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Section Of Clark Street To Be Named In Honor Of Gay Leather Pioneer Chuck Renslow

After passing away June 29 of last year, LGBT rights champion and leather pioneer Chuck Renslow’s spirit remains in the hearts of all he had inspired after 70 years of activism and philanthropy. It has now been announced that a section of Clark Street from Ainslie to Winnemac will be named as Chuck Renslow Way.

The City of Chicago along with Full Kit Gear will hold the dedication at 5020 N. Clark on Saturday, May 19, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. All are welcome to celebrate with Renslow’s family and his partner Ron Ehemann.

Renslow was an outspoken leader in the Gay community since the 1950’s and is said to have started more than 30 businesses in that time. He also began the International Mr. Leather Competition and was one of the founders of organizations such as the Prairie State Democratic Club and what is now the National LGBTQ Task Force.

In Andersonville, Renslow owned the Chicago Eagle (a LGBT leather bar) as well the Gay bathhouse Man’s Country which closed shortly after his death.


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