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Peter LaBarbera and Folsom Street Fair on Hannity & Colmes

On Tuesday, I posted the letter from Peter LaBarbera, the President of the right-wing religious group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, to Nancy Pelosi demanding she respond to the sexual fetish shenanigans going on at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. Here it is, to refresh your memory.

Yesterday, LaBarbera held a screening of the footage he had collected at the National Press Club, and also took his crusade to Hannity & Colmes to show some of it off again (does anyone doubt he watches the tape over and over in his hotel room?).

A few responses to the LaBarbera appearance from around the web. One from conservative blogger Joe Murray who comments on LaBarbera giving Arnold Schwarzenegger a free pass, and another from transsexual blogger Happy Cat at Pam's House Blend who extends an invitation to LaBarbera for a meeting.

"Pro-Family" Leader to Hold Gay Fetish Film Screening in DC [tr]
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  1. On the one hand, there's nothing that traumatizes children less than dress-up. It's extremely easy to explain these kinds of displays to them without having to reference the sexual component. On the other hand, people just need to be a little more respectful of the public context when adult lifestyles are being celebrated. Simulated sex acts should not be allowed, period.

    Posted by: rascal | Dec 6, 2007 12:14:51 PM

  2. Am I the ONLY gay democrat in the world who thinks the Folsom Street Fair is disgusting? I know I know... I be called names in a minute...

    Posted by: Chux | Dec 6, 2007 12:18:41 PM

  3. This is so stupid. A half million people come from all over the world to celebrate the kind of lifestyle they lead. No one is forced to go there. I live in San Francisco, and I never go to Folsom because it's not my scene.

    Hey - if LaBarbera wants to go worship a god that I find absurd then other people have a right to engage in acts that he finds absurd. No one's hurting anyone, and the kids he saw were probably invited there by parents who just have a very different belief system. If I had kids I'd rather that they saw people embracing their sexuality over the incredible violence that permeates video games, television, and movies today. But then that's just me.

    Posted by: Luke | Dec 6, 2007 12:20:27 PM

  4. Agreed that sex acts should not be performed on the street and there are laws against it. It happens here in Chicago during Market Days and no one wants to see it. Drunken asshole attention whores are a dime a dozen and I've witnessed some raunchy stuff at "straight" festivals, too.

    But the fake outrage of Hannity and this douchebag is so obvious. They don't give a shit if some kid saw a sex act on the street. Two phoned in performances on the conservative porn network, as per usual.

    And what exactly is the great moral issue of our time Sean wants Nancy to step up and denounce? Homosexuality? Blow jobs? What?

    Posted by: Marco | Dec 6, 2007 12:23:27 PM

  5. my darlings, a little fetish play never hurt anyone and it's quite liberating believe me. piss trips were one of my specialties with a bit of spanking and an occasional whipping tossed in and tho i no longer indulge in such play i wholeheartedly support and cheer on those that do. as for miss la babs well you know she is in her hotel room watching her precious tapes with a crisco lubed dildo up her ass and perhaps some titclamps and even poppers. perhaps one day she will give herself the freedom to actually meet some hot leather man who will liberate her spiritually and sexually. we should all be so lucky.

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 6, 2007 12:35:04 PM

  6. my darlings, a little fetish play never hurt anyone and it's quite liberating believe me. piss trips were one of my specialties with a bit of spanking and an occasional whipping tossed in and tho i no longer indulge in such play i wholeheartedly support and cheer on those that do. as for miss la babs well you know she is in her hotel room watching her precious tapes with a crisco lubed dildo up her ass and perhaps some titclamps and even poppers. perhaps one day she will give herself the freedom to actually meet some hot leather man who will liberate her spiritually and sexually. we should all be so lucky.

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 6, 2007 12:36:43 PM

  7. IS this gonna hurt Christianity, sadly no (jk). But seriously, as a gay man living in SF, this is disgusting and sex (gay/straight) acts should not be allowed on the streets at all. But no, I still don't buy the outrage on presented here.

    Posted by: JayA | Dec 6, 2007 1:09:02 PM

  8. The American Taliban, stand up to them now, fight them or we'll be exterminated.

    If you don't like the Folsom Street Fair, don't go.

    If you don't agree with homosexual marriage, don't marry a homosexual.

    Otherwise, shut the fuck up.

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 6, 2007 1:15:58 PM

  9. What I find very telling is the "Religious Right-ous" are not going after their repub governor. If they are sooo upset about Pelosi and "her district", what about repub Ahr-nuld... and his state? After all, he is the governor, right? If they had gone after both, I would be more inclined to listen to their beef. Until then, it just shows that this is another partisan ploy.

    Posted by: Reggie | Dec 6, 2007 1:24:33 PM

  10. Don't like it, don't go? Um no, if it's illegal, don't do it. Giving blowjobs, getting pissed on and having unprotected sex on public streets should not be legal...for anyone...anywhere. They can certainly rent a facility to have their f**kfest like most other cities do.

    Posted by: Alexander | Dec 6, 2007 1:25:12 PM

  11. Of course its a partisan ploy. Duh. Why do they care what happens in liberal California if they can't somehow use it to win elections?

    Asking a government official in the federal government who represents that district to do anything shows a clear lack of understanding of how our government works. This is not a federal issue at all. Ask the mayor of the city or the state representatives to do something. Or yes, the governor. But Pelosi has nothing to do with this, except that she makes a more well known Democratic target.

