Folsom Street Fair: Gays Mock Jesus with Last Supper Take-Off

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In 2007 the world’s largest leather event, the Folsom Street Fair, will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2007 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We hope to see the fairgrounds filled with people in their most outrageous leather/rubber/fetish attire enjoying the worlds largest and best loved Leather fair.

This year, as always, it will be located in San Francisco’s South of Market district on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets. Donations at the gates and proceeds from beverage purchases will benefit local charities.

The 2007 Folsom Street Fair will be showcasing a roster of world-renowned alternative rock acts along side up-and-coming talent from far and wide. Click on the Entertainment for complete lineup details.

In 2008, the Folsom Street Fairtm will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2008. Remember the Folsom Street Fairtm is always scheduled for the last Sunday in September.

Please see our press release regarding this year’s poster design.

See also : ‘Gays’ mock Jesus with Last Supper take-off, World Net Daily, Sept 25, 27.
A taxpayer-supported “gay” celebration in San Francisco, featuring a poster portraying Jesus Christ and his disciples as “half-naked homosexual sadomasochists,” has come under heavy fire from major Christian groups demanding that California lawmakers condemn it.

The poster by organizers of the Folsom Street Fair, sponsored in part by Miller Brewing, replaces the bread and wine representing Christ’s blood and body with sadomasochistic sex toys.

“A picture’s worth a thousand words,” said Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues with Concerned Women for America.

Barber said his group wants California’s elected officials – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer – to “publicly condemn this unprovoked attack against Christ and His followers.”

The annual street event, which includes displays of nudity and sexual activity – is scheduled for Sept. 30.

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  1. B T

    FOLSOM is fuckin HOT. I am glad that this poster was taken. It is pure genius.

    IT is hot and depects leathermen and women gathering for the annual event, breaking bread with each other, so to speak. WOOF

  2. As a person of faith (Unitarian Universalist) and a proud kinkster, I am delighted with this poster. It reflects the bonds of community we leatherfolk share, and the sense of spiritual inspiration many of us find in our sexuality.

    And as for the far-right Christians who are so up in arms about it … Obviously they’ve not realized that to declare any artwork “off limits” and thus elevating it to the status of the Divine is itself an act of idolatry.

  3. The poster is just deliberate, gratuitous Christian-baiting. Baiting Christians is like pissing on the occupants of the last lifeboat off the Titanic.

    The fact is there are anti-gay Christians and their are anti-Cristian gays. respect by everyone is needed to preserve a pluralistic society.

    Ridicule and parody can be used by both sides.

    Look at the silly Folsom Street Fair press release you link to:
    http://www.folsomstreetfair.com/fair-press.php?relNum=77

    And compare it with my parody:

    September 25, 2008

    FOLSOM STREET EVENTS™ LAUNCHES POSTER DESIGN FOR 25th ANNUAL FOLSOM STREET FAIR™
    Poster image draws inspiration from the annual Islamic Hajj, in a poster entitled: Masjid al-Harem.

    Folsom Street Events has released its latest poster design for the 25TH Annual Folsom Street Fair. This year, the official poster, drawn by renowned artist Theo van Gogh, uses well-known community members as players in a strikingly original interpretation of the annual, worldwide pilgrimage to Mecca. The poster is the second in a series that draws from well-known paintings, album covers, movie posters, or other iconic images. Community members celebrate exuberant sexuality by donning their S/M regalia, and dancing around not the Kaaba, but a 10 story phallus.

    According to Andy Copper, Board President, “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this poster, and we are looking forward to a particularly inspirational event season. There is no intention to be particularly pro-religion or anti-religion with this poster; the image is intended only to celebrate the sacred roots of raw sexuality. It is a distinctive representation of diversity with women and men, people of all colors and sexual orientations. Just as Mecca draws people of all races throughout the world, we hope people from all continents will come come celebrate with us!”

    Folsom Street Events acknowledges that many of the people in the leather and fetish communities are spiritual and that this poster image is a way of expressing that side of the community’s interests and beliefs. This year, Folsom Street Fair is dedicated to “San Francisco Values,” previously used against the San Francisco community for its support of sexual diversity and now used by Folsom Street Events as a way to reclaim power by the fetish community.

    Andy Copper, adds “We hope that people will enjoy the artistry for what it is – nothing more or less. Many people choose to speculate on deeper meanings. This is one artist’s imagining of a pilgrimage that is at one both sexual and sacred – all we did was adopt the iconography of Mecca and make it our own. The irony is that homosexuality has a long and wonderful history in Islam. In truth, we are going to produce a series of inspired poster images over the next few years. Next year’s poster ad may take inspiration from American Gothic by Grant Wood, the flag raising at Iwo Jima, or even Raphael’s ‘The School of Athens’ – community members are already preparing for roles in that one!”

    When asked about the murder of the poster artist, Theo van Gogh, and the worldwide rioting that has claimed dozens of lives, Copper said: “I guess it wouldn’t be Folsom Street Fair without offending some extreme members of the global community, though.”

  4. Leatherback

    Yes, Christine, we’re very much like those in the days of Lot. People are eating and they are drinking. On top of that they are
    engaged in commerce and therefore buying and selling.

    That is to say, we are sustaining our bodies and conducting business.

    And, as in the days of Lot we’re all going to die, one way or
    the other. And should our death be from a great catastrophe,
    we will become a symbol of debauchery for future generations because we ate, drank, bought and sold.

    But, should this era be remembered as a golden age it will be
    because we tasted the pleasures of life and had a booming
    economy.

    Then again, perhaps we will be remembered as a generation of great potential who squandered that potential in wars for fuel and illusions of grandeur. Perhaps it’s not buying and selling as much as it is stealing and exploiting which will bring us down.

    A little erotic fun at Folsom will not be our demise.

    Leatherback

  5. Kyle Cranshaw

    If God is so all powerful such things should not bother him. But its humans that are the one’s disturbed. Superstitious people will always be offended by natural things as we were all born naked and nakedness and making fun of religion is just harmless fun and the real sick one’s are those that complaint because how is this going to harm anyone? No one is twisting anyone’s arm to go there as there are hundreds of streets in San Francisco to walk down and avoid the area. But it seems they want to be there. Religion is for the insecure and mental retards that can’t give up Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. If going naked is so bad why are babies born naked rather than clothed? Complainers need a brain transplant. I think the posters is a real masterpiece and all of naked people on the street is great.




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