Come to the Alley!

This Sunday, July 25, 2021, come on down to 9th and Folsom Street, in the heart of SOMA, for Folsom Street Market, the 2021 version of the notorious “Up Your Alley” Street Fair.  Explore the booths with your favorite artists, craftspersons and purveyors of fine toys, plus clubs and organizations, music from some hot DJs,  and even a chance to get your COVID vaccine ONSITE. 

Look for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District booth on 10th Street, near the Howard Street entrance! 

Get food and drink from local bars and restaurants, and have a great time!

Just to be 100% clear:  This is an in person event.    So be there! 

Eagle Plaza Progress

Eagle Plaza, showing latest landscaping as of July 2, 2021

With the planting of the landscaping on the eastern side of 12th Street, Eagle Plaza now appears virtually complete.   A variety of trees and flowering shrubs now populate the space, and a reinforced Leather Pride Flag flies overhead.

Chairs and tables will soon be available on the Plaza during daylight hours, and it is expected to be converted to a pedestrian zone.   After that, expect to see more frequent programming bring activity and interest to the Plaza, perhaps including art shows, farmers’ markets, celebrations and other events.

One small construction project remains, a “curb cut” and ramp in the middle of the Plaza.   We also await the installation of additional plaques to honor and thank the generous donors who made Eagle Plaza possible.

Perhaps most welcome of all is the fact that the SF Eagle bar is now open on a regular schedule (Fridays 2PM – 2AM, Weekends: 11AM – 2AM), with a full range of events (including its legendary Sunday Afternoon Beer Bust).  [Note that the SF Eagle, along with many other local bars, is now requiring patrons to present proof of CV-19 vaccination, or a very recent CV-19-Negative test result.  See details here.]

We hope the entire community will take advantage of this civic amenity!


SOMArts Event Announced

After over a year of isolation, SOMArts is ready to host its first in-person event of 2021!

 HERE 4 U: Pre-Pride Happening transforms SOMArts’ luscious garden patio for an intimate evening of music, drag, and community on Wednesday, June 23 6-8 PM PST, at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, in San Francisco.

A celebration of queer joy and the power of chosen family, HERE 4 U features drag performances by some of the Bay’s best queens — Nicki Jizz, Dulce de Leche, and Yves Saint Croissant — and trippy acid house vibes DJ’d by Chuck Gunn.

This is a seated, in-person 21+ event at SOMArts with assigned tables. Tickets to this event are sold by the table for $80, with a maximum of 4 seats per table. Each seat is valued at $20. HERE 4 U can also be streamed online with registration ($10).

This event is sponsored by SoMa West CBD.

Info is here.  Facebook post here.     Order tickets here.

Support the LGBTQ Museum

This month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed boldly proposed $12 million dollars in the city’s FY 2022 budget for the purpose of acquiring and developing a site for a new, full-scale museum of LGBTQ history and culture in San Francisco.

This is a project the GLBT Historical Society has been working on for many years. We need a larger, permanent home where we can preserve and share our incredibly diverse communities’ stories.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District encourages your support for this line item in the mayor’s budget. Please sign onto the letter here no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday June 24 by completing the form linked at the bottom of the letter.

For more information about the GLBT Historical Society, its museum and archives, and other ways to support their work, please visit their Website here.

Scam Warning

It appears that someone posing as our Board President, Robert Goldfarb, is sending out emails asking people to buy gift cards and send pics of the cards with the code exposed.

This is a common type of scam.  No one associated with the Cultural District would ever ask anyone to do such a thing or wire money or anything of the sort.

If you’re getting these emails, please delete them.