Overdose Prevention Trainings

We invite you to join us for Overdose Prevention Training by Kochina Rude, sponsored by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.
This session is open to the public, on Wednesday, May 22, 6 pm, at Oasis, 298 11th Street.
The training will include how to recognize the signs of a fentanyl overdose and how to properly use Naloxone (Narcan). There will be also be training on how to use fentanyl test strips. Each participant will receive a kit with two doses of Narcan and a supply of test strips.
The evening will include food and a special performance by Ryan Patrick Welsh, star of “Sex, Camp, Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
Admission is free but seating is limited. Please register to join us.

Register for training

Fentanyl overdoses have been at critical levels in San Francisco in the last few years. You can be prepared to save a life.  Additional training sessions for employees of District bars and clubs are also being scheduled.

Oasis is 21+
This training is made possible by a generous grant from the Success Centers. 

Timely Reminders

The Play on the Plaza event on May 11 was a big success.
Photo of Play on the Plaza, May 2024, by Fire Dragon Photography See more photos by Fire Dragon Photo.

The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, May 15, 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, use the Board of Directors Meeting Zoom link, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.    Facebook page.  Draft agenda (link coming soon).  Minutes of past Board meetings. Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.

The SOMA WEST Community Benefit District invites you to their monthly Neighborhood Happy Hour, from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Thursday, May 16, at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street.  Meet your neighbors!  The first round is on them!

The next Erotic Storytelling Hour is set for Thursday, May 23, 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.   Erotic Storytelling Hour information pageFacebook PageZoom link, Videos of some of our past evenings!  (Be 18+!)

The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 7 pm.  Arts and Culture Committee Facebook page.  Please contact the Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!

The next online Diversity & Membership Committee meeting is set for Thursday, June 6, at 6 pm PDT.   Diversity & Membership Committee Zoom link. Facebook page.  Contact the Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!

The next Play on the Plaza is Saturday, June 8, from 12 noon to 5 pm, at Eagle Plaza (12th Street, between Folsom and Harrison). Flogging!  Flagging!  Vendors! Entertainment! Gear Swap!  Play on the Plaza info. June 8 event info.  Facebook page coming soon.

The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Monday, June 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Land Use Committee Meeting Zoom Link. Facebook page.  Contact the committee chair.

The next online meeting of the Communications Committee will be Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 7 pm.  Communications Committee Zoom linkFacebook page. Contact the committee chair.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District will celebrate six years of working to keep SOMA kinky and queer with its annual Audacious Anniversary Party, on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from noon to 3 pm, in Ringold Alley (a one-block street that runs from 8th to 9th Streets, between Folsom and Howard).  Admission is free   Save the date, and watch for more details, coming soon.

The Fundraising Committee meets as needed.  Please contact the Fundraising 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 Governance and Legislation 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, then sign up to get it monthly.

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.  Subscribe to the SOMA West Community Benefit District newsletter.

San Francisco has nine Cultural Districts, each supporting a unique aspect of the City’s cultural mosaic You can subscribe to a Cultural Districts 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.  SOMA Action network sign-up link.

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, June 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  You can be added to the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” mailing list.  You can make a donation to the Friends of Eagle Plaza. You can like and follow them on Facebook.  You can learn more about the Plaza’s design, construction and stewardship on the Friends of Eagle Plaza website, or you can write to info@eagleplaza.org.

Name That Park!

Name the New Park After Rachele Sullivan

Deadline to vote:  May 1, 2024


  • A new park is being built at 11th and Natoma Streets, half a block from the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.
  • The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department solicited community input into naming the park, and we proposed that 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 names were proposed, and a preliminary survey narrowed the options down to six.
  • A run-off survey is now in process.  Please vote in this survey. 
  • We encourage you to vote for Rachele Sullivan, a woman who proudly embodied the intersection of the queer, leather, Filipino, Indigenous, and disabled communities.
  • We need you to take this survey even if you took the earlier one.
  • Thanks!

Golden Dildeaux Awarded

The Woodys Awards Ceremony was held at the San Francisco Eagle on the evening of April 27, and the nominees, along with their friends and supporters, filled the Eagle patio to enjoy the finale of the Golden Dildeaux Award season, and to see who would get a Woody.  

2024 GOLDEN DILDEAUX AWARDS by Fire Dragon Photo

Hosts Dolan Wolf and Andres Campos carefully read the lists of nominees, and cheers greeted each award winner as they came forward to receive their statuettes, each accompanied by a golden envelope and a certificate confirming their victory.

