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Utah Rebellion to harness its roots

Modeled after larger events, such as the Las Vegas Smokeout, the seventh annual Utah Rebellion is a gathering place for leather and fetish lovers. This year’s event, Aug. 10-12, holds some interesting changes. In place of classes and courses, the street fair held at Club Try-Angles, 251 W. 900 South, on Saturday, Aug. 11, will focus on vendors, events and social gatherings. The weekend will also include a Rebel Ride through East Canyon on Aug. 11.

“We really wanted to get back to our roots and offer what our main demographic wanted and needed,” said John Gibson, a co-organizer of the event. “Our target demographic is gay men and we really want a place where they can get together and feel comfortable being men.”

The street fair will feature vendors from Las Vegas and will focus on harnesses and other leather gear. Also, Casa Fuentes, a cigar company from Nevada will be in attendance. The Utah Rebellion is designed to give leather and fetish lovers a place to peruse gear and mingle with other like-minded men, Gibson said.

“I think that we’re all fighting for sexual freedom and sometimes freedoms within freedoms are overlooked,” Gibson said. “Everyone is welcome, but we’re really focusing on providing a space for men who like men — men who like the company of other men.”

Gibson has been involved in the leather and fetish scene for 10 years and is excited to be involved in the planning of the event. On Friday, Aug. 10, a meet-n-greet will be held at Club Try-Angles. The motorcycle ride will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at noon and the street fair will continue at Club Try-Angles at 6 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $10 to participate in the fair and more information is available at utahrebellion.com.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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