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Folsom Street Fair Guide Part 4: That's A Wrap!

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Well folks, another Folsom Street Fair has drawn to a close.

Hopefully you all got home safe and sound from the Deviants closing party at the Mezzanine, or the after-after-after party at BeatBox—you know, the one that didn’t start until 3:00am.

But before you pack up your harness and cropper until the next big event, let’s take a last look at this year’s edition of the world’s largest fetish fete.

Good Times: While we don’t have the exact crowd numbers yet—let’s be real, it’s hard to get a good count when people are still out partying!—it’s estimated that the over 200 booths and down-alleys performance stages were well attended. And as of Monday morning, no news outlet has reported any type of violent outbreak, (as sadly, those tend to pop up at big outdoor events in San Francisco.) So, cheers to a safe fetish-filled weekend!

Great Causes: Folsom is so much more than just a kink fest. So many events in the week leading up to the main festival gave back to charities, both local world wide.

The weekend ended with a real do-gooder in Real Bad XXVI, held at Club 1015 the evening following the fair. The “dance marathon” has raised some $2 million over the past 25 years, with their donations after 2013 Folsom Fair reaching a reported $300,000. We obviously haven’t seen the donation numbers from this year’s after-party, but we’re sure they were earth-shattering.

2014 beneficiaries included: Queer Life Space, LGBT Community Center, Project Inform, Castro Country Club, Hospitality House and No Bully.

And REAL BAD doesn’t stop putting on events for the year just because Folsom Street Fair is over. They will be hosting RECOVERY at Public Works, coming up on October 5th.

And while we are on the subject of things to come…

More On The Horizon: Did you read My Castro’s Folsom shopping guide and wonder who our “inside source” was for all those fabulous leather duds? We’ll give you a hint: you probably saw him pictured carrying the flag at this year’s Leather Walk. He was such a wonderful and helpful source that we hope to work with him again! Keep an eye on My Castro for a more in-depth profile in the coming months.

The B.A.R. offers even more pre-Folsom Street Fair celebration in the Castro and SoMa

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 The frenzy of leather love continues as the hours wind down to this year's Folsom Street Fair!


Sure, we've already given you a quick list of some of the fun things going on before the world's largest leather expo kicks off this weekend. But why not add a few more fun things to your pre-Folsom agenda?


The Bay Area Reporters' BARtab offers a few end-of-the-week happenings in the Castro and SoMa areas that we would like to add.


Thursday, September 18th

-Leather & Feathers at Temple SF, 7 pm: Annual pre-Folsom gala held by AIDS Emergency Fund.

-BLUF San Francisco Folsom Dinner, 7:30pm: Buffet at Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant for all the fly fellas into leather and uniforms. Info and reservations at


Friday, September 19th

-Beers, Boys & Bondage: Folsom Edition: One of our go-tos on the My Castro shopping guide, Mr. S, is the throwing the ultimate Folsom party Friday and Saturday.

-Annual PAWS UP Folsom Dinner, 7pm: Eats at the notorious SOMA StrEat Food Truck Park for people and their pooches.

-Sober Kink Together, 9:30pm: Castro Country Club is hosting a Folsom party for anonymous 12-step members. Who says you have to drink to enjoy Folsom weekend?


For the B.A.R.'s full list of "Leather Events" please visit





Couture & Good Causes Converge for Fashion Community Week

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Strap on those stiletto and get your strut on!

Fashion Community week is here, and the event is not only celebrating all things fabulously fashion forward, but will be doing it for three--that's right, three-- great causes.

Founder and Executive Producer Shirin Hashem and team will roll out 30 designers and artists at various events and venues across the city. The shows give the designers an opportunity to share their work, and funds raised are charitably given to worthy causes.

Oh, and there will also be pretty outfits to look at. Who doesn't love that combo?

The festivities kick off on Thursday, September 11 with the eco-friendly event Glamorous in Green at Fisherman's Wharf, benefiting Women Enough Organization. Events continue into the weekend with Couture for a Cause at the Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Saturday, September 13, with proceeds going to the Zahra Foundation. (And if you've ever been to the Starlight Room, you
know what a glammy backdrop that will make for a fashion event." Ready to Wear by the Bay rounds out the weekend's events on Sunday, September 14, at Supperclub. Proceeds from the final show will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

For tickets, details about VIP events or any other questions please visit

New Spot Bandidos Is Already Getting Rave Reviews

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There is a new cantina in town, and it's ready to start a cat fight with your regular Taco Tuesday spot.

Highly-anticipated new eatery Bandidos is already garnering rave reviews from happy patrons, and it hasn't even been open for 24-hours yet!

