One local collection of artworks was more than influenced by gay themes: The Leather Archives and Museum is devoted to the history and practices of the gay leather scene; Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood is home to the archive. The museum was the brainchild of Chuck Renslow, a pioneer in Chicago’s gay community. He started the annual International Mr. Leather competition. His many contributions to the city were documented in the biography Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow. When Eight Forty-Eight met up with him earlier this year to talk, he began by explaining how AIDS affected the gay community, especially his longtime leather bar, Man’s Country. Just a warning – this interview contains some frank language.
Music Button: Fall On Your Sword, "Purdeep's Theme," from the soundtrack to Another Earth (Milan Records)