    Posted by: Shibby | Dec 6, 2007 1:27:24 PM

  12. Oh yawn. Tempest in a tea kettle, NEXT!

    Posted by: Chris i | Dec 6, 2007 1:31:19 PM

  13. If you don't like blatant sexual displays on the street, don't go to Mardi Gras, I mean Folsom.

    Posted by: sam | Dec 6, 2007 1:33:06 PM

  14. he should take his camera crew to bourbon street any weekend night of the year and watch the straights do their thing.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Dec 6, 2007 1:34:14 PM

  15. I know when I posted about this the other day people thought I was being judgemental and holier than thou. But, doing that stuff in the streets of course will open us up to severe criticism. For me it is more a public decency issue. The fact is that we are a community trying to change the conservative perception of who we are and that means having to be more careful than most. It doesn't disgust me in the slighest that people do this in their homes or at parties, it does disgust me that they do it in the streets. And, because it is a "gay" event, it becomes linked to how we are percieved by religious nut jobs.
    As a community, we talk about how we are more than just our sexuality. Then, events are held that degrade that difference by glorifying that the misconceptions are all we are about.
    It is also troubling to me, and I know this will piss people off, that legally this is allowed to take place in public. I absolutely am horrified that any community would allow anyone, gay or straight, to put on public displays like this even if the event, as some might say, has its wholesome side. Where is the public responsibility?
    I went to Mardi Gras a few years back and was just as horrified by some of the stuff I saw on the streets there. The difference is that the majority has more room to act as they please as their rights are not in question. Whether we like it or not, the people in middle America who see these displays and buy into them as what us "sinning" gay folk are all about are the people whose untrue ideas we must seek to change. I guess I just see our struggle like so many others that have happened historically. And, rarely if ever has a minority changed public perception through radical acts that play into majority fears.
    Ultimately, I just care about our community and struggle we have ahead. I know with certainty that participants at these events do also. But, the reasonable and political side of me just feels like this certainly isn't going to help in the fight.
    Again, I am not a prude at all and don't want to come off that way. So, save the comments about me being holier than thou. Well, I guess I am a little holier than thou since I don't give blowjobs in the streets or in parks. But, I might go for a handjob in the bathroom. *grin*

    Posted by: smore52 | Dec 6, 2007 1:52:25 PM

  16. One other thing. What sort of crazy fuck takes their kid to these things? That is as bad as those idiot religious zealots that send their kids to Mardi Gras to convert people on the street (it happes, I prayed with some while rolling years ago). WTF?!

    Posted by: smore52 | Dec 6, 2007 2:08:27 PM

  17. poor smore52, she's quite obviously in a tizzy, clutching her pearls in horror... my dear i'd rather see two people fucking each other in the street, enjoying each other's bodies with no shame all in the name of love rather than watch the same two people hurt or maim each other... better to see some cocksucking or a good assfucking than violence any old day... but in our culture violence wins out.. i think what this country needs is a good old fashioned FUCK IN, lets rent out some sports arena and set up a stage where anybody who pays the fee can fuck their brains out as the vast crowd cheers them on... i'll work the popcorn concession...

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 6, 2007 2:38:39 PM

  18. Alan Colmes is an idiot. His questions were pointless. Folsom was a hidden little "enclave tradition" that, because of mass media has been "uncovered" by the rest of the nation. It used to be "private" largely because only the local community knew about it. They will probably have to rent space indoors now. The dirty truth is that there are odd little annual customs all over the country that most people have not heard of outside of sociology/anthropology classrooms, even in the whitebread midwest. Labarbera is a parasitic grandstander of long tradition making hay over something of scant importance to the nation.

    While technically a "street fair", I think access to Folsom was somewhat restrictive, and not quite as anything goes as portrayed in the clip.

    The police do make lots of arrests during Mardi Gras in New Orleans for lewdness, etc.

    Posted by: anon ( | Dec 6, 2007 3:11:34 PM

  19. I appreciate your comments Queen-so accurate and so true! This society/culture is so OBSESSED with controlling human sexuality(especially gay male sexuality). If all these 'concerned' parents/citizens were as obsessed with eliminating the glorified violence/war/hatred portrayed in everything from childrens video games to big screen hit blockbuster movies then we probably wouldn't continue to see gunmen killing innocent people in shopping malls or our public schools/institutions. We certainly wouldn't be financing a supposed war that is in the short term costing billions of dollars but even worse in the long term destroying/eliminating hundreds of lives EVERY DAY! If adult men and women want to show some dick,ass and tits while having a good time showing off and enjoying their bodies and others bodies why is that so incredibly frightening and scary for grown up adults?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 6, 2007 4:35:28 PM

  20. Get real, guys. The Folsom Fair is pretty repulsive. You can offer up all of the reasons why it should happen, but try experiencing it firsthand. A lot of out of shape, middle aged sex addicts who get off parading in public. Whatever. In the long run, events like it threaten the legitimacy of the big picture of achieving basic civil rights, gay rights and acceptance by the mainstream.

    Have the party in a private club, and screen attendees. If you really don't understand the negative impact of this sort of public display, then I guess you won't understand the backlash.

    Freedom and acceptance are won with maturity, personal accomplishment and contribution to Society at large. I'd like to see some examples of these traits in the gay headlines. Must everything/everyone devolve to the lowest common denominator?

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 7, 2007 2:00:56 AM

  21. As a TS living in Houston, TX, this disgusts me. If ANYTHING sets Gay Rights backwards more, I would be mortified. San Francisco is nothing but a cesspool of depravity and filth. Public orgies on the street (and children in attendance too) and NO ARRESTS being made? The police/natl guard should be rounding all of them (people engaged in sex acts, full nude, etc) up, and make them have to register as sex-offenders in the future. Where the hell is the law in that sick city?
    They are a despicable embarrassment to the Gay Community. Lock them all up.

    Posted by: SarahTS | Apr 17, 2012 6:28:15 PM

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