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PHOTOS: It Was All Skin & Leather And Little Else At Folsom Street Fair


An estimated 400,000 libertine types crowded the streets of San Francisco last weekend for the annual kaleidoscope of kink known as the Folsom Street Fair, the world’s biggest leather event. The fair included the usual assortment of sadomasochistic flair, including men and women donning leather dog masks and being led around on leashes, pulling carts, crawling around in cages or writhing around in giant cribs wearing adult diapers and, well, nothing else.

We can hardly wait until next year!

Scroll down for a peek at the shenanigans, and see the full kinky album over at GayCities…




Photo credit: Crowd Album

Confirmed: Pope Francis Personally Told Kim Davis To Keep On Fighting The Good Fight

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.51.22 AMIf there was any confusion left about the great progressive Pope Francis, consider this: The Vatican has confirmed that Francis met with Kim Davis, summoning her to Washington, D.C. where he gave her a hug and thanked her for her “courage.”

Later that day his holiness told a reporter that, “conscientious objection is a right, even for government officials,” publicly legitimizing Davis’ saga.

“He told me, before he left, he said ‘stay strong,'” Davis recounted to ABC News, “and that was a great encouragement just knowing that the Pope is on track with what we’re doing, and agreeing. It kind of validates everything.”

Francis left her with rosary and a “renewed commitment to her cause.” So the next time you feel fed up with the little county clerk that could, you can write a postcard to the Vatican to express your gratitude.

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“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to do whatever it takes, even jail,” she continued. “It’s still the same battle, we just have some more fighting with us now.”

And while Francis was immediately whisked off to foreign lands, the rest of us are stuck here with a reenergized Davis. Thanks, Pope. Thanks.

This is the same Pope who previously said, “If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge…it is not right to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.”

Related: Pope Francis Makes Dimwitted Statement About The Sanctity Of Marriage, Angers Gay Catholics

Faith standing up to man’s law is nothing new — Sophocles’ 2500-year-old Antigone comes to mind first, well before that whole Jesus story was invented. To brush up your eleventh grade English class, Antigone defies the king’s law in order to pursue a respectable burial for her brother, who the state considered a traitor.

The difference, of course, is Antigone’s motivation is rooted in love. She favors the will of the gods (whatever that is) over the law of man in order to honor her brother, not to dishonor the love of couples seeking recognition like Davis. And — spoiler alert — it doesn’t end so well for Antigone.

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What will Davis have to say when she looks back on this ordeal ten years from now? Where’s the honor?

“I met the pope once, kids, and he told me I should keep discriminating against the gays.”

Man accused of keeping 12 male sex slaves, branding them with tattoos

Sean Crumpler's mugshotAccording to sources, he "hunted" for victims on Grindr, specifically targeting homeless youth or young men in desperate need of assistance.

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Man Accused Of Keeping 12 Male Sex Slaves, Branding Them With Tattoos

635784645100175999-Crumpler-2c-Sean-Travis-111266-Aurora-sex-trafficing-of-a-minorA Colorado man is accused of housing up to as many as dozen male runaways, offering them room and board in exchange for bareback sex and allegedly branding at least one of them with a tattoo.

48-year-old Sean Crumpler (pictured) of Aurora, CO has been charged with 12 counts related to sex trafficking. According to sources, he “hunted” for victims on Grindr, specifically targeting homeless youth or young men in desperate need of assistance.

Related: Brave Man Speaks About The Horrors Of Being A Gay Sex Slave

In an interview with FOX31-TV, a 23-year-old man whose identity has not been released, said his 20-year-old ex-boyfriend was one of Crumpler’s victims. The 20-year-old met Crumpler when he was just 16 and eventually got a tattoo of a bird with the word “Sean” underneath.

“He told me that it was because they were supposed to get it,” the 23-year-old explained, “and because it kept away all the other ‘sugar daddies’ when they are out partying or at the club.”

Though the 23-year-old admits he never met Crumpler personally, he visited the house on occasion. According to local police and the FBI, as many as a dozen males between the ages of 16 and 21 were living there rent-free in exchange for bareback sex with Crumpler.

Related: Leader Of Gay Sex Slave Ring Faces 155 Years In Prison For Making Men Hump For 20 Hours A Day

“Most of the time when Sean was away,” the 23-year-old explained. “They’d have other guys over and have sex with them, but when Sean was there, they were forced to have sex with whoever he said.”

According to the 23-year-old, when the men weren’t engaging in sex, they spent their time playing video games, watching TV and posting homemade amateur porn online.

In the arrest affidavit, one of the victims said he knew “Crumpler is HIV-positive” but that safe sex was not practiced in the house.

“The young gentleman that I met with said some of the other boys were HIV positive but they were taking medication to suppress it,” the 23-year-old told FOX31-TV. “They don’t realize they’re victims. They think he’s there to help them.”

Crumpler, who owns a motel in Thailand, had his passport revoked at a court hearing earlier this week. The judge also forbid him for using the Internet for anything other than “work-related duties and responsibilities.” He will return to court for a preliminary hearing on November 23.

Related: Three Gay Hungarian Men Freed After Horrifying Years As Forced Sex Slaves

Radio host comes out to conservative audience

Joe VotrubaJoe Votruba made the announcement on the air of New Jersey 101.5, the largest FM talk radio station in America.

Pope Francis allegedly has secret meeting with Kim Davis, tells her to “stay strong”

Kim Davis"It was really very humbling to even think that he would want to meet me or know me," Davis said in an interview with ABC.

Two Guys Hit The Open Road To Relive James Dean’s Last Day

wpppSix decades after James Dean shuffled off this mortal coil, the actor remains as vivid an icon to individuality and rebelliousness as he was before that fateful afternoon of September 30, 1955. Despite having seen him in just one film, East of Eden (Rebel Without a Cause and Giant would be released posthumously), youthful audiences eager to watch people like themselves on the screen had turned the charismatic 24-year-old actor into a major star. When the Porsche Spyder he was driving to a race in Salinas, California was struck by a 1950 Ford Custom Tudor Coupe driven by 23-year-old local Donald Turnupseed, Dean was blasted into immortality. Since then, the actor’s memory has been kept alive by countless tell-alls, biopics, documentaries, magazine articles and fan worship across the globe. Each year on the anniversary of his death, thousands of people from around the world make a pilgrimage to Fairmount, Indiana, Dean’s hometown, to see where their idol grew up.

Queerty’s managing editor Jeremy Kinser and filmmaker Heath Daniels met at a fancy-ish soiree in the hills above Hollywood three years ago and became instant pals when they realized they had a lot in common (some things that can’t be shared here), including a strong, nearly lifelong affinity for Dean. The two recently decided to recreate the actor’s final day as accurately as possible and took photos of all the major stops along the way.

Scroll down to join them on their road trip.


9:20 a.m. We begin at 14611 Sutton St. in Sherman Oaks, a quiet thoroughfare just a few blocks from bustling Ventura Boulevard. Dean’s rustic A-frame log cabin (above left) is long gone, rumored to have burned down decades ago. In its place is an expansive and rather posh modern residence behind a secure gate designed to keep out looky-loos like us.

last breakfast

9:55 a.m. We arrive at the 1200 block of Vine St. in Hollywood. Before he hit the road to head north out of L.A., Dean met photographer and friend Sanford Roth at Competition Motors then stopped for donuts and coffee at Hollywood Ranch Market across the street. As proof that nothing lasts forever in Hollywood, Competition Motors is now an Armenian banquet hall and the Ranch Market is home to high-end Mexican eatery El Pollo Loco.


We need breakfast and decide Huevos Rancheros probably isn’t a good idea before a long road trip so we walk to nearby Winchell’s Donut House. We order two crullers. Keenly aware of our own muffin tops barely camouflaged by oversized T-shirts, we each took a bite to honor Jimmy and then tossed the rest of the carb crazy breakfast in the trash on the sidewalk.


