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!

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 .


       

Launch / Anniversary Event!

Once the current crisis is over, we plan to celebrate the world’s first ever official LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District!

So we are throwing a (belatedly) 2nd anniversary party, and you will be invited!  The originally planned date was May 9, 2020.  But we are postponing it, and will let you know just as soon as we have the revised date.

The event will be free, and we’ll be offering appetizers from local restaurants. There will be a cash bar, but soda will be free.

Other attractions:

  • A Makers Market for local artists and vendors
  • Demos
  • Bootblack
  • Spankings!
  • Performances
  • Leather Fashion Show
  • Live band / DJ / Dance
  • Introduction to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District

ASL interpretation will be provided if requested 10 days in advance.

Local artists and vendors interesting in have a free table to display and sell their creations should contact info@SFLCD.org now!

Want to get involved in planning? Join our Arts and Culture Committee!

Please keep your eye on the Facebook event page for updated information.


It was indeed on May 9, 2018 that the Resolution establishing the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was signed by then-Mayor Mark Farrell.  Since then, our group has become incorporated as a California Non-Profit Corporation, received 501(c)3 status, obtained funds from the City and private developers, hired a Cultural District Manager, done outreach to local residents, organizations, and businesses, advocated for and against local development projects, scouted possible locations for a Leather Cultural / Community Center, participated in parades and street fairs, worked with city agencies to create Leather and LGBTQ placemaking along Folsom and Harrison Streets, coordinated with the city’s other Cultural Districts, and begun work on developing our CHHESS  — an essential strategy document that will guide the city in protecting and supporting our neighborhood for years to come.

Grant money has been provided to us for the specific purpose of hosting an event to introduce the Cultural District to the neighborhood and community, and we intend to make that event a very special one.

This will be both a party and a showcase for the artists, artisans, performers and businesses of the District.

Are you, or do you know someone who:

    • owns or manages a business of any kind in the Cultural District,
    • creates art, gear, or craft of any kind in and around this neighborhood,
    • operates or manages a restaurant or food service here,
    • performs regularly or occasionally in the District,
    • creates and/or sells artwork that relates to Leather and Queer culture,
    • has historical artifacts of the early days of SoMa to display or sell,
    • would like to assist us in planning, organizing or publicizing,
    • or otherwise has something to contribute to this event?

If so, please write to info@SFLCD.org. Thanks!

 

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!

Other Cultural Districts’ News

In solidarity with our fellow Cultural Districts, we are pleased to invite you to like, follow and attend the events of San Francisco’s other Cultural Districts:

Other CD’s Upcoming Events


The Transgender Cultural District is excited to announce the opening of our very first district sponsored art exhibition – PLURALS – which will be opening tomorrow night, Friday, Jan 10, from 6-9 pm at the Oros Galley at Pentacle Coffee on 6th Street and will be on exhibit through Friday, February 28. This exhibit contains adult themes.
 
Plurals Opening Night Party

 Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

Advisory Board Election (2nd Round)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12 PM – 4 PM
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Building
170 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California 94103

The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will be managed by an Advisory Board of 15 people, elected at 3 separate elections. This is the 2nd round, with the third round to be held in April.

12:30 – 1:00: Candidate Statements
1:00 – 4:00: Voting

For a full list of candidates, candidate statements, and a description of election procedures, please visit https://castrolgbtq.org/election.


Japantown Cultural District
“Land Use & Environmental Resilience” Focus Group

Property Owners, Merchants, Community Members, Residents, are especially encouraged to attend! 

Your ideas and input are Essential.

Tomorrow, we will dive into the important topic of “Land Use & Environmental Resilience,” how we as a community can organize, and develop tools and programs such as land use controls to promote, protect, and sustain the Japantown as a culturally rich, authentic, and economically vibrant neighborhood which will serve as the cultural heart of Japanese & Japanese Americans for generations to come.

 We have an opportunity to voice our common vision, and be heard, then actualized through the CHHESS report. 

 For more details please click here! 


Castro District
A March to Remember & Reignite Hope


Hosted by Juanita MORE!, the GLBT Historical Society,
and the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2 PM – 4 PM

LGBTQ leaders, and neighborhood organizations, historians, activists, and community members will gather at Harvey Milk Plaza and march through the Castro, laying black wreaths at the sites of shuttered queer spaces in the historic LGBTQ district. Participants will call on elected officials, foundations and philanthropists, venture capitalists as well as residents and lovers of San Francisco, to both commemorate the city’s LGBTQ vibrant past and inspire a brighter future.

With the growing number of vacancies in the Castro District, we need to take active steps to sustain the city’s living queer heritage and culture. The march will begin at Harvey Milk Plaza and conclude at Lookout.


Have info on other Cultural District events?  Please send links to outreach-chair@sflcd.org) and we will post them here!