Our Committees!

Community participation is essential to the success of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

We therefore strongly encourage all interested folks to join the Cultural District’s various committees.  All our meetings are free and open to all.  Meetings and other events of importance to the Cultural District are posted on our Calendar.  See more info at the bottom of this post.

Note that during the current emergency, ALL Cultural District Committee meetings are being held online using Zoom . Interested community members are urged to obtain the Zoom app for their phone or computer, although dial-in phone participation is also an option.  

For log-on information about online meetings, please refer to the “Timely Reminders” post (normally at the top of this Web site), OR to the Cultural District Calendar, OR to our Facebook Events listings.  

Here are the currently active Committees that could really use your involvement:

Arts and Culture Committee
Communications Committee
Diversity and Membership Committee
Economic Vitality Committee
Finance Committee
Governance and Legislation Committee
Land Use Committee
General Information about Committee Meetings and Membership

Arts and Culture Committee

This new committee advocates for creative activity in the Cultural District, organizes events, performances, public art, gallery shows, and walking tours, and explores opportunities to attract and support leather and LGBTQ artists in the Cultural District.

The Arts and Culture Committee normally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, (e.g. May 28, 2020) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Check our Calendar for logon information.   Agendas are posted on this Web site, and sent to sign-up Committee members, in advance of each meeting.

Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, for more info!

Communications Committee

This committee handles the Cultural District’s social media and digital presence, public relations, branding, event promotion, and outreach to clubs, organizations, and individuals.

Their Committee normally meets on the second Thursday of each month, (e.g. June 11, 2020) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, for more info!

Diversity & Membership Committee

This committee recruits individual members and works with other committees to ensure diversity of membership, programs and participants.

The Diversity and Membership Committee normally meets on the first Thursday of each month (e.g. June 4, 2020) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please write to the committee chair for more info!

Economic Vitality Committee

This committee works to prevent displacement of existing leather and LGBTQ community groups and businesses as well as attracting new ones to the District. This also includes facilitating connections to existing city services and assistance to navigate those services.

No meetings are yet scheduled for this Committee.  If you are interested in serving, please write to info@SFLCD.org and asked to be kept informed.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees budgeting and accounting for the Cultural District, and conducts audits when necessary.  Membership is currently restricted to Directors, but for more information, contact treasurer@sflcd.org.

Governance and Legislation Committee

The Governance and Legislation Committee advocates with city planners, departments and agencies for legislation and procedures benefiting the District’s constituents.  The committee also monitors bylaw compliance and maintains the District’s policy and procedures manual, proposing and drafting any changes.

No meetings are yet scheduled for this Committee.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!

Land Use Committee

This committee has been in existence for over a year now, tracking construction projects and developments in the District, and working with developers and city agencies to mitigate the effects of gentrification.

The Land Use Committee also works to preserve and develop culturally and historically significant buildings, businesses, organizations, traditions, arts, events, and aesthetics, to protect tenants from displacement, and to promote affordable housing in the District.

The next Land Use Committee normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month (e.g. June 4) from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

An agenda is distributed advance of each meeting.  An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here. Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!

General Information 

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

For all Membership 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.

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.)

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.

Minutes of most meetings are distributed to Committee members, and are available to others upon request.

Please like and follow the Cultural District’s Facebook Page, keep an eye on our calendar, drop by our Web site from time to time, 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!

Bar Crawl with the Supervisor

Left to right: Matt Haney, San Francisco District 6 Supervisor; Beth Hunt, Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Manager; Lex Montiel, owner of the SF Eagle; and Honey Mahogany, Legislative Aide to Supervisor Matt Haney, as they reached the soon to be finished Eagle Plaza

We hope you had a chance to join our Bar Crawl last week (2/6/2020), during which we visited five landmark venues within the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and other city officials.

The stops along the way included the Powerhouse, the SF Eagle, the Lone Star Saloon, the Hole in the Wall, and the Stud.

Check out this write up on the event in the Bay Area Reporter.  Be sure to get on our mailing list, or follow our Facebook page, to hear about other fun and events, as well as ways the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is working to preserve key institutions of leather culture in our unique neighborhood, and to help shape the ever-changing nature of the area to keep it fun, vibrant, safe, affordable, and kinky!

 

Welcome to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  Thanks for your interest in the “LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District”, created by the City of San Francisco to honor, support, and protect the unique and special culture that has flourished in the South of Market area.

We encourage anyone with an interest in the leather or kink community to learn about this project, and participate however they can.

There are lots of ways to get informed and involved:

  • Read this brief introduction.
  • View our original (2018) brochure, or our new (September 2019) color brochure.
  • Visit our “About us” page.
  • Become a Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District – or at least get on our mailing list – to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend our Town Hall, on August 25 at 6:00 pm.  This is a very important opportunity for you to help shape the future of the Cultural District for years to come.  Full info about the Town Hall can be found here or on the Facebook event.
  • Attend one of our semi-annual  Membership Meetings.
  • Attend (as a guest) one of our monthly Board Meetings.
  • Consider joining one of our important Committees, including the Arts and Culture Committee, the Communications Committee, The Governance Committee, the Land Use Committee, or the Diversity and Membership Committee.   
  • Read the Resolution as approved by the Board of Supervisors, and signed by the Mayor on May 9, 2018, here.
  • Read the Vision and Mission Statements for the Cultural District here.
  • Read our full organizational Bylaws, here.
  • See a list of our current Board of Directors, here.
  • View a map of the Cultural District here.
  • Check out our calendar of Cultural District meetings and events, here.
  • Like and follow the SF LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook.  
  • Join our Group on Fetlife.
  • Follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter or Instagram.  
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Robert Goldfarb, using the email address president@SFLCD.org or more generally to info@SFLCD.org.  

Let’s see what we can do to make this happen, and make it happen right!

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.

NOTES:

  • 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 President@sflcd.org.

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.