The "sleek" Mexican restaurant--from the genius minds behind HiTops sports bar--snagged the attention of big wigs SFGate and Inside Scoop SF long before it opened for business on Tuesday night. Heck, local bloggers have been stalking it for months now in anticipation of the grand opening.

But it's the early reviews from happy opening night dine-ers, and not the pre-opening hype, that has caught our attention.

Check Bandidos Facebook page: Nothing but 5-star reviews from those who visited the Market Street spot last night. We even read that the staff was "great"-- sounds like opening night butterflies didn't keep anyone in the building from giving restaurant-goers the perfect dining experience!

Plus, we've already seen food and drink recommendations for those who haven't experienced Bandidos yet. One FB post suggested the albondigas. We heard from anotther sources that the tequila and mexcal selection was "nothing to sneeze at."

But there's no need to wait until the next Taco Tuesday to try Bandidos out! They're open seven days a week, and I know we'll certainly be paying them a visit very soon.

Business hours:

Monday-Thursday 5pm-11pm Friday 5pm-12pm Saturday 11am-12am Sunday 11am-11pm

Oakland Pride Parade & Festival: Sunday, August 31 at 10:30 am

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Looking to escape SF this holiday weekend? 

This Sunday, August 31, is a great time to head across the Bay and show your pride!

The annual Oakland Pride Festival kicks off with a parade at 10:30 am at Broadway and 14th Street, and ending at the festival grounds at Broadway and 20th Street. The event site boasts the attendence of some tens of thousands of visitors who will have the opportunity to shop festival exhibitors all while showing their support for the LGBTQ community.

Plus there will be entertainment, including a performance by the infallible Sheila E, among other headliners.

Admissions is free for parade viewing. Festival admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. For more information on attending, volunteering, or participating in the parade contingent, please visit

MCCLA to host Nicky's LGBT Youth Theater's production next week

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Two SF community entities will merge for a night at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts next week.

The MCCLA announced via press release today that it will host Nicky's LGBT Theater's production Confide In Me next Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 pm.

Nicky's Youth Theater actors and LGBT community activists Elsie Phillips and Sienna Williams star in the play which "aims to raise awareness about teenage struggle in coming to terms with a queer identity," the release said. It promises to be an "uplifting" performance that all ages can attend.

The production will be followed by a Q&A with the actors and director.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years of age or students with ID. Those who buy tickets online through the MCCLA website can pick them up at "Will Call" up to an hour before the play's start time at the center's box office. 

What: LGBT play Confide in Me 

Where: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts at 2868 Mission Street, 94110

For ticket sale: 

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Toast To Marriage: by SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry

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Toast To Marriage is a national campaign created by SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry; the campaign aims to raise awareness and funds for marriage equality in places where same-sex couples are still excluded from marriage.

At each event, photographers will take portraits of couples toasting in support of marriage equality. The photos will be available at and @toasttomarriage on Instagram using the hashtag Toast To Marriage.

Toast To Marriage will be taking over Lookout on Friday, August 22. Please see details below. An official invitation is attached.

Market & 16th St

Friday, August 22nd
7 PM – 12 AM

Through August, SKYY Vodka and Freedom to Marry will host a series of events across the country to raise awareness and funds for Freedom to Marry. Events will be held in Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

GLBT Historical Society announces July events

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All events at GLBT History Museum in the Castro neighborhood

The GLBT Historical Society will present the following events at the GLBT History Museum this month:

Lorena Hickock, Eleanor Roosevelt's Lover
Tuesday, July 15, 7-9 p.m.

Lorena Hickok Lesbian playwright Terry Baum will give a talk titled "Lorena Hickok: Butch Dyke, Renowned Journalist & Eleanor Roosevelt's lover." "Hick" was the most famous woman journalist of her day when she and the future First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt fell in love; she lived in the White House, was known as the "First Friend," and was often at Roosevelt's side. She was essential in Roosevelt's transformation into an outspoken, media-savvy activist. Hick sacrificed her own career to support the woman she loved. $5 donation requested; members always admitted free.

Lorena Hickok (photo FDR Library):

Terry Baum (photo GLBT Historical Society):
Terry Baum as Hickok in Baum's play "Hick: A Love Story" (photo by Lynn Fried):

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Bi Any Other Name book reading
Thursday, July 17, 7-9 p.m.

Bi Any Other Name book cover The GLBT Historical Society will host a reading to celebrate the upcoming ebook release of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out (1991), co-edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu. Ka'ahumanu will read from the work along with other contributors to the groundbreaking anthology, including Kuwaza Imara, Carol Queen, Naomi Tucker, and Charles J. Barragan. The event will benefit the GLBT History Museum and the Bay Area Bisexual Network. $5 donation requested; members always admitted free.

