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Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Oct 3, 2018

Leather and kinkfans and fanatics enjoyed the annual Folsom Street Fair, the popular South of Market celebration of sexy kinky fun, held Sept. 30.

Leatherpalooza! Folsom Street Fair kinks it up

Leatherpalooza! Folsom Street Fair kinks it up

  • by Race Bannon
  • Sep 26, 2018

The Bay Area tends to be awash in far more leather and kink happenings than most metro areas. The month of September each year, especially the week leading up to Folsom Street Fair, is when the number of events for the LGBTQ kinky crowd skyrockets.

Bringing back the fun

Bringing back the fun

  • by Race Bannon
  • Sep 5, 2018

This week I want to talk about fun; sheer, unadulterated fun. When you mention to those outside of the leather and kink worlds that the object of what we do and who we are is supposed to be fun, they nod and say, "of course!"

Writing good kinky smut

Writing good kinky smut

  • by Race Bannon
  • Aug 22, 2018

Every vibrant culture has its literature. The kink world is no different. While a smattering of kink erotica has existed for a long time, it's only during the relatively recent past that a plethora of quality kink-themed books for the popular market.

Teaching an old dog new tricks

Teaching an old dog new tricks

  • by Race Bannon
  • Aug 8, 2018

Right after the bucket-load of events leading up to the iconic Up Your Alley street fair, I knew what I wanted to write about this week. The second a certain pivotal inspiring moment occurred at the fair.

Getting sexy:  Up Your Alley Street Fair's fetish alfresco

Getting sexy: Up Your Alley Street Fair's fetish alfresco

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jul 25, 2018

Buckle up kids. As this column hits the streets and online, the busy weekend of leather and kink happenings punctuated by the Up Your Alley Street Fair is underway. This year's schedule is packed to the rafters with stuff to do.

Gearing up!

Gearing up!

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jul 11, 2018

In 1997, to help these gear-centric men connect, a man who goes only by Leon founded an international organization called BLUF, a community for men who have an interest in leather, uniforms and breeches. It now has thousands of members around the world.

Leather Resistance:  Kink communities & political activism

Leather Resistance: Kink communities & political activism

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 27, 2018

As the American political landscape collapses around us into a heap of hateful dung, I wonder if all my efforts should be focused on saving what's left of our country rather than telling you how to have awesome sex or meet fellow kinksters.

40 Years of Leather:  International Mr. Leather celebrates four decades

40 Years of Leather: International Mr. Leather celebrates four decades

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jun 13, 2018

This year's recent International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend was its 40th anniversary. 40 years since Chuck Renslow decided to have a leather contest, a contest and weekend that in large part helped form the foundation of the modern leather experience.

Kink about town

Kink about town

  • by Race Bannon
  • May 30, 2018

But as I prepare to attend what is the biggest men's leather and kink event of its kind in the world, I'm reflecting on some of the events I've been attending this past week here locally in San Francisco.

On becoming kinky

On becoming kinky

  • by Race Bannon
  • May 16, 2018

Throughout the years one of the most common questions I've been asked has come from people who don't consider themselves kinky but have discovered they're interested in or dating someone who has such interests.

The scene is alive and well

The scene is alive and well

  • by Race Bannon
  • May 2, 2018

Every so often I'm reminded of how vibrant our San Francisco Bay Area leather and kink scene is and how lucky those of us who live here are to so easily be our true erotic selves. This past week was a clear reminder that our local scene is most definitely

Street Meet - Big block party planned for Eagle's fifth anniversary

Street Meet - Big block party planned for Eagle's fifth anniversary

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 25, 2018

On April 29 the SF Eagle, one of South of Market's most popular and iconic gay bars, will celebrate its fifth anniversary under the ownership of Lex Montiel and Mike Leon with what promises to be a huge birthday bash.

Collateral Damage: Kink communities censored by federal overreach

Collateral Damage: Kink communities censored by federal overreach

  • by Race Bannon
  • Apr 24, 2018

One of the ramifications of badly worded legislation is that often there are unintended collateral damage consequences. Recently, the President signed into law ill-conceived and overly broad legislation referred to as SESTA/FOSTA.