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.

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. 

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped produce the “Keep SOMA Kinky” Arcade at the 2020 virtual Folsom Street Fair.  For the results of our contests — including the winning videos of our Fetish Runway — please click here.

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 for one year.

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!

The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84789060820?pwd=MWJibExLMEN3VGgzUGgrTm41WURRUT09, 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 can be viewed here.

Are you ready to take your BDSM and kink to the next level? Learn from the pros in our kink + BDSM workshop series, which we call “Little Shop of Whores”.  The workshops are presented by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District and curated by Maxine Holloway,. 

The next installment is called “Raising the Intensity”, and will be led by Domina Portia Moon on  Friday, November 13th, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  This is a FREE online event; donations to our class facilitators during the class are welcome and encouraged.  Pre-registration is required.  Please pre-register here .  

The first in the series, called “Practicing Anti-Racism in Kink and BDSM Play Negotiations”, was led by Professional Dominatrix, erotic performing artist, and kink and BDSM educator, Mistress Vivienne Vai, on 10/1/2020.

Please click here for more information about the series, and to view a video of the first session.

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

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.  

Need we say more?

We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday.  Click here to see who’s reading next time, and click here to see videos of some of our past evenings!  Be 18+

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.

The next online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, November 19, 2020, 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 can be viewed here.  You can view the draft minutes of the March meeting here, of the April meeting here., of the May meeting here, the June meeting here.  the July meeting here. and the October meeting herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this Committee, or for more info! 

The Arts and Culture Committee has created a Walking Tour Subcommittee, whose next meeting is set for Wednesday, November 4, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83570308076, or call 1-408-638-0968 US and enter Meeting ID: 835 7030 8076. You can view the proposed agenda here.  All are welcome to participate.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to be brought up to date, and get on the mailing list for this Subcommittee! 

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, November 5, 2020, 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.  For more information about the Committee or how to participate online, please contact the committee chair, Gene Edmond! We hope you can join us!

The next online Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Zoom Meeting login info coming soon.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info! 

The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Join the Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84039453815 or call in to 1-669-900-6833 and use Meeting ID: 840 3945 3815.  Please contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown, to join this Committee, or for more info!

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.

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 Monday, November 11, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/ or http://www.eagleplaza.org/friendsofeagleplaza, or write to eagle.plaza.mailing.list@sflcd.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:

An Erotic Storytelling Hour!
Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 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
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson

Featured Readers:
Kathleen Mahnke
Dan Erickson
Joseph Francis

Special Guest Reader:
James Leon,
aka ChameLeon, writer, photographer, artist, director of “Dropping Like Flies”

Have you missed our previous storytelling hours?  Are you over 18?  View them here!

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


Thanks to all our past readers:

  • Beth Bicoastal
  • Bianca Spencer
  • Brian Abascal
  • Charlie Verrette (RavenX on JustForFans)
  • Dan Erickson (patreon.com/danderickson, BigSqueezer on Fetlife)
  • Dan Nicoletta
  • Danny Thanh Nguyen
  • David Hyman
  • Dominique Leslie
  • Eager Beaver
  • Element Eclipse
  • Ev Joy Lokadottir (Venmo: @Ev_Lokadottr, evergrey@hotmail.com)
  • Garrett Sohnly
  • Ivy Limieux (https://linktr.ee/IvyLimieux, Venmo: Ivy_limieux)
  • Ivy Moon (https://www.amazon.com/Morgana-Rose , paypal: ivy.dances@gmail.)
  • Jewelle Gomez
  • Joe Francis
  • Joli S Patrick
  • Mr. Pam
  • Nerine Mechanique
  • Patty Overland
  • Rawiyah Tariq
  • Scot Hammond
  • Steve Hayes
  • Sumiko Saulson (www.SumkoSaulson.comsumikoska@yahoo.com,  www.Mauskaveli.com, www.DookyZines.com, Fetlife:  Mauskaveli, FB, Twitter & Tik-Tok: @sumikoska, Instagram:  @SumikoSaulson)
  • Tom Orr
  • Tristissima Et Alia

