Bob Brown to be featured at LDG Event This Wednesday

This San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group and Jay Harcourt will present “Preserving Our History & Sustaining Our Future”.  

    Given the most recent Omicron spike, LDG has decided for everyone’s safety to go back online for a bit. So this month, we’ll be chatting with Bob Brown, President of the world’s first city-recognized LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District here in San Francisco. We’ll be talking about the history, purpose, and future plans for the District, and learn what it takes to preserve San Francisco’s leather history and promote a strong future for leather and kink in San Francisco.

    Zoom in here:

    Full info here or on Facebook.

    You Have the Right to Recover


    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

    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 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.

    Our Committees!

    Community participation is essential to the success of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

    We therefore strongly encourage all interested folks to join the Cultural District’s various committees.  All our meetings are free and open to all. 

    All Cultural District Committee meetings are currently being held online using Zoom. Interested community members are urged to obtain the Zoom app for their phone or computer, although dial-in phone participation is also an option.  

    For log-on information about online meetings, please refer to the “Timely Reminders” post (normally near the top of this Web site), OR to the Cultural District Calendar, OR to our Event List, OR to our Facebook Events page.

    To receive email from Committee chairs, (e.g. meeting agendas and special announcements), use the form here; it will send you an email with custom links to let you review and adjust your Committee preferences.  Note that not ALL Committees send out regular meeting announcements.

    Here are the currently active Committees that could really use your involvement:

    Arts and Culture Committee
    Communications Committee
    Diversity and Membership Committee
    Economic Vitality Committee
    Finance Committee
    Fundraising Committee
    Governance and Legislation Committee
    Land Use Committee
    Other Groups
    General Information about Committee Meetings and Membership

    Arts and Culture Committee

    This new committee advocates for creative activity in the Cultural District, organizes events, performances, public art, gallery shows, and walking tours, and explores opportunities to attract and support leather and LGBTQ artists in the Cultural District.

    The Arts and Culture Committee normally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, (e.g. February 25, 2021) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Check our Calendar for logon information.   Agendas are posted on this Web site, and sent to sign-up Committee members, in advance of each meeting.

    Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, for more info!

    Communications Committee

    This committee handles the Cultural District’s social media and digital presence, public relations, branding, event promotion, and outreach to clubs, organizations, and individuals.

    Their Committee normally meets on the second Thursday of each month, (e.g. February 11, 2021) from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, for more info!

    Diversity & Membership Committee

    This committee recruits individual members and works with other committees to ensure diversity of membership, programs and participants.

    The Diversity and Membership Committee normally meets on the first Thursday of each month (e.g. February 4, 2021) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please write to the committee chair for more info!

    Economic Vitality Committee

    This committee works to prevent displacement of existing leather and LGBTQ community groups and businesses as well as attracting new ones to the District. This also includes facilitating connections to existing city services and assistance to navigate those services.

    No meetings are yet scheduled for this Committee.  If you are interested in serving, please write to and asked to be kept informed.

    Finance Committee

    The Finance Committee oversees budgeting and accounting for the Cultural District, and conducts audits when necessary.  Membership is currently restricted to Directors, but for more information, contact

    Fundraising Committee

    This new committee was created to help plan the District’s first major fundraising event, LeatherWalk 2021.  Following that event, ig is focusing on developing programs and materials to generate donations to support the work of the organization.

    The Fundraising Committee normally meets selected Tuesdays each month, (e.g. October 26, 2021) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Check our Calendar for logon information and links to agendas.

    Please contact the committee chair for more info, or to be placed on the mailing list to receive meeting announcements,

    Governance and Legislation Committee

    The Governance and Legislation Committee advocates with city planners, departments and agencies for legislation and procedures benefiting the District’s constituents.  The committee also monitors bylaw compliance and maintains the District’s policy and procedures manual, proposing and drafting any changes.

    No meetings are yet scheduled for this Committee.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!

    Land Use Committee

    This committee has been in existence for over a year now, tracking construction projects and developments in the District, and working with developers and city agencies to mitigate the effects of gentrification.

    The Land Use Committee also works to preserve and develop culturally and historically significant buildings, businesses, organizations, traditions, arts, events, and aesthetics, to protect tenants from displacement, and to promote affordable housing in the District.

    The next Land Use Committee normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month (e.g. February 9, 2021) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

    An agenda is distributed advance of each meeting.  An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here. Please contact the committee chair for more info, or to be placed on the mailing list!

    Other Groups

    In addition to the above committees, our mailing list includes additional “groups” called Artists and Save SOMA Action Network.

    Please check the “Artists” group if you wish to be kept informed about opportunities and programs of potential interest:  murals, commissions, grant possibilities, etc.

    Please check the “Save SOMA Action Network” to be advised of opportunities for concrete action to protect our local businesses, amenities, and institutions.  If possible, make sure that your profile allows us to contact you by text or phone, so that we can reach you at short notice.

    General Information 

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

    For all Membership 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

    For dates, time, and log-on information about online meetings, please refer to the “Timely Reminders” post (normally near the top of this Web site), OR to the Cultural District Calendar, OR to our Event List, OR to our Facebook Events page.

    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.

    Minutes of most meetings are distributed to Committee members, and are available to others upon request.

    Please like and follow us using the links below, 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!

    SOMA Second Saturdays!

    The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
    Folsom Street
    & the SOMA West Community Benefit District

    SOMA Second Saturdays!

    SOMA Second Saturdays:  GAME DAY!
    February 12, 2022, noon to 5 pm
    Folsom Street Community Center
    145 9th Street (between Mission and Howard), in San Francisco

    Games may include:

      • Kinky Pictionary
      • Taboo
      • SOMA Trivia
      • UNO Dare!
      • Cards Against…
      • Your Own Favorites! 

    A smoke-free event

    Please bring proof of vaccination and Mask Up.

    Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.
    Event will be moved to Zoom
    if circumstances dictate.

    Free snacks and
    non-alcoholic beverages!

    Donation requested. 

    Volunteers Needed!
    Help out!
    Two shifts, 11:30 to 2:30 or 2:00 to 5:00
    You’ll be with another volunteer.
    Contact to sign up!

    Upcoming Second Saturdays:
    March 12, 2022:  Movie Day!
    April 9 and beyond:
    SOMA Second Saturday returns to the streets!

    Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom