We did it!  Thanks to our generous sponsors, our hardworking volunteer corps, and all of you who came down to West 27th Street in June for a fun afternoon out, Folsom Street East was able to award over thirteen thousand dollars to our beneficiaries!

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Executive Director Sharon Stapel and Development Associate Andrea Durojaye accept a check from Folsom Street East board chair Matt Johnson, president Gary Martin, and treasurer Dick DeWilde on behalf of the Anti-Violence Project.


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Ride Coordinator Steve Bratton and Team Eagle riders Skip Ralph, Dan Parente, Johnny Nowak, and Stefano Biaggio accept a check from Folsom Street East board chair Matt Johnson, president Gary Martin, and treasurer Dick DeWilde on behalf of Cycle for the Cause.


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Senior Vice President for Development and Marketing Andrew Greene accepts a check from Folsom Street East board chair Matt Johnson, president Gary Martin, and treasurer Dick DeWilde on behalf of Housing Works.


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Fil Vocasek accepts a check from Folsom Street East board chair Matt Johnson, president Gary Martin, and treasurer Dick DeWilde on behalf of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.


What would a fetish fair be without accessories?  On Sunday you can chat up our exhibitionists — erm, exhibitors — take home a great new toy, and maybe even someone to play with!

All of our amazing beneficiaries and sponsors will be on hand, too, as well as many other community groups — check out the full list below:

ACT UP New York
Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
Beyond Vanilla
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
City Cruisers NYC MC
Columbia University Medical Center HIV Prevention and Treatment Research
Eagle NYC
Floating World
Friends of the High Line
Heritage of Pride
Housing Works
Imperial Court of New York (sponsor)
Lucas Entertainment


Massive Goods
Masters and slaves Together (MAsT): NYC/Metro/Jersey City Gay Men
Metal Bond
My Lady’s Toys
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) (beneficiary)


New York Bondage Club
Next Magazine
NY Jacks
NY Jox
New York boys of Leather (NYboL)


Rubio Leather
Saint at Large/Chez Priape (sponsors)
Skingraft Designs
Team Eagle/Cycle for the Cause
Tribal Son



Folsom Street East is a proud sponsor of Leather Pride Night!

Join us at the Eagle NYC on Folsom East Eve (Saturday June 21) from 6 to 10 pm for a collection of performances by burlesque and fetish world favorites, raffles, prizes, and fantastic surprises, all for the benefit of New Alternatives and Cycle for the Cause’s Team Eagle.

Event tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Each admission includes one drink ticket.  Purchase advance tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets.

Now in its 31st year, Leather Pride Night is an annual fundraiser and social event in NYC put on by the SM/Leather/Fetish communities in the metro area and a number of committed individuals.

Sponsors of LPN XXXI also include: Imperial Court of New York, Iron Guard BC, MAsT Metro NY, MAsT Jersey City Gay Men, ONYX Northeast, Pariahs MC, and TES.



In the weeks leading up to the street fair, we’re taking some time to introduce you to this year’s beneficiaries and share some information about the good work that you’re supporting.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

AVP provides an extensive range of client services addressing many types of violence, including immediate crisis intervention, safety planning, short or long-term counseling, police, court and social services advocacy and accompaniment, information and referrals.  Their free bilingual (English/Spanish), 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis intervention hotline, is staffed by professional counselors and trained volunteers who respond to the immediate needs of LGBTQH victims and survivors of any type of violence.  AVP receives about 3000 hotline calls a year – an average of one call every 3 hours.

Additionally, AVP organizes responses to specific violent incidents throughout New York City and State and creates campaigns that address LGBTQH people’s safety.  They also collaborate with community leaders and community-based organizations at the local, state and national levels to raise awareness about the intersection of LGBTQH identity and violence. AVP’s Training and Education Institute trains thousands of community members, police, court staff, district attorneys’ offices, rape crisis centers, domestic violence agencies and other mainstream health and human service providers.

AVP also graciously hosts all of our Folsom Street East board and street fair planning meetings, for which we cannot thank them enough.

