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San Francisco’s Gay Skin Festival went ahead despite California’s monkeypox state of emergency

A booth offers information about monkeypox at the 'Dore Alley' or 'Up Your Alley' fetish and leather festival on Folsom Street in San Francisco on Sunday as the viral disease continues to spread in California.  Nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the state

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Monday over the monkeypox outbreak in California, despite San Francisco hosting a gay and leather festival over the weekend – a little more than a year since children were banned from school. COVID.

California became the second state in three days to take the step after New York, and Newsom said the declaration will help state officials better coordinate a government-wide response, seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts about where people can get treatment and vaccinations. .

“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about risk reduction, and stand with the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma,” Newsom said.

A booth offers information about monkeypox at the 'Dore Alley' or 'Up Your Alley' fetish and leather festival on Folsom Street in San Francisco on Sunday as the viral disease continues to spread in California.  Nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the state

A booth offers information about monkeypox at the ‘Dore Alley’ or ‘Up Your Alley’ fetish and leather festival on Folsom Street in San Francisco on Sunday as the viral disease continues to spread in California. Nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the state

Nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in California, according to state public health officials.

But that didn’t stop the LGBTQ+ community from holding a street fair on Sunday called “Dore Alley” or “Up Your Alley,” a leather and fetish event that’s commonly compared to the Folsom Street Fair — California’s third-largest single-day, outdoor viewing event — as well as the world’s largest leather event and showcase of BDSM products and culture.

Festival officials made sure this year's venue was more spread out and hand sanitizing stations were visible

Festival officials made sure this year’s venue was more spread out and hand sanitizing stations were visible

Kinky games and street vendors of leather clothing including collars, collars, whips and bondage are commonplace at the venue, mostly attracting gay men of any demographic. A sound stage for dancing was also prepared for festival visitors.

“I like to think of it as the biggest leather block party,” executive director Angel Adeyoha told ABC 7.

But she expressed concern about the timing of this year’s festival, especially since it was held soon after the city of San Francisco declared a state of emergency on July 28 due to monkeypox.

“I don’t know if you’ve come in previous years, but you’d be melee. Obviously that is not the case now, we have made room for people,” Adeyoha told ABC 7.

In 2020, both the Up Your Alley Fair and the Folsom Fair were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the San Francisco Department of Public Health was on site to inform the local community about the viral disease and to keep them safe by adding hand sanitizing stations.

The festival was also spread out more than usual so people could move around freely.

“I think probably the riskier things in both Outside Lands and Dore Alley will be things that happen after an event or in private event spaces where people are intimate,” said UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. NBC Bay Area.

San Francisco city officials have declared a state of emergency as the monkeypox epidemic, which has so far mostly affected gay and bisexual men, continues to grow.  Pictured: A volunteer handing out leaflets about the viral disease at the 'Dore Alley' festival in San Francisco on Sunday

San Francisco city officials have declared a state of emergency as the monkeypox epidemic, which has so far mostly affected gay and bisexual men, continues to grow. Pictured: A volunteer handing out leaflets about the viral disease at the ‘Dore Alley’ festival in San Francisco on Sunday

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A volunteer working at the 'Dore Alley' festival on Sunday checks the status of a festival goer's COVID vaccine, aside from a monkey pox awareness flyer

A volunteer working at the ‘Dore Alley’ festival on Sunday checks the status of a festival goer’s COVID vaccine, aside from a monkey pox awareness flyer

Festival goers (pictured) were more spread out than usual at the 'Dore Alley' festival on Sunday compared to other years.  In 2020, the venue was canceled due to COVID

Festival goers (pictured) were more spread out than usual at the ‘Dore Alley’ festival on Sunday compared to other years. In 2020, the venue was canceled due to COVID

Monkeypox virus is spread through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact, which can include hugging, petting and kissing, as well as sharing bedding, towels and clothing. The people who have fallen ill so far have mainly been men who have sex with men, although health officials note that the virus can infect anyone.

“Public health officials are clear: stigma is unacceptable and counterproductive in the public health response,” said Michelle Gibbons, executive director of the County Health Executives Association of California. “The fact is that monkeypox is primarily spread through skin-to-skin contact and the sharing of items such as bedding or towels, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The type of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak is rarely fatal, and people usually recover within weeks. But the lesions and blisters caused by the virus are painful and can prevent swallowing or bowel movements if they are in the throat or anus.

The statement in California followed similar ones in New York state on Saturday and San Francisco on Thursday. The Newsom administration said Friday that it was too early to make such a statement.

After urging Newsom to make such a statement, state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-SF) welcomed the governor’s decision.

“The monkeypox outbreak is an emergency and we need to use every tool we have to get it under control,” Wiener said.

A man holds a sign calling for increased access to the monkeypox vaccine during a protest in San Francisco on July 18

A man holds a sign calling for increased access to the monkeypox vaccine during a protest in San Francisco on July 18

Newsom’s proclamation allows emergency medical personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines that are approved by the federal government.

This is similar to a recent law allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines, the Newsom administration said. She said the state’s response builds on steps developed during the coronavirus pandemic to set up vaccination clinics and ensure that vulnerable populations are reached in collaboration with local and community organizations.

California has received more than 61,000 doses of the vaccine and distributed more than 25,000 doses.

“We have no time to waste,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said in a statement. She said the country’s most populous region must use all available resources to speed up vaccine distribution and help those infected.

Newsom’s office said Los Angeles County had received a special allocation of the vaccine.

As of last week, the state has expanded testing capacity to process more than 1,000 tests per week. Critics said the long wait for test results delayed treatment options.

Home to one of the largest LGBT communities in the United States, New York City is waiting to receive 110,000 federal government doses and 800,000 in the pipeline for monkeypox vaccine — but Gov. Kathy Hochul still wants more.

The number of cases in New York City, the current US epicenter of the epidemic, exceeded 1,400 on Friday. The total number of cases in the entire country exceeds 5,000.

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