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Leatherlife
Just be Thankful for What You got
by Cain Berlinger
2003-01-03

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Happy 2003!

And while the 'real' world ponders over the worthiness of Jack McGeorge to go to Iraq, the community rallies behind a man of unquestionable character, integrity and leadership.

The Pantheon nominations are in (www.theleatherjournal.com) and happily there are many new names and faces of those who have given their time, talents and energies to the community.

Connecticut is in the news again with the great pre-construction party for the Brass City Eagle. It's great when city venues (and their owners) can work together to cement, rather than fracture, a community. Good work guys!

Meanwhile in the 'real' world, six Arab language translators hired by the government were fired for being gay, following the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Apparently someone told, and despite our nation's desperate need for competent translators, and significant shortfall in this area, the government nonetheless fired these six men for no other reason than their homosexuality. It's been pointed out, ironically, that in our national effort to fight terrorism, our media and government bodies still find the time to single out and oppress sexual minorities. This is just some of the news gleaned off of the many activists, politically diverse, competent, and community relevant Internet lists. All you IML hopefuls listen up; you will in all likelihood be quizzed!

Congratulations to the new board of the Leather Archives and Museum and their election of Joni Perrie to the board. Her years of service and input will be an asset.

Onyx member Derrick Taylor did his group and the leather community proud by taking a medal in Sydney's Gay Games for Team Bowling. The Games had more than 13,000 participants from all over the world competing in several sporting events such as tennis, volleyball, softball, various track and field events, various swimming events, ballroom dancing, wrestling, body building, rugby, and many others. (See GayGames.com or Sydney2002.org for further coverage; as well as WindyCityTimes.com). Don't ya love reading good news?

Carols Across America is a delightful holiday CD with 14 tracks ranging from campy cabaret to high-energy dance. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the AIDS & Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and Positive Resource Center (www.ecarols.com).

Karen McGee, MsWL 2003 and the Ms. World Leather Organization in a combined effort, are calling on our Leather Community across the world to make Saturday, April 19, 2003 (Easter Weekend) our designated 'day of caring' when we as a community bond in deeds across the world, caring for the homeless, specifically those with AIDS in your own communities. "You do not have to be a titleholder to make a difference." Visit www.msworldleather.com for details.

January kicks off SASH RASH or Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend in Washington, the race is on and as always MAL is set to turn the community on its ear with, as always, a stellar event. This year's MAL poster is nothing short of terrific! Make your reservations NOW!

Got something to say? Write me. Meanwhile visit my Web site at www.mrcain.com


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