San Francisco held its “Kink and Fetish” sex festival on Sunday despite the spread of the monkeypox virus among gay men. Organizers said they took precautions such as putting stands ten feet apart and requiring coronavirus and monkeypox vaccination cards to enter venues.
“Things that were once audience participation are no longer, to keep people from mixing,” Angel Adeyoha, executive director of Folsom Street, the group producing the Up Your Alley event, said in a statement. San Francisco Chronicle report. “We try to keep people from mixing.”
The the Chronicle reported:
[The event] still did not match the packed scene of years past. The estimated total crowd was 7,000 during the day, compared to a more typical year that would see around 10,000, police said. Police estimated it peaked at 2,000 to 3,000 around 4 p.m.
City officials declared a public health emergency for monkeypox just days before the Dore Alley fair. The COVID-19 test was proposed by the Ministry of Public Health. There was no monkeypox test and you had to look for a preventative leaflet on the virus.
Officials said only hired professional fetishists would be involved in sadomasochistic activities.
“As veterans of the wars against HIV, we do not preach. We offer information,” said Cal Callahan, director of the city’s Official Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, in the the Chronicle report.
“With this crowd, everyone wants to get rowed,” said Big Daddy Larry Rich, CEO of Bare Chest Calendar. “If it doesn’t land there, people ask to spin it again. San Francisco is a naughty city, and this fair is our dirty little secret.
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