10:30 a.m. We get back in the car and head north on Highway 101. To help while away the driving time we made a Spotify playlist with more than four hours of tunes we imagine Dean might have listened to during the early 1950s. The first song we hear is, appropriately, “Earth Angel” by The Penguins. We decide this is a good omen.

gas station

10:45 a.m. Corner of Beverly Glen and Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks. We snapped selfies in front of what is now a car wash and flower shop where Dean was famously photographed getting gas. We wondered how many of the waiting customers realized the historical significance of this location. Probably zero.


11:10 a.m. It feels as if we’ve been driving for days weeks. There’s nothing but drab gray highway and sun-scorched brown hills for miles in the distance. We decide we hate road trips. Whose idea was this anyhow? 


12:25 p.m. Spotify has now played “Come On-A My House” three times. WTF? We decide we can’t listen to anymore Rosemary Clooney. We begin to ask each other searingly personal questions, such as “What’s your favorite Brenda Vaccaro movie?” and “Which was your favorite episode of Laverne and Shirley?”

ticket pole

1:16 p.m. Near Bakersfield. A notorious speed demon, Dean had been issued a ticket just south of Bakersfield, a lively SoCal metropolis. Kidding. We exit the 5 freeway near the Mettler Station junction and take surface streets past many miles of fruit trees searching for the exact location where Dean was cited. Heath makes a bad joke about getting lost among fruit trees. Jeremy begins singing along to yet another Rosemary Clooney tune. We look for a telephone pole with the metal letters “DEAN” affixed to it that signifies the spot where Dean was pulled over by a cop. Some monster swiped the “D” as a morbid souvenir, but some considerate soul has nailed a flyer for the James Dean Last Drive event that will takes place on September 30. We realize that we aren’t the only James Dean freaks in SoCal.
BC2:38 p.m. We arrive at Blackwells Corner, where Dean made his last stop at what was then a small roadside café, but is now a convenience store/demented tourist attraction. The giant standup replica of Dean’s famous Rebel pose is a harbinger for what awaits us inside. 
Fudge Factory!! We couldn’t have made this up. The clerk in the convenience store has no idea why we’re laughing so hard.
This replica of a ’50s diner is plenty authentic. Well, except for the life-size James Dean look-alike doll holding a machine gun.
What an evocative mural. Let’s see, there’s Elvis, Marilyn, Dean…and, um…is that Richard Burton? Johnny Cash? We’re perplexed.
And despite the neon “open” sign, the diner is closed weekends. We were both really craving an authentic chocolate malt, too. Heath settles for a Diet Pepsi, while Jeremy bravely munches on a package of cheese-and-crackers that expired in 2014.
Behold the north end of Blackwells Corner. They’re really proud of that fudge factory.
3:35 p.m. Cholame, California. We arrive at the James Dean memorial, which is an abstract steel monument erected next to a tree in the small gravel parking lot of the Jack Ranch Cafe. We’d been told that the metal was originally designed as a mirror to reflect the site of the intersection where Dean crashed with Turnupseed, which is just a few hundred feet away, but time has dimmed its luster. A couple of local fans have set up shop in front to sell a random collection of souvenirs, including vintage paperback biographies, fan club newsletters and, curiously, a floor plan of the Cholame post office.
3:50 p.m. We walk into the cafe, which is another virtual shrine to Dean, and order sandwiches. The waiter notices Jeremy’s tattoos and asks if he’s Mexican. Heath laughs. Jeremy becomes tongue-tied as he struggles for a p.c. way to say he’s American.


5:05 p.m. We pulled to the side of the road near where Dean collided with Turnupseed. The intersection of Route 46 and Route 41 was officially dedicated as the James Dean Memorial Junction on September 30, 2005, as part of the State of California’s official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dean’s death.


5:25 p.m. We begin our return to L.A. The drive back seems even longer. We feel a bit melancholy that we’re doing something Dean didn’t live to do. We try to lighten the mood by turning highways exits into names for ’50s movie starlets. We create Buttonwillow McKittrick and Pumpkin Lamont and make up exciting back stories for them. Thanks to ever-hideous L.A. traffic, we eventually arrive home at 9:45 p.m. 


No matter what the future holds, we’ll always have Blackwells Corner.

