Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 33 / 17 August 2017
 

Leather 'Cruising'

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Colorful leather at the 2013 Golden Gate Guards cruise. Photo: Rich Stadtmiller
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As many people who read this column know, much of what I do is commentary rather than reporting. However, one of the other uses I try leverage this column for is to encourage people to attend some of the many wonderful events and venues of interest to leatherfolk and kinksters who live in or visit the Bay Area. I try to err on the side of promotion of events rather than reporting on them afterward because I feel that gets more people to these events and does the most good in terms of fostering a more vibrant and connected community of like-minded people. But I do on occasion report on certain events as well. So this column is indeed a mixed bag of focus, but that's just how I roll.

My column this week is about event promotion, and the event I'm highlighting here is the upcoming Fourth Annual Leather Cruise hosted by the Golden Gate Guards (www.ggguards.org) and BLUF (www.bluf.com). The Leather Cruise will take place on San Francisco Bay on Saturday, September 20, 2014, starting at Pier 3 Hornblower Landing in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Guards was originally founded in 1976 as the Imperial Guards of San Francisco. At that time the club served as an unofficial liaison between the Imperial Courts and the Leather-Levi community. In late 1986 they became an independent organization known as the Golden Gate Guards.

BLUF, which is an acronym for "Breeches, Leather and Uniform Fan club," started in October of 1997 as a simple website for men into full leather uniforms and has since grown into a worldwide organization with members in dozens of countries around the world.

The late afternoon cruise around San Francisco Bay takes place the day before Folsom Street Fair. The cruise will travel under the Bay Bridge to pass Angel Island and Treasure Island. Going north, passengers will cruise near Sausalito and take a turn around Alcatraz Island. From there, the cruise moves west to the Golden Gate Bridge for a chance to see the bridge and the city of San Francisco at sundown. As the cruise comes to an end passengers will see the Bay Bridge Lights as they dock again at Pier 3.

The Golden Gate Guards will be selling drink tickets on board for the full, no-host bar to fulfill any passenger needs for cocktails and drinks, and there will also be a late afternoon buffet.

There will be music provided for those who want to dance and all attendees will receive a commemorative pin, sailor cap, and lei. A souvenir photo will be taken on the dock and provided during the cruise also.

I asked a couple of guys who have attended the cruise in the past for their impressions.

Joel Evans offered this. "The cruise was a big success. Kudos to the Golden Gate Guards for bringing the tribe together for an afternoon on the bay - one of Northern California's greatest features, but which so many of us rarely take advantage of. We had crystalline weather conditions last year, which made the whole bay sparkle as it got dark. We met leathermen from around the world who were taking advantage of this alternative activity. Nothing wrong with hanging out at the Eagle all afternoon, but this is really unique to the Bay Area. Glad that the Guard is doing it again. And really glad they're benefiting Openhouse as their chosen charity."

All hands on deck at the 2013 Golden Gate Guards cruise. photo: Rich Stadtmiller

Local leatherman Lexx King had this impression. "This was a great activity to do with our leather tribe during the high holy days of Folsom week. Any cruise around the beautiful Bay is awesome, but to do it with a boat of hot-looking men and women all geared up and decked out, many of whom are our closest friends and family, is truly an amazing experience. It is always nice that there is food and a bar available to celebrate the moment. Beautiful views, great company and an overall a great experience."

Net proceeds from this event benefit Openhouse (openhouse-sf.org). Openhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that enables San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. As a result, they have reduced isolation and empowered LGBT seniors to improve their overall health, well-being and economic security. Openhouse has also always been open and welcoming of the leather and kinky among us. They sure are a great choice as the beneficiary for this fundraising cruise.

Leather or uniform attire is expected to keep the atmosphere as leather and kink as possible. The cost of the cruise is $75.00 per person. To purchase tickets for the Leather Cruise, go to the Golden Gate Guards site at www.ggguards.org

Since this week's column is about promoting future events, check out the calendar that accompanies this column. You'll see a wide assortment of leather and kink events you can attend, many of which are part of the leather week leading up to Folsom Street Fair.

And speaking of Folsom Street Fair, check out my next column where I write about that iconic event in detail.

Race Bannon is a local author, blogger and activist. You can reach him through his website, www.bannon.com.



Leather Events, September 4 - 21, 2014

There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters.

 

Thu 4

RubbDown 2015 Volunteer Committee Meet @ Bulldog Tattoo

Rubber is for everyone and that's why we are inviting anyone, male or female, who loves it to be part of the RubbDown event. 2275 Market St., 7:30pm. www.rmsf.org

 

Fri 5

SCCLA Bar Schmooz @ Renegades Bar

Informal social where friends, prospective members and anyone else who wants to relax, laugh, talk and hang out with like minded people. 501 W. Taylor St., San Jose, 9pm.

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club

Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members. 4058 18th St., 9:30pm.

 

Sat 6

Flagging in the Park @ AIDS Memorial Grove

Not specifically a leather/kink event, but lots of kinky folks attend. Golden Gate Park, 1pm. www.flaggercentral.com/tag/flagging-in-the-park

Kontrol @ SF Eagle

Leather, gear or fetishwear required for back patio entrance. 398 12th St., 9pm. www.sf-eagle.com

 

Sun 7

Naked Boys Reading @ Shelton Theater

Five smart, sexy guys read great literature - naked! - to raise money for AIDS Emergency Fund. 533 Sutter St., 7:30pm. www.nakedboysreadingsf.wordpress.com

 

Wed 10

Golden Shower Buddies @ Blow Buddies

A men's water sports night, Golden Shower Buddies. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

 

Fri 12

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club

Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members. 4058 18th St., 9:30pm.

