Welcome to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  Thanks for your interest in the “Leather and 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 and LGBTQ Cultural District email list, to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • 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 and 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!

Cultural District Manager Now on Board

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to welcome our new Cultural District Manager, Beth “Bicoastal” Hunt. Beth is a SOMA resident, performer, host, event planner, and most recently, now a mother. She was 1st Runner up Ms. SF Leather 2013, and Leather Marshal for the 2017 PRIDE parade. Beth is a community activist, and loves to assist her local clubs and organizations. She was a Co-Producer of Leatherwalk for 5 years, and served as a Board Associate for Folsom Street Events. Beth co-founded the volunteer group Haus of Starfish and has worked with the SF Eagle for the last 4 years. She has an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy and comes with over 10 years experience working in the non-profit sector, as well as volunteering at community events and fundraising. Beth identifies as a bi/queer woman, and uses the pronouns she/her/hers. You can write to Beth at manager@sflcd.org.

Beth “Bicoastal” Hunt

Q & A

An interesting question was posted to the Facebook Page, and since other folks may have similar concerns, I thought it might be useful to post it here, with my reply. 

Question:
I hope you can help me with a few questions as I try to figure out how to participate in the District.

I have looked on Facebook, leather Alliance website and sfleatherdistrict.org, but I’m still confused about how to find information on policies of the district.

For example, where do I find minutes of the last board meeting? Also, Bob announced at the last general meeting that the Manager (CEO) needed to be in place by September 9, but aside from a personal phone call from Bob, I have seen no public statements about the position or selection process. Where can I find an update?

I’m also very eager to learn about the process for hiring consultants, which seem like critical resources on the critical path for the District. Is the board making progress on recruiting procedures to assure transparency in the process os recruiting diverse and well qualifies applications for this position?

Finally, why does the district emphasize the Mission and Vision Sections of the Purpose section of the Bylaws, omitting the Principles Of Governance Sub-Section , which focus on public benefit and participating in a “transparent, inclusive, collaborative, accountable and viable manner.”?

I’m impressed that committee chairs’ email addresses are widely available, but it seems the communication strategy is quite private, and organized access to historic documents regarding the District’s procedures and policies may not be as easy to find. I hope this is due to my lack of technical savvy and you can point me to where I can find historic archives.

Answer:
Thanks for asking. Let me try to give you some answers.

There is a lot on the Web site, so it can sometimes be hard to find stuff. A good place to start is the Welcome page. This page has lots of useful links , such as to the Meetings page (which has links to minutes and videos), and the Bylaws,  where you can find all the policies we have officially created to date.  Expect links to any additional policies or procedures documents to be included here, and also announced widely.

Board meetings are open to the public, and are announced on our Calendar and Web site, and via emails to folks on our email list. Minutes of Board meetings will be made public once they are approved by the Board, typically at the following meeting. They will be linked from the home page of the Web site as that happens.

A Cultural District Manager has been selected, and their name will be made public as soon as the hiring letters are signed. They have already started attending meetings to get up to speed. The selection process was discussed in detail at the last two community meetings, and the Job Description and other details were on the Web site. (To avoid confusing folks, those links are no longer on the site, but the JD is still viewable at jobs.sflcd.org).

Hiring our consultants is high on the priority list of activities for the new Cultural District Manager and Board, and the search for qualified consultants will be broadly publicized, I am sure.

I don’t know how to fully answer your “Why…” question; The Vision and Mission Statements were approved at an early Community Meeting, and have been very broadly publicized and used whenever we are asked for our “Mission”. Other parts of our Bylaws are also very important to us, and are in no sense “omitted”.

Regarding access to documents, I have regularly encouraged folks to sign up for their own sflcd.org account, which allows them to easily browse the documents on our organization’s GDrive at https://drive.sflcd.org. (“For easier access to our files and email, you can request an “@sflcd.org” email account by writing to help@sflcd.org.”)

The Gdrive holds shared drives and folders for our various Committees and Projects, Our new Board Secretary plans to make it a priority to re-organize those documents, renaming many of them more consistently and identifying older, deprecated, and draft versions as such.

Folks without an sflcd.org account still have access to most of the documents in the Drive, but may need to find a link to them, either on our Web site, in old emails, or by requesting such a link from a Committee chair, Board member, etc.

Let me add that your active participation in the District is as important now as before the Board was elected, and that regular public reporting (via email blasts, posts on our Facebook page, etc.) will be a priority for the Board (as well as being mandated by our Bylaws and city policies).  Please watch for specific invitations to join new Committees as they are formed, and please do contact us directly (e.g. at President@sflcd.org or board@sflcd.org) about matters that you feel require our attention, projects that you would like to provide leadership on, or anything else.

I hope this is helpful. Thanks very much for your question. Unless you object, I plan to post your question, and this reply, to our Web site. Best regards,

David Hyman
Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Parades in Oakland!

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District participated in both the Oakland Trans March and the Oakland Pride Parade this year.

Leather Trans Pride Flag created by: Bobbee Trans Mooremon

The inaugural Trans March Oakland was on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District had a contingent of more than 20 people when it stepped off at the 10th Annual Oakland Pride Parade, on Sunday morning, September 8, 2019, and more leather folks joined along the way.

San Francisco’s leather titleholders lead the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District contingent at the 2019 Oakland Pride Parade.

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District contingent marches in the 2019 Oakland Pride Parade.

Thanks to Norm Lynde for the pictures!

Because so many folks visit our South of Market neighborhood from the East Bay — including many who have moved there from San Francisco in recent years — we are pleased to be extending our Cultural District outreach to the queer community there.  We look forward to future area-wide adventures in leather!

Board Elected

At the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Community Meeting on August 21, 2019, nine individuals were elected as the initial Board of Directors, and Bob Goldfarb was elected President.  At the Board’s meeting, on August 24, 2019, the remaining officers were elected.  The full Board list is thus as follows:

  • Bob Goldfarb (Bob.Goldfarb@sflcd), Three years, President
  • Bob Brown (Bob.Brown@sflcd), Two years, Vice-President
  • Eric See (Eric.See@sflcd), One year, Secretary
  • York Ng (York.Ng@sflcd), Two years, Treasurer
  • David Hyman (David.Hyman@sflcd), Three years
  • Erik Will (Erik.Will@sflcd), Two years
  • Gayle Rubin (Gayle.Rubin@sflcd), Three years
  • Stephan Ferris (Stephan.Ferris@sflcd), One year
  • Steve Gaynes (Steve.Gaynes@sflcd), One year