15 Times You Made Queerty Go Viral

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 1.34.07 PMQueerty is growing up. Or rather, our three-year growth spurt has caught up with us, and now that we’ve found a snazzy new pair of shoes that fit just right, we’re ready to embark on a new adventure.

But we’ll dispense with the metaphors.

Q.Digital announced today that it will consolidate five outstanding media propertiesQueerty, LGBTQNation, GayCities, Dragaholic and Bilerico Project — to create the largest global LGBTQ online media publisher.

Last month, these sites’ combined traffic surpassed Here Media as well as that of Gay Ad Network. So, it’s like kind of a big deal. In the process, we’ve caused a stir, called out our heroes and had thoughtful conversations about important issues. 

With more than five million uniques each month, Queerty is the most popular LGBTQ editorial site in the world.

So, thanks! As cliché as it sounds, we couldn’t have done it without you.

In return, we vow to bring you more of the stories you love, even if we ruffle more than a few feathers in the process.

We’ve caused a stir with exclusive and outrageous stories that reach millions of readers:

Kim Davis’ Marriage History Explained In One Handy Flowchart

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Here’s The Internal Document The Salvation Army Doesn’t Want You To See


Grindr Screenshots Reveal Antigay Pastor Is A Top Who Likes To Cuddle

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The World’s First Gay Police Wedding Happened In Spain Over The Weekend


Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly, The Better The Lover


Called out the unsung heroes:

Restaurant Owner Shuts Down Homophobe On Facebook, Gets Huge Boost In Business


Dad Accidentally Discovers His Teenage Son Is Gay And Handles It Like A Real Man


Students Drown Out Antigay Hate Preacher With Inspiring Love Ballad


This Kid’s Rap About Transgender Acceptance Is Just Plain Perfect

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High School Jock Comes Out By Slow Dancing With The Homecoming King


And sparked thoughtful conversations on topics that matter to us:

GOP Debate Proves Candidates Still See Bashing Gays As A Winning Issue


Will Gay Identity Really Disappear Now That We Have Marriage Equality?

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Guys Over 50 Are Super Sexy And Here’s The Proof

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Antigay Store Owner Hawking “No Gays Allowed” Hats And Bumper Stickers


Gay Couple Denied Marriage License AGAIN: “These People Are Cruel”


We can’t wait to see what comes next, and we’re happy you’ll be by our side along the way — for the laughs, the chatter, and yes, even the long, exacerbated sighs.

Radio Host Comes Out On Air To Conservative Audience, World Continues Spinning

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 4.17.21 PMLate last week, a largely conservative New Jersey radio audience found out some key new information about an on-air personality they’d come to know over the last four years — he’s gay.

Joe Votruba made the announcement on the air of New Jersey 101.5, the largest FM talk radio station in America, where he’s an afternoon show producer and writer. During a chat about whether or not it’s a good idea to stay friends with your exes, Joe opted to ditch the gender-neutral pronouns and cut right to the truth. Well done, Joe.

In an email to Queerty, Joe wrote:

I think the people who listen to our show will accept me. The audience and I have had four years to get to know each other. Part of my job is to deliver a young, fresh perspective. As a 25 year old with progressive beliefs and knowledge of issues that affect older and younger generations, I already stick out like a sore thumb on the air. This is just something else about me that is unique and I look forward to being able to share this aspect of my life. In addition to talking about all things that go on in and around New Jersey, my goal is to bring awareness of internal and external issues that affect the LGBT community to the forefront and discuss these topics in an open forum setting.

He followed it up with a post on Facebook:

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 4.27.26 PMJoe later told us that, although not everyone has been supportive, the response has mostly been even better than he’d hoped: 

I’ve received an incredible amount of support and acceptance since sharing the news with our audience. It’s truly been overwhelming. Of course I’ve also heard from people who do not support me or simply don’t think homosexuality is worthy of conversation… and that’s ok. It’s important for those opinions to be seen and heard as the push for gay acceptance continues.

You can listen to his announcement below:

For the record, it is possible to stay friends with your exes, but good luck with that.