What’s the Kinkiest US City?

Author: , January 28th, 2015

The answer may surprise you:

How exactly does one measure the kink-factor of a major metropolitan area? Surely there are prevailing opinions on the matter — San Francisco and New York come to mind first. But to celebrate the launch of Kink University (we’re still a little unclear on what that is), the aptly named purveyors of all thinks kink, Kink.com, went looking for the top ten kinkiest cities in America.

To reach their results, they examined “total kink population (as measured by active members on kink social network Fetlife), the percentage of the population that identifies as kinky, the number of kink-aware professionals (therapists, doctors, lawyers) listed on the NCSF’s excellent resource directory, and by the porn purchases of their inhabitants, using data from Kink.com.”

Portland, Oregon Skyline

#1: Portland: “Put a whip on it! With nearly 4% of it’s population logged on to kinky social networking site Fetlife, Portland has the highest percentage of kinksters per capita in the US — and is nearly as rich in resources for the BDSM, fetish and poly communities as much larger cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago. It’s also become a leader in pushing the scene forward — it’s the home of influential kink blog, Leatherati, and it was local Portland artists who (for better or worse) launched the HealthGoth trend. The numbers speak for themselves. In a recent survey by the Portland Mercury, nearly 42% of Portland identified as something other than monogamous and 33% as something other than heterosexual. Just about the only metric that Portland scored low on was kinky porn consumption. But then again, it might be because they’re getting so much IRL. Congrats, Portland — sir.

Congrats, Portland – who knew?

Full Story at GayCities

The Five Kinkiest Cities In America

Author: , September 3rd, 2014

Leather FlagThinking about taking a trip? In the mood to go somewhere kinky? We’ve got a list for you. Whether you’re looking for a city with an abundance of all-nude male strip clubs or a vibrant BDSM scene, or just a sexy city, we’ve got it covered.

Check out the list of the five kinkiest cities in America, as chosen by GayCities and Queerty editors… And go ahead and let us know which ones you suggest off-list in the comments section below.

New Orleans

N’awlins has a long history of decadence and debauchery. Of course, there’s the infamous pre-Lent bacchanalian festival otherwise known as Mardi Gras. On top of that, each year Labor Day is Southern Decadence (a.k.a. Gay Mardi Gras) in which hundreds of thousands of half-naked — and sometimes fully naked — men take to the streets of the French Quarter for a week of non-stop sausage swinging. But that’s not even the half of it. NOLA has no shortage of gay bars, strip clubs, and even an annual swingers convention called Naughty in N’awlins, which includes naked pool parties, a masquerade ball, and plenty other opportunities for folks to make new “friends.” Seriously, they don’t call this place the “Big Easy” for nothing.

By Graham Gremore – Full Story at Queerty

Oakland Pride Turns Away Leather Groups

Author: , September 1st, 2014

Leather FlagOakland’s first Pride parade is today, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the leather community is not invited.

One thing you probably won’t find at Oakland’s first LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday: partially clad men in leather chaps. What you will find is the Jolly Trolly from Children’s Fairyland, pony rides, antique fire engines and singer/drummer Sheila E. Instead of kicking off with Dykes on Bikes, as is the tradition in San Francisco, Oakland’s parade starts with Tykes on Trikes. “We had some leather groups from San Francisco who wanted to come, and we politely declined. We want to keep this G-rated,” said Carlos Uribe, one of the organizers. “We don’t want to compete with San Francisco Pride, we just want to offer a more family-friendly, diverse celebration. Sort of an end-of-summer bookend to SF Pride.”

The city has hosted a Pride fest on and off since the 1990s, but the current incarnation started five years ago with the goal of eventually opening an LGBT community center. Last year, organizers polled the festival’s 30,000 attendees about what they’d like to see at future fests, and 80 percent said they wanted a parade. “We’re going to be the most family-friendly Pride parade anywhere, ever,” said Amber Todd, chair of Oakland Pride. “We’ll have something for everyone – gay, straight, pansexual, kids. My 75-year-old mother’s coming, and she’s as straight as the day is long.”

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International Mr. Leather Debuts Tonight

Author: , May 23rd, 2014

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Get ready Chicago! The 36th annual International Mister Leather (IML) competition is returning to the Windy City full of parties, celebrations and weekend events. IML, one of the biggest leather and fetish events in the world, brings thousand of leathermen to town.

In addition, two well-known DJs will be headlining IML festivities this year. Eddie Martinez spins the Victory Party, which celebrates the announcement of the new International Mr. Leather 2014, on Sunday, May 25 at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, and David Picard takes over the turntables for the Black & Blue Ball on Monday, May 26 at Castle Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn.

Martinez, who was born and raised in NYC, has a passion to making listeners dance.

