Timely Reminders

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, December 1, 2022, 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, December 8, 2022 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, December 8, 2022, 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 online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 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 Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 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 hereThe 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 meeting of the Walking Tour Committee is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm  Join via Zoom here or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792.  More info will be posted on Facebook soon.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Goldfarb, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The December meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors has been cancelled, to permit folks to enjoy their holidays.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 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 will be posted on Facebook soon .  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next online meeting of the Fundraising Committee is set for Tuesday, TBD, 2022from 5:00 to 6:00 pm..  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, December 14, 2022, 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.

Golden Gate Guards Celebrates, Ends

After serving the SF Bay Area community since 1986, the Golden Gate Guards “rolled up their banner” and dissolved the club at their 36th Anniversary Party at the SF Eagle on Saturday, November 19th.
Marc Owens, Jack Goodall, Jim Stokes, and Roger Sullivan roll up the banner of the Golden Gate Guards

The Guards’ board of directors decided that after 36 years of community service, fundraising for charities, and fellowship with the leather/Levi LGBTQIA community, it was best to retire the club and preserve its legacy as one of the longest active leather/Levi clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The event was catered by long-time Guards supporter Don Ramon’s, and guests received pins, t-shirts, mugs and other classic Guards memorabilia.

There were presentations to the now-emeritus members, personal stories of past events, an a solemn reading of the honor roll of Golden Gate Guards who have passed away.

As part of the process of shutting down the guards, all remaining assets will be divided between their 2022 beneficiaries, the San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group and the LGBT Asylum Project, with additional funds going to Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners.

The Guards’ website. is being transformed into a lasting archive of facts and photos from the Guards’ history.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is working with the Guards to help them to find suitable permanent archives for their documents, and will take over ownership of the flags, to continue the Guards tradition of providing honor guards for LeatherWalk and other parades and events.

The Cultural District will also be taking on the famous Golden Dildeaux Awards, preserving another important historic (and fun!) community tradition. Please watch for updates about the Awards next Spring.

Holiday Market!

SOMA Second Saturday!
Holiday Market!
Saturday, December 10, 2022
12 Noon – 5 pm
Multiple Locations!

Welcome to the SOMA Second Saturday! Holiday Market, a multi location indoor holiday market on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

We are moving indoors during the winter weather and are pleased to partner with PantherProwls Enterprises’ San Francisco Fetish Flea to bring you the best of local artists, craftspeople, and businesses for your holiday shopping and celebration.

We’ll even have a free, hop on/hop off shuttle on a continual loop to get you to all these South of Market destinations (shuttle hours noon to 5 pm).

If you have kinky arts or queer crafts you would like to show and sell at the Art and Artisan Fair, Please Complete This Form

Art and Artisan Fair
12 noon – 5 pm
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street
Free admission, optional donations accepted
Gift Wrapping Station (Free wrapping for gifts bought at all Holiday Market locations!)
Naughty Santa!
Surprises!
San Francisco Fetish Flea
11 am – 5 pm
Wicked Grounds Annex
289 8th Street
$5 admission
Leather Etc.
1201 Folsom Street
10% off when you mention “Holiday Market”
Wicked Grounds
289 8th St
10 am to 8 pm
Coffee, kink, and community!
Free Shuttle
On continual loop to all these
South of Market
destinations
Hop on / Hop off
Noon to 5 pm
Look for the colorful “Hippie Bus”!
The Indigo Project
While at SOMArts, stop in and see this landmark multidisciplinary exhibition centering Black artists and their stories.  The exhibit runs from December 10 through February 5, 2023.  Details here.
Last year's shuttle map. Watch this space for updates! Other Event Locations!
Watch this page for updates!

 

 

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom!
(link will be updated soon)


 

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.

 

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 will begin on Thursday, January 26.  If you wish to apply for the program, please fill out this application form.  We will send you an invitation to attend a 30-minute introductory session.

Click here for full info!

Legends to be Awarded

The Academy, a LGBTQ+ social club located in San Francisco’s Castro District, will be presenting its Legends Awards on November 12, and several leaders of our SOMA community will be honored.

The 2022 Legends Archive inductee will be Graylin K. Thornton, who will take his place in the pantheon of San Francisco LGBTQ+ Legends!

As part of the celebration, several other prestigious Community awards will also be presented:

  • Diane Jones Solidarity Award: Race Bannon
  • The Architect Award: J Manuel Carmona, Simón Malvaez, SERGE GAY JR., Elliott C Nathan, & Xtopher J. McCutcheon (the five incredible artists who created the “Showtime” mural at SF Oasis)
  • The Exemplar Award: Kochina Rude

The event will be held at the Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street in San Francisco, starting at 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2022.  Find full information and make reservations to attend here.

Congratulations to all the award recipients, and we will see you on the twelfth!

BIPOC & QTPOC Meetup

BIPOC & QTPOC Takeover Meetup Music - Picnic - Good Vibes Dolores Park (Church Street & 19th Street) 13 November, 1 to 5 pm Presented by MOCAASF

Next month there will be a new event at Dolores Park by and for BIPOC & QTPOC community members and their allies.

It’s Takeover:  a BIPOC & QTPOC Meetup, offering music, a picnic, and good vibes, held in Dolores Park (Church Street & 19th Street), on November 13, 2022, from 1 to 5 pm, presented by MOCAASF.

Bring your food and drink of choice along with a blanket and a willingness to connect with QTPOC & BIPOC people outside the bar scene.

This event is a call to participate in a new and exciting community in which we can build new connections in a safe space.  As the poster says, “We are a vibrant, powerful and resilient BIPOC & QTPOC community. Let’s celebrate that!”

The event will be located in the area opposite the tennis court at Dolores Park. There will be a table set up if you would like to get a name tag and say hello to other community members and collaborators.

Find more info about about the event here, and more about MOCAA here.

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.

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:

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!
Special Holiday Edition!

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

Thursday, December 8, 2022, 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

Featured Readers:
To Be Announced

Special Guest Reader:
To Be Announced

 

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