Senator Demands California Monkeypox State of Emergency, Defends Weekend Kink Street Fest

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Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022 - 16:31

SF Sen. Scott Wiener Demands Monkeypox State of Emergency, but Defends Weekend Kink/Fetish Street Festival


Wiener was silent on nearly two years of school closures for California’s 6 million school kids


By Katy Grimes, August 1, 2022


Last Wednesday the Globe reported State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) called on San Francisco and the Governor of California to declare a State of Emergency due to the Monkeypox outbreak. He requested testing, vaccination, and contact tracing infrastructure.

Notably, Sen. Scott Wiener was not only silent on nearly two years of school closures for California’s 6 million school kids, he supported the decision. He also supported business and church lockdowns.

California has reported 346 cases of monkeypox; San Francisco has 222 of those cases.

However, within days, Wiener was bashing the CDC for calling for the gay and bisexual community to abstain for a couple of weeks – “avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal),” the CDC said. However, the annual kink and fetish street fair was on the weekend calendar.

“Lecturing people not to have sex isn’t a public health strategy,” Wiener said. “It didn’t stop HIV – it made it worse – & won’t stop monkeypox. What will work is vaccination, testing & education.”

Sen. Scott Wiener on monkeypox outbreak in SF. (Screen capture)

Public health officials demanded “two weeks” of lockdowns “to slow the spread” of COVID in early 2020. But Sen. Wiener doesn’t support “two weeks” abstinence “to slow the spread” of Monkeypox?

“The annual Up Your Alley leather and fetish fair is expected to go on this weekend in San Francisco’s SoMa area, despite widespread concerns about the spread of monkeypox and the city’s decision to declare a state of emergency,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Sen. Wiener’s statement seems almost negligent and even callous to the very constituents he represents. It was a CDC recommended for sexual abstention – not from the religious right.

What Wiener was agitating for after calling for a State of Emergency is the annual (formerly known as) Folsom Street Fair Kink and Fetish Festival in San Francisco, now called “Up Your Alley,” organized by Folsom Street, which also produces the Folsom Street Fair.

“Up Your Alley (aka Dore Alley), where you’ll get your fill of hot hairy daddies, hungry pigs, BDSM babes and kinks of all kinds. Douchie’s got some hot tips for a fun and filthy weekend — free of anxiety,” was the fetish fair Retweet Wiener posted on Twitter.

Sen Wiener Tweeted: “Awesome @SFAIDSFound guidance on monkeypox & fun. We can continue to have fun while reducing risk. Closing bathhouses in 1980s didn’t reduce HIV. It was an epic blunder & pushed people into the shadows. Let’s not make that same knee-jerk mistake with MPX.”


How quickly Sen. Wiener forgot the last two years of COVID school and business shutdowns and lockdowns; the millions of California children who were kept out of school and forced to Zoom school from the family dining table; the small businesses and churches forced to shut down while Walmart, Target, Costco, and Home Depot remained open; the many and while liquor stores remained open.

He was savaged on Twitter for his insensitive, gross oversight. This Tweet summed up the myriad replies:

“2 years ago small business owners worried about their livelihood was dismissed as ‘Karens wanting to kill grandma for a haircut.’ Now, a street orgy is considered an imperative right.”

What is equally reckless is the San Francisco AIDS Foundation website promoting the kink and fetish street festival:

“Keep in mind that there are a lot of ways to reduce risk. You may choose to use one or two of these suggestions — or none at all. And, a quick reminder to remember COVID-19 precautions, and to get vaccinated for meningitis if you haven’t already. Douchie hopes that you have a happy and healthy Dore Alley!” the San Francisco AIDS Foundation says about the “Up Your Alley” Street Festival.


The SF AIDS Foundation continues:

“Monkeypox is transmitted from person to person during skin-to-skin contact with a person who has a rash (like during sex, or dancing)…”

But devil be damned. The SF AIDS Foundation recommends:


Play dress up


There’s never been a better time to dress from top to bottom in latex or leather. Keeping your skin covered is a sure-fire way to prevent exposures to monkeypox.”

Sen. Wiener called for a State of Emergency, and then had a moment of “be careful what you wish for.” He obviously regretted it as the annual street kink and fetish festival was days away.

This mom expressed in a reply Tweet what millions of moms and dads felt and still feel about California’s governor and lawmakers and the irrational and horrific COVID orders:

“Amazing that as a legislator you said nothing to help our CA students get back in school for 15 straight months. Their mental health & regression not a problem. It’s only a problem if the adults can’t have ‘fun.’ Completely unforgivable IMO. Our kids deserve better legislators!!!”

San Francisco health department officials expressed more concern about the LGBTQ community being “stigmatized,” than for the health of the entire community. The department said in a statement “that the emergency was not declared in relation to this weekend’s events and that the city’s rich tradition of “social and cultural activities,” which include street fairs, nightlife and the celebrations of the LGBTQ community, are an integral part of the city,” the SF Chronicle reported.


A California Globe reader said this about Sen. Wiener’s push for a Monkeypox vaccine:

“I’m a homosexual man, and I’ve challenged Wiener for years on these issues. What has been left unstated is Wiener’s support for ‘PrEP – the practice of giving anti HIV drugs to healthy HIV-negative gay men to prevent them from becoming positive. There is very good reason to suspect PrEP a total fraud and doesn’t work (over a decade of uptake in high PrEP-uptake states, annual new HIV cases have remained unchanged), but it makes billions for the drug industry. What PrEP has done is replace condoms in gay sexual networks, and I strongly suspect this is the root cause of the Monkeypox outbreak.’

“Now you have Wiener pushing Monkeypox vaccination (creating millions in new Pharma profits) instead of simple cost-effective measures such as temporarily shuttering bathhouses, blocking the servers of gay hook-up aps, and recruiting prominent celebrities to preach temporary abstinence. Why are gay men somehow protected against public-health enforced ‘social distancing’ during an outbreak?

It’s all about money. Wiener doesn’t really care about gay men. For him, they’re a profit center.”


Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?


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