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News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

Woof! Up Your Alley Street Fair 2022

Woof! Up Your Alley Street Fair 2022

  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • Aug 2, 2022

Fetish fashion flourished at the return of the Up Your Alley Street Fair in South of Market on July 31, where thousands showed off their leather, rubber, furry and kinky gear, while others in more casual attire merely looked on in amusement.

Davey Davis' 'X' - kink at the end of the world

Davey Davis' 'X' - kink at the end of the world

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jul 26, 2022

"How bad could a waterboarding really be if you could get up and walk away afterward?" So posits the spicy protagonist of multi-talented author Davey Davis' kinky dystopian new novel "X".

Puttin' a polish on leather alley

Puttin' a polish on leather alley

  • by BAR staff
  • Jun 22, 2022

People stopped by Ringold Alley in San Francisco's South of Market district Saturday, June 18, to celebrate the revival of the leather space.

Jack Fritscher's 'Profiles in Gay Courage'

Jack Fritscher's 'Profiles in Gay Courage'

  • by Hank Trout
  • May 31, 2022

Jack Fritscher's newest book, "Profiles in Gay Courage: Leatherfolk, Arts, and Ideas, Essays and Interviews," is an illustrated collection of thirteen essays celebrating "authentic leatherfolk founders, icons, and superstars" in our recent history.

Tax status leads to scrutiny of leather nonprofit

Tax status leads to scrutiny of leather nonprofit

  • by Eric Burkett
  • May 4, 2022

The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance may not have had its financial house in order when it served as fiscal sponsor for the successful Queer Nightlife Fund that helped LGBTQs who lost their jobs during the COVID pandemic.

50 years in 50 weeks; 2013's heroic hunks

50 years in 50 weeks; 2013's heroic hunks

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 27, 2022

This week, we're showcasing two admirable men in very different community subcultures, because we can. Filmmaker James Broughton and leatherman Andy Cross were featured in our June 13, 2013 issue, and both share a connection to gay erotic liberation.

Megahood 2021 sizzled on Folsom

Megahood 2021 sizzled on Folsom

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Sep 27, 2021

Health precautions included some changes to the traditions of the annual Folsom Street Fair, renamed Megahood 2021 to honor its original first iteration in 1984.

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

Erotic Avenue: Mark I. Chester's 'Street Sex Photos'

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 21, 2021

For anyone who misses having sex in a back alley, parking lot, or atop a bulldozer, the new hardcover book of photos by veteran photographer Mark I. Chester makes a perfect gift for Folsom time.

'Bloodsisters' - groundbreaking lesbian BDSM video re-released

'Bloodsisters' - groundbreaking lesbian BDSM video re-released

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 21, 2021

Originally released in 1995, Michelle Handelman's documentary 'Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes & Sadomasochism' educates and enlightens while preserving the history of San Francisco's lesbian BDSM community.

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

Larry Townsend: celebrating the man behind 'The Leatherman's Handbook'

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 21, 2021

Being Folsom Week, we dive into the early roots of leather culture, specifically in California. 'The Life and Times of Larry Townsend: Saluting the 50th Anniversary of The Leatherman's Handbook,' by Jack Fritscher, is a festive romp.

Fifth B.A.R. Talks panel, Living in Leather, features community leaders

Fifth B.A.R. Talks panel, Living in Leather, features community leaders

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 27, 2021

The Sept. 2 oniline B.A.R. Talk will be a conversation with Race Bannon, Scott Brogan, Gayle Rubin, Rich Stadtmiller and Graylin Thornton, who each have a longtime connection to the leather/kink community.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: Rex's rare 1991 interview

50 Years in 50 Weeks: Rex's rare 1991 interview

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 26, 2021

Let's zoom in, dot by dot, to a rare January 3 interview with Rex, whose erotic images might have answered the question, 'What if Georges Seurat was a late-20th-century South of Market leather man?'

San Francisco LeatherWalk to return, as city plans leather elements along Folsom Street

San Francisco LeatherWalk to return, as city plans leather elements along Folsom Street

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 19, 2021

The San Francisco LeatherWalk will return this fall after being on hiatus for several years. The event, with a new route, will help to kick off Leather Week in late September.