Dore Alley: Cops Eject Haters,
No Sex, Pics Galore
Not even five minutes after I threw some bucks into the donation bucket at one of the entrances to today's Dore Alley Fair, a handful of (real) cops marched directly at me, with lots of consternation on their faces. All I had done at that point was get my camera ready, but I quickly saw why the cops were upset.
A crew of well-built men, black and white, pushing Jesus on huge banners, wearing Christian t-shirts and waving bibles in the air, were attempting to parade through the fair and the cops were trying to force them into an officially-designated "free speech zone."
As someone who has been corralled into such zones, I didn't like the SFPD and fair organizers attempting to restrict the assembly and speech rights on the streets. A compromise was soon reached, allowing the haters to parade down Folsom Street, as long as they left the fair.
That flare up attracted little attention and everyone got one with the business of the day - showing and appreciating lots of male flesh. Here are a few pics from the day.
COPS DEAL WITH JESUS FREAKS
CUBS SCOUTING FOR A GOOD TIME
FUR, ON MATURE BEEF
YOUNG BEEFY GUYS
NO PUBLIC SEX SIGNS
In years past, the sidewalk next to the Powerhouse's exit on Dore Alley, right off Folsom Street, was the spot for consensual public sex and watersports play among adult males. No more. The fair's security booth, along with at least one SF police department officer, occupied a good chuck of the sidewalk and street by the exit. And plenty of "no oral sex" and "no pissing" sign were plastered on the bar's exterior wall.