Hola. ¿Qué tal? Mi amigo went to the Folsom Street Fair (FSF) this past Domingo/Sunday and below is his report:
When I arrived, I asked what is going on here? For the first two hours of the fair there were a lot of straight couples there. I saw some straight make-out scenes and hand-holding. I’d never seen this at the Folsom Street Fair before. It doesn’t happen. At one of the booths, there were two guys making out and one of the guys had his hand in the other guy’s pants. Nothing unusual about that at FSF. However, three straights couples saw these two guys making out and one straight couple said to the others with bugged-out eyes and with their hand covering their wide-open mouths in shock:
“This is just wrong. This is disgustingly wrong.”
I began to wonder if Folsom Street Fair were turning into a bigoted straight fair. Witnessing this anti-gay bigotry quickly brought to mind what you and I have talked about many times and that’s the “Gays Can Now Live Anywhere” lie that GLBTQs have been repeating after each other, because this anti-Queer bigotry was happening right in front of me in San Francisco at a traditionally Queer event.
Soon after that incident, the straights seem to leave and the usual FSF went ahead as usual. The weather was extremely hot and humid for awhile, unusually hot. The hot temperatures may have helped to drive the straight bigots away. I was wondering why they were there? Were they residents of the luxury condos that have sprung up in the area? Did they just happen to be leaving their luxury condos at the time that the fair was getting underway?
There were more females taking part in the FSF this year. I’d say 40% of the people there were females. I saw some phone addiction but nothing like it was at Dore Alley 2015. I arrived early and when I first arrived I noticed that the straights were already drinking beer, but the gay guys were not. It took probably at least an hour to slowly walk the entire length of the fair. There were lots of nude females or partial nudity and partial nude guys with their dick hanging out of their jeans. I only saw one of the original naked guys there. Maybe he’s the last holdout of that small group of nude guys that we somehow needed a permanent city-wide nudity ban for, even though it was just a temporary flash in the pan that the conservatives made such a big deal about.
The main word I heard people speak at the fair was the word “like.” The word “like” was epidemic. I’ve never heard it that bad. That’s all I heard there. I heard people say:
I was like with him like
The stupidest sounding people. They can’t talk with each other without constantly saying the word “like.” By listening to people’s conversations, you’d conclude this is the dumbest country on the planet.
Going to the fair from the Castro and coming back I had expected the metro to be packed. It wasn’t. It looked like the people who went to the fair either live east or west of the Castro. Other than a few people that got on at Castro, it was as if no one from the Castro went. Or there are very few gay people living in the Castro now, or they’ve become too conservative to go to FSF. The metro train I was on coming back was packed, but they didn’t get off a Castro. Sometimes you and I see long lines at some of the gay bars in the Castro, but as we’ve suspected before they’re probably visitors and don’t live here.
Muchísimas gracias mi amigo: First, just to remind readers that San Francisco’s backward, ridiculous and prudish city-wide nudity ban — authored by a conservative gay asshole with body image issues — does not apply to the Folsom Street Fair.
My question about these “straight” assholes is: (Sigh) Why were they there and had they never heard anything about San Francisco and its past reputation before they moved here? (Assuming they live here). Where the fuck have they been not to know what goes on especially at the Folsom Street Fair? And do these bigots expect the Queers now to change to accommodate their bigoted way of thinking? The Castro has already been sanitised by conservative assholes and their merchant friends. Do they want to sanitise this one-day-a-year event too? They can fuck off! I can’t stand scum like them.
As for the “straight” make-out scenes (UGH!) and their perfunctory required hand-holding routine, I have to say they consistently look so insecure with themselves and their “relationship.” Tall him and short her have to pause on the sidewalk — in the middle of the sidewalk in people’s way — because she demands attention and affection right then and there. And they love to put on a show for people (especially for Queer boys). With these “straight” couples, the self-absorbed, needy and subservient-behaving chauvinistic female (she’s always walking one-half step behind the dominant guy) needs her hand held 24 hours a day by the guy (who she sees as daddy?) otherwise she goes ballistic and into a public emotional meltdown complete with a tsunami of tears followed by being an emotional wreck, and usually over something very trivial. The “straights” certainly have been well brainwashed with that behaviour haven’t they? (Yes, they have.) I and mis amigos see it all the time, unfortunately. As I’ve said before, corporate television is also full of heteronormative programming where that behaviour I just described is saturated in programmes.
By contrast, from what I’ve seen, we Queers aren’t that desperately needy or insecure with each other and our relationships. And Queers are also usually around the same height (we don’t have this tall (him)/short (her) thing going on). But these “straights!” UGH. Chau.—el barrio rosa