GUIDE TO LEATHER GEAR & ESSENTIALS
The world’s hottest leathermen come to Chicago to compete for the title of International Mr.. Leather 2013, as IML celebrates its 35th Anniversary, Memorial Day Weekend . Since 1979, when a few hundred gay leathermen gathered in Chicago for the first International Mr.. Leather contest, the event has grown to be an annual tradition for thousands in the leather community, drawing contestants and attendees from around the globe. Once an event for “hard core” leathermen, IML has expanded in recent years to include a more diverse crowd, from the experienced to the curious. In addition to the contest, preliminaries and other official events, the Leather Market features more than 120 vendors from around the world vending items of interest to the leather and kink world, is a big draw and is open to anyone 21 years and over. For those not holding IML ticket packages, a pass is needed to enter the Leather Market at Riverside Center. There is a $5.00 suggested donation, with all proceeds going to the Leather Archives and Museum, needed for daily admission. For a donation of $10, a pass is available that provides immediate access to the Leather Market during all open hours. Wristbands are color-coded for each day of IML and a full Weekend Market “Pride Pass” is available to those who want to come and go all weekend long. Many of the vendors participating in the Leather Market are profiled in our extensive “Market Place” feature in this issue. In addition to the many official IML events, there are dozens of other parties and events scheduled for Memorial weekend. For coverage on the parties and events geared toward the IML, BearPride and locals, check out our expanded “In the Know on the Go” column on page 57 in this issue. boiMAG
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Memorial Day Events While it seems that Chicago is all about leather on Memorial Day Weekend, there are other noteworthy events going on as well. If you’re looking for a change of pace or just want to venture out and see what Chicago has to offer, check out these events. The summer schedule for Navy Pier fireworks officially kicks of on Memorial Day weekend. This weekend also marks the official opening of all of the lake front parks and beaches. While the weather may not be warm enough for swimming or sunbathing (or it might be, you never know in Chicago), it’s still a great place to get some fresh air and people watch. The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, offers a chance to sample some local fare, learn about the neighborhood and, of course, listen to some great music. The Field Museum will unveil its new exhibit, Extreme Mammals, The Art Institute of Chicago is exhibiting the work of seminal American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing at the Allstate Arena. Check out Kelly Hogan and Scott Lucas and the Married Men at Millennium Park. 12 boiMAG
Bike the Drive takes place on Sunday, May 26 and is an annual Memorial Day weekend cycling event and festival that takes place right on the Lake front as well as on Lake Shore Drive, which is closed off to automobile traffic during the early morning ride. You can bike at your own pace and enjoy the skyline and beautiful Lake Michigan while you cruise the 30-mile route with avid cycling enthusiasts and other Chicagoans out for some scenic exercise. There is a whole festival with multiple activities surrounding the event. For more information including times and registration, check out the official site at www.bikethedrive.org The Electric Daisy Carnival is an international annual electronic and dance music festival that is one of the world’s largest celebrations of electronic music. This year the event’s producer, Insomniac, is bringing the event to the Chicago area for Memorial Day Weekend. It is being held at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. Grammy nominee and award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress and designer, Cathy Richardson brings her band to City Winery on Saturday, May 25. Tickets are $15. Richardson starred as Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway hit Love, Janis. She later toured the U.S. with Big Brother and the Holding Co. (and still does when schedules align) and in 2008 became the lead singer for psychedelic rock originators Jefferson Starship with founding members Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and David Freiberg. For tickets and more information, check out www.citywinery.com
TOUCHE Chicago’s Leather Bar Touché is Chicago’s oldest leather bar, and like a fine piece of leather, it wears its age like a patina. For more than 30 years, Touché has welcomed the leather community from around the world, serving as a sort of leather community center as well as a gathering place to hang with friends and have a few drinks, all the time, not just during IML weekend. The IML/BearPride fun begins on Wednesday May 22 with the annual “Best of Chicago Welcome Party.” On Thursday, May 23rd is the “Bear Pride Earl Bird Party.” Then, just in time for the weekend kick off is the “Full Moon Party & Contest” on Friday, the “Gear Fetish Night” on Saturday and the “Dark & Dirty” party on Sunday. To finish up the weekend, Monday, May 27th is the annual “Memorial Day Beer Bust & Survivor Party.” With both the Bulls and the Blackhawks into their playoffs and the Cubs & Sox seasons in full swing, there is always a good game to watch on the bar’s HD screens. While at the bar, enter the bike raffle. The drawing for the tandem bike on display above the bar will take place during the bar’s annual Memorial Day Cookout. Entry forms are available at the bar, just fill it out and turn it over to your bartender. For more information on Touche’s events this weekend see their ad in this issue.
Bear Necessities From the creative team of Rick Copp (The Brady Bunch Movie) Joe Dietl (The Thin Pink Line) and Ben Zook (Jack and Jill) comes “Where the Bears Are,” a comedy mystery web series that has accumulated more than four million views since premiering last August. It’s “The Golden Girls” meets “Murder She Wrote” with big, hairy bears… and Margaret Cho! That’s what to expect with season two of the award-winning comedy-mystery web series “Where the Bears Are,” when it premieres online June 10 at wherethebearsare.tv 16 boiMAG
Season two follows the exploits of three gay bear roommates living together in Los Angeles, as they attempt to solve the murder of a close friend who turns up dead at his own political fund raiser. The season consists of 23, seven-minute episodes, and is a romp through L. A.’s trendy neighborhood of Silver Lake, which eventually reaches its climax in the mountains of Big Bear.
Leather Gear & Essentials The leather community, by definition, is a shopping community. Unless, of course, you’re raising your own cows, tanning the leather and forging or molding your own toys. Otherwise, you’re going to need the help of a few vendors to gather the equipment and toys you’ll need for some hot action. Check out some of the favorites of boiMAG.
