Leather Pride Week in San Francisco consisted of seven days of film screenings, discussion panels, spanking parties, motorcycle rides and a formal dinner before culminating on Sunday with the 28th Annual Folsom Street Fair, the largest leather/fetish event in the world- drawing nearly half a million to the 13 block area.
For days the city was a mad place, with leather clad people teeming across intersections -and an unusually high number of naked people roaming around. Public nudity is legal in San Francisco, but many weren’t aware of that until city supervisor Scott Wiener proposed modest restrictions. Nudist Gregory Davis told The New York Times “Wiener might as well have shot lasers and fireworks into the sky announcing that public nudity is legal.”
While not quite nude, former St. Louisan DJ Lawrence made himself at home on Folsom Street wearing close to nothing on his fit body. “I found [the Folsom Street Fair] fascinating. A lot more mixed than I expected…I thought it was a fun, safe event that let people explore new things- sort of like a block party with bondage.”
DJ Kaiser made a huge splash during the festivities. He demonstrated rope bondage techniques to a packed house Saturday night, and attended numerous titleholder events alongside Mr. International Leather 2011, Eric Gutierrez of France. Side by side the two wandered the fair, stopping for photos every few feet. “Eric was most gracious to everyone who congratulated him and wanted to take pictures” said Kaiser.
Wearing his “Mr. Missouri Leather” sash Kaiser proudly represented his constituents, but was surprised at all the former Missourians who stopped to shake his hand and get their pictures taken. “I didn’t expect to meet so many former Missourians- or for them to be so excited to see me! It felt like my constituency doubled!”
As the undisputed capital of sexual liberation San Francisco welcomed the world to strut their stuff- and the result was a surprisingly lighthearted and incredibly diverse event. For the hundreds of thousands of revelers on Folsom there’s no shame in their game.
BY: CHRIS ANDOE