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"Pro-Family" Leader to Hold Gay Fetish Film Screening in DC

Peter LaBarbera, the President of the right-wing religious group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, plans to hold a screening for the National Press Club on Wednesday in an effort to embarrass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The screening will feature footage taken by the group at the Folsom Street Fair, the annual leather/fetish event held annually in San Francisco.

LabarberaYou may remember the controversy drummed up by right wing religious groups over Miller's sponsorship of the event after it was discovered that organizers had created a parody of "The Last Supper" to market the Fair.

Pam Spaulding reports: "LaBarbera plans to broadcast his unedited fetish footage collection to journalists in an attempt to 'educate others about liberal tolerance run amok in San Francisco,' and calls for Pelosi to 'publicly condemn the Folsom event and to use her considerable power to help stop similar affronts to public decency.'

AFTAH's letter to Pelosi, AFTER THE JUMP...


Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

December 3, 2007
Via Courier

Ms. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker
House of Representatives
United States Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Madam Speaker:

Because you frequently extol San Francisco's values to the rest of America, we are compelled to call your attention to what actually takes place at the Folsom Street Fair and other egregious and offensive "gay pride" celebrations in your Congressional District.

I was in San Francisco with a videographer on Sunday, September 30 and verified but a small segment of the most immoral and outrageous sexual behavior that ever disgraced the streets of any American city. On Wednesday, December 5, at 1:00 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, we will release the un-retouched DVD of the public debauchery which we videotaped during the city's Folsom Street Fair just two months ago. Included is raw and unedited verification of:

• Large numbers of men walking on public streets either fully or partially naked;
• Groups of men engaged in orgies on the public street, including acts of oral sex and mutual masturbation, as crowds waked by and snapped pictures.
• Fully exposed men "greeting" other men by grasping other men's genitals and massaging them in full view of passers-by. The police stood by and did nothing;
• A man sitting on the curb in broad daylight masturbating as crowds of people gawked and took pictures (he even posed for photos with others as he sat there naked and aroused);
• Theatrically dramatic sadomasochistic whippings and floggings - drawing blood and turning the willing "victim's" skin bright red;
• Abundant flaunting of female nudity and real or simulated sexual acts;
• "Master-slave relationships" in which one man or women would "walk" their subservient "slave" with a dog-collar and chain. Others imitated animals (dogs and ponies) as yet another "fetish" on display: we talked to one woman whose mouth was bridled like a horse;
• Blatant anti-Christian bigotry in the form of "The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence," men dressed in drag mocking Catholic nuns, greeting incoming attendees at Folsom; one male "Sister" wore a shirt that read "Bottom for Jesus" ("bottom" refers to his position in anal sex); entrance stickers featured a twisted, S&M-fetish version of DaVinci's "Last Supper" painting;
• Young children with their parents witnessing this perverted and revolting spectacle.

Additionally, Madam Speaker, we have been told that you were presented with an opportunity to condemn this heinous event and the blasphemous artwork used to promote it. Folsom Street Fair's promotional poster featured a drawing mocking Leonardo DaVinci's classic "Last Supper" painting by substituting sexual fetishists with their "sex toys" for Jesus Christ and his twelve disciples. You refused to denounce both. In fact, we understand that you maintained that Christianity would not be harmed by the poster. Were Judaism, Islam or any other religion so offensively mocked and affronted, would you have remained silent? We doubt it.

As a respectable lady and practicing Catholic, we assume that you have not been present at the Folsom Street Fair to witness the rampant public nudity, street orgies and perverse sexual extravagances that are allowed to occur there, on San Francisco's blocked-off city streets, without police intervention. We give you the benefit of doubt that you are not fully aware of what actually takes place.

Nevertheless, it's time for San Francisco's cover-up to end. Decent Americans can no longer remain silent about this outrageous, licentious and egregious conduct and illegal, flaunting behavior that insults basic decency. Radical sexual activists, pandering politicians and complicit media can no longer disguise and misrepresent reality. The truth is out.

