Timely Reminders

If you just learned about San Francisco’s Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District at the recent events in and around Folsom Street…. Welcome!

Please explore below for information about the Cultural District.  If you signed up on our mailing list, watch for an email  some time this week.  If you don’t receive that email, that means either you didn’t sign up, OR we didn’t read your email address correctly.  So please visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf and sign up for yourself.


The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for December 18, 2019, 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 will be available on this Web site a few days before the meeting. 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 will be available once they are approved by the Board.

 

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 next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from  7 to 9 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. The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 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 October 9, 2019 are available for your review here.  Please contact the committee chair for more info!


An Open House for the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District is tentatively set for Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 6 to 8 pm, at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco. Please note that the time and place are tentative — please return to this Web site to confirm details.  The preliminary agenda for the Open House will be available in advance of the event.  If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, please write to President@sflcd.org.


We are working hard to create a Web site where you can sign up as a voting member of the Cultural District.  People on our mailing list will receive a special email with a link to that page as soon as it is ready.   Thanks for your patience.  

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.
  • Click here to add your name to the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District email list, to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend our next Open House, on January 8, 2020.  (Details elsewhere.)
  • Attend one of our semi-annual  Membership Meetings.
  • Attend (as a guest) one of our monthly Board Meetings.
  • Consider joining our Land Use Committee.  (Involvement options range from occasionally showing up at a meeting in City Hall, to researching city archives, to handling critical negotiations with planners and developers.  Having special skills in real estate or civic planning would be great, but it’s not required.  More info is here; contact land-use-chair@sflcd.org to join the Committee.)
  • Consider joining our Outreach and Events Committee.  (Help spread the word about our District, and plan our participation in local street fairs and other events.   View a typical meeting agenda here; contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org to join this Committee.)
  • Consider joining our Finance Committee.  (Finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Participation is limited to voting members of the District, but do contact finance-chair@sflcd.org for information or to join.)
  • 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!

Census 2020 is Coming

Wherever you live, and whomever you live with, a  complete count of all residents during the upcoming Census is very important to all of us. The 2020 Census will count same sex couple households, which has special importance to our LGBTQ community.

The Census Bureau is now locally hiring. The area census office of San Francisco is looking for candidates to fill in multiple positions.

Please click on the images above for more info, or apply at 2020census.gov/jobs (or here), or contact our local representative, Benson (Baokun) Zhao, at (628) 800-2743 or baokun.zhao@2020census.gov.

Everyone counts!

501(c)3 Achieved!

The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District has passed another milestone, in obtaining its 501(c)3 tax-exemption letter from the IRS.  This means that — among other things — donations to the Cultural District can be tax deductible.

The Cultural District will continue to use SOMArts — another 501(c)3 organization that serves as a cultural hub within our part of the City — as its fiscal agent, safeguarding our funds and administering any grants that we receive from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development or other San Francisco agencies.  But having our own 501(c) status is an important achievement, and will help the organization achieve its goals.

So hurrah!

 

EyeZen Announcing Auditions for Spring 2020 OUT of Site Walking Tours

For centuries, South of Market has been a catalyst for radical change and a stronghold for queer and activist organizing. Following Eye Zen’s wildly successful 2019 work-in-progress OUT of Site Queer History Walking Tour, they are seeking performers for a South of Market premiere in April 2020.

The performers will portray SOMA residents throughout SF history including: an indigenous two-spirit guide; a 19th Century transgender journalist; a merchant marine; housing activists and community organizers; an African American cruise ship steward and labor activist, a female-owned auto repair shop owner and employees; leather culture artists and sex club advocates; and Lesbian and Gay business owners and their customers.

They are seeking performers with an ability to flow between genders-trans, genderqueer, trans-masculine, masc presenting. They strongly encourage QTBIPOC* (*Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to apply.

Actors must have skill to switch quickly between 4-5 characters. Those with experience working in outdoor theater encouraged to apply.

Please fill out this form to audition & send a head shot and resume to info@eyezen.org

Learn more here.

Board, Membership, and Committee Meetings

Community participation is essential to the success of the Cultural District.

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.

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

Board Meetings
Community Meetings
Minutes of Community Meetings
Committees
Outreach / Events Committee
Land Use Committee
Finance Committee
Legislative Committee
Governance Committee
Other Committees and General Information

Board Meetings

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for December 18, 2019, 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 will be available on this Web site a few days before the meeting.

 

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.

Future Board meetings are tentatively scheduled for the following dates.  Please double-check this Web site for updates and confirmations.

