Become a Member

We are happy to invite you to become a full Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

Become a Member
Please click here to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District.

Join the Mailing List 

Please click here if you just want to get on our mailing list.

View your information on file
If you are already on our mailing list, you may click here to view and edit the information we have about you (including Committee memberships).   We will send you an email with a link to your data.

To pay your annual membership dues with a credit card or e-check, click here.

If you wish to make a credit card or echeck donation to assist the Cultural District, click here.


  • Anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings.  Only Voting Members get to vote for Directors at the annual elections in August, or vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.
  • Membership dues are $15 per calendar year, and are intended only to cover our basic administrative costs.  Anyone who cannot afford the $15/year membership dues — or anyone whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can receive a Low-income Dues Waiver, but they must still agree with the Vision and Mission of the Cultural District, and meet other requirements.
  • Our finances are handled by our fiscal sponsor, SOMArts.  When you make a dues payment or donation, they will ask for your address and billing information, but they do NOT share all of that with us.  Please provide your LCD name and email address (if different) as a comment with your payment, to make sure we know it is coming from you.
  • We will send you an email confirming your official membership once we have verified your eligibility and confirmed receipt of your dues (or eligibility for dues waiver).  This is a manual process, so please be patient.  As always, if you have questions for us, use the contact phone number or email address shown on the right side of this page.
  • Do you not use email?  Do you and your partner share an email address?  Do you have some other special situation?  Do you want to support us as a business or organization?  Please give us a call – our contact info is on the right side of this page.
  • Thanks!

Open House Held

What has the the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District been doing since the Community Meeting last August?  Who is on the Board of Directors?  Who is the new District Manager?  How is the District doing financially?  What’s a CHHESS?  How close are we to building a Leather Cultural Center?  What are the new Committees?  How can folks become full Voting Members?  What else can folks do to help?

Answers to these other questions were on display at the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Open House, held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the SF LGBT Center in San Francisco.  

You can view the video of the event here!  The slide show (which is hard to see on the video) can be viewed here.

For more information, or if you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, please write to

Please use public transportation to access the Center. Street parking is limited. The SF LGBT Center is accessible by MUNI J,K,L,M,N or F, as well as bus lines 6,7,61,71. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block driveways or park in blue, yellow or white zones.

Cultural District Sports New Logo

We are pleased and proud to introduce the logo for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

The design of the San Francisco LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District logo was completed by designer/leatherman Jon Stoa in September of 2019. Its purpose is to represent both the Leather community by the use of the chain links and the LGBTQ community by use of the traditional pride colors. It is meant to convey a sense of an all-inclusive minded community all linked together and connected by the circle of chain links. These links signify a physical space which is the “Cultural District” – the historical significance of which can now be preserved as a physical/geographical sense of place in San Francisco.

Jon Stoa, Art Director/Designer, has been working in advertising, marketing and brand identity over two decades. He attended Art Center College of Design and later went on to work at Wieden+Kennedy, Draft FCB, and Apple, Inc. He has worked on building many major brands – from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Levi’s to Ann Sacks, Joe’s Barbershop, Modo, Hilton Hotels, Red Cross and the AD Council (Smokey Bear). He has done work with several San Francisco non-profits including Open House, Rocket Dog Rescue, Mr. San Francisco Leather, and now the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District in San Francisco.

For more information, please visit

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Census 2020 is Coming

Wherever you live, and whomever you live with, a  complete count of all residents during the upcoming Census is very important to all of us. The 2020 Census will count same sex couple households, which has special importance to our LGBTQ community.

The Census Bureau is now locally hiring. The area census office of San Francisco is looking for candidates to fill in multiple positions.

Please click on the images above for more info, or apply at (or here), or contact our local representative, Benson (Baokun) Zhao, at (628) 800-2743 or

Everyone counts!

501(c)3 Achieved!

The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District has passed another milestone, in obtaining its 501(c)3 tax-exemption letter from the IRS.  This means that — among other things — donations to the Cultural District can be tax deductible.

The Cultural District will continue to use SOMArts — another 501(c)3 organization that serves as a cultural hub within our part of the City — as its fiscal agent, safeguarding our funds and administering any grants that we receive from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development or other San Francisco agencies.  But having our own 501(c) status is an important achievement, and will help the organization achieve its goals.

So hurrah!