Audacious Anniversary Fun for All

The community came out to celebrate the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s fourth birthday at an Audacious Anniversary party, held at Folsom Street Foundry on Saturday evening, May 7, 2022.  

Entertainments included The Rebel Kings, House of MORE!, suspension bondage by Ivy Limieux and Shay Tiziano with Sabriel Star, and kinky demos by ONYX Northwest and the 15 Association.  The event was DJ’d by Fawks, and MC’d by Lance Holman.

Food for the free party was catered by MamaBear’s Kitchen, SOMA Guardians provided the coat check, photography was by Gooch, and over a dozen contestants walked our first annual “Brazen Runway”, competing for prizes and raising money for the Cultural District.

Many folks stopped by the info table to learn about the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, sign up for the mailing list, or become voting members of the organization.

Below are just a few images to remind you how much kinky fun we all had.

PhotosByGooch.com

Many more pics can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/sflcd.org/posts/5199545363435534

Thanks to everyone who attended.  See you next year!

 

Oasis Mural In Progress

A large, wrap-around-the-building mural is now under construction at the corner of 11th Street and Burns Place (between Folsom and Howard).

When finished, the mural, called “SHOWTIME“, will decorate two sides of The Oasis, San Francisco’s home for Superstar Drag Shows, Fabulous Cabaret Performances and Unforgettable Events. It is being created by some of the city’s best-loved queer artists as a love letter to San Francisco.

If you visit this week, you might see any of the artists — Serge Gay Jr., Simön Malvaez, Elliott C Nathan, J Manuel Carmona , and Christopher McCutcheon — working on it.

Please join us at 3 pm on Thursday, June 2, at Oasis (298 11th Street) for the official unveiling of the mural, with honored guests Mayor London Breed and State Senator Scott Wiener.

Then come back for the party celebrating the five artists who painted the mural, starting at 9 pm.

As reported in The Bold Italic, funding for the piece was secured through the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, in association with the SF Arts Commission, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence‘s “Queer Artists for Queer Spaces” initiative, with support from Soma West CBD,.  Of course, Oasis’ owner and creative director, D’Arcy Drollinger, is the impresario who made it all happen.

To whet your appetite, here are a few pictures (by Christopher McCutcheon and David Hyman) of the work in progress:

 

 

Timely Reminders

We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday.  Our next one is Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 8 to 9 p.m.   Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community.

 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 meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 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 here.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89554242702 or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.   More info is here. Draft agenda is herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


The next online Walking Tour Subcommittee Meeting is set for Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88470691792 or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792..  More info is here. Draft agenda is hereHelp us create an Internet-based Walking Tour of noteworthy past and present locations in our South of Market neighborhood.


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87865884248 , 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, June 9, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. (Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.

 


The next online meeting of the Fundraising Committee is will be scheduled 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, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!


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.  And, if you can, contribute to their Capital Campaign here.


The Second Annual Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Bearrison — a collaboration between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., (SPI) and the Bears of San Francisco (BOSF) — is an inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTI+ community, which promotes body positivity for all and builds a more supportive, welcoming, and inclusive bear scene by representing a diverse arena of cultures.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was proud to have been a Presenting Sponsor of last year’s Fair; pictures from that event are up on their web site

This would be a great time to sign up for one of their volunteer teams.


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 eight 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, to be published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.  


Do you own or manage a building or business in our Cultural District?  Does it have some history relevant to our queer and kinky communities?  Do you want to learn more about it?  Look here.

And while we have your attention, building owner/manager:  Would you like a mural on your building?  We would like to make it happen for you!   Decorate The Streets


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.


Do you have opinions?  Sure you do, but we mean specifically do you have opinions about SOMA and kink and the future of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District?    Please share your opinions using our Community Input form!


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, May 17, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Zoom into meeting at Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89493852487 or call 1-669-900-6833, and use Meeting ID: 894 9385 2487.  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.


       

Gear Swap at SOMA Second Saturday

The monthly SOMA Second Saturday event on June 11 (from 1 to 5 pm, in and around Eagle Plaza) will once again feature our fun new “Rough Trade” Gear Swap!

The Gear Swap is your chance to clear out the closet, and earn some money for your used leather boots, fetish attire, kinky toys, bondage gear and…  who knows what else!