...and information about the two historic photos:
The other photos in that collection may be credited to the GLBT Historical Society

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1964: The Year San Francisco Came Out
Opening Friday, July 18, 7-9 p.m.

straight couple looking at gay men Fifty years ago, an infamous LIFE magazine article catapulted San Francisco into national consciousness as the "gay capital" of America. Titled "Homosexuality In America," the article represented tensions between the larger culture's notions of queerness and what was emerging into open view in San Francisco. The GLBT Historical Society invites the public to the opening reception for "1964: The Year San Francisco Came Out," an exhibition that celebrates the pivotal moment when queer people began to define themselves on their own terms.

All photos for LIFE Magazine by Bill Eppridge
Double-page spread with photo of the interior of the Tool Box, one of San Francisco's first leather bars, which opened in 1962:
photo of the interior of the Jumpin' Frog, another San Francisco bar, which showed movies on Mondays:

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"No Race-Baiting, Red-Baiting, or Queer-Baiting!": The Marine Cooks & Stewards Union from the Depression to the Cold War
Thursday, July 31, 7-9 p.m.

drawing of union workers hand-in-hand The GLBT Historical Society will host a slide lecture on the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union, a queer-friendly union that organized workers on Pacific cruise ships. The lecture, based on research by the late historian Allan Bérubé, will be presented by Estelle Freedman, professor of U.S. history at Stanford University. $5 donation requested; members always admitted free.

image courtesy GLBT Historical Society

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The GLBT History Museum is located at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco's Castro District. Open since January 2011, it presents long-term exhibitions in its Main Gallery, and smaller changing exhibitions in its Front Gallery and Community Gallery spaces. The museum also hosts lectures, films and other special events.

The museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a research center and archives that collects, preserves and interprets the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society maintains one of the world's largest collections of GLBT historical materials; it is often referred to as San Francisco's "queer Smithsonian."

For more information, and for a list of other upcoming exhibitions and events, visit

Forever Never Land Scavenger Hunt

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In celebration of San Francisco's Pride weekend on June 28th & 29th, Forever Never Land will be joining in on the festivities by hosting a scavenger hunt alongside the PRIDE Parade Sunday, June 29th! PRIDE goers will be able to participate in the scavenger hunt to win a pair of FREE tickets to attend the first annual Forever Never Land fun and music festival taking place in San Luis Obsipo, CA on Sept 13-14th. To participate, attendees must follow riddles & clues from the Forever Never Land Twitter account, @FNLfest to decode where the (3) various locations with (2) tickets at each will be hidden along Market Street. Once the tickets have been located, the winner will tweet or Instagram a photo of them with their winnings with the hashtag #FNLfest to claim their prize! You can learn more by visiting: Good Luck and Happy Hunting! :)

Hashtag #FNLfest and we'll provide you with the rest All the clues & riddles you need to know to snag a set of tickets to the show While enjoying the PRIDE parade, make sure to look low & high The FNL tickets could be ANYWHERE! The only limit is the sky. Now get out & hunt so we can meet you in S.L.O. You're on your way to FNL! Ready…Set….GO!"

ABOUT FOREVER NEVER LAND: Forever Never Land is an LLC formed to put on annual Music Festival events throughout the US. Forever Never Land creates and delivers weekend-long fully interactive hands-on music and play experiences for the inner child in every adult. This mission is accomplished by creating a weekend that focuses on imagination, play, and creativity, with an environment that allows adults to act like a child without any stress or responsibility of the real world. Forever Never Land combines the best parts of childhood with the best parts of adulthood, resulting in one action-packed, music-filled weekend. For more information, please visit

New Study Explores the Lives of Queer Immigrant Latinas

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We know that LGBTQ women face challenges in their lives. Many women face family rejection or have to negotiate being out at work or to loved ones. Sometimes, these challenges place an emotional toll on women. In a similar way, many Latinas face challenges related to race and for some, immigration to the US. A new study that has been funded by the Williams Institute will explore the mental health needs of queer women who have immigrated to the US from Latin America. Currently, there are no empirical studies in the mental health field that explore the lives and needs of these women. Alison Cerezo, an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University, is recruiting over 150 women to complete an online survey that explores reasons women migrate to the US as well as their lives upon arriving to this country. As a member of the leadership council of the National Latina/o Psychological Association, Cerezo will use this data to make known the challenges and needs facing these queer immigrant Latinas. The psychology and mental health fields depend on empirical data to determine best practices for services, so this study, the first of its kind, will directly speak to the needs of this vibrant but underserved community of queer women in an effort to improve their lives.

The online survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and 12% of participants will be chosen (lottery) to receive a $25 debit visa card.

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