Golden Dildeaux Are Coming!

Vote Early, Vote Often!

Join us for our first beer bust of the year at the SF Eagle on Sunday, March 3rd from 3 to 7 pm! Come and nominate your friend or foe for our upcoming Golden Dildeaux Awards! Some of the coveted titles include: The Silver Fox Award, Best Impact Player, Best Fister, The Leather Fashionista and sooooo much more!

Nominate your friends, your foes, or yourself for a Golden Dildeaux Award!

We will have all that you would expect from an Eagle Beer bust.
$20 gets you bottomless beer/soda and a plate of food! Interested in only food? It’s only 5 bucks!

We’ll have jello shots and raffle prizes!
Raffle Prizes include:
$250 Mr. S Leather Gift Certificate
$100 Mastercard Gift Card
 $75 Azucar Lounge Gift Card
2 Paddles from Leather Etc.
Zebrawood Paddle
ByrdBeaks Naughty Bandanas (your choice of colors; ByrdBeaks will be vending)

Volunteer to help out with the Beer Bust here.
The Beer Bust Facebook page is here.

Golden Dildeaux Award Info:

  • Nominations are now open!
  • Nominations will remain open until 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 13.
  • Nominations are free.  Nominate as many people as you like!
  • Nomination Reveal Party on Saturday, March 16, from 6 to 8 pm at the SF Eagle; find out who’ll be in the running!
  • Voting opens at 6 pm on Saturday, March 16.
  • Voting remains open until 5 pm on Thursday, April 25.
  • Votes are one dollar apiece, benefiting the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, helping to keep SOMA Kinky and Queer!
  • The Mr. SF Eagle Leather Beer Bust on Sunday, March 31, from 3 to 7 pm, benefiting the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, will be a great opportunity to drum up votes for your favorite nominees!  
  • Attend the Awards Ceremony at the SF Eagle, Saturday,  April 27, from 6 to 8 pm. See who wins and can claim bragging rights!

The Golden Dildeaux page is here!

Oh, yeah, remember to vote in that Statewide thing on March 5th, too!

Name That Park!

Name the New Park After Rachele Sullivan

  • A new park is being built at 11th and Natoma Streets, half a block from the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.
  • The Rec and Parks Department is soliciting community input into naming the park.
  • We proposed the park be named after Rachele Sullivan, one of the founders of our Cultural District and a prominent figure in SOMA’s Filipino community.
  • Other LEATHER & LGBTQ-related proposals are naming the park after:
    • Heklina, a founder of Oasis, and
    • Jim Meko, a community activist (nominated by LCD Board Member Emeritus and District Historian Gayle Rubin).
  • Please take this survey and vote for Rachele, Heklina and Jim Meko as your top three choices!
  • Join the community meeting on March 7, at 6 pm for the survey results.  Register here.

Timely Reminders

The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Monday, February 12, 2024, from 6:00 to 7:00 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 21, 2024, from 6 to 8 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 Arts and Culture Committee is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 6 to 7 pm.  Facebook info is here.  Please contact the committee chair, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next Erotic Storytelling Hour is Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 8 to 9 pm. Join us for kinky mad libs, naughty holiday songs, and more, 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+!)


On Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, join us for a free community event, Leap into Kink, at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Streeet, Come together in a safe and inclusive space that encourages open dialogue and celebrates sexual well-being. Experience exciting live demonstrations and a thought-provoking panel discussion, plus DJs, vendors, and sexual health info.  Alcoholic  and non-alcohol beverages will be available for purchase.

This event is open to all levels of experience within the Kink and BDSM community and is oriented for both newcomers and the experienced (21+, bring ID).  The event is sponsored by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.  More info is here or here.

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, join us for the Cultural District’s first SF Eagle Beer Bust of the year!  Pay $20 for bottomless beer/soda and a plate of food, or get just the food for $5.  We’ll have Jell-o shots and raffle prizes…

…PLUS a free chance to nominate your friends, your foes, or yourself for one of those fantastic annual Golden Dildeaux Awards!  (More info about them is here.


The next meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 6 to 7 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 our Committee Chair, or manager@sflcd.org.


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee will be Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 6 to 7 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair..


The Fundraising Committee meets as needed.  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, 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 keep adding links to our Resource Guide page.  Use it!


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, March 13, 2024, 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.

Overdose Prevention in Nightlife

Please view this video:

 

Overdose Prevention in Nightlife – Training Video

(See also Cultural District Sponsors Narcon Training)

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The Erotic Storytelling Hour
Black History Month Edition

will be held on 
Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 8 to 9 pm PST  

Enjoy an hour of online kinky literary fun! 
Zoom in to hear erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring:
   Dicey Grenor
   Penelope Flynn
   Angyl Nihthasu
   Ivy Limieux
   Rawiyah Tariq

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: J19FQ3
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

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 

CHHESS Report Presented to Community

Community input from focus groups, interviews and a town hall meeting have been compiled into the strategies contained in our city-mandated Cultural History, Housing, and Economic Sustainability Strategies (CHHESS) Report.  The contents were presented at an open community forum on Wednesday (11/29/23).

View a recording of the presentation here.

The Board of Supervisors and the Mayor will decide whether to approve the report in 2024. When approved it will serve as a roadmap of priorities and strategies for stabilizing our cultural community.

When it goes to the Board of Supervisors, we will ask for your support through letters or speaking at the City Hall hearing. To receive an email notice when the hearing is scheduled, join our SOMA Action Network here.

We will post the full CHHESS Report (when the final version is ready), and additional updates and information, on our “CHHESS Status” page, here.

Folsom Street Cleanup

The folks of TogetherSF have organized a weekly “West SOMA Cleanup”, on Saturday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm.

Volunteers meet at Driftwood (1225 Folsom St) to grab supplies and form a crew.

Stay afterwards for a free drink on the house!

Join the Civic Joy Fund, RefuseRefuseSF, Shine On, SF Public Works, and TogetherSF for this friendly neighborhood cleanup!

Kudos to Marc Morozumi of Mukunda Studios for all he’s done to make this happen.

Sign up here.  Questions: info@refuserefusesf.org

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.

Readings and Other Resources: