Out of Site: SOMA Returns

The folks who created last year’s live theater project on the streets of SoMa, now offer an antidote to being physically disconnected from our communities! An interactive, online show performed live, touring the streets of San Francisco…virtually.

OUT of Site: SOMA is virtual-live-street-theater project that explores the history of San Francisco’s South of Market district, a catalyst for radical change and a stronghold for queer and activist organizing.

The online show promises to include immersive theater, drag, live music, puppetry, a virtual tour, a dance party – all in celebration of our radical LGBTQ+ figures who fought for justice and visibility.

It’s play performed live in digital space…

It’s a concert with live music and sexy perks…

It’s an immersive experience – a hot spot to parade your best leathers on a virtual stage, and volunteer to appear in a scene!

It’s a dance party – mix up a dandy cocktail and mingle with cute Queer audiences from around the world. Who knows? You may meet a new sweetie in the crowd.

This project honors stories of resistance, resilience and rising to the occasion when faced with great adversity. We’ve been here before, and this show reminds us that we have solutions for dealing with times like these.

This project believes that it’s impossible to move forward without knowing where we came from. And this project does just that. It will remind us of how we can get through this, while bringing us together.

Performances are set for June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.  For video previews and information, or to order tickets, visit eyezen.org/out-of-site.

You can also help make this event great by contributing to their fundraising campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/out-of-site-soma-the-virtual-live-performance#/.

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.


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 through December, 2020.


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from  6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.   Please note the meeting time. The proposed agenda and meeting logon info will be available here in advance of the meeting.
The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.    The minutes of the meetings of September 18 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of October 16, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2020 are viewable here. Minutes of the meeting of February 19, 2020 are viewable here.    Minutes of the meeting of March 18, 2020 are viewable here.
Minutes of the April 15, 2020 meeting are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of May 20, 2020 will be available soon.

The city of San Francisco desperately 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.


The BALL Gag fundraiser was a great success, and raised over $5500 in donations and auction bids.  But you can still donate to the Bay Area Leather Lifeline at ball.leatheralliance.org.


Recipes for the winning entries of the coveted “2020 LCD Award for Best Beverage” (Patty,  IMsL 2014’s “Cherry Wood Smoked Chocolate Martini”) and the much-lusted-after “2020 LCD Award for Best Pastry” (Bob Goldfarb’s “De-floured Chocolate Cake”) can now be viewed here.


Tenderloin Tessie is still offering food to those in need. Please contact Michael by private message or by voice at 415-584-3252. The community has supported Tenderloin Tessie all these years so they want to give back.


The San Francisco Arts Commission, in partnership with
Kua`aina Associates, is offering a new train-the-trainer program titled 
“Transformative Grant Writing: Seeding Reciprocity”, launching next month.  Apply by Friday, May 29.  Full info is here.


The next online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, May 28, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Join with Google Meet or Join by phone at 1-813-421-1943‬, PIN: ‪582 777 624‬#

The proposed agenda will be posted here soon. and mailed to Committee members.  We hope you will join us!
You can view the draft minutes of the March meeting here.  and of the April meeting herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this Committee, or for more info!

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, June 4, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. To participate, you can Join with Google Meet (meet.google.com/cbo-ppnt-tms) or join by phone (1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪364 878 909 2132‬#.

This Committee will have three key functions:
1. Membership drive and process
2. Diversity part I- outreach to groups and gain attendance from all clubs and groups within our community
3. Diversity part II- ensure our committees are functioning from a viewpoint of diversity in their structure and event planning.

RSVP is not required.  For more information about the Committee or how to participate online, please contact the committee chair, Beth Hunt!

Hope you can join us!


The next online Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join with Google Meet at meet.google.com/iea-nutj-fsg, or by phone +1 405-646-0218 (PIN: 291474477).

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00, pm.  Join Hangouts Meet at meet.google.com/tvc-qukg-eia, or Join by phone at ‪+1 501-991-4076‬ PIN: ‪248 525 687‬#

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to join this new 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.

Town Hall Meeting - 3/25/2020

The Town Hall for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, has been postponed.  A new date will be announced as soon as practical.  

Want your voice in the leather community heard? Want input on what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District does in the future? THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

For more information,  please look here or on the Facebook event, or write to info@SFLCD.org.


A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled shortly.

Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!


Just FYI, the first meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza took place online on Monday, April 20, 2020.  Future meetings will be announced here, and are Because this is an initial, organizational meeting, only the Board members will attend.  Info about Eagle Plaza can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/ or http://www.eagleplaza.org/friendsofeagleplaza .


       

Join the District now – Become a Member – New Dues Waiver

At our Diversity / Membership Committee meeeting on 4/2/2020, it was agreed that, 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 through December, 2020.

That makes this an excellent time for you to head to our Membership Signup Page.  Members get to vote on Directors at the annual elections in August, and vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.  Of course, anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings and Committee meetings.  (Meeting dates and time, and online meeting log-in information can be found on our Calendar.)

If you can afford to pay the full annual membership dues of $15 per year, we hope you will do so, to help cover our administrative costs and to show your support for the Cultural District’s work.  But the important thing is for you to be a member, to add your voice to ours when we discuss community needs and priorities with project developers and city leaders.  

So join today.  And if you do happen to be stuck at home with nothing to do, feel free to explore this Web site — there’s lots of interesting stuff here!

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.

You can view it here.

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.

And watch (after the current crisis abates) for ways you can help us in our efforts to support, promote, protect and restore these important creations.