Guaranteed Income for SF Artists

New News! 
There will be a special Zoom event this Saturday
to provide more info and an answer questions about the
Guaranteed Income Pilot For SF Based Artists.  

Saturday April 10, 2021   10:30 AM

Join Zoom Meeting here
Or call 16699006833 and use Meeting ID: 820 2830 9679 and Passcode: 979481

A pilot program has been created to provide monthly income to selected San Francisco artists, and applications are now open.

  • Funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission
  • Administered by the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts
  • 130 artists, randomly selected
  • whose artistic practice is rooted in a historically marginalized community,
  • live in Zip codes 94102, 94110, 94112, 94124, 94134, 94103, 94107, 94109, 94115, 94117, 94130, 94158, or 94108, 
  • meet income eligibility, and
  • face loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • will receive six regular monthly payments of $1000 between May 21 and October 1, 2021.
  • These are disaster relief payments, and will not be taxed.  May affect benefits.   

For full information and to apply
click here!
Applications close April 15, 2021.

“The arts are truly critical to our local economy and are an essential part of our long-term recovery. If we help the arts recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover. This new program is an innovative effort to help our creative sector get through this challenging time, and come back even stronger and more resilient than before.”
– The Honorable Mayor London Breed

MASCellenaous Workshops to Explore Queer Masculinity

Diamond Wave, a San Francisco-based Bay queer arts organization, has announced a spring/summer creative workshop series called MASCellaneous 2021.  Artistic director Kevin Seaman and their team have selected six Bay Area queer artists to lead 60- to 90-minute workshops centering their creative practices and how they intersect with queer masculinities.

Wednesday, April 7
MASCellaneous: Angels and Demons: Becoming Your Own Legend
with theatre artist Rotimi Agbabiaka

Thursday, April 22
MASCellaneous: HOW TO GENDER
with writer Stuart Getty

Tuesday, April 27
MASCellaneous: Day Look Makeup
with drag & cosplay artist KaiKai Bee Michaels / Kai Gault

Wednesday, May 12
MASCellaneous: Studly Stories: Storytelling for Masc-of-Center Queers
with drag & media artist Kyle Casey Chu

Monday, May 24
MASCellaneous: We All Wear Mascs
with drag artist Jota Mercury

Thursday, June 10
MASCellaneous: Remembering Gender Dualisms | Decolonizing Binaries
with performer Javier Stell-Fresquez

All workshops are free with registration and begin at 6:00 pm PT via Zoom. For more info, or to register, visit www.diamond-wave.org.  More info also at their Facebook page.

New Night Shift on Duty in SOMA

The SOMA West Community Benefit District (SWCBD) has just announce a new Night Shift Neighborhood Ambassador Program.

The Program will help maintain a welcoming and vibrant neighborhood, focusing on direct interaction and outreach, using Night Shift ambassador teams who will tour the neighborhood, in vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot, from 6:00 PM to 2:30 AM, Monday through Friday.

Remember:

  • If a matter is an immediate safety issue, please dial 911. 
  • For non-emergency police matters please call the SFPD non-emergency number at 415-553-0123. 
  • The SOMA West CBD Night Shift Supervisor, David, may be reached at 415-937-4668.  
  • For cleanliness issues please use https://sf311.org/  — The CBD will receive the notification, and get on it ASAP.
  • For full info about the new program, click here.

Timely Reminders

We sent out our March newsletter recently.  Did you get it?
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More folks than ever are now eligible to receive COVID-19 Vaccinations.  If you live in San Francisco, you can visit https://sfhealthnetwork.org/covid-19-vaccine/ for up-to-date info, including new health condition eligibility details, drop-in and appointment-only vaccination sites, and more.


Do you own or manage a building or business in our Cultural District?  Does it have some history relevant to our queer and kinky communities?  Do you want to learn more about it?  Look here.  

And while we have your attention, building owner/manager:  Would you like a mural on your building?  We would like to make it happen for you!   Decorate The Streets


Have you seen Justin Hall’s  “Marching Toward Pride” poster series?  They were installed in the bus stops along Market Street as part of the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco Pride celebrations, and they illustrate six moments of SF LGBTQ history, each one colored to represent one of the six colors of Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow flag. You can view them all at Justin Hall Awesome Comics, and read the 49 Hills article about them (including an interview with Justin) here.  


The city is moving slowly but surely towards a major upgrade to Folsom Street.  Read about it here  


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 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 Zoom Meeting  here, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.  Please note the meeting time, and contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.   The proposed agenda will be posted soon.  Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Info at Facebook post. Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89554242702 or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  The proposed agenda will be posted soon.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday, and our next one is on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m.  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 our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87865884248 , or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 878 6588 4248.  RSVP is not required.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair, Gene Edmond! We hope you can join us!


The next online Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee co-chairs.


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, April 15, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here    More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


Another queer and kinky street fair is coming to town next fall.! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Bears of San Francisco have submitted a permit application for a Bearrison Street Fair on Saturday afternoon, October 23, 2021, at and around the corner of 11th and Harrison Streets. Learn more details at their web site and their Facebook page.  They also invite your participation on one of their planning teams. Join a team at https://forms.gle/dh8ornvA14heyoki9.


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.


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.


Want to keep up with all our upcoming Board and Committee meetings.  They are all on our Calendar, or check out our our new Events page!


We would love for you to become a Voting Member of the Cultural District!  Click here to get started!  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.  All memberships last one full year.  

Already a member?  Wondering if it is time to renew?  Click here!  and we will send you an email with your current membership status, and a customized renewal link!  

Remember, your membership must be current by May 20, 2021 to vote in our August elections.


We are actively seeking community input on ways to preserve and improve our special South of Market neighborhood.  We invite you to submit your own ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on a number of important topics: 

Give us your Input!


Do you have opinions?  Sure you do, but we mean specifically do you have opinions about SOMA and kink and the future of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District?    Please share your opinions using our Community Input form


Dr. Gayle Rubin, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and member of the Board of Directors of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, was honored with a Leather Leadership Award 2021 at “Virtual CLAW 8” .  on February 13, 2021.  You can view her acceptance remarks here.


To see a video about our CHHESS report by Julia Sabory, from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), please click here.  


The city of San Francisco needs volunteers to help deliver meals, deliver medications, connect with elderly residents, and all sorts of help for our community. Info is at https://sf.gov/be-emergency-volunteer


Remember:  You can text “COVID19SF” to 888-777 to receive official updates on how San Franciscans can best cope with the COVID-19 crisis.


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.


SF Catalyst is expanding to better serve leather, queer, and kink organizations and individuals!  But it will need your help. Find more details and donate to ensure SF Catalyst remains a thriving community space here.


A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled shortly. Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!


The next meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 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!
Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 856 5465 2578 and password: 007266\
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featured Readers:
KL Joy
Penelope Flynn
Danny Thanh Nguyen
Nella Puddin
Dan Erickson
 Have you missed our previous storytelling hours?  Are you over 18?  View them here:

Erotic Storytelling Hour Archive — 18+ Only

Want to be a reader for a future event? contact: manager@sflcd.org.


Thanks to all our past readers:


The session of October 28, 2020 was dedicated to the memory of Serena Toxicat.  Serena’s work can be found here:


    If you read for us but don’t see your name above, OR if you would like to see some info after your name (Web site, Instagram, email, Venmo, etc.) please write to arts-chair@sflcd.org and we will fix it.  

    Want to be 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