Timely Reminders

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom here, 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, December 8, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


We now host our Erotic Storytelling Hour on the second Thursday of each month.  Our next one is Thursday, December 8, 2022, 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.  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 online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, December 13, 2022, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.


The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 15, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join with Zoom: here or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  More info is hereThe draft agenda can be seen herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next meeting of the Walking Tour Committee is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm  Join via Zoom here or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792.  More info will be posted on Facebook soon.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Goldfarb, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The December meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors has been cancelled, to permit folks to enjoy their holidays.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 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 will be posted on Facebook soon .  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next online meeting of the Fundraising Committee is set for Tuesday, TBD, 2022from 5:00 to 6:00 pm..  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!


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


We have added a number of links to our Resource Guide page, including timely information about Monkeypox.   You can find those links here.


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.


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.


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, December 14, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  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.

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to present another edition of our bi-weekly online event for persons 18+ only:

The Erotic Storytelling Hour!
Special Holiday Edition!

The hour of kinky literary fun now happens on the Second Thursday of each monthCome hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more from selected writers of our community!

Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 8 to 9 p.m.  

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: 507379\
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featured Readers:
To Be Announced

Special Guest Reader:
To Be Announced

 

Click here to view the
Erotic Storytelling Hour Archive
18+ Only

Click here for info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

If you’re interested in being a reader for a future event, contact: manager@sflcd.org.

If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: https://join.sflcd.org 

SOMA Second Saturdays!


SOMA Second Saturdays Takes Some Time Off!

There will be no SOMA Second Saturday event in November.
In December, enjoy our
SOMA Second Saturday Holiday Market!

Then watch for special indoor events in the winter months.
We expect to be back on 12th Street in April of 2023!

Stay Kinky!

 


For historic and archival reasons, here is the announcement for the October event:

SOMA Second Saturday — Folsom Fair Edition!

October 8, 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

We will again be hosting a Vaccine Popup for MPX, COVID, and Flu
in partnership with SF Department of Public Health and BayPLS.

Use the QR Code below, or go to https://bit.ly/3SSZ0wm to make an appointment.
If you received your first shot at our popups on September 10 or 11, you are eligible for your second dose this week.

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

Come shop with local queer and kinky artists, artisans, and craftspeople.

Vendors and artists include Art by Luke, Body Glow by Rosa Candles, Femmmeow, It’s Simple, Just Angel, Photos by Gooch, and Wicked Grounds.

Get ear acupuncture with Dr. Marcos from Needle Play Acupuncture. Heal your spirit with Tarot by Alexandria.

Volunteers Needed!
Contact manager@sflcd.org.

Free! Donations welcome.

This is a smoke-free event.

Watch this page for updates of entertainments, vendors and artists!

Refresh your “wardrobe” at the Rough Trade Leather & Gear Swap!  (Sign up here to sell your stuff!). 

Come early and enjoy the Soma West Farmers Market at Eagle Plaza from 9:00 to 12:30.

Enjoy a Saturday Beer Bust at the SF Eagle, from 3 to 7 pm!

Dine nearby at local restaurants like Willows and Manora, or the food trucks at District 6

Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.

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


 

Media Coverage for Cultural District

Here is a list of some of the references to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural Districts – and San Francisco’s other Cultural Districts – in newspapers and other media.


10/3/2022:  “Additional sites eyed for SF leather history walk plaques” article in Bay Area Reporter

7/27/2022:  Bob Goldfarb’s Guest Editorial on “Up Your Alley” in the Bay Area Reporter.

4/14/2022:  Inclusion in SF Travel’s San Francisco Promotion

4/12/2022: Ravi Round the World features ED Bob Goldfarb and Honey Mahogany for SF Travel

3/31/2022:  SF Chronicle reports on community opposition to proposed Redistricting Map.

10/27/2021:  7×7 Magazine presents an overview of the hot spots of the entire South of Market area, with a nod to the Leather District.

10/21/2021:  San Francisco Bay Times features stories about the Cultural District on pages 3 (new Executive Director), page 27 (SOMA Second Saturdays), and page 34 (photos from SOMA Second Saturdays),.

10/11/2021: Bay Area Reporter covers the appointment of Bob Goldberg as LCD Executive Director

9/24/2021:  KQED Radio news covered LeatherWalk.  Listen here.

9/22/2021:  BAR reports on LeatherWalk and plans for MegaHood.

9/15/2021:  BAR looks back at LeatherWalk history.

7/19/2021:  BAR reports on the return of LeatherWalk, and other SOMA Leather news.  (Front Page image)

5/26/2021:  BAR reports on the election of Honey Mahogany as San Francisco Democratic Party Chair.

5/26/2021:  Bay Area Reporter reports on  the new Sylvester mural at Oasis.

5/17/2021:  SF Chronicle reports on the SF Eagle’s  imminent Historic Landmark Status.

4/19/2021: BAR reports about how Leather projects in San Francisco South of Market are advancing (also available  here).

4/8/2021:  The  BAR reports that the Board of Supervisors have approved the Leather District plaques resolution.

3/18/2021:  An article in Hear/Say about “How San Francisco’s Cultural Districts Work”

2/2/2021:  The Bay Area Reporter reports on the passage of the resolution by the Board of Supervisors.

2/1/2021:  CBS reports on the Board of Supervisor’s vote on the SF Eagle landmark designation.

1/27/21:  SF Weekly reports on the hearing on Landmark Status for the SF Eagle bar.

1/27/21:  The Bay Area Reporter reports on  actions to preserve and protect the SF Eagle bar.


