Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-12-13
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Mr. Chicago Leather contest returns to Touche following 2022 controversy
by Carrie Maxwell
2024-02-01

This article shared 11228 times since Thu Feb 1, 2024
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


The Mr. Chicago Leather contest returned this past weekend, January 26-28, to Touché Chicago, over a year after numerous community members were incensed by a racist incident.

But the bartender who quit Touché following the incident said that the North Side bar still needs to do more to make amends with the community following a racist performance by Las Vegas-based puppeteer Jerry Halliday at the leather, fetish and bear-focused Touché Chicago's 45th anniversary celebration on Nov. 1, 2022.

"I understand the Mr. Chicago Leather contest is an exciting and a cherished tradition, however in my opinion rectifying harm caused with due diligence should be a much higher priority," said that bartender, Cris Beaux, in an email statement to Windy City Times. "The contest taking place without any actions is a stark reminder of why I quit that night and why I cannot even fathom wanting to return."

This weekend's contest also comes a year after an ONYX Midwest-hosted community forum at The Leather Archives and Museum took place this past Jan. 21, 2023, to address the incident. The discussion was convened after a Nov. 9, 2022, gathering scheduled by Touché management was canceled when the bar's manager David Boyer became ill. Over the past year, Touché has not appeared to have publicly addressed the incident at their bar, other than issuing a written apology.

Bleaux said, "It is disappointing to say the least to watch Touché's leadership's response since their anniversary. [Boyer] had initially stated in an interview with ABC-7 Chicago in November 2022, 'It has weighed heavily on me, people that I care about, and I hurt them' with regards to the event in conjunction with an apology written on social media.

"This was supposed to follow up with a community forum with ONYX Midwest that was hastily cancelled and rescheduled and planned (with no visible support) from the bar a few months after. No promises were made on behalf of the bar beyond a public 'sorry' and shortly thereafter mentions of both the anniversary as well as the public apology were scrubbed from Touché's social media.

"Since then, ONYX Midwest confirmed their separation from the bar. This is not accountability; current or prior community service does not give anyone a 'free pass' of sorts to cause violence such as blatant racism."

In a statement on their website dated Dec. 10, 2023, ONYX-Midwest said, "Despite many discussions and invitations to address the expectations outlined in our statement, Touché management and owners have taken no action aside from an initial email and verbal apology. While we value the long history that we shared, we are deeply disappointed that the management and owners took no further initiative to address this relationship breach.

"…At this point, we, the Men of Onyx-Midwest, have decided to end our formal relationship with the bar. Touché is no longer our home base, and we will not pursue any further collaborations with staff.

"We continue to envision a time when our Leather and Kink family take issues of racism and sexism seriously and do the work required to increase personal awareness and make this community welcoming, inclusive, and emotionally comfortable for everyone."

When Windy City Times reached out to Boyer to address these ongoing issues, he did not respond. This publication asked Boyer to outline all the steps Touché has taken over the past 14 months to address what happened during their 45th anniversary celebration and the fallout that occurred afterward, if the bar leadership ever tried to set up a meeting with all the stakeholders after last year's ONYX Midwest- hosted community forum, and to share what their current business ethos is towards the community they serve.

See windycitytimes.com/lgbt/ONYX-Midwest-forum-tackles-racist-performance-at-Touches-anniversary-party/74563.html and windycitytimes.com/lgbt/Touche-Chicagos-45th—anniversary-celebration-marred-by-racist-performance/74305.html .


This article shared 11228 times since Thu Feb 1, 2024
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Out and Aging
Presented By

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SAVOR At Willies 'n Waffles, sexuality is on the menu
2024-02-12
Having written about Chicago's culinary scene for at least 15 years, this writer has covered all sorts of spots—from Michelin-starred upscale establishments to those so-called "holes in the wall" that can serve some of the best ...


Gay News

Chicagoans indulge in a World of Chocolate
2024-02-11
AIDS Foundation of Chicago hosted its 2024 World of Chocolate celebration the evening of Feb. 9 at Union Station. Top chocolatiers from across the city allowed guests to sample numerous confections, hors d'oevres and libations for ...


