New Leather-Themed Park Planned for San Francisco

Author: , February 14th, 2015

San Francisco Leather Green SpaceThe city of San Francisco is in early talks about the creation of a small park located near the site of city’s old Eagle Tavern that would be inspired by and dedicated to the queer leather community. “Eagle Plaza,” as its being called now, would be located in the heart of the city’s South of Market neighborhood, repurposing sections of Harrison and Bernice streets.

More green space the park, Eagle Plaza would become an official LGBT cultural heritage landmark and feature gathering public gathering spaces, a jungle gym, and an area for food trucks.

“There is a lack of public space like this in this area. It is very much needed,” neighborhood bar owner Alex Montiel explained to the Bay Area Reporter. “Something like this is very much needed for anybody who lives around here. There are no parks nearby.”

By Charles Pulliam-Moore – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Southeastern San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015

Author: , January 1st, 2015

antwerp_leatherpride-728x1024You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?

Here at Gay Star Travel we love all sorts of holidays and all sorts of travel adventures. What’s clear is that different holidays suit different people, and also that you need to ensure a bit of variety when planning your travels for the year. Beach resort holidays are lovely, but if that’s the only type of holiday that you do it could start to feel a bit repetitive. City breaks are fun, but low-cost flights and airport delays eventually start to take their toll. You need to mix it up a bit, give yourself some variety in how you experience the world.

Whatever your schedule for 2015, you are probably going to want to throw at least one amazing gay party in there. The kind of trip where you get to show off all of your hard work in the gym, or test out the new leather harness that you’ve invested in. The kind of parties where things get a bit sexy and a lot of fun.

Let’s take a look at some of events around the world that we’re warming up for in the year ahead…

Hard On: Antwerp – 15th February 2015

London’s leading fetish night Hard On heads to Antwerp to host the official closing party for Antwerp Leather Pride. This is going to be a big event – with over 3,000 fetish-lovers descending on Antwerp for the weekend, the closing party is going to be busy. If you’ve never been to Antwerp you’ll be surprised at what a beautiful and liveable city this is – definitely worth exploring. A strict dress code will be enforced for the closing party so start buffing your leather now.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Other Gay Travel Events

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

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.”

Full Story at Joe.My.God | East bay 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

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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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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Bear and Leather Events for April, 2013

Author: , April 3rd, 2013

Bears at the BeachInto the leather or bear scene? Gay Web Source has a list of leather and bear events in April:

Leather titles, Bear and Leather/Fetish Weekends

Smokeout 2013- Las Vegas, NV; Apr 4-7, 2013

Drenched Fur 9 – Erie, PA; Apr 4-7, 2013

Beyond Leather V and International Power Exchange – Fort Lauderdale FL; Apr 4-7, 2013

Leather Leadership Conference – Philadelphia, PA; Apr 11-13, 2014

Click the link above for the full list.

Five San Francisco Leather Events Will Benefit Local Charities

Author: , April 16th, 2012

Leather FlagThe Board of Directors of Folsom Street Events announced this year’s line up of its Major and Supporting beneficiaries. Net proceeds from five key San Francisco leather and fetish events (Bay of Pigs (TM), Up Your Alley (R), Magnitude (R), Folsom Street Fair (R), and DEVIANTS (TM)) will be donated to local charities working in public health, human services, and the arts. Last year, Folsom Street Events donated over $330,000 to local and national charities in need.

Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director, said, “The economy is still devastating our nonprofit sector. Many local agencies are suffering from the severe cutbacks in government funding, particularly in HIV/AIDS services. Folsom Street Events hopes to fill many of the funding gaps.”

Jacob Richards, Board President, added, “We are incredibly proud to announce this year’s line-up of Major and Supporting beneficiaries. These organizations are supporting our community with emergency financial assistance, employment services, housing, legal services, basic needs fulfillment, critical healthcare delivery, and, of course, the arts. We are extremely happy with the results of our grant review.”

Full Story from Edge Boston

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