We are, of course, aware that both you and San Francisco city government pride yourselves in the city's (misdefined) reputation for "tolerance." Paradoxically, it has been widely reported that when Christian, military and other advocates of traditional values voice their views (such as the 2006 "BattleCry" Christian youth rally), they have been protested, threatened, condemned by city officials, and even assaulted by unrestrained opponents. Where was San Francisco's much-vaunted "tolerance" on those occasions?

In your October 6 speech before the homosexual lobby group Human Rights Campaign (portions of which we will show on Wednesday, December 5th at the National Press Club), you said:

"People always say it is easy for me ... to be out front on these issues because San Francisco is so tolerant. Tolerant? It's not about tolerance. It's about respect. It's about the respect we have for each other. It's about the pride we take in our community. That sentiment is now spreading across America."

Should the profane, disgusting and bigoted behaviors we witnessed in your district in San Francisco be "tolerated" by the rest of America? How much tolerance is too much tolerance? Are you proud of the Folsom event? Should the rest of America tolerate public nudity and homosexual orgies on their city streets? Where was the "respect" for people of faith who saw their Lord blasphemed by Folsom organizers, working with the grotesquely anti-Christian Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (which was a major beneficiary of Folsom)? Notwithstanding your pandering before the partisan HRC audience of homosexual advocates, your assertions about San Francisco and failure to condemn the extreme and public perversions at Folsom impugn your veracity as a credible national leader.

After viewing what undeniably took place at a public, outdoor event in your Congressional District, as characterized above, we hope you will publicly disavow such conduct - including the "Sisters'" bigoted mocking of Christianity. As Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives -- for all Americans -- you have a national responsibility to condemn these public perversions and use your great influence to stop them from happening in the future in San Francisco. We are calling upon you to muster the necessary courage to take the leadership to which you were elected.

For more information about Americans for Truth's coverage of the Folsom Street Fair, please refer to our website at or contact us by telephone: 630-717-7631. I will be pleased to be of whatever assistance possible in accurately clarifying this important matter.

Most sincerely,

Peter LaBarbera
President, Americans For Truth

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  1. Now if only there were a fetish weekend featuring pasty closet cases with double chins... Miss LaBamba would be the grand marshall.

    Dude is a tool and a douchebag. Anyone who gives a shit what he thinks is so far beyond rational discourse that we shouldn't even worry ourselves.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 4, 2007 10:06:37 AM

  2. LaBarbara (not Streisand) claims to be an "Ex-Gay."

    He is also a leader in "Concerned Women For America."

    You do the joke while I pour myself another cup of coffee, OK?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 4, 2007 10:09:24 AM

  3. Oh, you just know all that "raw and unedited verification" makes him all hot and wet.

    Posted by: David D. | Dec 4, 2007 10:11:04 AM

  4. Is this another individual who has access to a PC and claims he's speaking for all of civil society? I reckon I'll set up the "Gays for Truth about homophobes who should get real jobs".

    With the money wasted on their crazy campaigns, how many poor children could be vaccinated, fed, clothed..?

    Oy vey!

    Posted by: Larry the Leprechaun | Dec 4, 2007 10:15:40 AM

  5. poor miss labarbera, she just can't give into her obvious obsession with homosex. she must have some wild wet dreams i'll bet. but what she really needs is to be put in a sling, lube her ass real good, and get worked on by a bevy of hot, sweaty and muscled dildo wielding leather daddies. not only would it be an act of theraputic mercy but it would also put a stop to all this nonsense.

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 4, 2007 10:19:00 AM

  6. Andy, I trust you'll do the responsible thing and post the video here for all to see.

    Knowledge is power, people.

    (Do parents really bring their kids? That's fucked up.)

    Posted by: Rodolfo | Dec 4, 2007 10:30:48 AM

  7. Since we all know S&M and other fetish related sexual behavior is not just a "Gay" thing I do hope someone with good editing skills will make the straight version. It's just as prevalent and not just in San Francisco.

    Posted by: Pugzz | Dec 4, 2007 10:45:28 AM

  8. He's so offended by the parody of the Last Supper painting, but he doesn't event know the correct respectable way to refer to the original artist.

    If using only one name, it is "Leonardo", not just DaVinci as "da vinci" just tells you where Leonardo is from. Picky, I know, but it goes to show how deep his knowledge and research actually go.

    Posted by: Gregg | Dec 4, 2007 11:15:03 AM

  9. I wish we lived in a tolerant society where we could all have our freedom of expression without consequences. HOWEVER, we do not...The gay community must distance itself from the fetish community just as we dumped the pedophile group NAMBLA if we ever want to get into the mainstream of politics and American life. If we insist on including the fringe elements, ie, transvestities, fetishists, pedophiles, we will stay on the outside looking in and never get equal marriage, ENDA, or equal rights in the military.

    Is Focus on the Family funding the Folsum event?

    Posted by: wtf | Dec 4, 2007 11:42:22 AM

  10. Oh, right on, WTF. I can't wait to shop at the Gap and drive a Ford Taurus and live in a suburban tract home that has pretty brick work on the front and cheap siding on all the other side. I'll take my white partner to Applebee's for dinner once weekly, and make pretty homosex in the missionary position with the lights off. Maybe after that we can pray to Jesus to forgive us for what we've done, and to help us be accepted by all the other boring, white, middle class, unimaginative, boxed-in straight (or straight-appearing) people. My goal should be to spend my life in a state of generalized torpor in a low-ceilinged room reading USA Today.

    Please. Our rights have nothing to do with the fetishists. The people who would deny us our rights are denying them because they think we're all going to hell. That includes boring white-collar professionals.

    The thing we (as a society, not as homos) need to distance ourselves from is fundamentalist religion.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 4, 2007 11:55:28 AM

  11. With that gay-face and a name like LaBarbera, this guy needs to tread lightly! What a Mo!

    Posted by: Wayne | Dec 4, 2007 11:55:39 AM

  12. ...well said brian, very well said....*applause ,(with NO sarcasm included),*

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Dec 4, 2007 12:05:27 PM

  13. Gee, conservatives are soooooo obsessed with gay men, gay customs and gay sex, aren't they? I mean, OBSESSED! They talk about gay fetishes more than gays do. What's the deal? It's like the conservatives' "answer" to wikipedia, conservapedia. The top 10 searches on conservapedia are concerned with alleged gay sex--mostly "gay" sexually-transmitted diseases. Expect some new statistics by the Heritage Foundation to pop up on the conservative "shout" shows (Fox, H&C, Rushie-Poo, etc.) that will show how gays and their sexual "habits" are dangerous to America. You know, I'm beginning to think that the only good evangelical wing-nut is a dead, evangelical wing-nut.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 4, 2007 12:06:28 PM

  14. What we need to start doing is getting videos of Mardi Gras, spring break, etc. to show journalists how nasty and perverted those sin-laden breeder-folk are.

    Posted by: shane | Dec 4, 2007 12:06:43 PM

  15. Gee, conservatives are soooooo obsessed with gay men, gay customs and gay sex, aren't they? I mean, OBSESSED! They talk about gay fetishes more than gays do. What's the deal? It's like the conservatives' "answer" to wikipedia, conservapedia. The top 10 searches on conservapedia are concerned with alleged gay sex--mostly "gay" sexually-transmitted diseases. Expect some new statistics by the Heritage Foundation to pop up on the conservative "shout" shows (Fox, H&C, Rushie-Poo, etc.) that will show how gays and their sexual "habits" are dangerous to America. You know, I'm beginning to think that the only good evangelical wing-nut is a dead, evangelical wing-nut.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 4, 2007 12:08:06 PM

  16. What about Burning Man? That's really a showcase.

    LaB is ex-gay? That explains why he went personally to film the fair.

    People bring their kids??? Alas, such a demonstration of lack of judgment probably is indicative of general parental incompetence that closing down the fair won't fix.

    I do expect though that pressure will be put on the fair to cool it with the nudity and sex, just like fetish gatherings in other cities.

    Posted by: anon ( | Dec 4, 2007 12:08:12 PM

  17. Hrm, this man clearly did NOT do his homework. Dorey Alley Street Fair is where the real action is. Folsom is now for the hipsters and tourists!

    Posted by: maradeath | Dec 4, 2007 12:14:49 PM

  18. i wholeheartedly agree with you brian but personally i don't mind going to hell because bette davis, tallulah bankhead, and johnny carson will be there.

    Posted by: the queen | Dec 4, 2007 12:19:10 PM

  19. @ anon,

    Yeah, some straight couples brought there kids. Pushed 'em around in strollers. But that Catholic site that put up the pictures of Folsom used a 3-4 year old picture of a gay couples kids, none at all of the straight couples. They carefully left out all the pictures of straight fetishists (except one where to man was the "slave", how un-natural, a woman in control!) and showed all gays. Folsom is not exclusively gay fetish, it is fetish, period, whether you're gay, straight, or bi.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Dec 4, 2007 12:19:32 PM

  20. Sorry, bad grammer, but you get what I mean, right?

    Posted by: Wheezy | Dec 4, 2007 12:20:53 PM

  21. Is anyone else concerned that events like the one he is showcasing really damages our credibility as a gay community? It is like the pride events that showcase a bunch of people taking "pride" in themselves by letting their sexuality rather than their personalities take center stage.
    I am not some prude but I have lived enough to know that it is our similarities which bring us together and our differences that divide us. To get these people to shut up and see us as brothers and sisters, we need to give them something more positive to talk about.

    Posted by: tate | Dec 4, 2007 12:26:51 PM

  22. Isn't this just special? I expect at least some in here to say "This isn't the truth about homosexuality." I expected SOME to express disgust with PUBLIC displays of sexual activity. I expected decent people here to condemn this kind of thing that paints all gay people as sexual deviants.

    But no.

    What is wrong with you? First you take delight in calling Ben Johnson all the names you probably hated when you were young and kids thought you were gay. All those comments at Wonkette and Americablog are full of tolerance! Is it ok to make gay jokes if your a Democrat?

    I'm a conservative, I know gay conservatives. People like the ones at this fair makes them sick because it it doesn't represent being gay. Or maybe you think it does?

    You should all be ashamed, not because you are gay, but because you feel you can't condemn ANY sick behavior, even if it contributes to the bigotry of gays.

    Posted by: Kathy | Dec 4, 2007 12:31:24 PM

  23. Well, thanks Tate. I guess you showed up while I was typing. Gives me some hope

    Posted by: Kathy | Dec 4, 2007 12:33:35 PM

  24. Kathy, take the stick out of your ass. What the hell are you doing cruising gay sites anyway? There are plenty of sexually unusual festivals focusing on straights. There are very few for gays. People are allowed to have sex whenever they like, with whomever they like, in as many different ways as they like... as long as it's between two (or more) consenting adult participants and doesn't harm anyone else. Just because you think it's sick doesn't mean we all should. The thing that created and continues to contribute to bigotry against gay people is the nasty judgemental behavior from self-righteous religious bigots. I'm not saying you're one of them, but you're sure sounding like one right now.

    And no, it's not okay to make gay jokes if you're a Democrat. It's okay to make SOME gay jokes if you're GAY, sweetie.

    Perhaps you'd be more comfortable cruising I can guarantee you won't be offended by any sexual behavior on that site.

    Posted by: Brian | Dec 4, 2007 12:41:17 PM

  25. The Folsom Street Fair happens to be the 3rd largest fair in the state of California behind the Rose Parade and the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. It attracts hundreds of thousands of people who bring millions and millions of dollars in to San Francisco's business coffers. This kind of "condemnation" is just going to make it all that much more "controversial" and bring out more folks next year.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 4, 2007 12:49:34 PM

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