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Membership Opportunities Open

At our Diversity / Membership Committee meeeting on 4/2/2020, it was agreed that, during the current COVID-19 crisis, anyone whose income or living situation has been impacted by it is eligible to receive the low-income dues waiver, regardless of other circumstances.  Your free membership is good through December, 2020.

That makes this an excellent time for you to head to our Membership Signup Page.  Members get to vote on Directors at the annual elections in August, and vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.  Of course, anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings and Committee meetings.  (Meeting dates and time, and online meeting log-in information can be found on our Calendar.)

If you can afford to pay the full annual membership dues of $15 per year, we hope you will do so, to help cover our administrative costs and to show your support for the Cultural District’s work.  But the important thing is for you to be a member, to add your voice to ours when we discuss community needs and priorities with project developers and city leaders.  

So join today.  And if you do happen to be stuck at home with nothing to do, feel free to explore this Web site — there’s lots of interesting stuff here!

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City Notices re COVID-19

We have been asked by the San Francisco Mayor’s office to help our community stay informed about the COVID-19 crisis. Important information has been provided by the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and various agencies and civic bodies.  We have also compiled information from the Governor, and various public and private institutions, as well as leaders of our local leather and kink communities.

We urge you to view these materials, and share them with others who may find them relevant.  Thank you:

Please click here for important COVAD-19 resources and information.

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Timely Reminders

If you just learned about San Francisco’s LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District…. Welcome!

Please explore below for information about the Cultural District.  If you are not already receiving email from us, please click here to be kept informed about our meetings and activities.


This is a great time to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District!  Click here to get started!  And, during the current COVID-19 crisis, anyone whose income or living situation has been impacted by it is eligible to receive the low-income dues waiver, regardless of other circumstances.  Your free membership is good through December, 2020.


If you missed our Open House on February 12, fear not!  You can view the video here!  The slide show (which is hard to see on the video) can be viewed here.


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, via Google Hangouts.

or browse to meet.google.com/ize-mzab-tbh

You can also join by phone at ‪+1 323-942-0666‬
PIN: ‪157 033 531‬#

Please contact manager@sflcd.org for full information.   Please note the meeting time. The proposed agenda can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.    The minutes of the meetings of September 18 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of October 16, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2020 are viewable here. Minutes of the meeting of February 19 and March 18, 2020 will be available soon.


The next all-digital meeting of our new Diversity and Membership Committee is set for May 7, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. To participate, you can join the Hangouts Meet at meet.google.com/cbo-ppnt-tms, or join by phone at ‪+1 240-903-4212‬ , PIN: ‪764 350 959‬#.

This Committee will have three key functions:
1. Membership drive and process
2. Diversity part I- outreach to groups and gain attendance from all clubs and groups within our community
3. Diversity part II- ensure our committees are functioning from a viewpoint of diversity in their structure and event planning.

RSVP is not required, but if you want to join this new Committee, or just obtain more information about the Committee or how to participate online, please contact the committee chair, Beth Hunt!

This information is also available on Facebook, hereHope you can join us!


The next (all-online) Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Join Hangouts Meet at meet.google.com/rgv-wxpu-euq, or Join by phone at ‪+1 234-714-0096‬ PIN: ‪166 509 062‬.  Please note the meeting time.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!


The next (all-online) meeting of the new Communications Committee is set for Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00, pm.  Join Hangouts Meet at meet.google.com/beo-rpjo-jpr, or Join by phone at ‪+1 240-442-8049‬ PIN: ‪243 243 666‬#.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to join this new Committee, or for more info!


The next all-online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, April 23, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m. Join Hangouts Meet at meet.google.com/tsh-uizn-qud · , or call ‪+1 813-421-1943‬ and enter PIN: ‪582 777 624#‬.  The proposed agenda will be distributed in advance, along with instructions for online participation.  We hope you will join us!

You can view the draft minutes of the meeting of March 26, 2020 herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this Committee, or for more info!

Town Hall Meeting - 3/25/2020

The Town Hall for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, has been postponed.  A new date will be announced as soon as practical.  

