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Chuck Renslow, Founder of International Mr. Leather, Dies

CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—June 30, 2017.  Chuck Renslow, 87, a longtime pillar of the LGBTQ community in Chicago and around the world, has died after multiple long-term health issues.

Renslow reigned over a seven-decade empire, starting more than two dozen businesses—bars, discos, photo studios, health clubs, bathhouses, gay magazines and newspapers, hotels, restaurants and bookstores. He fostered organizations and dealt with Mafia and police payoffs, the Chicago Machine, anti-gay government policies, and controversy within the gay community.

The founder of International Mr. Leather, owner of Man’s Country and the Gold Coast bar, publisher of the GayLife . . .

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