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If you just learned about San Francisco’s LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District…. Welcome!

Please explore below for information about the Cultural District.  If you are not already receiving email from us, please click here to be kept informed about our meetings and activities.


You can now become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District!  Click here to get started!


If you missed our Open House on February 12, fear not!  You can view the video here!  The slide show (which is hard to see on the video) can be viewed here.


The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 6 to 8 pm, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.  Community members are welcome to attend. Please note the meeting time.  The preliminary agenda can be viewed here. The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.    The minutes of the meetings of September 18 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of October 16, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2020 will be available soon.

The SF LGBT Center is fully ADA compliant. Please use public transportation to access the Center. Street parking is limited. The SF LGBT Center is accessible by MUNI J,K,L,M,N or F, as well as bus lines 6,7,61,71. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block driveways or park in blue, yellow or white zones.


The first meeting of the new Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, February 27, 2020, from  6 to 8 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this new Committee, or for more info!


The next Governance and Legislation Committee Meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Location and Time are still being confirmed.  

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!


The first meeting of our new Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, March 5, 2020, from  6 to 8 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting, along with the minutes of recent meetings.  Please contact the committee chair, Beth Hunt, to join this new Committee, or for more info!


The first meeting of the new Communications Committee is set for Thursday, March 5, 2020.  Location and Time are still being confirmed.  

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to join this new Committee, or for more info!


The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from  7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street. Please note the meeting time.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting, along with the minutes of recent meetings.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!


The first Town Hall for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District will take place on:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
in the Rainbow Room of the SF LGBT Center
1800 Market St, San Francisco, California 94102

Want your voice in the leather community heard? Want input on what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District does in the future? THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Please mark your calendar now.  For more information,  please look here or on the Facebook event, or write to info@SFLCD.org.


       

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Welcome to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  Thanks for your interest in the “LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District”, created by the City of San Francisco to honor, support, and protect the unique and special culture that has flourished in the South of Market area.

We encourage anyone with an interest in the leather or kink community to learn about this project, and participate however they can.

There are lots of ways to get informed and involved:

  • Read this brief introduction.
  • View our original (2018) brochure, or our new (September 2019) color brochure.
  • Become a Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District – or at least get on our mailing list – to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend our Town Hall, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Rainbow Room of the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St, San Francisco.  Details are here or on the Facebook event.
  • Attend one of our semi-annual  Membership Meetings.
  • Attend (as a guest) one of our monthly Board Meetings.
  • Consider joining one of our important Committees, including the Arts and Culture Committee, the Communications Committee, The Governance Committee, the Land Use Committee, or the Diversity and Membership Committee.   
  • Read the Resolution as approved by the Board of Supervisors, and signed by the Mayor on May 9, 2018, here.
  • Read the Vision and Mission Statements for the Cultural District here.
  • Read our full organizational Bylaws, here.
  • View a map of the Cultural District here.
  • Check out our calendar of Cultural District meetings and events, here.
  • Like and follow the SF LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook.  
  • Join our Group on Fetlife.
  • Follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Robert Goldfarb, using the email address president@SFLCD.org or more generally to info@SFLCD.org.  

Let’s see what we can do to make this happen, and make it happen right!

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Become a Member

We are happy to invite you to become a full Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

Become a Member
Please click here to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District.

Join the Mailing List 
Please click here if you just want to get on our mailing list.

View your information on file
If you are already a member, you may click here to view and edit the information we have about you (including Committee memberships).   We will send you an email with a link to your data.

To pay your annual membership dues with a credit card or e-check, click here.

If you wish to make a credit card or echeck donation to assist the Cultural District, click here.

NOTES:

  • Anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings.  Only Voting Members get to vote for Directors at the annual elections in August, or vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.
  • Membership dues are $15 per year, and are intended only to cover our basic administrative costs.  Anyone who cannot afford the $15/year membership dues may receive a Low-income Dues Waiver (subject to review by our Membership Committee), but they must still agree with the Vision and Mission of the Cultural District, and meet other requirements.
  • Our finances are handled by our fiscal sponsor, SOMArts.  When you make a dues payment or donation, they will ask for your address and billing information, but they do NOT share all of that with us.  Please provide your LCD name and email address (if different) as a comment with your payment, to make sure we know it is coming from you.
  • Your membership will not become official until we have verified your eligibility and confirmed receipt of your dues (or eligibility for dues waiver).  This is a manual process, and we will contact you if we have questions or concerns; unless you hear otherwise, your membership is assured.  As always, if you have questions for us, use the contact phone number or email address shown on the right side of this page.
  • Please give us a call also if you have special circumstances.  (E.g.  Do you not use email?  Do you and your partner share an email address?  Do you want to support us as a business or organization?  Etc.)
  • Thanks!

New Committees!

Community participation is essential to the success of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

We therefore strongly encourage all interested folks to join the Cultural District’s various committees.  All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.  Meetings and other events of importance to the Cultural District are posted on our Calendar.  See more info at the bottom of this post.

Here are the currently active Committees that could really use your involvement:

Arts and Culture Committee
Communications Committee
Diversity and Membership Committee
Economic Vitality Committee
Finance Committee
Governance and Legislation Committee
Land Use Committee
Past Committees
General Information about Committee Meetings and Membership

Arts and Culture Committee

This new committee advocates for creative activity in the Cultural District, organizes events, performances, public art, gallery shows, and walking tours, and explores opportunities to attract and support leather and LGBTQ artists in the Cultural District.