    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 

    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:

    Upcoming Events!Map of San Francisco's 8 Cultural Districts, 11 May 2020

    SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District

    Calle 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

    Other Cultural Districts’ Upcoming Events

    Castro LGBTQ Cultural District Hires District Manager
    Castro LGBTQ Cultural District has selected Tina Valentin Aguirre, board chair of the GLBT Historical Society, as its new District Manager.
    “The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will play a critical role not only in preserving the queer history and culture of the neighborhood, but in planning with intentionality for a kinder, more diverse neighborhood for the folks who live, work and play there,” said GLBT Historical Society executive director Terry Beswick, who facilitated the community organizing meetings for the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District from February 2018 until the passage of the enacting legislation in July 2019.
    “I can’t think of a better person for this role than Tina Valentin Aguirre, who as chair of the GLBT Historical Society has led the organization during a period of phenomenal growth. They have been a great friend and mentor to me personally, and the district could not have made a stronger choice.”
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    The San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District has been working in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Emergency to create cultural competent messaging in the black community around COVID-19. Co- Directors Ebon Glenn and Ericka Scott participated in an interview with KBLX host Sterling James to talk messaging and the mission of our Cultural District in general.

    More info here.


    Honoring Our Relatives & Celebrating Indigenous People

    Saturday, October 10, 2020
    Facebook livestream 
    View on @PaseoArtistico FB page, or @AccionLatina FB Page
    Co-Produced by:
    Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Brava Theater, Dance Mission, Community Music Center 

    The Mission District’s FREE bimonthly community art stroll returns October 10 for Indigenous People’s Day! Now you can watch it live via Facebook.

    This October 10, Paseo Artistico pays homage to Indigenous People featuring music, poetry and dance dedicated to the history of Native people in the Bay Area. Artists and Native speakers will address political realities of Indigenous people and the significance of this upcoming election. Native AIM /Alcatraz Island Occupation activist, and board member of the American Indian Cultural District, Mary Travis-Allen will break down how native peoples have been treated here in San Francisco. The event also features poetry from SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Latin jazz music from Erick Peralta, visual art from Alexander Hernandez, and the Dance Mission produced Chishkale: The Blessing of the Acorn with Tisina Parker. Hosted by Rodrigo Duran of Calle 24

    Please join us at 3PM Saturday October 10, 2020 by logging on to our Facebook Page @PaseoArtistico and @AccionLatina. FREE.

    Paseo Artistico is encouraging everyone to use your voice, vote and fight for those who have historically been left out of true democracy. In that same spirit, El Tecolote Founder, Juan Gonzales and editor in chief, Alexis Terrazas will also join us as we continue to celebrate 50 Years of El Tecolote, a people powered bilingual newspaper. We also invited several businesses from 24th Street Latino Cultural District to join us live on Facebook. Featured businesses include Frida’s Closet, La Mejor Bakery, Diju Jewelry, La Palma (see below for addresses).  Join us for this powerful and exciting event to honor all our relatives and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.

    Learn more at paseoartistico.org

    Paseo Artistico is produced by Accion Latina and copresenters within the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District art venues including Mission Cultural Center, Brava Theater, Dance Mission, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District,  Adobe Books, Community Music Center, Precita Eyes, SF Day Laborers and Domestic Workers, Loco Bloco and ZERO1 

    Paseo Artistico: Honoring Our Relatives
    Hosted by Rodrigo Duran (Calle 24)

    Please send links on other Cultural District events to web@sflcd.org and we will post them here!

    Leather Week Display

    To celebrate San Francisco’s Leather Week (September 20-27, 2020), the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was pleased to have created a window display at the Walgreens on Castro Street at 18th.

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    Our thanks to Daniel Huggybear, Bernie Alter, and David Hyman, as well as to Walgreens and Our Town SF, for making this possible.