After 21 Lazy Bear gatherings in Guerneville, it just gets better and better. Running from August 2nd through to the 7th, hundreds of bears and their admirers packed Guerneville. There were pool parties, wine tours, dances, bonfires and much more. My view of fourth street afforded me a ring side seat to the parade of men as they went from pool party to pool party. Its so refreshing to see men secure in their skin to sashay down the street in nothing more than a speedo. Lazy Bear does bring a wonderful variety of men together for camaraderie and fun.
The new organizers for this year’s Lazy Bear were, David Barker, John Jacob, Steve Adams, Fred Bothe and Trey Sheldon, plus a host of volunteers and they all did a great job. Thank you guys! Tags are on sale for 2018 and Lazy Bear runs from August 1 to 6 next year. Check out the Lazy Bear website.
To see some photos of this year’s Sunday, Furry Sunday follow the link
RESIST regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, celebrate diversity. Those themes and more marked this year’s Pride Parade in San Francisco. Many organizations and businesses were there to support their LGBT members and employees, but the queer organizations were there to say, Resist! and No, we won’t go back! I loved Race Bannon’s poster, “My safeword is IMPEACH”. Another of the Leather Contingent’s banners was, “Whip Fascism, We Won’t Go Backwards”.
The crowds were very upbeat and there were plenty who took the opportunity to proclaim their queerness, especially through their attire and clever t-shirts. Who can forget “Queer as Fuck” or “Can’t Even Think Straight”.
As always it was a pleasure and an honor to march with Leather Pride SF and this year my good friend Brue was one of the Leather Marshals. Congratulations again to Brue and thank you for all that you do for the community. I also have to give a special mention to Danny for leading us, whip first! The cracking of his whip got everyone’s attention and was hot to watch! For photos of all the fun, follow this link.
Up Your Alley, the dirty little brother to the Folsom Street Fair was packed with hot and hunky leathermen. And yes there was nudity and hard dicks. The Steamworks Naked Twister didn’t disappoint either. The MC was making sure that the game lived up to its name as all the contestants got naked and into some very compromising positions. When the sun came out, the medical stations were popular as they were giving out free sunscreen and in some cases, the cute EMTs were helping apply it. Hot indeed! More photos from the day follow here. (NSFW)
Up Your Alley (Dore Alley) weekend brought out the boys from all over. I met guys from Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Texas, Washington, Oregon and from all over California. Everyone loves a party and Dore Alley doesn’t disappoint. Recon was putting on before and after parties as well as their famous Bay of Pigs party on Saturday night. The afternoon was spent getting warmed up for the fun later. Check out the guys having some fun (NSFW).
“For Racial and Economic Justice” – The crowds were noticeably smaller than last year which actually made for a much more enjoyable experience. Last year, Marriage Equality became the law of the land, and everyone came out to celebrate. This year, the parade goers and marchers were just as enthusiastic, but after the tragedy in Orlando, some decided to stay away. I decided to march this year as an act of defiance. The slogan “Silence Equals Death” has new meaning now in the wake of so much gun violence.
Marching with the Leather Contingent was fantastic. We were near the front of the parade and there was lots of interaction between us and the crowds. Many folks wanted a picture with us or wanted a slap on the ass with a flogger. Check out the photos!
More contingents, more vendors, more fun sums up this year’s Sonoma County Pride 2016. “United in Pride” was the theme as a diverse group from throughout Sonoma County came together to celebrate Pride. The Pride Committee did a great job of putting on a fun and successful Pride Parade and Celebration. This was their top priority, but they also promoted working with other community groups and our local governments to address LGBT issues.
It was a great kick-off for the month of Pride. To see all the photos, follow the link here.
Thank you Supreme Court for doing the right thing. Marriage Equality is now the law of the land! And, they timed the announcement right before Pride which was awesome. In fact over a million people came to San Francisco Pride to celebrate the decision. There were so many people I couldn’t get close enough to photograph the actual parade, but here are lots of photos of the marchers as they queued up to march.
Boys, beers and balls were all in evidence at the Mr S Leather store party. There was lots to celebrate, new gear to try on and lots of friendly guys to chat with or drool over. Stratton Moore was delivering on the hotness as he shook his money maker. For more photos of the party, take a look here. NSFW by the way.
Mr S Leather extended their usual pre-folsom store party to include Friday and Saturday before Folsom. There were lots of men from around the world in town for Folsom and many stopped in at Mr S to find a new outfit or accessory for the Sunday street fair. Its always fun to see the guys at the street fair and see what they decided to wear and what new gear the picked up at Mr S. The store party is a preview of what you will see on Sunday, but without the tourists. Just lots of hot men getting trying on leather and gear to see what looks good on them. Follow the link here to see more photos from the store party.
The San Francisco Gay Rodeo was held in Duncans Mills and Guerneville this year and was a great event. The Friday welcome pool party was full of hot cowboys, beautiful drag queens and folk who came for the rodeo events. The weekend was packed with parties, dances and rodeo events. It’s been a few years since I attended a gay rodeo, so it was a really special weekend seeing friends and watching the cowboys and cowgirls compete. I can’t wait for it to return next year! Here are more photos from rodeo.