District Launch Party Postponed

Launch Party

Originally planned to coincide with the second anniversary of the Cultural District on May 9, 2020, the big event at Folsom Street Foundry has been postponed, for the obvious reason.

However, once the current crisis is over, we plan to properly celebrate the world’s first ever official LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District!

The event will be free, and we’ll be offering appetizers from local restaurants. There will be a cash bar, but soda will be free.

Other attractions:

  • A Makers Market for local artists and vendors
  • Demos
  • Bootblack
  • Spankings!
  • Performances
  • Leather Fashion Show
  • Live band / DJ / Dance
  • Introduction to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District

ASL interpretation will be provided if requested 10 days in advance.

This will be both a party and a showcase for the artists, artisans, performers and businesses of the District.  Local artists and vendors interesting in have a free table to display and sell their creations should contact info@SFLCD.org now!

Want to get involved in planning? Join our Arts and Culture Committee!

Are you, or do you know someone who:

    • owns or manages a business of any kind in the Cultural District,
    • creates art, gear, or craft of any kind in and around this neighborhood,
    • operates or manages a restaurant or food service here,
    • performs regularly or occasionally in the District,
    • creates and/or sells artwork that relates to Leather and Queer culture,
    • has historical artifacts of the early days of SoMa to display or sell,
    • would like to assist us in planning, organizing or publicizing,
    • or otherwise has something to contribute to this event?

If so, please write to info@SFLCD.org. Thanks!

We will let you know — here and on the Facebook event page — just as soon as we know the revised date.  You won’t want to miss it!

Masks for D6

LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District joins
“Masks for D6 Campaign”


Our Cultural District is pleased to join the “Masks for D6 Campaign”, to raise money to get masks to everyone who needs them in District 6!

That’s a lot of masks!

According to the CDC, wearing a mask is a necessary step to stop the spread of the virus. It is heart-breaking to see so many of our community members not having access to basic protective masks that can mean life or death for all of us.

We are co-sponsoring a Go Fund Me with Supervisor Matt Haney and many of our community partners to help protect all our residents.

Please donate to the Masks for 6 GoFundMe so we can order more masks quick!

We will soon begin recruiting volunteers to help with mask distribution.  Watch for an invitation to help us!

Together we can #FlattenTheCurve!

Face Masks Now Mandatory

As part of its continuing commitment to keeping our community informed, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District passes along this important information from the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco:

SAN FRANCISCO ISSUES NEW POLICY ON FACE COVERINGS

New Health Order requires residents and workers to wear face coverings at essential businesses and in public facilities, on transit, and while performing essential work.

Rule helps the City prepare for future lifting of shelter in place.

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax today announced that everyone in San Francisco will be required to wear face coverings when they are outside of their homes for essential needs, including waiting in line for or inside of a grocery store or on public transportation. Additionally, transportation workers and other employees who interact with the public must also cover their face while doing essential work. A full list of the requirements of the Health Order is listed below.

By strengthening this method of protection, San Franciscans will be less likely to transmit the coronavirus to one another. Face coverings help to stop droplets that may be infectious, even if the person wearing the mask has no or mild symptoms.

“Today’s Order is part of our broader strategy to protect public health and slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community,” said Mayor Breed. “By covering your face when you go pick up food or ride Muni, you are helping reduce the risk of infecting those around you. As we look to a time where we can begin to ease the Stay Home Order, we know that face coverings will be part of that future – and we want San Franciscans to become more comfortable with this new normal. We know it will take some time to get used to, but it will help save lives.”

The requirement is a Health Order by Dr. Tomás Aragón, Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco. The Order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020, but it will not be enforced until 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020. It is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Previously, the City recommended face coverings on April 2nd, and this order makes it a requirement.

“My mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” said Dr. Colfax. “Covering your face is a great way to show you care for your neighbors, friends and family. We are going to have to continue to work together to slow down the virus and reduce transmission. The virus is still out there, and we need to be vigilant.”

Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for staying home, staying 6 feet apart and frequent handwashing. These activities must be continued faithfully as part of the City’s coronavirus response.

Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth and fit securely. They can be a manufactured or homemade mask, a bandanna, scarf, towel, neck gaiter or similar item. Cloth face coverings should be cleaned frequently with soap and water.

Face coverings do not need to be N-95 or surgical masks to help prevent the spread of the virus to others. Please refrain from buying hospital-grade masks so that those are available for health care workers and first responders.

Compliance is not anticipated to be an issue, as the vast majority of San Franciscans have been adhering to the Stay Home Order and social distancing. Many people already are wearing face coverings outside. However, the order does carry the force of law, and noncompliance is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

Summary of the new requirements

  • For the public, face coverings will be required:
    • While inside or waiting in line to enter an essential businesses, like a grocery store or pharmacy.
    • When seeking health care.
    • When waiting for or riding transit.
    • When entering facilities allowed to operate under the Stay Home Order (such as government buildings.)
  • Businesses must:
    • Inform customers about the need to wear a face covering, including posting signs;
    • Take reasonable steps to keep people who are not wearing a face covering from entering their business, and
    • Refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering.
  • For essential workers and transportation workers:
    • All workers and volunteers at essential businesses, operating public transportation, or operating other types of shared transportation must wear a face covering when at work in most settings, when interacting with the public or co-workers.
    • Workers doing minimum basic operations, like security or payroll, essential infrastructure work, or government functions must wear a face covering when others are nearby or when they are in areas that the public regularly visits.
  • Face coverings are not required to be worn when by people who are:
    • At home.
    • In their cars alone or with members of their household.
    • Outdoors, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running. However, people are recommended to have a face covering with them and readily accessible when exercising, even if they’re not wearing it at that moment.
    • Children 12 years old or younger. Children age 2 and under must not wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation. Children age 3 to 12 are not required to wear a face covering, but if they do, they should be supervised by an adult.

 

Artists Roster

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is compiling a roster of artists and performers who live, work, exhibit or perform in the District, or whose creative work reflects the culture of the queer, kinky and/or leather community.

LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural Catalog — Coming Soon

Artists in all media, including performance, are urged to submit their contact information, a description of their work, and additional materials for inclusion.

Artists may choose to simply be listed by name, with basic contact information, or include either samples or links to samples or pages displaying their work.  For artists submitting numerous items, we will prepare a separate page featuring their work.  We will be able to present graphic or video files in all standard Web-friendly formats, subject to any technical or legal limitations.  (So please submit nothing involving human trafficking or children, and nothing violating anyone else’s copyright, reputation, or privacy.)

This LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural Catalog will be available to all visitors to our Web site (ages 18+), and we expect it will be used to recruit artists and performers for a variety of exhibitions, events, commissions and other projects.  Artists are welcome and encouraged to share the link to their featured page.  We believe this may be particularly useful for artists who wish to display their adult or leather-themed work separately from their other public portfolios.

Graphic artists are encouraged to take appropriate precautions (e.g. steganographic fingerprinting, watermarks, lowered resolution, etc.) to prevent the graphic samples on our Web site from undermining the value of their original artwork.

Please write to arts-chair@SFLCD.ORG to submit your information and materials, for more information, or to discuss.

Board, Membership, and Community Meetings

Community participation is essential to the success of the Cultural District.

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.  Meetings and other events of importance to the Cultural District are posted on our Calendar.  See more info at the bottom of this post.

Come participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!

Board Meetings
Community Meetings
Membership Meetings
Minutes of Community Meetings
Committees
General Information

Board Meetings

Meetings of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors are open to all, and your attendance and participation is welcome.  Time is included on each agenda for public comment.  When necessary, Executive Sessions may be held during which non-Directors will be asked to leave.  

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 6 to 8:30 pm.

This meeting will be conducted online.  To participate, use this link:  meet.google.com/ize-mzab-tbh .  You can also join by phone at +1 323-942-0666 (PIN: 157033531).  Please contact manager@sflcd.org for full information.

The proposed agenda an be viewed here.

Future Board meetings are tentatively scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month, and will be held either online, or at the SF LGBT Center.  Please double-check this Web site for updates and confirmations.

For future reference, note that The SF LGBT Center is fully ADA compliant. 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.

The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 18, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of October 16, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2019 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2020 can be viewed here.

Minutes of the meeting of February 19, 2020 will be available soon.

Board minutes are posted once they are approved (typically at the following Board meeting).  Unless otherwise noticed, Board meetings are not recorded or live-streamed.

Community Meetings

Prior to the election of the Board of Directors, Community Meetings were held monthly; since the adoption in August 2019 of the Cultural District Bylaws and the election of a Board of Directors, there are now “Membership Meetings” held at least once each year, plus other community-wide events, including “Open House” and “Town Hall” events, as appropriate.

Our most recent Open House was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the SF LGBT Center in San Francisco. You can view the video of that event here!

A Town Hall will be scheduled soon.  If you want your voice in the leather community to be heard — If you want to offer your ideas about what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District should be doing, now and in the future — THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!  The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.  More info is here and on the Facebook event.

Membership Meetings

Although anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings, only Voting Members get to vote to elect Directors at the Annual Membership Meeting in August, or to vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.

The next election of Directors will happen at the Annual Membership Meeting in July or August of 2020.  Special Membership Meetings may be called at any time.

Please click here for more information, and to become a Full Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

If you have any questions about our meetings and membership, please write to info@sflcd.org.

Minutes and Videos of Past Community Meetings

The minutes of the August 21, 2019 meeting can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the July 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the June 19, 2019 meeting can be viewed here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 15, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be found here. A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of February 20, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of January 16, 2019 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of December 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting in two parts, here and here.

The minutes of the meeting of November 14, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of the last 90 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2018 can be downloaded here. You can view a live stream of (the first 45 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of August 15, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here(Note:  The recording starts with about 8 minutes of dead air, and is cut off abruptly after roughly 2 hours.  Apologies for these glitches.)

The minutes of the meeting of July 18, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

You can view the minutes of the meeting of June 20, 2018 here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.  The Board Structure that we approved at that meeting can be seen here.

The minutes of the meeting of May 16, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

Minutes of the Community Meeting of April 18, 2018 can be found here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of March 14, 2018 can be seen here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of February 19, 2018, are available here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the Community Meeting of January 6, 2018, can be viewed here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the meeting of November 29, 2017, are available here.  Another set of notes are available here.

Notes from the meeting of November 20, 2017 can be viewed here.

Notes from the meeting of November 14, 2017 can be viewed here.

You may view video of the community meetings — live streaming or recorded — at our Facebook Group here.

Committees

At the Open House event on February 12, 2020, the Board presented its new list of Active Committees, and invited interested folks to sign up.  Full information on those new Committees can be found here.

To join any Committee, just attend any meeting and sign up.  To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information, please click here to join the mailing list. If you are already on our mailing list, you can click here to adjust which Committees you wish to be kept informed about.

General Information

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise noted, all meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

For all General Community meetings, and most Committee meetings, ASL interpreters will be provided if requested at least ten days in advance.  Please send requests to the Committee Chair, or President@sflcd.org.

All Board, Membership and Committee Meetings, and other events of importance to the Cultural District, are posted on our Calendar. (Information on importing and using this calendar can be found here.)

We also invite you to like and follow the Cultural District’s Facebook Page, drop by our Web site from time to time, join our Group on Fetlife, follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter or Instagram, and contact us any time with questions, suggestions, or just to keep in touch.

Come participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!