No more bareback sex for IML Leather Market

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Bareback sex has been kicked out of the International Mr. Leather Leather Market held annually in Chicago over the Memorial Day Weekend.  
IML which for more than 30 years has drawn leather men from around the country - and the world - to Chicago to celebrate the Leather Lifestyle has made a sweeping change to it's policy regarding the sale and distribution of Bareback porn throughout the Leather Market and handout materials.
Has the tide finally started to turn?
Chuck Renslow, President and Founder of the International Mr. Leather Contest sent a letter to vendors of the Leather Market that, effective immediately they would "no longer allow participation in the IMLLeather Market by any entity which promotes barebacking or distributes/sells any merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking."
See the full letter inside
Dear Vendors:

On behalf of International Mr. Leather, Inc., I would like to thank you for your past support and in particular for your participation as a vendor in our annual Leather Market. We are writing you today to inform you of a policy change affecting next year (2010) and all future markets.

Though we are now three decades into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, no cure has been found. The CDC and local health officials inform us that new infections are on the rise. And, while we have had some success developing medications that might make infection more manageable, that accomplishment comes at a price. Not having experienced the deaths - the loss of loved ones -- which preceded these medications, we have an entire generation who may not fully appreciate or comprehend the severity of the situation.

Too many in our community believe HIV/AIDS is curable or manageable. Too few understand that HIV/AIDS infections dominate life. We believe that it is our duty to inform and educate. Several years ago when "Meth" was the scourge of our community, IMLdrew a line in the sand and raised awareness and used all our influence to try and stop this addictive madness. As is the case with HIV/AIDS, we believe it is our further obligation to do everything in our power to prevent future infections.

To that end, after considerable discussion, the Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather has decided that it will no longer allow participation in the IMLLeather Market by any entity which promotes barebacking or distributes/sells any merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking. This restriction will also apply to distribution of gifts, post cards or any other information via our facilities. This policy takes effect immediately.

Sincerely,

Chuck Renslow, President
International Mr. Leather
Do you go to IML?  
I know that during this years IML Contest Mr. Renslow gave a very rousing speech about the community needing to embrace safe-sex and to stop the spread of HIV as it continues to decimate our community.  
How do you think this will change the event? Many in the community, including Will Clark, are endorsing this change saying that it's phenomenal. 

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