November 20, 2019

December 18, 2019

January 15, 2020

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 will be available once they are approved by the Board.

Future minutes will be posted once they are approved (typically at the following Board meeting.  Unless otherwise noticed, Board meetings are not recorded or live-streamed.

Community Meetings

Prior to the election of the Board of Directors, Community Meetings were held monthly; since the adoption in August 2019 of the Cultural District Bylaws and the election of a Board of Directors, there  are now”Membership Meetings” held at least once each year, plus other community-wide events, including “Open House” and “Town Hall” events, as appropriate.

The next Open House for the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District is tentatively set for

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
from 6 to 8 pm,
at the SF LGBT Center,
1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.

Please note that this is tentative — please return to this Web site to confirm date, time and location.

The preliminary agenda for the Town Hall will be available in advance.  If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, please write to President@sflcd.org.

Voting for Directors will happen  at a Membership Meeting in July or August of 2020.  Voting will be limited to Members of the Organization. Please watch your email and this Web site for information on signing up for Membership.

For general information on meetings and membership, please write to info@sflcd.org.

Minutes and Videos of Past Community Meetings

The minutes of the August 21, 2019 meeting can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the July 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the June 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 15, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be found here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of February 20, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of January 16, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of December 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting in two parts, here and here.

The minutes of the meeting of November 14, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of the last 90 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2018 can be downloaded here. You can view a live stream of (the first 45 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of August 15, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here(Note:  The recording starts with about 8 minutes of dead air, and is cut off abruptly after roughly 2 hours.  Apologies for these glitches.)

The minutes of the meeting of July 18, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

You can view the minutes of the meeting of June 20, 2018 here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.  The Board Structure that we approved at that meeting can be seen here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 16, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

Minutes of the Community Meeting of April 18, 2018 can be found here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of March 14, 2018 can be seen here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of February 19, 2018, are available here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the Community Meeting of January 6, 2018, can be viewed here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the meeting of November 29, 2017, are available here.  Another set of notes are available here.

Notes from the meeting of November 20, 2017 can be viewed here.

Notes from the meeting of November 14, 2017 can be viewed here.

You may view video of the community meetings — live streaming or recorded — at our Facebook Group here.

Committees

The District has a number of standing Committees hard at work, and your participation is welcome.

If you are currently receiving emails regarding the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, you can check on or change your membership on the various Committees, (including the Land Use, Governance and Outreach Committees, as well as the new Nightlife/Entertainment, Business, and Organizations Committees) by using the update your preferences link at the very bottom of any email you receive from us.

If you are NOT receiving our emails, you should fix that by signing up here, and indicating which Committees you are interested in.

You can also express interest in serving on the Nominating Committee, but participation on that Committee will be probably be limited under the District Bylaws, which are still being finalized.

You can also sign up for our Committees at any of our open Community Meetings, listed above.

Outreach and Events Committee

The  Outreach and Events Committee meets as needed.  The agenda of our last meeting included:

  • Feedback and self-evaluation of recent outreach events
  • Planning for marketing / branding project
  • Report and discussion of Web site / Customer Relations Management project
  • Ideas for upcoming parties and events

The minutes of the meeting of October 8, 201911, 2018 can be viewed here.

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

A “Marketing Notes” document — a work in progress — can be viewed and commented upon here.  Other Outreach Committee notes and documents are available on request from outreach-chair@sflcd.org, who will also be happy to add you to the email list to be invited to future meetings.

Land Use Committee

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from  7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.

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.

Please contact the committee chair for more info, or to be placed on the email list to be invited to meetings!

Finance  Committee

The Finance Committee could very much use your participation.  Special finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Please contact finance-chair@sflcd.org if you have an interest in this aspect of the District’s work.

Legislative Committee

Legislative Committee meetings are scheduled when needed.

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 meetings of January 4 and January 30, 2018 should be available soon.

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.

Governance Committee

The principle task of this Committee, as originally constituted, was to draft Bylaws  for the organization.

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

The Committee is currently not active, but may be reactivated at any time if needed.  Please contact President@sflcd.org for more information.

Other Committees

Over the next few months, more committees will be formed, and plenty of involvement opportunities will be announced.  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.

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

For all General Community meetings, and most Committee meetings, ASL interpreters will be provided if requested at least two 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 visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf to join the mailing list.  Be sure to indicate the Committees in which you are interested.  If you are already receiving “MailChimp” messages from us, use the “update your preferences” link at the very bottom of one of those messages to review and adjust your memberships.

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