The modern day mainstream fascination with leather may be fueled by media, but that disregards its meaningful foundation in our culture. As my dearest friend, Mark Thompson, writes in his ground breaking work, “Leatherfolk,” “What links the authentic leather world together is an upfront sexual attitude. True leatherfolk see black leather…as a still daring symbol of cultural transgression and personal transformation…and the urge is to push…boundaries on the sexual frontier as far as they will go!”
At Frameline‘s sneak preview of “Folsom Forever,” by Mike Skiff Tuesday at the Roxie Theatre, cultural anthropologist Gayle Rubin reminded the full house that Folsom Street Fair was organized in response to an effort to bring renovation to this blighted neighborhood of the 60s and 70s. The leather bars and bath houses moved in for the cheap rents and made Folsom Street flourish at night, leading to more development. In the 80s, with the ravages of the AIDS epidemic and the political voices that forced the Pleasure Palace to close, neighborhood activists held the first Folsom Street Fair in 1984 to emphasize the positive! Dr. Rubin, Race Bannon and I were all interviewed for the film, which is still a work in progress. We were there in 1984…
And I haven’t missed one since!
I did not know that there are Folsom celebrations in other cities and countries like Berlin, Germany, did you?
San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair now attracts more than 500,000 people from all over the world, and sometimes it’s grand to be “above it all” for a bit!
Although the fair is no longer a 5 block sea of all black leather, its significance explodes in celebration once every year. This huge day of freedom in SOMA raises money for many community charities like Project Open Hand, SF Aids Foundation and more! Folsom Street Events is a very generous philanthropic organization that supports our local community. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence orchestrate a number of fundraising events in San Francisco that have made a huge difference in so many lives.
Here we are on the eve of the 30th Annual Folsom Street Fair and I am all ready? Are you?
In leather pride and kink with heart,
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