Gay News

TAWANI Foundation commits $25K to StartOut, supporting LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship
2024-02-08
--From a press release - CHICAGO — February 8, 2024 — The TAWANI Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that provides support in the areas of arts and culture, historical preservation, health and wellness, LGBTQ+ and human rights ...


Gay News

The Jeff Awards announces the 50th-anniversary non-Equity theater nominations
2024-02-06
--From a press release - (Feb. 6, 2024 - Chicago) — Celebrating its 50th anniversary awarding recognition for Non-Equity theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards announces its nominations for theater excellence among Non-Equity theater during the ...


Gay News

Comcast NBCUniversal partners with News is Out, Word In Black on fellowship program highlighting Black, LGBTQ+ issues
2024-02-06
--From a press release - Digital Equity Local Voices Lab Fellows to be placed at 16 local publications to receive training and create content Philadelphia (Feb. 6, 2024) — News is Out [ https://newsisout.com ] , a queer media collaborative of ...


Gay News

Mr. Chicago Leather 2024 at Touche, Vince Jay takes title
2024-02-02
A diverse group of people from around the world gathered at Touché Chicago for the Mr. Chicago Leather 2024 Contest the evening of Jan. 27. Ammar Houssamo hosted the event, at which Mr. Chicago Leather 2022-23 ...


Gay News

Looking back at Chicago LGBTQ+ community's stand against Anheuser-Busch
2024-01-30
As conservatives across the country boycotted Anheuser-Busch products for Bud Light's partnership with trans woman Dylan Mulvaney in 2023, LGBTQ+ bars in Chicago removed their products for a different reason. Following the deeply negative response to ...


Gay News

Leather Archives & Museum announces 2024 Fetish Film Forum
2024-01-27
--From a press release - CHICAGO, Illinois—After a wildly successful inaugural year, including a 10-film series at the Leather Archives & Museum and a 5-film series at FACETS, the Leather Archives & Museum is thrilled to announce the continuation of Fetish ...


Gay News

WORLD Toronto businesses, French law, Thai bills, fight in Jamaica, Jonathan Bailey
2023-12-22
Some Toronto LGBTQ+ business owners say they are worried that they're being shut out of a provincial grant program because their businesses sometimes include sexual products or services, which are banned in the program's eligibility rules, ...


Gay News

SAVOR Cody's dog drive, 'Dandy Holiday' and Santa
2023-11-27
New addition: Firewood BBQ, 1856 W. North Ave., has launched its newest weekend brunch item—the brisket pierogi Benedict. For a limited time only, Chef Art Wnorowski and wife/business partner Gosia Pieniazek are presenting this Benedict that ...


Gay News

Openly gay OpenAI CEO back in charge of company
2023-11-22
On Nov. 21, OpenAI said it had reinstated Sam Altman as its chief executive—the latest chapter in a saga that involved a boardroom coup and staff backlash. The company, which is behind ChatGPT, also said it ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Bishop removed, business news, Jezebel shutting down, MAP head
2023-11-17
Pope Francis removed the bishop of Tyler, Texas—a conservative prelate active on social media who has been a fierce critic of the pontiff, PBS reported. A one-line statement from the Vatican said the pope had "relieved" ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health Workers United members gather for post-strike rally
2023-11-16
Howard Brown Health (HBH) Workers United members held an evening post-Unfair Labor Practices (ULP) strike rally Nov. 15 in front of the new multi-story HBH Halsted clinic. It was the conclusion of their two-day strike that ...


Gay News

Longtime Edgewater framing business owner contemplates what's next
2023-11-06
The large spit stains were still crusty and dry on Wall to Wall Framing's window on Saturday. They're evidence that remains more than two weeks after the incident that brought attention to the custom-frame shop's years-long ...


Gay News

Berlin Nightclub workers urge customers to boycott as they fight for fair contract
2023-10-31
Berlin Nightclub workers are calling for people to boycott the LGBTQ+ club while they push for their first contract, which they hope will include increased wages and access to healthcare. Berlin Nightclub workers unionized in April ...


 


Copyright © 2024 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.

All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.