SOMA Second Saturdays!

SOMA Second Saturdays:
GAME DAY!

February 11, 2023, noon to 5 pm

at the NEW Folsom Street Community Center
1286 Folsom Street (near 9th) in San Francisco

Presented by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
Folsom Street
& the SOMA West Community Benefit District

Games may include:

    • Kinky Pictionary
    • KINKO! 
    • “South of the Slot” Trivia
    • UNO Dare!
    • Cards Against…
    • Your Own Favorites! 

Free snacks and
non-alcoholic beverages!

Socksgiving!
Bring new socks, gloves, beanies, etc. for the unhoused.
Info here
Wish list here.

Preview the new Folsom Street Community Center space in advance of their grand opening!

Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.
Please bring proof of vaccination.

Donation requested. 

A smoke-free event

Volunteers Needed!
Contact manager@sflcd.org to sign up!

Upcoming Second Saturdays:
March 11, 2023:  Social Day!
April 8 and beyond:
SOMA Second Saturday returns to the streets!

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom

Kinky Superpowers

Kink Is My Superpower, a multi-media project from Divine Deviance, highlights the honesty, freedom, and strength of kinksters who have found our way out of the shadows and live proudly and openly.

They exist to help others tell their stories, share their experiences, and celebrate the superpowers they have discovered in kink, through films, books, calendars, and social media.

They are now developing an exciting book and documentary project about kink called Kink Is My Superpower.

These folks are inviting kinksters, whether of the 24/7 or occasional bedroom antics variety, to complete a very brief survey to help inform their project.

Click on “Take Survey” on their site, or go directly to the survey.

Timely Reminders

The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join with Zoom: here or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  More info is here.  The draft agenda can be seen herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom here, or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 878 6588 4248.  RSVP is not required.  More info is here, or contact manager@sflcd.org.   We hope you can join us!


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


We now host our Erotic Storytelling Hour on the second Thursday of each month.  Our next one is Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 8 to 9 pm.

Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community, hosted by award-winning author Sumiko Saulson. It’s fun, it’s naughty, it’s online.  Click here or here for more details and Zoom link, and click here to see videos of some of our past evenings!  (Be 18+!)


The next SOMA Second Saturdays! will be a special Game Day!  It will happen indoors at the new Folsom Street Community Center, 1286 Folsom Street.  from 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2023.  

Games may include: Kinky Pictionary, KINKO! , “South of the Slot” Trivia, UNO Dare!, Cards Against…, Or Bring Your Own Favorites! Free admission (we do accept donations), snacks and soft drinks will be available.  Support the Soma West CBD Socksgiving and bring new socks, beanies, or gloves for the unhoused.  Facebook info here, full info here,


The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, February 14, 2023, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. As always, all are welcome to attend, and time is reserved for public comment.  ASL interpretation provided if requested ten days in advance. To participate, join the Zoom Meeting here, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.  The draft agenda will be posted soon.   More info is on Facebook here.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next meeting of the Walking Tour Committee will be scheduled soon.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Goldfarb, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next meeting of the Fundraising Committee will be scheduled soon.  Please contact the committee chair to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled when needed. Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!

We send out a newsletter each month, right before our Board Meeting.  Do you get it?
If not, view a recent newsletter here, then sign up to get it monthly here.


Speaking of newsletters, the SOMA West Community Benefit District does a great one, highlighting events — both social and political — affecting our part of the City.  Check it out and subscribe here.


San Francisco has nine Cultural Districts, each supporting a unique aspect of the City’s cultural mosaic.  Links to each of them are here. For more in-depth coverage, you can subscribe to a newsletter, published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.


We have added a number of links to our Resource Guide page, including timely information about Monkeypox.   You can find those links here.


The space formerly known as “SF Catalyst” is  now Transform1060!   You can help keep this important leather/kink/fetish community space open and thriving:  attend an event, volunteer at an event, or host an event now.


Threats to our South of Market businesses and institutions can arise quickly, and may require a quick community response.  Sign up here to join our SOMA Action network.


If you have not yet seen it, please read our Statement of Solidarity, and consider what you personally can do to fight racism, injustice, and abuse of police power.


The next meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  To be added to the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” mailing list, click here.  To make a donation to the Friends of Eagle Plaza, click here,  To stay up to date, like and follow them on Facebook.  To learn more about the Plaza’s design, construction and stewardship, click here or write to info@eagleplaza.org.

LDG Mentoring

The San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group has now finished accepting applications for its Mentoring Program.

Pups, kinksters, leather folks, gearheads, fetishists and others have explored and deepened their spicy side in a safe and trusted way with the Leathermen’s Discussion Group since 1996.

The mentoring program is for male-identified people to explore kink/fetish sexuality, community, and relationships, at any stage of their journey.

The mentoring program began with an orientation meeting in late January, will complete the matching process by mid-February, and will continue through September.

Learn more here.  You can also contact the Mentoring Program Director, Richard Sprott, if you have any particular questions.

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to present another edition of our bi-weekly online event for persons 18+ only:

The Erotic Storytelling Hour – Blerdrotica Edition

The hour of kinky literary fun happens on the Second Thursday of each monthCome hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more from selected writers of our community!

Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 8 to 9 p.m.  

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: 507379\
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring Stories by:
Penelope Flynn
Cranston Burney
Valjeanne Jeffers (read by Penelope
Flynn)
James Goodridge (read by Otto)
Sumiko Saulson

See who else will be watching at Bloom

Click here to view the
Erotic Storytelling Hour Archive
18+ Only

Click here for info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

If you’re interested in being a reader for a future event, contact: manager@sflcd.org.

If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: https://join.sflcd.org 

Save These Dates!

Here are a few important dates to mark in your 2023 calendar:

  • LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board Meetings:  2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, etc.
  • SOMA Second Saturdays:  2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, etc.
  • Golden Dildeaux Award Nominations Open:  February 11 through March 14
  • Golden Dildeaux Nomination Beer Bust:  March 12
  • Golden Dildeaux Award Voting Open:  March 17 through April 18
  • San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend:  March 16-19
  • Golden Dildeaux Award Ceremony:  April 22
  • LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Anniversary Party:  May 6
  • Membership Deadline to vote in Cultural District Elections:  May 11
  • Up Your Alley Street Fair:  July 30
  • LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Annual Meeting:  August 16
  • LeatherWalk 2023:  September 17
  • Folsom Street Fair:  September 24
  • Bearrison Street Fair:  October 14

All dates are subject to change.

We send out a newsletter each month, right before our Board Meeting.  Do you get it?
If not, view a recent newsletter here, then sign up to get it monthly here.

Minority Couples Sought for HIV Study

The LetSync Study of the UC San Francisco Center for Aids Preventions Studies (CAPS) is a project being done to evaluate a mobile health intervention for couples living with HIV. They are looking for 110 couples throughout the U.S. where:

  • At least one person is HIV+ and identifies as a racial/ethnic minority
  • Both persons are 18+ y/o, assigned male at birth*,
  • Both persons have a smartphone and valid phone #, and a valid U.S. mailing address.

* They are looking for cis men, trans women, and/or non-binary folks

The study goes for 8 months, and study visits are every 2 months over Zoom. Each member of the couple can earn up to $430 in incentives for completing online surveys, doing take-home dried blood spot (DBS) tests and urine dipstick test to measure ARV or PrEP adherence. There is also an Exit Interview when the study is complete.

If you are interested, please click here or scan the QR code above to take 2-min. screener!

Leather District in the Fight Against MPX

During September and October, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District partnered with SF Department of Public Health to sponsor four “pop-up” events in Eagle Plaza, at which we offered free MPX vaccinations.  At those events, 408 first and second doses of MPX vaccine were administered. In addition, our last one administered 34 COVID boosts and 33 flu vaccines.  Many additional vaccinations were administered at the Folsom and Bearrison Street Fairs.  

 

 

Special kudos to Oscar Macias at DPH for coordinating these efforts with us. We are also grateful to BayPLS, Mission Wellness Pharmacy, the SF Eagle, AGUILAS, and the volunteers working line control for their participation in this effort, and are pleased and proud to have contributed to the community effort to control MPX.

LGBTQ health-related resources can be found here.

 

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 brochure.
  • Visit our “About us” page.
  • 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 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.   
  • Share your opinions about our community’s needs, and our organization’s priorities, either by using our survey, or by chatting with a member of our Board. 
  • 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.
  • See a list of our current Board of Directors, 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 or Instagram.  
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Bob Brown, 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!

Statement of Solidarity

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s leadership is deeply pained by the racist violence which continues in this country.

We stand in solidarity with Black and Brown people and their allies worldwide who are peacefully expressing their outrage at racism, injustice, and abuse of police power.

We stand in solidarity with the protesters engaged in powerful actions to demand justice, accountability, and systemic change.

Only by standing together will it be possible to put an end to the senseless brutality we have witnessed for too long.

The Leather and LGBTQ communities have a long history of collective strength in times of crisis and now we invoke that strength to call for freedom and fairness for all oppressed communities.

We call on the entire community to work together to dismantle ingrained systems of inequality wherever they are found.  It will be a long journey to the end of institutionalized racism, but our community will act with strength, purpose, and solidarity until we see that day.

Black Lives Matter.


Community members have encouraged contributions to some of the organizations listed below.  Although the Cultural District has not reviewed these suggestions, and cannot specifically endorse them, we do urge our community to support the hard work of achieving safety, freedom, and fairness for all oppressed communities.

Other Lists of Resources:

Entrepreneur Program Restarts

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is launching the second cohort of its Entrepreneur Training Program, a 9-week program to help leather community folk start and build their businesses.


The program is led by Eddie Tang of Above Consulting, a seasoned San Francisco business consultant, and features Zoom-based group sessions and one-on-one consultations.  At the end of the 9 weeks, participants will present their business plan to a panel of local business leaders, experts, and potential funders.  Those who complete the program will each receive a $500 grant to help with their startup costs.

Our first cohort of this program graduated in September of 2022; the second cohort began on Thursday, January 26.

If you wish to apply for the Fall program, which starts on August 10, 2023, please complete this application form.   Click here for full info!