It all started in 1984 as a prideful response to an AIDS-shocked San Francisco. The Folsom Street Fair's beginnings were as a neighborhood response to rapid redevelopment plans and new city ordinances regulating SOMA leather bars and bathhouses. Rather than roll over, residents and members of the BDSM and leather communities created an outdoor festival celebrating the culture of the neighborhood they loved so dearly. Folsom Street Fair is still with us today, and it's become the city's flagship freaky celebration. Yet what the fair has always lacked was a proper official after party, the kind of thing that celebrates Folsom's community values while maintaining its hard countercultural zeal. This year that void has been filled by Deviants 2011 — an 11-hour official after party at Public Works.
Deviants 2011 marks a shift for Folsom Street Events (the non-profit in charge of the event) towards working with outside, local, underground promoters. The party will take place in and around Public Works with four stages and a full outdoor block party in Erie alleyway. The promoter list for the event reads like a who's who of the major players in San Francisco's underground queer culture: house-leaning Honey Soundsystem, 60's-soul slinging Hard French, and Friday night drag sensationalists SOME THING!