SOMA Second Saturdays!

SOMA Second Saturday — Summer Edition!

July 9, 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

Come shop with local queer and kinky artists, artisans, and craftspeople from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Join in the Rough Trade Leather & Gear Swap!  (Sign up here! Watch live flogger painting with Say Yes Ms Tress Artwork. Get ear acupuncture with Dr. Marcos from Needle Play Acupuncture. Receive insight from Tarot with Alexandria.

Vendors include A.B.O. Comix, Aleckz Anthony,  ByrdBeaks, Downtown Armor, Gooch Photography, It’s Simple, Laughing Cat Forge, Luke Andahazy, Mauskaveli, sproutfish art, and Wicked Grounds


 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.

Free! Donations welcome.

This is a smoke-free event. Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.

to volunteer.

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom!
Do you have kinky arts or queer crafts you would like to show and sell?
Click here for more info!

Board Nominations Now Open

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will hold elections from August 10 through August 15, 2022, to select individuals to serve as members of its Board of Directors, and as its President.

Nominations are now open.  Three open Board seats are for three-year terms, and one is for a one-year term.  The position of President is for a one-year term.  All terms begin at the Annual Membership Meeting of August 17, 2022.

You may nominate yourself, or nominate someone else. Full information, and links to let you submit nominations, can be found here.

    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!
    Team Goth AIDS Walk Team

    Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more from selected writers of our community!

    Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 8 to 9 p.m.  

    The hour of kinky literary fun now happens on the Second Thursday of each month. Listen to erotic comedy and support Team Goth’s AIDS Walk Team.

     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:
    Grey Starr of Pretty Frankenstein
    Mean Dave
    Oliver Graves
    Beth Bicoastal 

     Want to see who’s tuning in and chat before you go?
    Check out Erotic Storytelling Hour on the Bloom Community app

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

    Click here for info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

    Want to be a reader for a future event? Contact:

    If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: 

    Murals of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District

    Garrett Sohnly, a local artist and member of the LCD’s Arts and Culture Committee, has been compiling a slideshow of the murals and street art of our neighborhood.

    View our Mural Slideshow here.

    We are also developing a “Map ‘o Murals” using Google Map technology.  The map includes photographs of the murals, addresses, the artist’s name (where we know it), and where to learn more.   You can use the small embedded version below, but for best results:

    Open the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Mural Map in Web Browser or Google Maps


    You can help us maintain, improve, and expand this map:

    If you have better information that the map offers (the mural title, artist’s name,  etc.), please share it with us.  

    If you spot a mural in our District – or other example of Leather Culture in the general vicinity of South of Market – send us  a picture, telling us where it is, and anything you know about the artwork or the artist(s) who created it.

    The Arts and Culture Committee of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is very invested in the murals and public art visible throughout our special, South of Market neighborhood.   

    To learn more, or to help us to create more public art here, please click here .


    Oasis Mural Unveiling!

    A large, wrap-around-the-building mural has now been completed at the corner of 11th Street and Burns Place (between Folsom and Howard).

    The mural, called “SHOWTIME“, decorates two sides of The Oasis, San Francisco’s home for Superstar Drag Shows, Fabulous Cabaret Performances and Unforgettable Events. It has been created by some of the city’s best-loved queer artists — Serge Gay Jr., Simön Malvaez, Elliott C Nathan, J Manuel Carmona, and Christopher McCutcheon — as a love letter to San Francisco.

    Thanks to those of you who joined us on Thursday, June 2, at Oasis (298 11th Street) for the official unveiling of the mural, with honored guests Mayor London Breed and State Senator Scott Wiener, and for the party celebrating the five artists.

    As reported in The Bold Italic, funding for the piece was secured through the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, in association with the SF Arts Commission, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence‘s “Queer Artists for Queer Spaces” initiative, with support from Soma West CBD,.  Of course, Oasis’ owner and creative director, D’Arcy Drollinger, is the impresario who made it all happen.

    Se will be posting pictures of the dedication and the mural soon.  Meanwhile, here are a few pictures of the work in progress: