Who We Are

We are the people behind the largest outdoor LGBTQA+ fetish/kink event east of the Mississippi.

Since 1997, the Folsom Street East street festival has been an annual highlight of the global fetish/kink calendar — an in-your-face, sex- and body-positive shared space on the streets of New York City for all to enjoy!

Mission Statement

Folsom Street East, Inc. celebrates and inspires participation and pride in fetish, kink, and LGBTQ communities through the creation of safe spaces for public expression of our sexual identities. Folsom Street East promotes and provides grants to other nonprofit organizations serving these communities.

Vision Statement

  • We envision a world where sexual self-discovery and fulfillment is supported by an environment that is safe, sane, and affirming.
  • We envision a world where access to a diversity of fetish/kink community spaces is expanded and fear of stigma and negative repercussions are diminished.
  • We envision a world where all people are empowered to challenge sexual norms and embrace and add to a broad spectrum of sexual identities and expressions.

Recognition

2016 New York City Anti-Violence Project Community Hero Award

Our Archive

Documents and objects relating to the history of Folsom Street East are held by the LGBT Community Center’s National History Archive located in New York City.  Please contact the Archive directly for research purposes.

Annual Reports

Board of Directors

With the support of over 100 volunteers each year, Folsom Street East’s Board of Directors works year-round to produce fundraising events in aid of nonprofits serving New York City’s fetish/kink, LGBTQ+, and HIV-affected communities.

  • Robert Lopez, President
  • Witti Repartee, Vice President
  • Dick DeWilde, Treasurer
  • Rudy Flesher, Secretary
  • Matt Johnson, President Emeritus
  • Q Darqwolf, At-Large
  • Andrew Harwin, At-Large
  • Heysha Nameri, At-Large
  • Dax Volpe, At-Large

Folsom Street East

Since 1997, the Folsom Street East street festival has been an annual highlight of the global fetish/kink calendar — an in-your-face, sex- and body-positive shared space on the streets of New York City for all to enjoy!

Our Mission

Folsom Street East, Inc. celebrates and inspires participation and pride in fetish, kink, and LGBTQ communities through the creation of safe spaces for public expression of our sexual identities. Folsom Street East promotes and provides grants to other nonprofit organizations serving these communities.

We envision a world…

  • where sexual self-discovery and fulfillment is supported by an environment that is safe, sane, and affirming.
  • where access to a diversity of fetish/kink community spaces is expanded and fear of stigma and negative repercussions are diminished.
  • where all people are empowered to challenge sexual norms and embrace and add to a broad spectrum of sexual identities and expressions.

Recognized

New York City Anti-Violence Project

 Community Hero Award

2016

Folsom Street East Annual Reports

Meet our Board of Directors

Robert Lopez

President

 

Witti Repartee

Vice President

 

Dick Dewilde

Treasurer

 

Rudy flesher

Secretary

 

matt johnson

President Emeritus

 

q darqwolf

At-Large

 

andrew harwin

At-Large

 

heysha nameri

At-Large

 

dax volpe

At-Large