The ongoing insanity surrounding the prison theme of a gay circuit party is hopefully winding down. However, some involved with Saturday's protest outside the Armory, and the subsequent arrest and brief imprisonment of three women for some allegedly violent acts against police and security guards, have kept up the fight, focusing their attention specifically on Kink.com, one of the partners in the event that started this all.
Now, Kink CEO Peter Acworth has released a video statement giving his side of the events, and expressing regrets that anyone had to be arrested. He makes clear that Kink is not looking to press any charges against anyone. But in the video, it is clear that some protesters were more in search of a fight than others.
The video above shows protesters moving metal barricades that had been set up to corral arriving partygoers in an entry line, and several barricades being moved into 14th Street in order to block oncoming car traffic. In one moment, you can hear someone shout, "We're here, we're queer, we will fuck you up!"
There is, however, no footage of anything being thrown or any guards being assaulted Acworth says that one of the guards was punched and one of the protesters arrested, Prisca Carpenter, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats against a life, as well as resisting arrest.
Last night, some protesters returned to the 16th and Mission BART plaza for another rally, originally intended to protest the incarceration of the three protesters, who were released yesterday. Gay Shame released this flyer, noting their release but saying there's now "2.5 million more to go." Below, an image from last night's rally.
In summary, different factions of the LGBTQ community disagree about what makes a good party (Acworth notes that WE, the European circuit promoters Kink partnered with on this Prison of Love party, had done the prison-themed thing many times all over the world), and some enjoy a good protest on a Saturday night.
For his part, Acworth says he agrees with Gay Shame's cause, thinks incarceration is a terrible problem in this country, but it was just too late to change the theme of the party after the backlash began. Most of the 3,000 or so gay men who danced to house music in the Drill Court that night did not seem to care.