Learn how to become an AVP volunteer or make a donation.

If you or someone you care about has been affected by violence and needs help, call the AVP hotline at 212-714-1141.  All AVP services are free and confidential.

As ever, this year’s street fair will showcase some of NYC’s edgiest acts.  Hosts WILL CLARK and WITTI REPARTEE will emcee a fast-paced and eclectic concert featuring the following artists:

Michael T - photo credit Alex Colby

photo: Alex Colby

Michael T is a longstanding staple of NYC nightlife and has showcased his talents in many aspects of club culture. An accomplished rock’n’roll DJ, he’s played in many cities including Boston, DC, Philadelphia, and L.A. He’s also produced several of NYC’s infamous poly-sexual parties, including (but not limited to) Motherfucker (2000-2007) and Rated X – The Panty Party (2004-2010). Currently, Michael is the producer of the quarterly live performance glam-rock spectacle Oh! You Pretty Things, which is held at the prestigious downtown cabaret Le Poisson Rouge. Michael T & The Vanities are the headliners of these productions, and are thrilled to be invited to perform at Folsom Street East.

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photo: Dusti Cunningham

Rapper Big Dipper is a recent Brooklyn-transplant from Chicago. His crazy antics, exciting live shows, and infectious music make him the most exciting independent rap act to watch this year. Named one of Hip Hop’s Queer Pioneers by DETAILS magazine in 2012, he has been profiled by VICE , Red Eye Chicago, the Huffington Post, Out.com, Chicago Reader, and countless other blogs and online publications. With nearly 500K views on his YouTube channel, he is best known for his music videos for Drip Drop, Meat Quotient, Skank. Get ready to get sweaty and shake your ass with this beefy, charismatic emcee who challenges the traditional ideals of rap music.



JoJo Americo, Paul Alexander and Nashom took over the planet with their smash hits and club favorites “Flawless” – later reworked by George Michael as “Flawless (Go To The City)” – ”Superstar”, “I Feel Upside Down” and the celebrated, star-studded video clip “When We Get Together.” Their album “Blast From The Past” delivered the celebratory anthem “Face and Body” which stirred controversy last summer as Cher’s video for “A Woman’s World” simulated closely the visuals for their original runway, cut-and-swap idea and featured the late Codie Leone. These three fashion forward and iconic New Yorkers let it happen again with their brand new “Work Pussy In Face” EP which includes some of their hits reworked in 21 different mixes by Dan Mckie, B. Ames, Fagault & Marina, Travolta Moroder, John J-C Carr and others. Ready to deliver a blast into the future in time for 2014’s Pride season. No velvet ropes, no guest list. Just come on in and take the ultimate killer ride that you won’t want to get off!!

Stose Debuts "Destroy" August 26, 2013


25-year-old rap/punk artist STOSE has been breaking down barriers and bridging gaps between diverse forms of music, politics, and culture since he started his first band at age 15. STOSE’s debut EP, “Civil Disobedience,” will be released in 2014. Born in Virginia and now based out of New York City, STOSE cites a variety of musical and culture influences. From Dr. Dre to Iggy Pop and Edward Snowden to Black Flag, STOSE is fueled by forces for change that challenge the status quo. As a songwriter in the tradition of Henry Rollins and NWA, STOSE informs as he entertains and tells stories that open eyes.

Dandy Darkly - photo credit Laura Pardo

photo: Laura Pardo

Dandy Darkly is a storyteller of supernatural sleaze and homosexual horror — a mincing, menacing Mary of frighteningly filthy fables! Dandy Darkly also hosts variety shows across Manhattan and Brooklyn, curating a cruel and unusual cast of dancers, musicians and storytellers to fit his villainous, vaudevillian vision! In August 2013, Dandy Darkly made his world debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe performing his solo show Dandy Darkly’s Gory Hole! at theSpaceCabaret in participation with theSpaceUK. The show was a critical hit among the international press.

