Volume 20 Issue 22 | October 12 - 18 2007

Downtown Express photo by Jefferson Siegel

Hanging out for the cause

Apah Di, 21, demonstrated rope suspension at the Leather Street Fest in the Village Sunday. “I’ve been doing B.D.S.M. [bondage, domination, submission and masochism] since I was 18,” Di said as an orange hemp rope harness was attached to her hips, chest and ankles. She hung for several minutes as her feet were tickled and her bottom patted. “Your doctor probably does this. Your lawyer probably does this. Your Republican senator probably does this.”

“Your Republican senator definitely does this,” an onlooker called out. One of the handful of police officers posted at the fair took a photo of the rope suspension with his cell phone camera. “Only in the West Village,” he laughed as he snapped the picture. Some neighbors objected to the event, but there were no incidents. The fair raised money for the L.G.B.T. Community Center.

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