The Extraordinary History of the Folsom Street Fair

Author: , September 19th, 2014

Leather FlagThis Sunday, Folsom Street in San Francisco between 8th and 13th streets will close down to car traffic and welcome over 400,000 people to the largest kink and leather event of its kind. If you’ve never attended a Folsom Street Fair, you’ve surely seen photos.

But how did we get here?

To dig into the history of the Folsom Street Fair is to walk through the development of San Francisco from post-WWII port city to its current state, and weaves with it the narratives of gay rights, the war on poverty and the emergence of the leather and kink subculture.

Here’s a run-down of how the truly one-of-a-kind event came to be.

By Dan Tracer – Full Story at Queerty | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

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