Boldly go to the unexplored, if you like, but play safe. The anus is not self-lubricating so it is essential to use a generous amount of quality lubricant every time you engage in anal play. Wet Uranus, available in both waterbased and silicone-based formulas, is thicker to be longer lasting an offer a little extra cushioning needed for anal play. Both formulas are pH-balanced and latex friendly. Wet® Uranus™ Silicone is paraben-free. For free samples, go to http://stayswetlonger. com/wetfreesamples.php
In 1992, while doing research for a cosmetic cream that leaves the skin feeling silky smooth, a silicone formulation with extraordinary lubricating properties was discovered. In 1996, Pjur (pronounced ‘pure’) was founded and since then it has sold more than 70 million bottles in more than 50 countries. Pjur Backdoor sexual enhancers are designed for aggressive anal penetration. They are hypoallergenic and latex condom 20 boiMAG
safe. Medical grade ingredients and unique formulations create an anal comfort spray and super-slippery relaxing anal lubricant for best sexual performance. Pjur Backdoor anal comfort spray is an anal comfort spray that counteracts hypersensitivity of the anal area, ensuring carefree fun. Special ingredients, such as panthenol and aloe vera, increase sphincter elasticity without lidocaine or benzocaine.
Dark Fun from Dark Ink
Dark-Ink provides sexual stimulants to help boost libido and provide erections that are more intense. Here are just a few items available at the Dark Ink web site http://www.dark-ink.com,” ErosPills and Maximen are natural herbal sexual stimulants that promise solid, long-lasting erections, controlled ejaculation and multiple erections. As with all stimulants, always follow the instructions for use. The Double Plug Tunnel by Perfect Fit is an innovative toy that offers a tapered shape and a double tunnel to insert lubricant, fingers or other toys. “Fab Cock” from SensaFirm is a mid-size dildo with testicles that serve as the base for a suction cup. A magnetic stainless steel ball stretcher does away with the need for keys or locks, one click and that’s all. Fistpowder is a lubricant powder that is compatible with Latex condoms and gloves. Clothing is also available on the site, such as an open back Neoprene short by 655, which has a wide opening at the back to show your butt. It is available in a black base with a choice of red, blue or yellow edging. (continued on following page)
The Market Place for Your Guy Spy
GuySpy, currently approaching 1 million members worldwide, has overhauled the design of its location-based mobile social networking app for iPhone. Users who download or update the free mobile gay dating app are able to find, meet and chat with “men seeking men” faster, easier and with more features than ever, and now does it all within a new user interface. “We spent a ton of time with our users to come up with a more easy to use and visually appealing version of GuySpy for the iPhone.” said Morris Chapdelaine, communications and marketing manager of Stark Mobile Technologies. “We’re especially proud of the addition of our new informer tab which will contain important messages, newsletters and exclusive partner offers”
Put A Little Elbow Grease Behind It
In 1979, Elbow Grease’s original cream exploded onto the market offering men a new greaseless, odorless, thick, creamy lubricant that was sensual and pleasurable for all types of sex. Before that, for many Crisco was the lube of choice, however, it quickly went rancid and left you smelling like an order of fries. “Elbow Grease was an immediate hit with all men and their sexual fantasies, it covered everything”, says David Mazer, president and owner of B. Cumming Company.
Soon after its introduction, the cream became a hit in the leather community. Responding to market demand for more choices and styles of sexual creams, B. Cumming formulated a light, hot and hot/light version of Elbow Grease. Today, Elbow Grease comes in a variety of creams, gels, “The software is much more intuitive now and uses the most popular aspects water-based formulas and Fusion silicone Bodyglide. of other social networking apps like Celebrating over 30 years of success, Facebook.” said Kirk Schumacher, the company is poised to offer the latest manager of Stark Mobile, adding, “We needs of the personal lubricant market! wanted to include features like side www.fusionlubricants.com panel navigation which regular app users are already comfortable and happy I Can’t Believe It’s Boy Butter with, so we did exactly that!” You know the makers of Boy Butter, The recipient of the Odyssey Magazine a popular personal lubricant, have a sense of humor about their product. “Best Gay App of 2012” award, GuySpy The brand’s motto is “Try squeezing a is the fastest growing online social network for men who like men and the little Boy Butter into your tight agenda new go-to place for gay, bi, and curious today!” guys to meet. 22 boiMAG
Leather Gear & Essentials So, when they, in their words, “Saw a hole in the market we were anxious to fill,” they decided that the first television ad campaign for their product would be a humorous parody of the television ads for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, showing just a couple’s hands. A little nervous about launching their first television advertising campaign, they chose markets with a high gay (and presumably gay-friendly) population. They got the OK from every city, except San Francisco! “The agents from Comcast in San Francisco declined to air our ‘You Won’t Believe It’s Not Boy Butter’ spot because it was deemed too controversial,” says Boy Butter creator Eyal Feldman. The rejection in the world capitol of gay culture shocked the team at gay-owned and operated Boy Butter. “Another gay milestone is happening and it is such a shame that San Francisco of all places will miss out on the fun. It smacks of anti-gay bias and makes me feel like fighting for truth, justice, and personal lubrication!” exclaimed Feldman. To see the spot check out www.boybutter.com
However, you’ll find more than fetish wear at the New Hope, PA store, and on its web site. Le Chateau Exotique also sells custom evening and bridal gowns and and formal wear in the some of the most luxurious fabrics available.
In The (Swiss) Navy
M. D. Science Lab, manufacturer of Swiss Navy at www.swissnavylubes. com has been developing products to enhance the sexual experience since 1998, including lubes. The company’s principal officers have extensive experience in clinical research, nutrition, medicine, gynecology, and business. Proud of its reputation for producing the most potent and targeted herbal sexual enhancement products, the company keeps its products updated and improves them continually as science advances.
Experience the Rapture
Rapture Novelties at www. rapturenovelties.com is the largest distributor of adult novelty products, offering exclusive lines of adult
Fetish and More at Le Chateau Exotique toys and apparel. The product lines Le Chateau Exotique www.fetishwear. com, offers some of the hottest corsets, dancewear, latex clothing, stiletto shoes, thigh high boots, unique jewelry, erotic books, S&M videos, BDSM & bondage gear and adult novelties.
include high quality fetish stainless steel products such as cuffs, shackles, collars, unique stainless steel body wear, fetish leather wear, paddles and floggers. Non-fetish products include corsets, dildos, vibrators and other insertable toys, including a line of fullfeatured luxury vibrators. (continued on following page)
...more essentials “Money Can’t Buy You Love But the Rest Is Negotiable...”