“I have been DJing for about nine years and working as a DJ for the past five years,” he told ChicagoPride.com. “My passion came from my love for music. Ever since I was a little boy, I would always dance around to pretty much anything and everything and I still do.”

By Denny Patterson – Go Pride | Illinois Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Amsterdam’s Fetish Pride Coming at the End of May

Author: , May 4th, 2014

Amsterdam Fetish Pride 2014All kinds of fetish; Leather, Rubber, Army, Uniform, Sportswear, Neoprene, Lycra, Boots & Jocks, Harness, Skinhead and more…

After last year’s first-time event, we’re excited to announce the 2nd annual Amsterdam Fetish Pride 2014!

‘Fetish’ means leather, rubber and beyond. Army, uniform, neoprene, sportswear… our mission is to expand the scene and make it more accessible to everyone.

via Seasons of Pride | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

The Return of Folsom Street East

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Folsom Street Eact NYCFolsom Street East didn’t happen last year due to the massive apartment building that is nearing completion on West 28th Street. The event returns this year, one block away. Via press release:

Folsom Street East (FSE) today announced that it will hold its 16th annual Street Fair on Sunday, June 22nd. In anticipation of final approval from the City of New York’s Street Activity Permit Office, FSE also announced that this year’s Street Fair will take place on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, one block south of its previous venue.

“We’re thrilled to bring Folsom Street East back to the streets of New York City,” said FSE Board President and Street Fair coordinator Gary Martin. “We believe that 27th Street will be a great new venue for our event and are confident that our final permit will be approved in light of Community Board 4’s unanimous recommendation to SAPO earlier this month that it go forward.”

via Joe.My.God | NYC Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Fort Lauderdale Kicks Off Leather Pride Today

Author: , October 10th, 2013

Leather FlagThe Fourth annual Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride weekend kicks off on October 10. This year’s theme is a celebration of the past, present and future. Author Guy Baldwin is this year’s guest of honor.

Baldwin has been both participant and observer of the American leather scene since the mid-1960s. An acclaimed speaker, he is perhaps best known for his essays in Drummer magazine, many of which were collected in his 1993 book, “Ties That Bind.” His 2002 “SlaveCraft,” now in its fourth printing, offers a compelling and controversial look at the inner dynamics of erotic servitude in the Master/slave dynamic.

Weekend run bags are available for $40. Run bags will be filled with discounts with area businesses and will also include a Fort Lauderdale Leather Pride commemorative dog tag as your admission ticket to the Guy Baldwin interview discussion on “History Speaks” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 12at Bill’s Filling Station.

Authored By Denise Royal – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Folsom Street Fair 2013 Next Weekend

Author: , September 22nd, 2013

Folsom Street FairWhat kind of leather and fetish drag will trend this year at the 30th annual Folsom Street Fair? Ponies? Bronies? Codpiece big bonies?

Sunday, September 29, from 11am to 6:30pm, the yearly parade of pliant perversion and perky pulchritude will fill Folsom Street (from 7th to 12th) with fun, frolicking, food, beer and BDSM, and more than a few classic and new fetish displays. 100% of gate donations benefit several local LGBT and HIV/AIDS nonprofits.

To celebrate the fair’s third decade, the event lasts 30 more minutes, the official post-party’s right on the fairgrounds, plus there’ll be extra entertainments on the various stages.

See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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San Francisco Gets Kinky at Dore Alley

Author: , August 2nd, 2013

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Photo Courtesy SFist

GayCities reports back from San Francisco’s Dore Alley event – with photos:

Neither cold nor fog put a damper on Folsom Street Fair’s smaller and dirtier sister, Dore Alley, in San Francisco this past weekend. Hundreds of kink enthusiasts dressed up and down for the daytime action of Up Your Alley and the many after parties that followed late into the night. Here are some pictures that prove at this yearly San Francisco event, any and everything goes.

Check out more photos at the link above.

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Folsom Street East in NYC Cancelled for 2013

Author: , April 24th, 2013

Gay Travel: Folsom Street Fair 2012 in PhotosThe producers of the Folsom Street East event blame ongoing construction. Queerty reports:

It is with sadness that the Producers and Board of Directors of Folsom Street East have to announce that the 17th annual Folsom Street East Street Festival this June is going to be cancelled. Though we continue to receive support for this community-building and fundraising event from Community Board 4 and our neighbors on the block (including our producing partner The Eagle NYC), the ever-growing construction on the north side of 28th street has made it impossible for us to successfully and safely hold our annual street festival. Thank you for the years of support from our attendees, sponsors, partners, exhibitors, vendors, performers and volunteers; we are sad that we will not be able to celebrate Pride with you at our fetish-friendly event this year.

Hopefully the fetish event will return in 2014!

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