The 2012 San Francisco Pride theme was “Global Equality” and it was interesting to see how it was interpreted by the various groups that marched. There certainly were a lot of contingents. One hundred and ninety nine plus some protesters made for a very long parade. I waited for the Leather Contingent which finally came by at about 3pm. There were many long gaps in the parade and lots of people got tired of waiting. Don’t know where the “Gap Police” were this year!
Dot Jones from Glee, Sarah Silverman and Carmen Carrera were the celebrity grand marshals and Sister Roma was one of the Individual Community Grand Marshals. The Grand Marshals are the public emissaries of Pride. They represent a mix of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. With the help of community input, Pride selects these groups and individuals as Grand Marshals in order to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of LGBT people. For more photos of the parade, click on the photo.
Michael wears an iron collar from Fetters USA and swimsuit from ES Collection
One year ago Mr S Leather remodeled part of the store to put in a locker room with sports themed clothing and underwear. Today they celebrated the one year anniversary of the locker room with an in-store party. Lots of hot guys packed the store and DJ Ken Vulsion provided tunes to shop and play by. The Golden Gate Wrestlers were on hand to do wrestling demos in the latest gear from N2N, Timoteo and ES. Anyone who wanted to get some pointers or go a round were welcome as well.
The dressing rooms were overflowing with frisky guys trying on gear and in many cases they just changed out on the sales floor! There were refreshments of course and lots of friends stopped by to say hello and hang out for awhile. To see more photos from the party, click on the photo.
With a reenergized vision that included a vibrant pool party, top name talent on two stages, 5 dance venues and the colorful Pride Parade, LA PRIDE for 2012 shattered attendance records with well over 400,000 in West Hollywood for the parade. Molly Ringwald was the Grand Marshall this year while The Trevor Project was selected as the 2012 Community Grand Marshal. With an army of volunteers across the country, The Trevor Project’s life-saving services, like the Trevor Lifeline are always there when a young person needs to talk live because they are facing a crisis or considering suicide. The organization also manages TrevorChat, a secure instant message service allowing young people to connect with a counselor online, and TrevorSpace, a social network specifically for LGBTQ teens and young adults with 32,000 members from 128 countries around the world. For photos of the parade and festival, click on the photo.
It’s all about Assplay at FistFest
Fist Fest West took place in Palm Springs and the host hotel was full of friendly men who are into butts, holes and hands. Whether you’re into leather, rubber, latex, fetish gear or you’re just a jeans and a T-shirt guy, everyone was ready to have a good time. It’s all about ASSPLAY at this event. Click on the photo for more pictures.
The Sonoma County Pride Parade and Celebration, “Gay By Nature” took place June 3rd in Guerneville and was well attended. The weather was perfect and the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were divine. The Pride parade kicked off at about 11am down Main Street in Guerneville with the traditional Dykes on Bikes. Grand Marshalls this year were LGBT-friendly 5th District Supervisor, Efren Carrillo and Dr. Marshall Kubota, a Sonoma County AIDS health-care provider with a career dating back to the first infections in the county. The celebration was held on the beautiful grounds of the Guerneville Lodge. There was plenty of entertainment and Sister Femme Fatale was our mistress of ceremonies.
Click on the photo to see more from the Parade.