The annual International Mr. Leather event in Chicago has been cancelled as the US continues to try and navigate the impacts of Covid-19.

IML is the annual gathering of the fetish tribe. 2020 was going to be the 42 leather convention, but sensibly the organisers have decided to cancel this year and focus on 2021.

What’s IML?

Founded by Chuck Renslow over 40 years ago, IML normally takes place at the end of May.

Held in downtown Chicago, the centrepiece of the event is the contest to be crowned International Mr Leather, and International Mr Bootblack.

Other highlights include the vendor market, which showcases specialist retailers from around the world. There’s also the parties where the leather boys can all get a bit loose.