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San Francisco: Celebrating 30 Years of ‘Up Your Alley’ This Weekend

 

This weekend marks the 30th year of Up Your Alley street fair – more commonly known as Dore Alley. While I will be on the East Coast and missing the event this year, it remains one of my favorite gay-themed events.

The event has grown over the years and its interesting history can be found here.

The event's big brother, Folsom Street Fair, is still by far the largest of the two festivals. But, for a more local kink flair, I would highly recommend Dore. Put on your best chaps, rubber or jock strap and check it out – but, be prepared for your nuts freezing off when the typical summer San Francisco fog rolls in.

 

 

Watch: New Documentary ‘Folsom Forever’ Chronicles History of the Iconic Folsom Street Fair

1125 Folsom Street - the heart of Miracle Mile and what was once Ramrod is now home to Driftwood. You may remember My Place, Chaps II, and KOK which all called 1225 home over the years.
1125 Folsom Street – the heart of Miracle Mile and what was once Ramrod is now home to Driftwood. You may remember My Place, Chaps II, and KOK which all called 1225 home over the years.

Breaking Glass will be releasing Folsom Forever on DVD and VOD June 9, 2015. Folsom Forever is the story of how a kinky rebellious street festival captured the heart of San Francisco. This new documentary by Mike Skiff (Kink Crusaders) bares the social, political, charitable and cultural implications of the world’s most notorious bacchanal.

In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco – home to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene – faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. Folsom Forever tells the story of how this small street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way.

The documentary played at the Austin LGBT Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego, Inside Out Toronto, and Seattle LGBT Film Festival.

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Folsom Forever will be available on DVD and the following VOD platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Xbox, iNDEMAND, and Vubiquity.

Here’s the trailer: