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A reminder for The Peter: International Mr. Leather's around the corner

International Mr. Leather 2007 kicks off tomorrow (May 24-28), so it must be time for Peter LaBarbera to take an undercover trek to observe all leather activities he can at the Chicago event. At past IMLs, he has done so to share his “research” with his “Christian” readers. American Airlines is serving as Official Airline of IML, so I’m sure he’s enraged about that.

While IML features sessions like  “Ms. & Mr. World Leather Reception,” a women’s forum and a  MCC Church Service, I doubt that you’ll see Peter at those functions. His reporting interest lies with the man-on-man action. Someone should let him know that the The Leather Market at the Palmer House Hilton during the event is free and open to the public, if he doesn’t feel like registering for the whole conference (a $3.00 donation is suggested, though — it will benefit the Leather Archives and Museum). If he wants to be a contestant, the application forms are here.

If any Blenders are going, keep your eyes peeled for our intrepid male leather lifestyle investigator.  I haven’t seen any advance word on the Americans for Truth Against Homosexuality web site to indicate that he’s planning to go again this year.

Check out a report by Peter when he was head of the Illinois Family Institute and spent some time at IML. It’s after the flip.
From last year’s event (left to right): Larry Golubski (1st runner up), Bo Ladashevska (International Mr. Leather 2006) and Philippe Lepine (2nd runner up). Photo credit: BULLmanX

From Peter LaBarbera’s investigative report, Chicago Tribune promotes deviant sex:

On Memorial Day weekend, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago played host to what must be one of the most perverse sexual celebrations ever dreamed up by sinful men: the “International Mr. Leather” (IML) conference.

“Leathermen” are sadomasochists (in this case, mostly homosexuals) who glory in a pseudo “macho” sexual ethic–probably to make up for their masculine deficit as sexually-confused “gay” men.

Sadistic/masochistic “leather” sexuality often includes consensual sexual violence (beating, whipping, or otherwise inducing pain as part of sex) and “consensual” degradation and humiliation between “partners.”

…I decided to go down to Chicago on Memorial Day, the last day of IML, to gather evidence on this twisted event.

As you can imagine, this idea didn’t go over too well with my wife. Anyway, I arrived at the Hyatt Regency, and made my way down to where the IML vendors were set up in a vast “Leather Market,” which was open to the public and mentioned in the Tribune’s Red Eye story.

I paid my two-dollar entrance fee and passed by a femmy “leather” guy who was happily greeting visitors with the line, “Welcome to the WalMart of porn!” At the vendors’ area, I found booth upon booth–there were over a hundred–selling whips, handcuffs, electric “torture” devices, leather “hoods,” etc., a veritable cornucopia for the deviant. The man was right: there was also tons of the most disgusting pornography imaginable for sale at reduced prices, right there are at the glitzy Hyatt Regency!

Leathermen embrace behaviors at the fringe of the sexual fringe. One San Francisco outfit’s booth sold only porn videos depicting “barebacking–“gay” slang for condomless sodomy. Other booths sold sadistic hard-core porn too gross to describe here (and this was just at the vendor’s market!).

As it says in Bible, “they invent ways of doing evil.” (Romans 1:30)

Perhaps I will send some of my evidence to the Tribune Company’s executive staff, so they can see what they promoted to the public.

…Why expose International Mr. Leather?

Because Christians and others who stand up for God-given, natural sexuality within marriage oppose illicit, harmful BEHAVIORS, not people. And yet the same media who slander us as “prejudiced” REFUSE to shed critical light on even the most extreme behaviors that fall under the rubric of “alternative lifestyles.” By winking at and even publicizing events like the IML, the Chicago Tribune is condoning perversion and helping to send sexually-confused men to an early grave.

That’s liberal compassion for you.

Remember: when liberals cry “tolerance,” we need to ask: Tolerate what? Then let them explain why we as a society should NOT discourage extreme sexual and lifestyle behaviors that are potentially deadly to those involved, a costly public health hazard, and morally wrong.

The Iraq prison scandal shows that the media are not afraid to expose ugly (sexual) behaviors, so why won’t they do so on the homosexual issue, or expose the horrifying truth about HOW an abortion kills a baby in the womb?

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