12/16/2020:  The Bay Area Reporter covers controversy regarding the Big Belly Trash cans.


9/ 23/20:  The Bay Area Reporter has a new article about the planned Sidewalk Plaques, which you can read here.


8/3/2020:  The Bay Area Reporter reports on our hiring of Cal Callahan as our District Manager.


2/12/20:  A very nice write up appeared in the Bay Area Reporter about the Bar Crawl we held on February 6, 2020, during which LCD Board and supporters visited five landmark venues within the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and other city officials.


9/22/19: The  Bay Area Reporter covers the raising of the Leather Flag in Eagle Plaza.


8/14/19:  The Bay Area Reporter did a full roundup of the three queer Cultural Districts.


3/3/2019:  The Los Angeles Times has printed a lengthy and excellent article about the district:  2019-03-03 – LA Times about District.

A companion video is viewable here.


6/3/18:  The Bay Area Reporter covered our historic ribbon-cutting event.


4/25/18:  The hearings at City Hall were covered by the Bay Area Reporter.



Please send additional items to Web@sflcd.org.  If you are a media representative and would like to contact us for any reason, please write to info@sflcd.org.  Thanks!

 

Positions Available

Job Description – Title TBD

Title TBD (Similar to Assistant Director)

LEATHER & LGBTQ CULTURAL DISTRICT

Subject to Change

The Organization’s vision is to rejoice, commemorate, and protect the contributions of our predecessors, contemporaries, and successors rooted in the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District and its diverse and marginalized peoples. United, we preserve, enhance, and advocate for the continuity and vitality of the Kinky and Queer communities of San Francisco’s LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is seeking a Title TBD to further develop the District. This requires working collaboratively with the Executive Director, staff, consultants, the LCD Board of Directors, District business owners, community members, stakeholders, and City agencies and government to carry out the mission and vision of the Cultural District. 

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is  fiscally-sponsored by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit SOMArts Cultural Center. All employees of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District are employees of SOMArts, and subject to all SOMArts policies and procedures.

The Title TBD will be responsible for

  • Coordinating the development and implementation of the Cultural History, Housing, and Economic Sustainability Strategies (CHHESS) Report, 
  • Managing Project and Program outputs, as needed,
  • Assisting the Executive Director develop and implement District programs.
  • Overseeing the implementation of the District programs and events, as directed by the Executive Director,
  • Working with City Staff to obtain permitting, approvals to execute District programs and placemaking.
  • Working with City Staff on strategy and other reports to further the District’s goals.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership skills and can lead by example. Strong consideration will be given for experience in cultural heritage conservation, tenant protections, arts and culture, economic and workforce development, land use, and cultural competency. Candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to be flexible and responsive to complex community needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the completion and implementation of the Cultural History, Housing, and Economic Sustainability Strategies Report (CHHESS) working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and City and County of San Francisco Staff. 
  • Provide support for the implementation of the Cultural District strategies: cultural heritage conservation, tenant protections, arts and culture, economic and workforce development, land use, and cultural competency.
  • Assist with the Cultural District’s communications plan, its implementation and community engagement.
  • Assist in executing the Cultural District’s marketing and branding plan and help develop strategies for their implementation.
  • Assist with fundraising planning, and programs.
  • Attend Board and committee meetings as needed.
  • Assist with presentations and negotiations with Developers that are planning projects within and near the District boundaries.
  • Manage preparations and design processes for public realm elements, such as sidewalk plaques, crosswalks, etc.
  • Manage applications and permitting with city agencies such as DPW, MTA, PUC, and SF Planning for public realm elements such as pole banners, sidewalk plaques, etc.
  • Manage the vendor processes for quotes, bids, etc. for public realm elements.
  • Assist Executive Director and Land Use committee chair in negotiations with Developers who are building within the district boundaries to secure contracts, funding and placemaking features.
  • Assist with Implementing and coordinating public education, policy development, and advocacy efforts.
  • Assist with coordinating the organization’s work with local, regional, statewide, and national organizations as well as San Francisco and California State governments.
  • Other duties as directed by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have much of the following knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of leather and LGBTQ culture and experience working with the leather and LGBTQ community.
  • Familiarity with the Cultural District area, its history, and issues relevant to the community or experience working with underrepresented communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with City and County of San Francisco staff, officials, legislative staff, community and special interest groups to build consensus and accomplish goals.
  • Knowledge of and experience with community cultural sustainability strategies: cultural heritage conservation/preservation, tenant protection, arts and culture, economic and workforce development, land use, cultural competency, and public policy implications.
  • Experience as a community organizer and with community engagement.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize complex issues into clearly-stated positions.
  • Demonstrated passion for racial, ethnic, social and economic equity and inclusion.
  • Experience in building and maintaining coalitions.
  • Experience in program development and implementation.
  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Preferred degree in Public Policy or equivalent experience.

Skills Required by the Job:

  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team 
  • Patience, emotional intelligence, and sensitivity working within a community.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and proven ability to facilitate meetings.
  • Familiarity with program/project management processes and techniques
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Physical Demands:

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear.

Accountable to:  LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Executive Director

Salary: Based on experience, qualifications and schedule.
Benefits: Benefits package is offered including medical, vacation, and holidays.
Hours: Full time, exempt level position, periodic evenings and some weekends required.

EOE

Apply by 5:00pm, August 9, 2022

Please send letter, references and resume to: jobs@SFLCD.org

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
SOMArts fosters a creative and professional environment that reflects the diversity of San Francisco. We actively recruit a wide pool of applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.