 

Sat 13

Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner @ SOMA

Progressive dinner held annually in memory of Alden Spafford. Limited $15 tickets available, 5-9pm. www.leatheralliance.org

Animals at the Powerhouse @ Powerhouse

the Boys of Bearlesque San Francisco are back for their monthly night of fun and debauchery. 1347 Folsom St., 6-9pm. www.powerhousebar.com

 

Sun 14

LeatherWalk 2014 @ Harvey Milk Plaza

Route begins at the Harvey Milk Plaza with a short rally and entertainment and includes stops at some of San Francisco's favorite watering holes, ends with a beer bust dance party at the SF Eagle. Noon. www.leatherwalk.org

SCCLA: Trash or Treasure? @ Renegades Bar

A kink friendly flea market, kinky stuff, non-kinky stuff, collectibles, clothing, costuming stuff. Renegades Bar, 501 W. Taylor St., San Jose, Noon-5pm. www.sccleather.org

 

Mon 15

Boot Fest @ Eros

Help inaugurate and bless the new bootblack stand at Eros and raise funds for International Mr. Bootblack Scout's Travel Fund. 2051 Market St., 6pm.

 

Tue 16

Screening of Beyond Vanilla Documentary @ Renegades Bar, San Jose

With interviews, demonstrations and a good dose of how-to instruction, this documentary covers the gamut of fetishes and SM practices. 501 W. Taylor St., San Jose, 7:30-10pm.

 

Wed 17

Leathermen's Discussion Group @ SF LGBT Community Center

History of Folsom Street Fair with Gayle Rubin, a guided tour through the past of the world's largest leather event with Gayle Rubin, the world's foremost historian of San Francisco leather. 1800 Market St., 7:30pm. www.sfldg.org

Handball Academy Program @ Center for Sex & Culture

Everything you've always wanted to know about fisting, but were afraid to ask, with Larry Shockey. 349 Mission St., 7:30pm. www.handballacademy.org

Leather/Naked Buddies @ Blow Buddies

Official play space for Folsom Street Fair, gear or nudity required. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

 

Thu 18

Leather & Feathers @ Temple SF

AIDS Emergency Fund's annual gala paying tribute to their supporters in the kink and drag communities. 540 Howard St., 7pm. www.aef-sf.org

Friends and food at the 2013 BLUF dinner at Don Ramon's. photo: Rich Stadtmiller

BLUF San Francisco Folsom Dinner @ Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant

Dinner for men into leather, gear and uniforms. 225 11th St., 6pm no host bar, 7:30pm buffet, $30 cash at door, reserve seats by emailing to blufsf@yahoo.com.

Play Party @ Blow Buddies

Official play space for Folsom Street Fair, gear and nudity welcome. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

 

Fri 19

Bay Area boys of Leather: Boy Friday @ SF Eagle

Bay Area boys of Leather monthly cocktail social. 398 12th St., 7pm. www.bayareaboysofleather.org

Gear Buddies @ Blow Buddies

Official play space for Folsom Street Fair, gear and nudity welcome. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

This Aint No Disco @ SF Citadel

A men's BDSM play party. 181 Eddy St., 8pm, request invitation at www.the15sf.org

Folsom Fetish Friday @ Powerhouse

Kick of your Folsom weekend with a night of fetish, beats and sweat. 1347 Folsom St., 9pm. www.powerhousebar.com

Sober Kink Together @ Castro Country Club

Officially a CMA meeting, but open to all Anonymous 12-step Fellowship members. 4058 18th St., 9:30pm.

Haus of Stiel @ Beatbox

Folsom weekend dance party. 314 11th St., 10pm. www.beatboxsf.com

 

Sat 20

Kink Salon @ Powerhouse

Erotic open mic and show benefiting LeatherWalk 2015, AIDS Emergency Fund and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. 1347 Folsom St., 2pm. www.powerhousebar.com

Cigarmen, Pipemen and Bootmen Gathering @ SF Eagle

Bay Area Cigar Buddies and HotBoots get together at the SF Eagle for a free no-agenda gathering. 398 12th St., 3pm. www.sf-eagle.com

4th Annual Leather Cruise @ Pier 3 The Embarcadero

Golden Gate Guards and BLUF host the Fourth Annual Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay. $75, 4:30pm. www.ggguards.org

VICE: Folsom 2014 Rubber Party @ Powerhouse

Rubber Men of San Francisco host your chance to let the rubber pig inside loose. 1347 Folsom St., 5pm. www.rmsf.org

Golden Shower Buddies @ Blow Buddies

A men's water sports night at the Official Play Space for Folsom Street Fair, gear and nudity welcome. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

Magnitude @ Treasure Island

Official Saturday night dance event for Folsom Street Fair, see website for ticket information, 9pm. www.folsomstreetevents.org

 

Sun 21

After Shock @ City Nights

Dance your ass off all night until the sun comes up on Folsom Street Fair, see website for ticket information, 715 Harrison St., 4am. www.thediscosf.com

Folsom Street Fair @ SOMA

The world's largest leather and fetish event. Folsom Street between 8th and 13th, 11am. www.folsomstreetevents.org

Play Party @ Blow Buddies

Official play space for Folsom Street Fair, gear and nudity welcome. $15 with membership, 933 Harrison St., 8pm. www.blowbuddies.com

Deviants @ Mezzanine

Official Sunday night dance event for Folsom Street Fair, see website for ticket information, 6pm. www.folsomstreetevents.org






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