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Take a Look Inside Folsom Street Fair, the World’s Biggest Leather Event

Whips and cigars and puppets, oh my. Welcome to Folsom Street Fair, the famous and infamous San Francisco celebration that stands tall as the world’s largest leather event.

Founded back in 1984, the event brings together leather, BDSM, and other kink enthusiasts across the globe every September. Some have been coming to the festival for nearly the entirety of its existence. Others are newer converts, drawn into the scene out of sheer curiosity.

INTO went to Folsom to talk with attendees from all walks of life. What we found was a sense of community, of belonging. As one puppet (!) told us, for those who don’t feel they belong elsewhere: “This is where you fit in.”

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Kevin O'KeeffeKevin O'Keeffe

Kevin O'Keeffe is a writer and 'RuPaul's Drag Race' herstorian. He covers film and TV for INTO, and writes the movie review column "But How Gay Is It?" every Friday.

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