That’s the motto of Rentboy.com. If you enjoy thumbing through catalogues, then you’ll be in heaven at Rentboy web site at www.rentboy.com ...The “commercial social networking site” connects male sex workers and masseurs with potential clients.
Jeff Davids founded Rentboy.com in 1997 making it the first male escorting website, and today it still is the largest website with this focus. Based in Manhattan and headed up by CEO Davids and company director Sean Van Sant, it employs more than a dozen people in three offices and has hosted more than 50,000 escort profiles. Van Sant describes their company, “Rentboy.com is not an escort agency. We are an ad listing service for male escorts, where men place their own ads and work for themselves, so that clients can contact them directly. Our mission is to create a non-judgmental space where anyone curious about exploring male-male companionship can hire a man by the hour.” The business partners are also the organizers of the International Escort Awards (aka The Hookies) and Hustlaball. Hustlaball is a sex cabaret and dance party organized as a party to help destigmatize and honor sex workers. Since 2007, Rentboy.com has hosted Hustlaball three times yearly with a Las Vegas show in January, a
London show in May, and a Berlin show in October, with part of the proceeds going to charities such as Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Founder Davids said of Hustlaball, “This is a chance for sex workers to be open and proud of what they do.”
Show Some SPUNK
D. Enterprises manufactures award winning personal lubricants. The latest edition to the product line, SPUNK Lube, was released in 2011. The SPUNK Lube line-up includes a long lasting personal lubricant, SPUNK Lube Pure Silicone. The newest addition to the SPUNK Lube family is SPUNK Lube Pink. The colorful Pink formula is a hybrid formula that’s non-sticky and non-staining. D. Enterprises is currently working on a fully edible version of SPUNK Lube, with release set for late 2013. For more information, check out www.spunklube.com
The Living Arts
Whatever your pleasure may be, TLAgay.com has the tools to entertain you. As North America’s largest retailer of gay adult home entertainment, TLAgay.com offers adult DVDs, VOD and sex toys, as well as the very best in gay cinema, books, e-books and lifestyle products, with more than 100,000 products, including the widest selection of uncensored and uncut fetish films. (continued on following page) boiMAG 25
... more gear TLA stands for Theatre of the Living Arts. In the early-1960s, an experimental theatre group was founded under the direction of Andre Gregory (of My Dinner with Andre fame). The group included such future luminaries as Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Sally Kirkland and Ron Leibman who performed exclusively in the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street in Philadelphia. By the mid- to late-60s, the funding for the theatre was running out and it was converted to a movie house showing an eclectic mix of classic and foreign films. The founding partners of TLA ran the theater. For the next six years, the TLA would be one of the nation’s leading repertory art movie theatres. The original TLA Theater still stands on historical South Street in Philadelphia. In 1985, recognizing that video was a rapidly expanding genre, and one that was eroding the core audience for repertory movie theatres, TLA opened its first video store in a small space next door to the TLA theater. The TLA Store became wildly popular and branches were opened in area, including New York. Acknowledging that the Internet was the next step for retailing, TLA launched TLAvideo.com in 1997, leading it to becoming the world’s leading retailer of gay and lesbian films as well as one of the most trafficked video sites on the Internet. The brand now includes now includes TLAraw. com for adult entertainment and TLAondemand.com where movielovers of all stripes can get instant satisfaction at home.
Wet and Wild
Founded in 1989 By Michael Trigg, Trigg Laboratories manufactures premium sexual wellness and consumer healthcare products and is the parent company of Wet, one of the world’s best-selling lines of personal lubricants and intimacy products, currently available in 62 countries. The company produces and markets a large variety of personal and flavored lubricants, flavored heating massage lotions and aromatherapy heating massage oils. Trigg Laboratories maintains a 52,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Valencia, California where each of Wet’s 80-plus products are manufactured and tested in compliance with FDA’s strict Medical Device Quality System Regulations (QSR) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). This ensures exceptional integrity and consistency and provides maximum comfort levels. Trigg believes that companies are like individuals, each creating their own “Karma.” Giving back has been paramount to him since his company’s inception. Through its charitable giving program, it has contributed to the work of more than 300 non-profit organizations worldwide.
Leather 64TEN Open 24/7 (Almost) Leather 64TEN, Chicago’s premier leather store, is located
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... more essentials at 6410 N. Clark, in the Jackhammer complex. Leather 64TEN is the world headquarters for Paul C Leather fine fashion and fetish leather creations, custom work and bondage equipment and well as chainmail by Bound-N-Chain. The store carries Schott (originator of the motorcycle jacket), Chippewa Boots, LA Pump, Gear Essentials, Andrew Christian Underwear, Ajaxx Ts and Latex by Invincible, as well as a full line of adult novelties. Leather 64TEN will have extended hours for IML week, noon until 4 a.m., May 22-27.
Tattoo For You
When Chicago Tattoo opened in the mid 1960’s by the late Cliff Raven at 900 W. Belmont, it was the only tattoo studio in Chicago. As Chicago Tattoo was burning a trail for the tattoo industry, the neighborhood around the shop was changing just as fast. In September of 2005, Chicago Tattoo moved to its new state of the art studio at 1017 W. Belmont.
Representing the perfect marriage of form and function, Gear Essentials is proud to introduce a new standard for the discriminating customer of intimate male apparel. Elegant and contemporary styling combined with materials and finishes synonymous with fine jewelry create the ultimate erotic experience. gearessentials.com
AIDS Foundation to Offer HIV Test at IML The mission of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of people affected by the epidemic. Founded in 1985 by community activists and physicians, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
AFC brings together service providers and funders to develop systems that meet the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and to maximize the use of scarce resources. It collaborates with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy projects; and champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy. AFC manages more than $17 million in local, state, and federal funds and assists government entities in planning, distributing, and monitoring service contracts, AFC helps develop provider expertise and promotes uniform and high-quality service delivery across the region.