You can let us sell your items for your stated price, OR hang out at the Gear Swap booth, so you can negotiate and haggle with potential buyers.

If you have a Venmo account, you can send us the account name or QR Code to make payment easy.

You’ll be reducing clutter, raising cash, and getting gear into the hands of folks who might not otherwise afford it.

Best of all, you can choose to keep 100% of the cash receipts, or donate some or all of them to Folsom Street!

So, if you have some items that no longer fit your lifestyle (or your body), sign up here, or read full details here.


Other reasons to join us for SOMA Second Saturdays can be found here.

Leather Pride at Pride

San Francisco LGBTQ+ Pride returns to the streets, with a two-day in-person celebration in Civic Center and the historic Pride Parade down Market Street on Sunday.

The dates are June 25-26, 2022, the theme is “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and of course the LEATHER and LGBTQ Cultural District will be there.

We will march in the parade with the Leather Contingent and host a booth at the Celebration. Please join us!

  • Like and follow the Leather Contingent’s Facebook group to be kept informed about parade planning.
  • Submit your nomination(s) for the Leather Marshalls who will be featured in the Parade.
  • Attend the Leather Contingent Planning Meeting, on Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 3 pm, on the patio of the SF Eagle, and vote for the Leather Marshals for this year.
  • Attend the Leather Contingent Beer Bust and Fundraiser immediately following that meeting.
  • Join the Cultural District’s volunteer team: carry our banner in the Parade, help staff our information booth, and otherwise participate.

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!

Let Adult Sex Venues Return!

 

District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman has introduced an ordinance to the city’s Board of Supervisors, to clear up zoning issues and allow the reopening of traditional gay bathhouses and other adult businesses in designated areas of San Francisco.

His new ordinance will allow these “adult sex venues” to operate 24/7 in the Castro and on upper Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street, and in key locations in SOMA and the Tenderloin.  “Conditional use” permits would be possible in several other  places.  Supervisor Mandelman, who expects his ordinance will be approved, posted the following message on Facebook:

During the 1970s and early 80s bathhouses were a focal point of gay social life in San Francisco and were important community meeting places where friends would gather to share stories, or watch a live show. Sadly, these were mostly shut down by city and court orders during the height of the AIDS crisis, and in 2020 I authored legislation to roll back those outdated health orders. But, last year we learned that a number of queer entrepreneurs seeking to open a new generation of bathhouses were still blocked under current zoning rules.

Yesterday, I introduced an ordinance to clarify the zoning for adult sex venues and make sure they are allowed in historically LGBTQ neighborhoods like the Castro and SOMA. I hope this ordinance will complete the work we began in 2020 to overcome the lingering stigma of a painful chapter in the history of San Francisco’s queer community by once again welcoming these safe, LGBTQ-affirming spaces in our city, and paving the way for queer entrepreneurs to open them up and contribute to our post-pandemic economic recovery.

For more info, please refer to this article in the Bay Area Reporter.  
The proposed ordinance (File #220264) can be reviewed here, and you can track the progress of the proposal here.

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:

You Have the Right to Recover

SICK? VULNERABLE? WORRIED ABOUT MISSING WORK?

Right to Recover was created to offer a safety net for people who face financial hardship and lack access to benefits such as unemployment insurance or paid sick leave while in isolation following a positive COVID-19 test result.”  Full info at https://oewd.org/employees-impacted-covid-19

San Francisco’s Right to Recover Program

The Right to Recover Program provides a one-time payment to adult residents of San Francisco who test positive for COVID-19, and anticipate experiencing financial hardship during their quarantine or isolation. There is no application process and the City will not ask or record any citizenship or immigration questions. Immigration status does not affect eligibility.  

You must be experiencing financial hardship because of being unable to work or are too sick to work during isolation for Covid.

You may eligible if you: 

  • Are a resident of San Francisco 
  • Are 18 years or older 
  • Have a recent case of Covid confirmed by a positive test at a lab 
  • Are not receiving paid sick leave or unemployment insurance benefits
     

If this is you, email sfvaxnow@sfdph.org. Use “Right to Recover” in the subject line, and include your name and contact number in the body of the email.

You can also call the Covid Resource Center at 628-217-6101 to ask about Right to Recover funds.

Give2SF This program is funded by generous donations to the Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a public-private partnership. Contribute here.