Want your voice in the leather community heard? Want input on what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District does in the future? THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

For more information,  please look here or on the Facebook event, or write to info@SFLCD.org.


A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled shortly.

Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!


Another event of interest is the Friends of Eagle Plaza online meeting meeting on Thursday afternoon, March 19, 2020, from 4 to 4:30 pm.   Please note the meeting time.  Join the meeting using the following info:

  • https://zoom.us/j/424703809?pwd=azdXUDBqZUNONFEwSG5ZYSsydjJKdz09
  • meet.google.com/zag-bbdp-udp (although this may not work)
  • Join by phone +1 650-530-6604 PIN 199234351#

Please note that Eagle Plaza is NOT the Cultural District; it is just one important new element that is helping to define the importance of the area to leather culture.  The Friends of Eagle Plaza is forming its own Board of Directors and writing Bylaws, which will determine how the Plaza will be managed and used.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in that process!  Info about Eagle Plaza can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/ or http://www.eagleplaza.org/friendsofeagleplaza .


       

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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 original (2018) brochure, or our new (September 2019) color brochure.
  • 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 our Town Hall.  This was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, but has been postponed. Watch for a new date and time.  More info about the Town Hall can be found here or on the Facebook event.
  • 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.   
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Robert Goldfarb, 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!

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Become a Member

We are happy to invite you to become a full Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

Become a Member
Please click here to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District.

Join the Mailing List 
Please click here if you just want to get on our mailing list.

View your information on file
If you are already a member, you may click here to view and edit the information we have about you (including Committee memberships).   We will send you an email with a link to your data.

To pay your annual membership dues with a credit card or e-check, click here.

If you wish to make a credit card or echeck donation to assist the Cultural District, click here.

NOTES:

  • Anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings.  Only Voting Members get to vote for Directors at the annual elections in August, or vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.
  • Membership dues are $15 per year, and are intended only to cover our basic administrative costs.  Anyone who cannot afford the $15/year membership dues — or anyone whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis — can receive a Low-income Dues Waiver, but they must still agree with the Vision and Mission of the Cultural District, and meet other requirements.
  • Our finances are handled by our fiscal sponsor, SOMArts.  When you make a dues payment or donation, they will ask for your address and billing information, but they do NOT share all of that with us.  Please provide your LCD name and email address (if different) as a comment with your payment, to make sure we know it is coming from you.
  • Your membership will not become official until we have verified your eligibility and confirmed receipt of your dues (or eligibility for dues waiver).  This is a manual process, and we will contact you if we have questions or concerns; unless you hear otherwise, your membership is assured.  As always, if you have questions for us, use the contact phone number or email address shown on the right side of this page.
  • Please give us a call also if you have special circumstances.  (E.g.  Do you not use email?  Do you and your partner share an email address?  Do you want to support us as a business or organization?  Etc.)
  • Thanks!

Board, Membership, and Community Meetings

Community participation is essential to the success of the Cultural District.

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.  Meetings and other events of importance to the Cultural District are posted on our Calendar.  See more info at the bottom of this post.

Come participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!

Board Meetings
Community Meetings
Membership Meetings
Minutes of Community Meetings
Committees
General Information

Board Meetings

Meetings of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors are open to all, and your attendance and participation is welcome.  Time is included on each agenda for public comment.  When necessary, Executive Sessions may be held during which non-Directors will be asked to leave.  

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 6 to 8:30 pm.

This meeting will be conducted online.  To participate, use this link:  meet.google.com/ize-mzab-tbh .  You can also join by phone at +1 323-942-0666 (PIN: 157033531).  Please contact manager@sflcd.org for full information.

The proposed agenda an be viewed here.

Future Board meetings are tentatively scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, and will be held either online, or at the SF LGBT Center.  Please double-check this Web site for updates and confirmations.

