Gayle Rubin to be Honored

As reported in the Leather Journal, Gayle Rubin is one of four individuals due to be honored at the 33rd annual Creating Change Conference, to be held virtually in late January of 2021.

Gayle Rubin is an anthropologist, theorist, writer, historian, and a proud member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors.

She will be honored with the Leather Leadership Award for her work and studies within the Leather community, as part of the four-day Conference, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force as a space for learning, connecting, and growing among LGBTQ activists, leaders, allies, and changemakers from across the nation.

The presentation to Gayle is scheduled to occur between 1:45 and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

You can read more about Gayle in the Leather Journal article.  For more information about the Conference, or to register to attend virtually, visit

Nightlife Fund Proposed

As reported on SFGATE and NBC Bay Area, Supervisor Matt Haney has proposed creating a recovery fund to save ‘the heart and soul of S.F.’ —  its nightlife.

According to Haney, the San Francisco Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund is desperately needed as many of the businesses are facing permanent closure as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“What this pandemic has done to our economy and our way of life has been nothing short of a nightmare, and for our city’s venues, there has been no reprieve. They were the first to close and will likely be the among the last to reopen,” Haney said in statement.

Matt Haney, SF District 6 Supervisor

“When we talk about the heart and soul of San Francisco, many of us think of our city’s venues,” Haney said. “The many shows we’ve seen and the bands and artists and music that have all come out of San Francisco, they inspire us and bring us together. These spaces are a reflection of who we are and what we love, and they are in danger of disappearing.”

A recent report from the city controller’s office revealed nightlife businesses generate $7.2 billion for the local economy and create more than 63,000 jobs, which in turn generates some $80 million annually in payroll and sales taxes for the city.

Haney’s legislation is set to be heard at a Board of Supervisors committee in January, 2021.


Historical Society Celebrates Queer Culture

The GLBT Historical Society has announced a new program series for 2021:  the “Queer Culture Club,” a monthly series on the second Thursday of each month that focuses on LGBTQ people who are defining the queer culture of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Terry Bestwick

These programs feature GLBT Historical Society executive director Terry Beswick as he interviews queer culture-makers, including authors, playwrights, historians, activists, artists and archivists, to learn about their work, process, inspirations, hopes and dreams.
Mark Chester
In this first installment, legendary San Francisco gay “radical sex” photographer Mark I. Chester will discuss his forthcoming new book of contemporary photography, “Street Sex Photos”(2021).

The event will take place online, on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. It is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions on how to join the Zoom webinar as an attendee. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook and then archived on YouTube.

For full information on the event, visit the event page on  Facebook or on the GLBT Historical Society website.

Registration and tickets are here.


We have a Google Calendar of Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District events:

Folks with a account can view this calendar at any time with this link.

Committee chairs should have the ability to add and edit events.

If you use Google Calendar, try using one of these links:

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If you prefer a non-Google based calendar, our events are also listed here.  You can view them as a calendar or as a list of events.  Links in calendar items open Facebook pages about events.  This calendar also includes selected items from the calendars of San Francisco’s seven other Cultural Districts.


Cultural District Cancels Art Shows

Based on the declaration by Mayor London Breed this afternoon (12/4/2020), and in the interest of the safety and health of everyone involved, we are cancelling all three Kinky and Queer Art Shows for the month of December. 

The information below is included for reference.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to be hosting a series of small, outdoor

Kinky and Queer Arts (and Crafts) Shows

 in the courtyard of 190 Russ Street near Folsom, from 11 am to 4 pm, on Sundays, November 15, and 22, and December 6, 13, and 20. 


Jeannie Llewellyn

Social distance and mask requirements will be enforced.  Otherwise, clothing is optional.  

These Art Shows coincide with the Sunday Streets SOMA event, being held simultaneously on Folsom Street.  

Shows may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other factors.

The shows are free for both artists and patrons.  

Scheduled Artists include:

Garrett Sohnly
Jeannie Llewellyn
Rocky Angel
Jarrad Webster

Tunan Pan
Huggybear (Daniel Cherry)
Alex Prestia
Dot (Tom Schmidt)
Morris Taylor (presented by Jonathan Arnowitz-Taylor)

We still have openings for artists and volunteers!

Artists and Volunteers: Click here for full info


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