SAN FRANCISCO: Venue Owner Responds To Party Protest By “Gay Shame”

Last Saturday about 150 members of the activist group Gay Shame protested outside a prison-themed circuit party in San Francisco. Several members of the group were arrested. On Friday the owner of the party’s venue issued a video statement. Via SFist;

Kink CEO Peter Acworth has released a video statement giving his side of the events, and expressing regrets that anyone had to be arrested. He makes clear that Kink is not looking to press any charges against anyone. But in the video, it is clear that some protesters were more in search of a fight than others. The video above shows protesters moving metal barricades that had been set up to corral arriving partygoers in an entry line, and several barricades being moved into 14th Street in order to block oncoming car traffic. In one moment, you can hear someone shout, “We’re here, we’re queer, we will fuck you up!” There is, however, no footage of anything being thrown or any guards being assaulted — Acworth says that one of the guards was punched and one of the protesters arrested, Prisca Carpenter, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats against a life, as well as resisting arrest.