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.
The word for the day at the Folsom Street Fair was “shade”. Not the kind you throw, but as in get out of the direct sun. It was a scorcher out there. Even with the temps hovering in the upper 80’s to low 90’s, kinksters of all types came to celebrate and hang out with friends.
Organizers said more than 300,000 leather aficionados made it to the 33rd annual leather-loving, BDSM-loud-and-proud fair. Most stripped off their street clothes as soon as they passed through the entrance gates. Folsom is the place where everyone’s free to be who they want to be. Its a celebration of all things sexual. The fair annually draws visitors from around the world, and is the third-largest street event in California, after the Tournament of Roses Parade and the San Francisco Pride parade. Each year, net proceeds from Folsom Street Fair, including gate donations and beverage sales, are given to qualified local charities (“beneficiaries”). These include charities working in public health, human services, and the arts, as well as beverage partners. The event regularly generates over $300,000 annually for charity.
Here is a link to this year’s batch of photos from Folsom. If you were there, take a look and if you missed it, take a look to see some of the sexiness and craziness that is the Folsom Street Fair. If you want to keep up with what’s happening in the leather community here a couple of great resources, The Leather Journal and if you are on Facebook, join Race’s Bar.
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!
The Jockstrap party was a great success. More than half the guys who came decided to strip down to their jocks while they shopped or hung out with friends. Hot go-go boys entertained and showed their ass-ets. Check out the photos by Some Men Photography.
This was the 32nd annual Folsom Street Fair and it was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of leathermen, drag queens, doms and subs, voyeurs, tourists and more. I really wonder what brings the tourists. Are they looking for information, or do they get off on being suburban suzie surrounded by all the kink? As an example, there was a very hot muscled man, in just his tight fitting boxer briefs and boots with a couple of women and another guy. His friends were all dressed in street cloths, so that made me wonder why they were at Folsom St. I should have just gone up to him and asked.
Whatever brought the large crowd of around 400,000, it was lots of fun and the weather was perfect. It was warm enough that if you wanted to be naked, it was very comfortable. Here are some highlights from the day.
If its Folsom Weekend, then Mr S Leather is having an in-store party with lots of boys, beer and gear. As the guys shop and enjoy themselves, lots of them just drop their pants and have a good time. Here are the photos.
Talk about a hot day! It was very warm in SF on Sunday for Dore Alley and when it’s warm, that means the men wear very little. There was lots of skin and leather to look at and here are some examples for you to look at.
Whatever their age, race, sexual orientation, etc, everyone loves Flagging in the Park. Whether participating, just watching or in my case photographing, it’s one of the best events in San Francisco. It is always a pleasure and I hope that my photos convey some of the joy that can be felt at this event. Here are the photos>