On Scene with Bill Wilson: Leather Week


The start of the 22nd Annual LeatherWalk


A spirited kick-off to Leather week in San Francisco – that week before Folsom Street Fair -  has been the LeatherWalk which starts at the Harvey Milk Plaza at Castro and 17thStreet and ends at the Eagle on 12th and Harrison with stops at several bars along the way.  Appropriately occurring on Sunday, the 22nd of September, this year’s LeatherWalk was the 22nd annual walk. The event raises funds for the Aids Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.



Executive Director of Folsom Street Events, Demetri Moshoyannis


TUESDAY September  24 – Roxie Theatre (3117 – 16th Street) at 7 pm.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Folsom Street Fair with a special Leather Week edition of Frameline Encore at this commemoration of San Francisco’s iconic kinky street festival! Join us for a sneak preview of the documentary FOLSOM FOREVER, plus a discussion with filmmakers and kinksters about Folsom Street Fair, its history, and its meaning to the leather community. Panelists: Mike Skiff, filmmaker, FOLSOM FOREVER, Race Bannon, Paul Lester, Gayle Rubin and Rachele Sullivan

This is a free event!

Please email RSVP@frameline.org or RSVP on Facebook to let us know you’ll be attending.

 Thursday September 26, 2013 The Armory at 1800 Mission 6 pm Admission $125.00

The Board of Directors of AIDS Emergency Fund has announced its choices for honorees at its 2013 annual event, “LEATHER and FEATHERS: AEF turns 31” to be held at the Armory on Thursday Sept. 26 at 6 pm. Hosted by Donna Sachet and Sister Roma with a special performance by Brian Kent  tickets include a VIP tour of the Kink.com Armory. Representing a cross-section of donors, volunteers and activists, the list continues a tradition dating back to 1987 of highlighting community heroes in the fight against AIDS. This year’s honorees are: 

• Empress Marlena (Garry McLain,) who has been active in the community for nearly 40 years, first as Empress of Modesto in 1976 and then as the 25th Empress of San Francisco. Retired owner of Marlena’s bar, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for HIV/AIDS and LGBT causes over the decades. 

• Troy Brunet, outgoing president of the Castro Lions, proud member of Mama’s family and tireless fundraiser for AEF and other causes. Disabled by HIV/AIDS and along-time client of AEF, Troy make’s it his life’s calling to speak about his life on disability and to provide a face and voice for the marginalized in our community 

• Cynthia Hester, who recently stepped down after nine years of board service to AEF and BCEF – six as President. Prior to Board service, Cynthia had nearly a decade of operations experience captaining volunteer teams for the AIDS Ride and Avon Breast Cancer Walks. 

• Neil Figurelli, who has led AEF’s Christmas Eve Dinner committee for 25 years, and has recently completely nine years of Board service to AEF. Among his many accomplishments, Neil created This Old Bag, BCEF’s largest annual fundraising event

And as always for the past 30 years – ENJOY FOLSOM!


Harnessing fun at Folsom



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