Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Dufty to host meeting on leather events

Mayoral candidate and District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty will host a City Hall meeting next week on policies surrounding the city’s famed leather events.


The public get-together will be a first for the producers of the annual street fairs and dance parties, known as Folsom Street Events. It comes at the behest of local gay blogger Michael Petrelis, who denounced the nonprofit for instituting a more stringent anti-public-sex policy this summer without first asking the community’s input. In one posting he said it would be better for fair organizers to ban children (and dogs) rather than place restrictions on open displays of gay sexuality.

As the Bay Area Reporter detailed in several stories this summer, the changes were done at the behest of police, who revealed they had received complaints about lax patrolling of lewd and illegal behavior during the 2008 Up Your Alley Fair. The smaller cousin to the larger Folsom Street Fair and known locally simply as Dore Alley, the event attracts a predominantly gay male crowd where oral sex and masturbation is not an uncommon sight within the venue’s foot print.

Even with the stricter guidelines in place – which called for people found engaging in public sex to be ejected from the fairgrounds after their second warning – organizers reported little problems with this year’s events.

The nonprofit’s board of directors and its executive director, Demetri Moshoyannis, had informed Petrelis in October they would grant his request for a public meeting. In an e-mail sent November 18, the organizers said they welcomed feedback on how to make next year’s events better.

“Folsom Street Events would like to hear from you about what makes our events so great and what would make them even better! There’s no need to RSVP. Just stop by and listen or give us a piece of your mind. We hope to see you there!” stated the e-mail.

The meeting runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 23 in Room 278 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place in San Francisco.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 18, 2009 @ 1:14 pm PST
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