Who We Are
We are the people behind the largest outdoor LGBTQ and Allied Kink-Fetish Festival east of the Mississippi.
Since 1997 the street festival has been a highlight of hte leather, fetish, kink calendar here in New York City taking place out in the open whare anyone and everyone can see the in your face, sex positive, body positive, shared space that we have created/
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.
- 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.
2016 New York City Anti-Violence Project Community Hero Award
The history of Folsom Street East, Inc. is collected by The LGBT Community Center National History Archive located at The LGBT Community Center in New York City. Please contact the Archive directly for research purposes.
Fiscal Year 2016 Fiscal Year 2015 Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2013 Please note all reports are available through the Archive. We are working toward their availability on our website. Thank you for your patience.
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 for New York City’s fetish/kink and LGBTQ communities in aid of local community nonprofits. Robert Lopez, President Witti Repartee, Vice President Dick DeWilde, Treasurer Rudy Flesher, Secretary Matt Johnson, President Emeritus Ed Davis, At-Large Q Darqwolf, At-Large, Andrew Harwin,At-Large Heysha Nameri, At-Large Dax Volpe, At-Large