District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey and Cultural District Director Bob Goldfarb contributed comments and drag performer Coco Buttah provided entertainment during breaks in the awards.

After all the awards were presented (see list of winners, below), a special additional Woody was given to Ben Perez for being the most successful fundraiser in a single category.

Overall, the 2024 Golden Dildeaux raised $14,877 for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, which will be used to help keep SOMA kinky and queer.

The award celebration capped weeks of active and imaginative campaigning by nominees, leading to some spirited friendly competitions, and resulting in a diverse and enthusiastic group of award recipients.

View Fire Dragon Photo Gallery

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View Photos by Dot

The Cultural District sends its thanks to the SF Eagle, Lex Montiel, Jeff Johnson, DJ Spazatronica, Supervisor Matt Dorsey, Coco Buttah, Ken Berard, Mike Labriola, Lou Grosso, Jack Folchi, Cultural District Board members and volunteers, all the gracious and good-spirited candidates, and to everyone who voted.  

Here are the winners:

  Category Name Description Winner
1 The TOP of Them All The “They Who MUST BE OBEYED” Award Sumiko Saulson  Mauskaveli
2 Best in RUBBER The “Slippery When Wet” Award Austin LaCrosse
3 BEST LOOKING ASS in the Bay Area The “Full Moon” Award Joshua Munoz
4 QUEEREST OF THE QUEER The “Over the Rainbow” Award Star D
5 Best PUPPY HANDLER The “FETCH!” Award Mama Kat
6 FIERCEST FEMME The “Sexy Siren” Award Reika Minxie
7 Best LEATHER FASHIONISTA The “Brazen Runway” Award Kara P
8 Your FAVORITE SILVER FOX The “Hot Daddy” Award Dandy Buckley
9 Best IMPACT PLAYER-BOTTOM The “Black & Blue” Award Eric See
10 The HOTTEST CIGAR SMOKER The “Smoke Ring” Award Ray Middling
11 GOLDEN SHOWER Lover The “Fire Hydrant” Award David Hyman
12 Most VERSATILE Player The “Orange Hankie” Award Benji Michalek
13 Best CUDDLE BEAR The “Honey Pot” Award Daniel Huggybear Cherry
14 Best BOOTBLACK The “Spit Shine” Award Sky Russell
15 Biggest PIG The “Hole Hog” Award Pig Zero
16 HORSE HUNG Stud The “Dick of Death” Award Steve “Ox” Geist
17 Best PUPPY The “Best in Show” Award Pup Jake
18 BUTCHEST WOMAN The “Serious Swagger” Award Val Langmuir
19 NOVICE PLAYER of the Year The “Rookie” Award Raquel Stratton
20 Favorite BARE CHEST CALENDAR Guy The “Man of the Month” Award Ben Perez
21 Best Power FISTING-BOTTOM The “Golden Gape” Award Kevin Stone
22 Best INSTIGATOR The “Troublemaker” Award Drew Ward
23 Best Drag or Burlesque Performer The “Big Slay” Award Jamie Synn
24 BEST SEX in the Bay Area The “Orgasmatron” Award Austin LaCrosse
25 Biggest Fundraiser The “Wolf of Folsom Street” Award Ben Perez


Play on the Plaza: June



Impact Play Host: The Exiles
Special Guest DJ: Del (4)

Vendors! Gear Swap! Entertainment!

Impact Play Area
Spanking Benches and Crosses will be available!

Saturday, June 8
Noon to 5pm
At Eagle Plaza
12th Street, Folsom to Harrison
Wear your Gear!

Free Admission! Donations welcome!

Watch this page for Fetish Vendors and other details!

Join us for Play on the Plaza, designed to ignite some spark in your life!  Every second Saturday of the month we feature a different local bay area BDSM, Kink, Leather or LGBTQ group right on Eagle Plaza!  

Priority is given to local artists, makers and service providers.
Vendor Info
Vendor Booth Application

Make room in your closet or dungeon!
Bring leather or kinky gear, toys, or clothing to sell or donate!
Gear Swap Info

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

See who else is coming by checking Plura  (formerly known as Bloom)!

Impact play is welcome (with consent!)
Alas, sexplay is not welcome.

Thank you to Folsom Street and SOMA West CBD
for their invaluable help with these events.