San Francisco, CA - March 21, 2013 - Folsom Street Events, the San Francisco Bay Area based nonprofit group that produces notorious leather and fetish events, issued a statement today in response to the recent passage of San Francisco’s nudity ban by the Board of Supervisors. Subsequent legal challenges by local pro-nudity activists have been unsuccessful in federal court. A critical component of the legislation is the special exemption for street fairs and celebrations. According to Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director, “Folsom Street Events is anticipating one of the biggest and best fair and events seasons to date. We are looking forward to a massive blowout for our 30th Folsom Street Fair, our ‘XXX’ celebration. We are going to add new events, special fair enhancements, and bring back special features as well.” He added, “Most importantly, we want everyone to know that, under the law, nudity is still perfectly acceptable at our fairs. As a matter of fact, we are expanding our coat and clothes check areas. So, you can come to the fair, change out of your clothes and into something else – or nothing at all.” According to Supervisor Scott Wiener, representative for District 8 and author of the legislation, "San Francisco has a tradition of promoting freedom of expression, and particularly so at our amazing street fairs. Events like SF Leather Week and Folsom Street Fair are vital to our commerce and our cultural development. Working with Folsom Street Events, I amended the nudity legislation to delete the word 'buttocks' from the final legislation so that leathermen in chaps would still feel comfortable visiting our city, whether or not they are physically inside the street fair. Permitted street fairs have been exempt since the original proposal, because we know that nudity is not only acceptable, but welcome, in the right context." As a general rule, nudity within the confines of permitted street fairs is acceptable under the law. When one is not at the fair, the ban requires that one cover her/his genitals at a minimum. Violators of the ban may face a range of penalties. However, a first offense carries a maximum fine of $100. Sponsorships are still being finalized. To date, returning commitments for sponsorships are: PRESENTING RECON.com, Steamworks, Mr. S Leather, Kink.com, and GLOSS; PREMIER 9x6 Lubes, and Blow Buddies; CHARTER The Stockroom, ExtremeRestraints.com, and Factory Video; SUPPORTING Powerhouse, Orchid and Serpent, 440 Castro, Adult FriendFinder, The Edge, and, Priape; MEDIA Frontiers, and GayCities; OFFICIAL PARTIES PLAY! T-Dance, Full Fetish, Aftershock, and Dark Room; and, HOST HOTELS Kimpton Hotels, SF Marriott Marquis, and Renoir Hotel. Folsom Street Events receives support from SF Grants for the Arts for its top entertainment.
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Magnitude – Saturday, September 28, 2013
Folsom Street Fair – Sunday, September 29, 2013
DEVIANTS – Sunday, September 29, 2013
About Folsom Street Events
Folsom Street Events® is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. The agency’s mission is to create world-class leather and fetish events that unite the adult alternative lifestyle communities with safe venues for self-expression and exciting entertainment. Folsom Street Events raises critical funds for San Francisco based and national charities. In 2012, Folsom Street Events marked the 29th Folsom Street Fair with 400,000 attendees and donated over $325,000 to charities working in public health, human services, the arts, and more.