San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair To Be “Held Virtually”

The SFist reports:

It’s official: Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fair will continue on as digital events for 2020, with plans underway to champion each happening’s celebrated sex-positivity and sense of community — from behind a screen. It doesn’t take having a Ph.D. in epidemiology to realize that now’s not an opportune time to plan large-scale physical gatherings, especially those where consensual groping is normal.

In a shock to maybe no one, the 2020 Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fair festivals in July and September, along with all “related events” produced by Folsom Street Events (FSE), will shift to virtual happenings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the “ethical” and “responsible” thing to do; no amount of sun-warmed leather is worth a potentially serious case of viral pneumonia. FSE has long advocated for the health of LGBTQ+ community members and this decision sits in line with that legacy.