The first meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this new Committee, or for more info!

Communications Committee

This committee handles the Cultural District’s social media and digital presence, public relations, event promotion, and outreach to clubs, organizations, and individuals.

The date and location of the first meeting of the Communications Committee is still being confirmed.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to join this new Committee, or for more info!

Diversity & Membership Committee

This committee recruits individual members and works with other committees to ensure diversity of membership, programs and participants.

The first meeting of the Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Beth Hunt, to join this new Committee, or for more info!

Economic Vitality Committee

This committee works to prevent displacement of existing leather and LGBTQ community groups and businesses as well as attracting new ones to the District. This also includes facilitating connections to existing city services and assistance to navigate those services.

No meetings are yet scheduled for this Committee.  If you are interested in serving, please write to info@SFLCD.org and asked to be kept informed.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees budgeting and accounting for the Cultural District, and conducts audits when necessary.  Membership is currently restricted to Directors, but for more information, contact treasurer@sflcd.org.

Governance and Legislation Committee

The Governance and Legislation Committee advocates with city planners, departments and agencies for legislation and procedures benefiting the District’s constituents.  The committee also monitors bylaw compliance and maintains the District’s policy and procedures manual, proposing and drafting any changes.

The next Governance and Legislation Committee Meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Location and Time are still being confirmed.  

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!

Land Use Committee

This committee has been in existence for over a year now, tracking construction projects and developments in the District, and working with developers and city agencies to mitigate the effects of gentrification.

The Land Use Committee also works to preserve and develop culturally and historically significant buildings, businesses, organizations, traditions, arts, events, and aesthetics, to protect tenants from displacement, and to promote affordable housing in the District.

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from  7 to 9 p.m., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street. Please note the meeting time.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting, along with the minutes of recent meetings.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!

The minutes of the meeting of November 12, 2019 are available for your review here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 9, 2019 are available for your review here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 11, 2019 are available for your review here .

The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of February 12, 2019 can be viewed here.  (You may need to ask permission to access.)

The minutes of the meeting of January 10, 2019 can be viewed here.  (You may need to ask permission to access.)

An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here.

Past Committees

The principle task of the Governance Committee was to draft Bylaws for the organization.  It was folded into the Legislation Committee to form the new Governance and Legislation Committee

The approved Bylaws can be viewed here; the Vision and Mission Statements for the Cultural District can be viewed here.

You can view some key questions regarding the Bylaws, which were discussed and resolved at our Facilitated Discussion on June 8, 2019. 

The minutes of the Governance Committee meetings (over a period of 18 months), and the many drafts prepared along the way, are archived and available on request.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of March 7, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of February 12, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 21, 2017 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 5, 2017 are available here.

The  Outreach and Events Committee was the forerunner to both the Arts and Culture and Communications Committees.  It met as needed.

The minutes of the meeting of October 8, 2019, 2018 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of December 11, 2018 can be viewed here.

An early “Marketing Notes” document can be viewed here.  Other Outreach Committee notes and documents are available on request from David.Hyman@SFLCD.org.

General Information 

All our meetings are free and open to all. Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

For all Membership meetings, and most Committee meetings, ASL interpreters will be provided if requested at least ten days in advance. Please send requests to the Committee Chair, or President@sflcd.org.

Meetings and other events of importance to the Cultural District are posted on our Calendar. (Information on importing and using this calendar can be found here.)

To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information, please click here to join the mailing list. If you are already on our mailing list, you can click here to adjust which Committees you wish to be kept informed about.

Please like and follow the Cultural District’s Facebook Page, keep an eye on our calendar, drop by our Web site from time to time, and contact us any time with questions, suggestions, or just to keep in touch.

Come participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!

Castro Cultural District to Vote

Just a quick reminder that the  Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

Advisory will hold its second round of Board elections on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from  12 PM – 4 PM, in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Building, 170 Valencia Street, in San Francisco.

As you know, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District is kind of like the younger sibling of our own LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, and it is our pleasure to support and assist them in their efforts.  They will be managed by an Advisory Board of 15 people, elected at 3 separate elections. This is the 2nd round, with the third round to be held in April.

The schedule includes Candidate Statements between 12:30 and 1:00, pm, followed by Voting from 1:00 to  4:00.

For a full list of candidates, candidate statements, and a description of election procedures, please visit https://castrolgbtq.org/election.

Bar Crawl with the Supervisor

Left to right: Matt Haney, San Francisco District 6 Supervisor; Beth Hunt, Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Manager; Lex Montiel, owner of the SF Eagle; and Honey Mahogany, Legislative Aide to Supervisor Matt Haney, as they reached the soon to be finished Eagle Plaza

We hope you had a chance to join our Bar Crawl last week (2/6/2020), during which we visited five landmark venues within the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and other city officials.

The stops along the way included the Powerhouse, the SF Eagle, the Lone Star Saloon, the Hole in the Wall, and the Stud.

Check out this write up on the event in the Bay Area Reporter.  Be sure to get on our mailing list, or follow our Facebook page, to hear about other fun and events, as well as ways the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is working to preserve key institutions of leather culture in our unique neighborhood, and to help shape the ever-changing nature of the area to keep it fun, vibrant, safe, affordable, and kinky!