For future reference, note that The SF LGBT Center is fully ADA compliant. Please use public transportation to access the Center. Street parking is limited. The SF LGBT Center is accessible by MUNI J,K,L,M,N or F, as well as bus lines 6,7,61,71. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block driveways or park in blue, yellow or white zones.

The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 18, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of October 16, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2020 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of February 19, 2020 will be available soon.

Board minutes are posted once they are approved (typically at the following Board meeting).  Unless otherwise noticed, Board meetings are not recorded or live-streamed.

Community Meetings

Prior to the election of the Board of Directors, Community Meetings were held monthly; since the adoption in August 2019 of the Cultural District Bylaws and the election of a Board of Directors, there are now “Membership Meetings” held at least once each year, plus other community-wide events, including “Open House” and “Town Hall” events, as appropriate.

Our most recent Open House was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the SF LGBT Center in San Francisco. You can view the video of that event here!

A Town Hall will be scheduled soon.  If you want your voice in the leather community to be heard — If you want to offer your ideas about what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District should be doing, now and in the future — THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!  The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.  More info is here and on the Facebook event.

Membership Meetings

Although anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings, only Voting Members get to vote to elect Directors at the Annual Membership Meeting in August, or to vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.

The next election of Directors will happen at the Annual Membership Meeting in July or August of 2020.  Special Membership Meetings may be called at any time.

Please click here for more information, and to become a Full Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

If you have any questions about our meetings and membership, please write to info@sflcd.org.

Minutes and Videos of Past Community Meetings

The minutes of the August 21, 2019 meeting can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the July 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the June 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 15, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be found here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of February 20, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of January 16, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of December 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting in two parts, here and here.

The minutes of the meeting of November 14, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of the last 90 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2018 can be downloaded here. You can view a live stream of (the first 45 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of August 15, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here(Note:  The recording starts with about 8 minutes of dead air, and is cut off abruptly after roughly 2 hours.  Apologies for these glitches.)

The minutes of the meeting of July 18, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

You can view the minutes of the meeting of June 20, 2018 here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.  The Board Structure that we approved at that meeting can be seen here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 16, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

Minutes of the Community Meeting of April 18, 2018 can be found here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of March 14, 2018 can be seen here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of February 19, 2018, are available here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the Community Meeting of January 6, 2018, can be viewed here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the meeting of November 29, 2017, are available here.  Another set of notes are available here.

Notes from the meeting of November 20, 2017 can be viewed here.

Notes from the meeting of November 14, 2017 can be viewed here.

You may view video of the community meetings — live streaming or recorded — at our Facebook Group here.

Committees

At the Open House event on February 12, 2020, the Board presented its new list of Active Committees, and invited interested folks to sign up.  Full information on those new Committees can be found here.

To join any Committee, just attend any meeting and sign up.  To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information, please click here to join the mailing list. If you are already on our mailing list, you can click here to adjust which Committees you wish to be kept informed about.

General Information

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

For all General Community meetings, and most Committee meetings, ASL interpreters will be provided if requested at least ten days in advance.  Please send requests to the Committee Chair, or President@sflcd.org.

All Board, Membership and Committee Meetings, and other events of importance to the Cultural District, are posted on our Calendar. (Information on importing and using this calendar can be found here.)

We also invite you to like and follow the Cultural District’s Facebook Page, drop by our Web site from time to time, join our Group on Fetlife, follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter or Instagram, and contact us any time with questions, suggestions, or just to keep in touch.

Come participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!

Grants for Artists

We have been advised of a couple of opportunities for artists to receive grants to assist them during the COVID-19 crisis.

The first is an Arts Relief Program that San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently announced.  This will include $1.5 million in grants to individual artists, teaching artists, and small- to mid- budget sized arts and cultural organizations, and $1 million in low-interest loans to small- to mid-budget sized arts and cultural organizations. 

For information, or to apply for a grant, go to:  https://ccigrants.gosmart.org/


Separately, the SF Arts Commission has created a Relief Fund for Artists, offering grants of up to $250 for artists who have graduated from a Bay Area institution or who have have lived in the Bay Area for two years as a working artist.  More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here: