Leatherman Chuck Renslow reflects on his life on Chicago's gay scene

May 26, 2011

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Host Alison Cuddy recently met with Chuck Renslow at his Leather Archives and Museum.
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'Eight Forty-Eight' visited the Leather Archives and Museum.
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An assortment of vests were among the many items on display.
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Host Alison Cuddy posing with Chuck Renslow.

From May 27-30, leather lovers around the world will gather for International Mr. Leather. The annual event in Chicago includes a competition among leather men and the latest in leatherware. The man who started it all more than 30 years ago is Chuck Renslow.

Renslow is likely the granddaddy of Chicago’s leather scene. But he also played an important role in the overall development of the city’s gay scene. His contributions are many: political, cultural and definitely entrepreneurial.

Host Alison Cuddy recently met with Chuck at one of the many establishments he started in Chicago, the Leather Archives and Museum.

Warning: the interview contains some very frank language.