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Jerry Halliday

Jerry Halliday
Jerry Halliday

Prominent Leather Fraternity Blasts Touché For Racist Puppet Show, Demands New Leadership

Touché is hosting a town hall Wednesday amid mounting backlash. The Midwest chapter for ONYX, a national fraternity for gay and bisexual men of color, pulled its events and wants the bar's manager fired.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Puppeteer Behind Racist Performance At Gay Leather Bar Touché Says He’s Retiring His Black Puppet

Puppeteer Jerry Halliday compared dropping the racist puppet from his act to the Rolling Stones retiring the song "Brown Sugar" after criticism it presented a sexualized view of Black women.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

After Racist Puppet Performance At Touché’s 45th Anniversary Party, Some Leather Community Members Feel ‘Disappointed And Betrayed’

Several people walked out of Touché's celebration after a white ventriloquist came out with a Black puppet named "Sista Girl" and made jokes about loving watermelon, being on welfare and having multiple kids.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park