And we were. I was arrested three times. To any LGBT American under 40, that could very well be life under a Stalinist client state, or a story set in some distant galaxy. Over the last ten years, giant leaps in queer visibility have given way to a general decline in homophobia. They can tick off dozens of shuttered spaces, recite slightly embellished tales of what wild things used to transpire in them and tell you about the friends lost to AIDS.
About Legacy Bars and Restaurants
San Francisco’s Legacy Bars and Restaurants
The best and easiest places for leathermen to meet each other were and are of course the leather bars all around the world. In the mid 's the first ones were opened. That was just after the first specifically gay motorcycle clubs were founded. According to Tony DeBlase former publisher-editor of Drummer magazine and creator of the leather flag in one of the first bars opened in Los Angeles in the mid-fifties, but by they also existed in New York and Chicago.
The Pleasure And Pain Of Gay Bars
San Francisco, birthplace of the rainbow gay pride flag, has long welcomed sexual and other minorities. It has several neighborhoods significant to LGBTQ history, including the Castro and Tenderloin, where transgender women fed up with police raids rioted in South of Market attracted the leather crowd and remains the site of gay bars and the popular Folsom Street Fair, which draws tens of thousands of people every year dressed in their bondage best.
The event started in and is California 's third-largest single-day, outdoor spectator event  and the world's largest leather event and showcase for BDSM products and culture. Although sadomasochism has been practiced for many centuries , the modern gay leather scene in the United States developed beginning in when thousands of gay servicemen were given blue discharges from service after World War II and came to the major port cities of the United States to live in gay ghettos. In , the Marlon Brando film The Wild One appeared, and some butch gays began to imitate Brando by wearing black leather jackets, a black leather cap, black leather boots and jeans and, if they could afford it, by also riding motorcycles. Navy infantry looking for same-sex sexual encounters. Folsom Street has been the center of San Francisco's men's leather community since the mids.