • Ability to travel to various community venues across the metropolitan area
  • Ability to manage a case load of up to 50 patients


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