Rachele

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Rachele Sullivan. Rachele was one of the founders of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District. She worked tirelessly to help launch the District and was the first chair of our Land Use Committee. She was active in both the leather and Filipino communities.

The photo below was taken at the District’s ribbon cutting to celebrate our official founding by the city Supervisors.

Rachele Sullivan outside the STUD, cutting the ribbon on the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, June 12, 2018. Photo by Liz Highwayman

A nice tribute can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/Folsom-Street-147246855245

The Bay Area Reporter article on her passing is here.

Catalyst Transforms!

Transform1060 is a leather/kink/fetish community space at 1060 Folsom Street, formerly the social and educational space called SFCatalyst. It will be outfitted as you remember with upgrades in the works.

The space’s new operation team has finalized a new lease on the space, a crucial step the transition from its previous management by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance,.  The team is actively recruiting folks to host events there, as well as donations to their Capital Campaign. 

You can read more about the space — its history, the ongoing transition, the new management team, and the values that will guide its operations — at their new Web site, transform1060.org, or their Facebook page. A Press Release is also available, with with important details and quotes from team members Christopher Wood and Leigh Ann Hildebrand,.

The Transform1060 team is asking for active community involvement, urging folks to commit to attending an event, volunteering at an event, or hosting an event in the first 60 days of 2022.

They are also seeking donations to help retire the substantial back-rent debt, to begin making space and accessibility improvements, and to weather COVID-19 surges or other emergencies.  Learn more or make a donation at transform1060.org/home/donate/.

This fundraising campaign replaces the SFCatalyst Patreon campaign, which will no longer go towards operation of the 1060 Folsom space.

The survival of this space ensures that kinky folks from all of our communities will continue to have a safe space in SF to gather, play, teach, and learn.  The new team is committed to providing event facilities to a broad spectrum of the San Francisco Bay area’s fetish and kink communities, with an intentional focus on increasing services to and participation of historically excluded and under-represented people.  

Bearrison Street Fair is Coming Back!

The Second Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street, on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Now is the time to sign up for one of their volunteer teams.

Later, we will be recruiting you to be a vendor, be a sponsor, have your organization be a beverage partner, or volunteer to help out on the day.

Still later, we will encourage you to buy your VIP tickets in advance.

Of course, any time is a good time to check out the photos of last year’s event on their web site.

Because the  Bearrison Street Fair is, above all, a good time!

SOMA Second Saturdays!


It’s the Super Sized Sexy Second Saturday!

June 11, 2022, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
12th Street (between Folsom and Harrison), in San Francisco
Hosted by LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, Folsom Street,
and Soma West CBD

Come shop with some of the finest local queer and kinky artists, artisans, and craftspeople.

Watch this page for updated list of vendors and participants.

Join in the Rough Trade
Leather & Gear Swap! (Sign up here!)
 

 

Enjoy a special
Saturday Beer Bust
at the SF Eagle, from 3 to 6 pm!

Dine nearby at local restaurants like Willows and Manora.

Donations welcome.

This is a smoke-free event.

Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom!
(Link coming soon)

Do you have kinky arts or queer crafts you would like to show and sell?
Click here for more info!

Our Audacious Anniversary!

Come celebrate the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s fourth birthday at our 

Audacious Anniversary!

 

Note that vaccination is required and we will be checking proof at the door.
 
In order to take care of yourself and those around you, we highly recommend:
1. masking during the event (we will have a limited number of N95s to distribute and a mask vendor onsite),
2. not coming if you have any symptoms or COVID contacts, and
3. screening by doing testing both before and after the event.

Entertainment, food, demos, and fun!

Free Admission

Saturday, May 7, 2022
5 to 9 pm
Folsom Street Foundry
1425 Folsom Street

 Featuring performances by
House of MORE!
The Rebel Kings

Ambient suspension bondage performances by
Ivy Limieux and Shay Tiziano, with Sabriel Star

Kinky demos by
ONYX Northwest
The 15 Association
and The Society of Janus

DJ Fawks

MC Lance Holman

AND

The first annual
Brazen Runway

Strut Your Smut!

    See who’s going, match, and chat before you go.
    Check out Audacious Anniversary on the Bloom Community app

    This is a smoke-free event.
    Be 21+ and bring proof of vaccination.


    More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/340200574742340