Xavier - Photo Credit Adrian Buckmaster

photo: Adrian Buckmaster

Xavier’s vocal skills have received uncoerced praise from some of the music industry’s best, including TV on the Radio, Erykah Badu, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, The Rapture, Pete Tong, D’Angelo, Ashford & Simpson and Lena Horne, as well as a Diesel U Music Award nomination. He’s hollered on records with Scissor Sister Del Marquis, Basement Jaxx vocalists Vula Malinga and Sharlene Hector, Stephin Merritt, and LL Cool J. UK-based music magazine NME calls his music “glorious” and Billboard magazine contends he’s “pure magic.” He’s currently working on a new album with Slow Knights.

Gay Panic 2 - photo credit Tod Seelie

photo: Tod Seelie

Gay Panic is a Queer Wave band from Brooklyn playing live and touring since 2012. They released their first album, Too Sensitive, in early 2012, and released a second full length album entitled Wrong Feelings on May 8th, 2014. Influenced by Gang of Four, Talking Heads, Radiohead, The Smiths, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley. With Josh Lerner on vocals, Lior Ben-Abu Hadar on guitar, Maggie Schreiner on drums and Phil Andrews on bass.

Will Clark - photo credit Peter Lau

photo: Peter Lau

Will Clark is a producer, performer, director, playwright, blogger and promoter, as well as having starred in 48 XXX films. He has been emceeing and producing fundraising events for the past 20 years, working with dozens of LGBT non profit organizations in New York, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and many other cities across the country.

Recently he ended a 9 year run producing and emceeing The Will Clark Show feat. P*rno Bingo and a 10 year run producing Bad Boys on the Hudson. His previous events include the Bad Boys Pool Party (Los Angeles 1998 – 2002, Palm Springs 2001 – 2005); Porn Idol (NYC 2004 – 2007), Cocktails with the Stars (1999-2002). He has also emceed the L.A. Leather Street Fair (2001- 2002), Mr. & Ms. NJ Leather (2006 – 2009) and much much more.

Will has been honored by the Gay/Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and United for the Ride for his fundraising efforts and was recently knighted by New York’s Imperial Court (so you can now legitimately call him “Sir”). He was a judge at the 2014 International Mr. Leather and has previously judged International Ms. Leather, International LeatherSir and leatherboy and Mr. International Rubber.

Feel free to introduce yourself to Will if your kinks include football gear, bodybuilding and cigars.

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photo: Adam Woomer, Telltale Heart Photography

Witti Repartee is a Queen (NYC Gay Men’s Chorus 2002-2003), an Empress (Imperial Court of New York, 2012-2013) and an Angel (Team Eagle, Cycle for the Cause 2013-current). Since 1997, she has called New York City her home base as a cabaret and burlesque artist, where she has appeared at more than 500 events as a performer, a volunteer or a guest of honor.

She produces several shows each year for local charities, produced and hosted “The Gayest Link” at Hannah’s Lava Lounge and has been a regular performer and guest host at “The Will Clark Show, featuring Porno Bingo.” As a headliner, Witti has been lauded by gala audiences not only in NYC, but also in Washington DC, Lexington, Kentucky, Anchorage, Alaska and San Francisco, California. As a hostess, she counts the Ninth and Tenth “Bad Boys on the Hudson” cruises, New York’s Leather Pride Night, Halloween at the New York Eagle, and countless fundraisers, special events and performances in HIV residences among her accomplishments.

In 2014, she began workshops of her one-woman show, “Witti Repartee: Falling in Love…Again” before audiences. At the end of the day, though, she’s a man in a dress.

Think volunteering isn’t sexy?  Think again!  Folsom Street East offers five — yes, five! — ways to live out your hottest volunteer fantasies on our biggest day of the year.  With so many options you’re bound to find just the right fit. Check ‘em out below and sign up for your favorite here!


SEXY MAID/BUTLER (Street Sweep): Are you obsessed with New York’s filthy streets?  Here’s your chance to give at least one block the cleaning it deserves!  Bonus reward for arriving early is coffee and donuts.  (Did we mention that the donuts will also be EXTRA SEXY?!)


SEXY SECURITY GUARD (Street Guard): Maintain law and order on our clean, mean street  — make sure only authorized kinksters are onsite and direct traffic as needed (white gloves optional).  By the way, this guy is an actual subway security officer … in Brazil.  Hey, even New York doesn’t have everything.


SEXY, UM, FURNITURE INSTALLER (Setup):  Are you the friend everyone calls when they need to wield an Allen wrench?  You’ll be a natural at setting up tables, unfolding chairs, and unfurling banners.  Remember, only you can facilitate hot tabletop scenes!


SEXY P.A. (Event Staff): No, not *that* kind of P.A., but trust we won’t complain if you have one.  Meet and greet glamorous people! Keep those adoring throngs in check! Dart from task to task at the snap of a marginally more powerful person’s fingers!  (We’re much nicer than Anna Wintour, we promise.)


SEXY DEMO GUY/GAL (Tear Down): Unleash your desire to disassemble on tables and chairs.  You won’t be armed, but with the muscle you’re packing, who needs a piece?


SEXY BONUS: SEXY CREW T-SHIRT:  Yours FREE if you pitch in.  These are actual volunteers wearing actual crew shirts.  We know what you’re thinking: pretty hot, huh?  You’d like to get to know them better, maybe?  So sign up already!  See you at the fair!



In the weeks leading up to the street fair, we’re taking some time to introduce you to this year’s beneficiaries and share some information about the good work that you’re supporting.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is an advocacy organization fighting for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior. NCSF’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program will offer “BDSM and the Law” education for attorneys in a format sanctioned by individual US state bar associations.  Through this program, NCSF will reach the legal professionals that directly interact with BDSM, fetish and kink communities.

This is essential, since at present appellate criminal cases routinely do not take questions of consent into account when kink is involved.  This means that BDSM practitioners may be considered legally liable for “assaulting” a consenting partner in a sexual or fantasy scenario.  In cases in Massachusetts and the United Kingdom, local authorities have prosecuted consenting kinky people on these dubious grounds.

NCSF’s initial CLE will be launched later in 2014 with donor support, with an ultimate goal of making the program self-sustaining through charging attorneys for attendance to on-demand educational programs approved by state bar associations.

Check out the overview of NCSF’s proposed CLE curriculum, as well as their Consent Counts program, of which the CLE is one initiative.

You can also become a member of NCSF and support the full range of professional and community programs they offer.



In the weeks leading up to the street fair, we’re taking some time to introduce you to this year’s beneficiaries and share some information about the good work that you’re supporting.

Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention information and other life-sustaining services, as well as legal protections from stigma and discrimination.

Since 1990, Housing Works has provided a comprehensive array of services to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Housing Works believes that providing stable housing is healthcare and is the first step toward living a long and healthy life. Supportive services include but are not limited to housing, healthcare, meals and nutritional counseling, mental health and substance use treatment, job training, and legal assistance.

Housing Works pioneered the concept of social enterprise–businesses whose profits fund the mission of a parent not-for-profit organization. This self-sustaining model provides employment opportunities to the community in addition to fundraising. The acclaimed Housing Works Thrift Shops, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and The Works Catering account for approximately 25% of the organization’s $43 million annual operating budget.

Shop the Housing Works stores or make a donation and a difference in the lives of fellow New Yorkers.



In the weeks leading up to the street fair, we’re taking some time to introduce you to this year’s beneficiaries and share some information about the good work that you’re supporting.

Cycle for the Cause is a fully supported three-day bike ride beginning in Boston and ending with a grand homecoming in New York City. With the help of the community, Cycle for the Cause has raised millions of dollars for the HIV and AIDS related programs and services of The Center, including the following:

  • Individual, couples, family and group counseling
  • Safe sex kits to thousands of youth and adults each year
  • HIV support groups
  • Free HIV testing
  • HIV and AIDS education and prevention services for youth and young adults
  • Referrals to public health insurance and housing options, as well as doctors who specialize in HIV and AIDS

Click here to make a donation or to register for the ride.