Head 2 Toe
Head 2 Toe Studios offers tattoos, piercings and applies permanent make-up. It is a family owned studio in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. In the 13 years it has been in business, it has built a large customer base, which the owners consider part of their family. (continued on following page)
... even more essentials The sterile studio uses fresh needles on all customers, assuring a safe and healthy experience.
its products online but thru its toll free phone number (877) 377-9940 or email email@example.com.
GunOil Available on Nearly Every Corner Get in Gear Empowered Products, a leader in the high-growth sexual wellness sector through its awardwinning GunOil brand, is now carried in CVS stores. CVS offers GunOil Silicone and GunOil H20 from Empowered’s men’s line and PINK Silicone and PINK Water from its women’s line at more than 5,000 locations across the U.S.
Scott Fraser, president and CEO of Empowered Products, added, “This substantial expansion of our shelf space with national retail powerhouse CVS is an important indicator of the growing demand in the mainstream consumer market segment for highquality personal lubricants. Ten years ago, personal lubricants were primarily available in adult product venues, today our products are available at CVS, WalMart, Walgreens, and online at Target. com.”
In Your Palm
Palm 1 is an authorized agent of PWD brands Rush and many other famous brand of solvents and nail polish removers. Blue Label is a strong and very unique formula and a brand owned by Palm1. English Gold zBrand is also owned by Palm 1 and is also a strong formula in this class although it is slightly different. Palm 1 does not sell 30 boiMAG
Gear Berlin’s store is located in the heart of Berlin Schoneberg, Berlin’s hottest gay district. It is open Monday through Saturday from noon-8 p.m..Carrying such brands as Langlitz Leathers, Wesco, Alpha Industries, Nasty Pig, Mr. S Leather, Adidas, New Balance, Nike, dehner, Tom of Findland, Cell Block 13, Gear Basics/Rubbers, SquarePegToys, E, Scott Paul, Oxballs USA and Blackstyle it is a shopping destination for those in the leather community. Their merchandise is also available at www.gearberlin.com
2011 Eric Guttierez, Mr. Leather Europe
Filthy Waters ...
an interview with John Waters
By Gregg Shapiro There doesn’t seem to be anything that John Waters, America’s premier queer Renaissance man, can’t do. He’s a filmmaker, an author, a journalist, a visual artist, an obscure music aficionado and monologist. He practically invented (and later perfected) the indie film genre. A raconteur of the highest order, Waters’ has been touring his one-man show “This Filthy World” around this filthy world for several years, revising and refining with each performance. I had the honor of speaking with John earlier this month. GS: The last time we spoke was at the time of the publication of your book Role Models. Looking back on it, how would you rate the experience of writing and publishing that book? JW: It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a best seller on the New York Times best seller list – one week! – and it was many weeks on the LA Times best seller list, and other lists. I just finished my new book, called Car Sick, for FSG, the same publisher. Writing books is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing. Both Shock Value and Crackpot have never gone out of print. I’ve had good luck with writing books. I read all the time so it’s proper that I continue to write books just as much as I try to make movies. GS: What is Car Sick about? JW: In Car Sick I hitchhiked by myself across America, a year ago this coming Monday (May 13). The first part of the book is me imagining, before I left, the 15 very best rides that could happen, with sex and adventure, and then the very worst 15 rides I could imagine, which ended in my death. And, then the next day I did it for real, which was 21 rides in nine days. 40 boiMAG
GS: Where did you go? JW: From the front door of my Baltimore house to the front door of my San Francisco apartment. GS: In addition to being an author, filmmaker and aficionado of distinctive holiday music, you are also a stage performer, with your “This Filthy World” live show, for example. What do you enjoy about performing in front of an audience? JW: I can always play myself easier than I can play somebody else. I like writing the material. It’s another writing job. It’s another way for me to tell stories. I meet my audience. I test jokes and I can talk about something that happened that very day. It’s something that is constantly revitalized, I hope, and updated. I sing for my supper, that’s how I make my living. GS: Can you see a significant evolution of “This Filthy World” since you first performed it? JW: It came from when Divine and I used to go to colleges and show the movies. It would be a 5-10 minute introduction and I would come out dressed kind of like a hippie pimp in shirts with shrunken heads on them. I think (punk musician and actor) Stiv Bators wore that same shirt in Polyester years later. I would talk about nudist camp movies and things that nobody else ever talked about then. Then I would introduce Divine and he would come out. His act was very much like the act that was in Female Trouble. He would rip a telephone book in half. He would throw dead fish in the audience. Then, if we had more of a budget, if it was a bigger city, we would have a fake cop – because I had a stolen police uniform and a short-haired wig and we would cast some cute guy as the cop who would come on stage and pretend to take us away for obscenity and Divine would strangle the cop.
The audience would cheer and the movie
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Interview with John Waters continued..... would start. That’s how it began. I’m sure it never could be that good [laughs]. Now it’s gotten to the point where I don’t show my movies, I don’t even talk that much about my movies, because it has become much more of a spoken word act. I was influenced by the baggy pants comedians that I used to see at the Gaiety Burlesque in Baltimore at the end of vaudeville. I’m probably the only film director that has a standup act. No, Kevin Smith does, too. He has one. His is very good. GS: Are there any new music compilations on the agenda, perhaps one with a same-sex marriage theme? JW: [Laughs] Maybe same-sex divorce. That would be, to me, a newer subject. I always said if you want to make money, invest in gay divorce and tattoo removal. Two of the biggest growth industries we’re going to have in the next decade. I doubt I’ll do another compilation, the record business is not so great and I love those two albums, but I did not have a great relationship the company that put them out. I think they bungled it. You know what? Everybody says that about music. Except, now I have proof [laughs]. I think I was kind of soured from that experience, even though I was really pleased with the music. They were received quite well. I always wanted to do one called Breaking Up With John Waters. All great music is about breaking up. You ever heard a good, soulful song about a happy, functional marriage? I don’t know of any. They’re usually like, [sings] “Love and marriage…,” Doris Day or something and I like that, too. I think that breaking up usually inspires more songs. I had a great picture of me that was never used from when we released Cry-Baby. I had a shot
of every star at the end with a single tear, crying like Cry Baby. I shot one of myself, and that would be the cover. GS: Do you think you will ever create a sitcom or dramatic series for television? JW: I have already written Hairspray as a pilot, so, yes, I think it would certainly be possible. I’m not saying against it. I think TV certainly has as much freedom as independent film does and you’re paid better and there’s more chance of getting it made.
