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|Atlanta Eagle raid makes impact on S.F. Folsom Street Fair|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|July 30, 2010 13:22|
The Sept. 10, 2009, police raid on the gay bar the Atlanta Eagle is making an impact across the country in San Francisco as the city’s Folsom Street Fair is paying tribute to the raid as well as a police raid on a Texas gay bar with its 2010 poster.
The fetish fair’s poster, set for Sept. 26, depicts a police lineup of colorful characters wearing a variety of bondage and leather gear.
“This year’s Folsom Street Fair poster is intended to draw attention to the ongoing discrimination and persecution facing consenting adults who practice BDSM,” Demetri Moshoyannis, the organization’s executive director, told the Bay Area Reporter.
“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this poster because it maintains the tradition of our trademark cutting-edge commentary on our community within the broader society.”
The poster also was inspired by last June’s raid on the The Rainbow Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The Folsom Street Fair’s posters are considered collectible items.
Today, one of the patrons of the Atlanta Eagle the night it was raided is asking Eagle bars across the country to hold a day of remembrance on Sept. 10.
“It is my sincere hope that you and your establishments might hold a day of remembrance on Friday, September 10th, 2010, perhaps get word out to your local gay media and bring some national attention back to things here in Atlanta,” Johnnie Curran writes in a letter he intends to send to Eagle owners.
Top photo: Folsom Street Fair poster (courtesy photo)
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