Timely Reminders

The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Monday, February 12, 2024, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 6 to 8 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 is on Facebook here.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 6 to 7 pm.  Facebook info is here.  Please contact the committee chair, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next Erotic Storytelling Hour is Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 8 to 9 pm. Join us for kinky mad libs, naughty holiday songs, and more, 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+!)


On Thursday, February 29, 2024, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, join us for a free community event, Leap into Kink, at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Streeet, Come together in a safe and inclusive space that encourages open dialogue and celebrates sexual well-being. Experience exciting live demonstrations and a thought-provoking panel discussion, plus DJs, vendors, and sexual health info.  Alcoholic  and non-alcohol beverages will be available for purchase.

This event is open to all levels of experience within the Kink and BDSM community and is oriented for both newcomers and the experienced (21+, bring ID).  The event is sponsored by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.  More info is here or here.

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, join us for the Cultural District’s first SF Eagle Beer Bust of the year!  Pay $20 for bottomless beer/soda and a plate of food, or get just the food for $5.  We’ll have Jell-o shots and raffle prizes…

…PLUS a free chance to nominate your friends, your foes, or yourself for one of those fantastic annual Golden Dildeaux Awards!  (More info about them is here.


The next meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 6 to 7 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 our Committee Chair, Sumiko Saulson, or manager@sflcd.org. We hope you can join us!


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee will be Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 6 to 7 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown.


The Fundraising Committee meets irregularly, as needed.  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 keep adding links to our Resource Guide page.  Use it!


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, March 13, 2024, 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.

SOMA Second Saturdays!

There will be no SOMA Second Saturdays! event in March.

The next SOMA Second Saturday will be:


April 13, 2024
12 noon to 5 pm
On 12th Street, between Folsom and Harrison Streets

Vendors!  Entertainment!  Gear Swap!

Admission is free! Donations towards future programming are welcome!

Watch this page for more info!

Volunteers Needed!
Contact manager@sflcd.org to sign up!

Performers, join our event opportunities mailing list? Here!

See who else is coming by checking Bloom!

SOMA Second Saturdays!
Holiday Market 2023
was a blast!
 Check out the details and the fun pics, here.

SOMA Second Saturday is presented by:
the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District,
Folsom Street,
& the SOMA West Community Benefit District

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The Erotic Storytelling Hour
Black History Month Edition

will be held on 
Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 8 to 9 pm  

Enjoy an hour of online kinky literary fun! 
Zoom in to hear erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring:
To be announced!

Our Featured Reader:
To be announced!

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: J19FQ3
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

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 

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:
San Francisco Cultural Districts

Subscribe to the City’s Cultural Districts Newsletter


Introduction to some of the Cultural Districts:


SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage DistrictCalle 24 Latino Cultural District

Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

 

San Francisco Japantown Cultural District

SF African-American Arts and Culture District

Transgender District

American Indian Cultural District

American Indian Cultural District

Sunset Chinese Cultural District

Sunset Chinese Cultural District

Pacific Islander Cultural District
(icon and links coming soon)

 


 

 

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.


9/4/2023:  Famed S.F. LGBTQ bar the Stud to reopen at new location SF Chronicle

8/21/2023:  “Leather Season Launches in San Francisco” in San Francisco Bay Times (page 34)  (image)

7/20/2023: “SF leather district board member resigns over tweets” in Bay Aera Reporter

7/5/2023: “SF leather district deals with vandalism” in Bay Area Reporter

April – June, 2023:  “San Francisco Cultural Districts” in SF Heritage News

11/30/2022: “Cultural districts offer entrepreneurial opportunities” in Bay Area Reporter

11/17/2022: “Erotic Storytelling Hour holds Trans Awareness Week edition” on KTVU Fox 2

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!