GS: Do you have any new movies in the works? JW: I don’t spend a lot of time doing that because I think the independent film, as I knew it, is over right now. They want me to make a movie for half a million dollars, which I’ve done, and have no desire to do again. The rest of my career is going better than it ever has in my whole life. Right now I can’t afford to make movies. I had a meeting this week about another movie. I’m still trying to make them, but the business has radically changed. It’s great if you’re 16 or 18 and starting to make movies, it is the best time ever. Hollywood is looking for you. boiMAG 43
Chicago Spotlight ... DJ Psycho Bitch By Gregg Shapiro
DJ PsychoBitch has been spinning in Chicago and around the globe for 30 years. She was a resident DJ on Q101’s “Sonic Boom” as well as XM, the first satellite radio station, among many other Internet radio shows. DJ Psycho-Bitch was also the music director and DJ at Cairo, Vortex and the Manhole and has played at all the bars on Halsted. On May 25 at 10 p.m., DJ Psycho-Bitch spins at Smart Bar with her pal Teri Bristol. When did you come out and what was the experience like for you? Honestly, I knew I was “different” when I was about four. I always had girl crushes but I was too scared to tell anyone. I didn’t know any gay people until high school. Of course, none of them admitted it either. I didn’t feel safe telling anyone as a teenager in the ‘70s, but when I turned 21 in the early ‘80s it was on! The first woman I made out with was a bartender at a place called Celebrity Club. Then after the place closed, I went home with her and it was AMAZING! Finally, I could be who I was! Please name a few of your GLBT heroes and say a few words about why you chose them.
Harvey Milk, Courageous, brave, one of the first to really stand up and be heard. I wish there was a gay history class because our younger people in the community should really have an idea of who he was. Ellen DeGeneres, Not only is she courageous and brave, kind and generous, but she paved the way for a lot of celebrities after her. There would have never been a Will and Grace or a Modern Family if it weren’t for her. My favorite thing about her, no matter what, even in her comedy she is always positive and never 46 boiMAG
mean or negative. We need more of her. Mark Stephens, Mark was hands down the most talented DJ I have ever known, seen or heard. He taught me so much. That there was so much more to DJing then playing records. (He had) integrity. He was such a beautiful man and I’ve never stopped missing him since he passed many years ago. Teri Bristol, My bestest friend in the whole wide world ever! Hard to believe it’s been over 30 years. My partner in crime, my shoulder to cry on, my laugh buddy, the person who I know, no matter good or bad, will be brutally honest with me. She has taught me more than she will ever know about life. The downside is we fight like sisters [laughs]. As a fellow DJ, she is my favorite DJ to play with. She and I have the ability to play off each other so it’s seamless as if we were one. Together, focusing on the goal of making that event, that party, that moment the best and most fun it can be through the music. What do you consider to be your most significant contribution to the GLBT community in Chicago and at large? I would say my time is my most significant contribution. By this, I mean volunteering my time and/or DJ services for fund raisers and benefits. Also, mentoring up –and-coming DJs and encouraging them to give back to our community. What are your future goals and aspirations? I really want to travel more, but non-work related [laughs]. Spend more time with friends and just continue living life to the absolute fullest. Words of wisdom to the next GLBT generation. Lead by example! Be who you are! Do what you love! Stand up for what you believe in! Spread some love and positivity! Don’t ever give up! Be happy & enjoy life!
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Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted 773.935.6696
This world famous vegetarian restaurant offers vegan and organic offerings. Organic beers, wine, and spirits are also available.
773.506.2662. Owned by sisters who hail from the Basilicata region of southern Italy, this neighborhood gem creates homemade modern and traditional Italian dishes that are authentic & delicious. Angelina Ristorante 3561 N. Broadway 773.935.5933. Hosting the coolest and hippest Sunday brunch crowd in Lakeview. Brunch here is loud, raucous and FUN! Great for dinner, as well.
Byron’s Hot Dogs 1017 W. Irving Park Rd.
Panino’s Pizzeria 3702 N. Broadway
Golden Nugget Family Restaurants
Piehole Pizza 3477 N. Broadway 773.525.8888. From their hole to yours. Traditional pizza served in untraditional ways. 773.525.8888. Their “hole” is open Sunday-Thursday from 11am-midnight and Friday & Saturday until 3am. Grab it and go or have it delivered.. Delivering until late at night.
The quintessential Jewish style deli is the perfect spot for a corned beef or pastrami sandwich, some chicken soup, lox and bagels or a full dinner.
773.281-7474 1701 W. Lawrence 773.271-0900. The place for classic Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and the best French fries this side of paradise 2720 N. Clark 773.929.0724. 2406 W. Diversey 773.252.8903. 1765 W. Lawrence 773.769.6700. A great option for after bar dining as they are all open 24-7, and have free parking. Everything is housemade, known for fluffy buttermilk pancakes.
Halsted’s Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted
773.348.9696 This Boystown eatery serves up a wide array of tasty appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and popular comfort food items at very reasonable prices in a fun and inviting atmosphere.
Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark
773.784.6969. “Eat, Drink and be... MARY” at this fun and popular Andersonville restaurant which features a array of burgers and sandwiches, along with an interesting selection of tasty appetizers.
Horizon Café 3805 N. Broadway 773.883.1565.
This long-time popular Lakeview family restaurant serves up big portions of creative homestyle dishes as well as healthy fare at affordable prices. Breakfast served all day long.
Kit Kat Lounge 3700 N. Halsted 773.525.1111. Providing the best of diva entertainment along with a full dinner menu,
Philly’s Best 907 W. Belmont 773.525.7900.
Authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich. Their meat is brought directly from Philadelphia. Also, medium crust pizza, oven baked grinders & fresh salads. ASIAN__________________
Jitlada Thai House 3715 N Halsted |
773.388.9988 This quaint family-owned eatery features Asian favorites such as Pad Thai, pineapple fried rice, crab rangoon, pot stickers, tempura and spice curry.
773.472.6200. Panino’s has established itself as a Boystown favorite with its varied menu selections, including gyros and burgers, pasta entrees.
Gyro-Mena 905 W. Belmont 773.935.2600.
Augments the Athenian Gyros by satisfying the American desire to pick our own toppings! True Athenian Gyros is a choice of all natural non-ground meat (pork or chicken) stacked and cooked on a rotisserie.
Sayat Nova 157 E. Ohio 312.644.9159. Classic
Mediterranean-American fare served in comfortable surroundings Every Thursday night things get extra gay for the “Boystown in Downtown” party. MEXICAN/LATIN__________
El Mariachi 3906 N. Broadway 773.549-2932
and at 3420 N. Broadway 773.549-7020. Quickly becoming one of the very best Mexican restaurants in the city, the focus is on using fresh, high-quality ingredients for its “south of the border” cuisine. Full bar featuring over 100 brands of tequila.
Las Mananitas 3523 N. Halsted St. 773.528.2109. Traditional & regional Mexican dishes along with freshly squeezed limes for margaritas. Nice place to eat, drink and window watch people on Halsted St. Has a full bar & plenty of hardy dishes to satisfy any appetite. Serving the community for over 28 years. More at boiMAGazineChicago.com, click on Dining boiMAG 53
In The Know, On The Go In all my time writing this column has the title been more apt. It looks like we’ll need to be in the know and on the go non-stop. Let’s begin with a little local news before we get into all the events associated with IML and BearPride.
How do we organize all the craziness that goes on between now and Memorial Day? How about I start with regular events, and then break it down for you by official IML and BearPride events as well as those who have jumped on the IML/Bear bandwagon? ‘Kay?
Ooooooooooh Child, They is Mad
The Pridefest line-up has been announced and Facebook is simply burning up with local GLBT performers complaining about lack of representation at the event. Well, there is Miss Foozie hosting a pet parade, a drag show, Chicago Spirit Brigade, Chicago’s Gay Men’s Chorus and The Chicago Cowboys. There’s nothing wrong with cheerleaders, drag queens and the gay chorus (I’ve been the first three and if I could carry a tune or dance, I’d be in the other two), but our community is so much more than played out disco divas and reality show runners-ups. I see their point. Where are the local rockers, pop and folk singers? I love me some big ol’ lesbian up there with a guitar rockin’ it out.
Aurora Sexton returns to Kit Kat Memorial day Weekend, performing in the evening, while Madame X continues with the fagulous Saturday/Sunday brunch crowd... Smart Bar’s 30th anniversary/Queen! oneyear anniversary party on Sunday May 26 will blow you away. Mr. Frankie Knuckles leads an all-star event featuring Michael Serafini and Garrett David with hosts Byrd Bardot, Sal-e, Louis Lazu and Ruby Dee… Booze-a-palooza, Pate’s annual birthday bash, on Friday, May 17, at Parlour, will benefit ASPCA. Fabulous raffles, prizes,
treats for you and your pooch, Jell-O shots, and lots of giveaways with special guest DJ Julian Hall promise a night of fun… EQ IL roasts Tommy Holl with drag performances and live music at Sidetrack on Wednesday, May 22. It’s $20 at the door, which includes one drink ticket and one door prize ticket. The money raised goes toward EQ IL… Honey West wrangles the crowd at Roscoe’s for “You’re A Star” karaoke on Wednesday nights… Hambingo at Hamburger Mary’s benefits Team to End AIDS on Sunday, May 26, and starts at 8 p.m. It’s always fun to try to eat and drink while balancing your bingo cards... Hunter’s popular Noche Latina, (that’s Latin night for you gringos) brings it on Sundays.
As we teased last issue, looks like Progress Bar might be open just in time for Pride… Hunter’s has had a kind of renaissance, which has piqued the interest of other suburban promoters. Hell, even 15th Ave. Bookstore in Melrose Park has instituted a Thursday night party called GboyNightCLUB, which they bill as “The playground for Gboys/Men/Bisexed males” (what, they can’t say gay?) It’s supposed to begin May 30. We’ll see how that shakes out... Nationwide Video is closing its Broadway location and that means bargains, bitches! They don’t want to move all that porn (oh, and the regular stuff, too) so they’re puttin’ stuff on sale in both stores, cause they have to make room at the Belmont location, which is staying open.
Coming Out of Hibernation
BearPride runs concurrent with IML and brings all the bears and cubs out of hibernation. There are official BearPride activities, as well as other bear-themed events. The best way to list all the activities is to do so chronologically (see I can use multi-syllable words), so here goes: There’s a welcome party at Manhandler on (continued on following page)
In The Know, On The Go Wednesday, May 22... Then, kick off BearPride Weekend at Sidetrack on Thursday afternoon, May 23, presented by Absolut OUTrageous... That’s followed with an early-bird party at Touché, which features a Bear Magazine model search and guest DJ Mark Vallese... Grrrr Bear Night, Friday, May 24, is Sofo Tap’s weekly bear night... The Hideaway in suburban Forest Park, hosts a bear-themed underwear party that night... Sidetrack lures the bears back with “Bear-eoke” on Saturday afternoon, May 25. Beginning at 1 p.m., show ‘em your pipes at this annual Bear karaoke event... Later that evening, “Bearly Conscious” at Parlour on Clark features musical performances by Scott Free, Mike Grimes and Blue Redder... “Pajama Party”, one of the official BearPride parties invites folks to boogie in their bear jammies. It starts at 9 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Chicago... On Sunday, May 26, Sofo hosts Growlr BBQ in the afternoon... Then head over to the “Nuts to Butts” dance at Vision Nightclub... Things wind up on Monday, May 27, with Bear-BQ from 1-5 Sidetrack. Chow down with your fellow fellows at this annual bear barbecue. It’s a feeding frenzy, followed by Sidetrack’s popular Monday show tunes until closing.
Knights in Black Leather
Mr. Chicago Leather 2013 Nick Zuko, hosts
the official IML “Best of Chicago” welcome party on Wednesday, May 22, at Touché. The official kick-off to IML XXX5 will also feature a demo by Chicago Hellfire Club and a Berghoff beer tasting... Redemption, the new party at Circuit, on Friday, May 24, salutes IML with DJ guest stars from around the country, including, Baiee-Audio, Adonis Childs, Benji Gunplay, K’nex, David Britton, Mel Hammond, Nick Holm and Ricky Sinz.... B’Low the popular new lower level bar in Downtown, just a hop, skip and a jump from all the IML fun, is hosting an underwear party that night. Let’s be clear, you don’t have to hop, skip and jump (I’d pay to watch leathermen do that) to get there, but you do have to check your clothes... Touche holds a “Full Moon” party, even if there isn’t one... Even Lucky Horseshoe gets in on the action with Fetish Dancers on 58 boiMAG
Saturday, May 25, starting at 2 p.m. (What? Those boys come out in daylight?)... At B’low, it’s “Kinky Karaoke”...Touche’s “Gear Fetish” night is on Saturday... The annual Military Ball is at Circuit on Saturday with NYC DJ Chris Pedilla, free with military attire until 11:30pm. Sofo Tap hosts its own fetish party and all fetish expressions welcome (even mine about a naked guy eating ice cream from the carton?)... Back at Touché, it’s “Dark & Dirty” on Sunday, May 26, as Gun Oil presents Chad Brock with a live show at midnight. There will be dirty dancers, DJ Intelect and free clothing check... B’Low is getting all greased up for leather action with “Harness”... Touché winds things up with its annual Memorial Day beer bust on Monday, May 27, starting at 4 p.m. A cook-out and 50¢ Bud and Bud Light drafts all day means that everyone will be nice and loose at 10 p.m. with the “Survivor” party, and honey, this has got nothin’ to do with that reality show.
Grab Some Prime Beef
In addition to IML and BearPride, it’s also time for The Grabby Awards this weekend. The Grabby is the Oscar of the porn world., and on Saturday, May 25, Chi Chi LaRue and Honey West will host the awards at a new venue, The Center on Halsted. There will be more porn stars than you can shake a stick at, including, Brent Corrigan, Tommy Defendi, Greg Grove, Trenton Ducati, Max Ryder and Michael Brandon. The next day everyone gathers at North End for The Grabby “Recovery” brunch. Featuring the men (?) of Lucky Horseshoe and all of your favorite porn stars live on stage. Tix for this event are $10 in advance/$15 at the door, and are available at the bar.
Ram 3511 N. Halsted, Leathersport and Cupid’s Treasures 3503 N Halsted have been providing the latest in porn, sex toys and fetishwear on the heart of Boy’s Town for years. No need to leave the Halsted strip to pick up lube, condoms, or XXX films. Give me a pillow honey, cause Mama is exhausted (but never tired!)
Ask Ace relationship & sex advice By Ace Magyar
Third Wheel My partner and I decided to try threeways. At first, it was fine, but then he started to give more attention to our “guest”. Now, he has no desire to have sex with me alone. Dear TW, A three-way sounds like a good way to spice up a relationship, and it can be. I have some close friends who have been in a triad relationship for well over 10 years. Before they added a third, the couple would often have three ways and both felt comfortable in the relationship. However, sometimes the reason for trying three-ways has more to do with a problem within the relationship. The first step to solving a relationship issue is recognizing that there is indeed an issue. Then you must openly communicate with each other. I would suggest, putting the hold on threeways until you sort things out. There’s no use pulling a third party into your relationship if there is a problem. Bottomed Out I prefer to bottom but I don’t have anal sex very often, because it usually hurts too much, even when I am really turned on and want to have it. How can I prevent the pain of anal sex? Dear BO, First, get checked out by a doctor, you might have an anal fissure or hemorrhoids or some other medical condition. If everything checks out, it may just be that you need to relax and practice. Your sphincter may need some training. Try purchasing a small sex toy and, using lots of lube, introduce it slowly. When you feel comfortable, move up to a larger toy and perhaps ask a partner to help you. When you feel comfortable with these, try having anal sex with someone you trust, a muscle
relaxant or tranquilizer may be helpful for the initial encounters but just be careful not to become too dependent on either one. Shallow Pool My friends keep saying that I’m shallow because I only want to go with hotlooking guys. I’ve met many nice men who were perfectly acceptable, but I just didn’t find myself attracted to them. Am I that shallow? Dear SP, Finding someone attractive is an important aspect of romantic interest. I guess the important question is what are you looking for from these encounters? If it’s simply to hook up for sex, why not go for what you find sexually attractive? It’s simply a matter of shopping for what you want. For a night on the town or a roll in the hay, it’s a lot of fun. Rejecting the physical doesn’t mean you’re any less real or superficial. I guess this all depends on weather you are searching for Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now. However, if you’re looking for a relationship, you are most likely not going to find everything in one package. And, even if he’s hot now, he might not always be in the future. Sea Breeze Why does my vagina sometimes have that, um, aquatic odor? Dear SB, The normal pH in the vagina is between 3.5 and 4.5, which creates the best conditions for good bacteria. If the pH goes up too high, the good bacteria can’t survive, which leads to that unfortunate odor as well as infections such as bacterial vaginosis. An over the counter gel, such as RepHresh, or vaginal probiotics, such as Cran Comfort, can help keep pH levels balanced. boiMAG 61
Chicago’s Bars & Clubs Boystown / Lakeview
3160 3160 N.Clark G&L, LM,DS Berlin 954 W. Belmont G&L, D, 4 Bobby Love’s 3729 N. Halsted G&L Cell Block 3702 N. Halsted G, LF Charlie’s 3726 N. Broadway G, D, W Circuit Night Club 3641 N. Halsted G&L, D, 4 Elixir Lounge 3452 N. Halsted G, 4 F. O’Mahony’s 3701 N. Broadway G&L, R Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted G, D, DS, 4 Kit Kat 3700 N. Halsted G&L, DS, R Little Jim’s 3501 N. Halsted G, V, 4 Lucky Horseshoe 3169 N. Halsted G, GB Manhandler 1948 N. Halsted G, W, 4 Minibar 3341 N. Halsted G, R North End 3733 N. Halsted G Roscoe’s 3356 N. Halsted G, D, V, DS Scarlet 3320 N. Halsted G Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted G, V Smart Bar / Metro 3730 N. Clark MS, D, 4 The Closet 3325 N. Broadway G&L, V, 4
Baton Show Lounge 436 N. Clark DS Castle 632 N. Dearborn MS, D, 4 Club 720 720 N. Wells MS, D, 4 Crimson Lounge 333 N. Dearborn MS, D, R Downtown Bar & Lounge 440 N State G Funky Buddha 728 W. Grand Ave. MS, D House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn MS, LM, 4 Krush/Prop House 1657 N. Elston G&L, D, 4 Second Story Bar 157 E. Ohio G, V Sound Bar 226 W. Ontario MS, D, 4 Spy Bar 646 N. Franklin MS, D, 4 Underground 56 W. Illinois MS, D, 4 Vibe 1543 N. Kingsbury MS, D, 4
@mosphere 5355 N. Clark G&L, V, GB Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan G&L, D, R Sidecar Bar 6920 N. Glenwood Ave. The Anvil 1137 W. Granville G, V
773.327.5969 773.348.4975 773.525.1200 773.665.8064 773.871.8887 773.325.2233 773.477.1420 773.549.0226 773.975.9244 773.525.1111 773.871.6116 773.404.3169 773.871.3339 773.871.6227 773.477.7999 773.281.3355 773.348.1053 773.477.9189 773.549.4140 773.477.8533
312.644.5269 312.266.1944 312.787.8720 312.923.2473 312.464.1400 312.666.1695 312.923.2000 773.486.2390 312.923.9536 312.787-4480 312.587.8779 312.644.7600 312.266.1900 773.784.1100 773.728.5511 773.764.2826 773.973.0006
Chicago Northside CONTINUED
Crew 4804 N. Broadway G&L, V, R 773.784.2739 Davenport’s 1383 N. Milwaukee G&L, LM 773.278.1830 Debonair Social Club 1575 N. MilwaukeeAve. MS, D 773.227.7990 Dolphin 2200 N. Ashland G&L, D, LM, 4 773.395.0066 Fat Cat 4849 N. Broadway MS, R 773.506.3100 Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway MS, LM, 4 773.878.5552 Jackhammer 6406 N. Clark G, D, V, GB, LM, 4 773.743.5772 Joi de Vine 1744 W. Balmoral L, R 773.989.6846 Marty’s 1511 W. Balmoral G&L 773.561.6425 Mary’s Attic 5400 N Clark G&L, D, V, R 773.784.6969 Parlour On Clark 6341 N. Clark 773.564.9274 Mary’s RecRoom 5402 N Clark G&L, D, V, R 773.784.6969 Scot’s 1829 W. Montrose G&L 773.528.3253 SoFo Bar 4923 N. Clark G 773.784.7636 The Call 1547 W Bryn Mawr G&L, D, DS, V, LM 773.334.2525 The Glenwood 6962 N Glenwood G 773.764.7363 Touché 6412 N. Clark G, V, LF, 4 773.465.7400 Uptown Lounge 1136 W. Lawrence 773.878.1136
Club Escape 1530 E. 75th G&L, D Escapades 6301 S. Harlem G&L, D, V, 4 Inn Exile 5758 W. 65th G&L, D, V Jeffrey Pub 7041 S. Jeffrey G&L, D, V, 4
773.667.6454 773.229.0886 773.582.3510 773.363.8555
Hideaway 7301 W. Roosevelt Forest Park G, D, V, DS, GB Club Krave 13126 S. Western Blue Island G&L, D, V, DS, GB, 4 Hunters 1932 E. Higgins Elk Grove Village G, D, V, GB, 4 Mission 209 E. Chicago Downtown Elgin G&L, D, V Encompass 24215 Rush St. Lake Station, IN G&L, D, R, DS Velvet Rope 728 Lake St Oak Park G&L, D, V, R
Banana Video 4923 N. Clark G, BK Bijou Theater 1349 N. Wells G, GB, BK Man’s Country 5017 N. Clark G, GB, BH Steamworks 3246 N. Halsted G, BH, FC The Ram 35111/2 N. Halsted G, BK, D
708.771.4459 708.597.8379 847.439.8840 847.488.0320 219.962.4640 708.358.8840
773.561.8322 312.943.5397 773.878.2069 773.929.6080 773.525.9528
KEY G------------------------------------------------------------------Gay Male L---------------------------------------------------------------------Lesbian G&L-------------------------------------------------Gay Male & Lesbian D-------------------------------------------------------------------Dancing V-----------------------------------------------------------------------Video GB-------------------------------------------------------------Go Go Boys DS--------------------------------------------------------------Drag Show R--------------------------------------------------------Restaurant, Food
4-------------------------------------------------------------Open til 4am MS--------------------------------------------------------Mostly Straight LF---------------------------------------------------------Leather / Fetish W-------------------------------------------------------------------Western LM--------------------------------------------------Live Music / Cabaret BH--------------------------------------------------------------Bath House BK----------------------------------Adult Book, Booth & Video Store FC-------------------------------------------------------------Fitness Club