Membership Opportunities Open

At our Diversity / Membership Committee meeeting on 4/2/2020, it was agreed that, during the current COVID-19 crisis, anyone whose income or living situation has been impacted by it is eligible to receive the low-income dues waiver, regardless of other circumstances.  Your free membership is good through December, 2020.

That makes this an excellent time for you to head to our Membership Signup Page.  Members get to vote on Directors at the annual elections in August, and vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.  Of course, anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings and Committee meetings.  (Meeting dates and time, and online meeting log-in information can be found on our Calendar.)

If you can afford to pay the full annual membership dues of $15 per year, we hope you will do so, to help cover our administrative costs and to show your support for the Cultural District’s work.  But the important thing is for you to be a member, to add your voice to ours when we discuss community needs and priorities with project developers and city leaders.  

So join today.  And if you do happen to be stuck at home with nothing to do, feel free to explore this Web site — there’s lots of interesting stuff here!

City Notices re COVID-19

We have been asked by the San Francisco Mayor’s office to help our community stay informed about the COVID-19 crisis. Important information has been provided by the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and various agencies and civic bodies.  We have also compiled information from the Governor, and various public and private institutions, as well as leaders of our local leather and kink communities.

We urge you to view these materials, and share them with others who may find them relevant.  Thank you:

Please click here for important COVAD-19 resources and information.

Grants for Artists

We have been advised of a couple of opportunities for artists to receive grants to assist them during the COVID-19 crisis.

The first is an Arts Relief Program that San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently announced.  This will include $1.5 million in grants to individual artists, teaching artists, and small- to mid- budget sized arts and cultural organizations, and $1 million in low-interest loans to small- to mid-budget sized arts and cultural organizations. 

For information, or to apply for a grant, go to:  https://ccigrants.gosmart.org/


Separately, the SF Arts Commission has created a Relief Fund for Artists, offering grants of up to $250 for artists who have graduated from a Bay Area institution or who have have lived in the Bay Area for two years as a working artist.  More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here:

 

Leather Community Responds to COVID-19

Leather, queer, and kink communities around the world are responding the the COVID-19 crisis.  Click here for a frequently-updated document about the San Francisco kink community’s response, containing important information and links to other valuable resources.

In particular, numerous funds have been set up to help members of our community who are affected, either physically or economically.  Examples are the SF Queer Nightlife Fund (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/) and the Bay Area Leather Lifeline (https://ball.leatheralliance.org), as well as Patreon and GoFundMe pages for various businesses and their employees.

Donations of any amount, to any of these funds, are deeply appreciated.  Try to imagine how much you are saving by not going out for dinner and a show, not going to bars and clubs, not using taxis or car services to get home, and not travelling to leather events in other cities.  Please give what you can afford.  Thanks!

New 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.  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.

Note that during the current emergency, ALL Cultural District Committee meetings are being held online, either using Zoom or Google Hangouts, Interested community members are urged to obtain these apps for their phone or computer, although dial-in phone participation will also be provided when possible.  

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
Past Committees
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 next meeting of Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, May 7, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Check our Calendar for logon information. An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.

The draft minutes of the meeting of February 27, 2020 can be viewed here.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this new Committee, or for more info!

Communications Committee

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

Their next meeting is set for Thursday, April 9, 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, to join this new Committee, or 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 next meeting of the Diversity and Membership Committee is set for April 2, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Beth Hunt, to join this new Committee, or 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 meeting is set for Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meetings.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!

The minutes of the meeting of November 12, 2019 are available for your review here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 9, 2019 are available for your review here.

The minutes of the meeting of September 11, 2019 are available for your review here .

The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of February 12, 2019 can be viewed here.  (You may need to ask permission to access.)

The minutes of the meeting of January 10, 2019 can be viewed here.  (You may need to ask permission to access.)

An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here.

Past Committees

The principle task of the Governance Committee was to draft Bylaws for the organization.  It was folded into the Legislation Committee to form the new Governance and Legislation Committee

The approved Bylaws can be viewed here; the Vision and Mission Statements for the Cultural District can be viewed here.

You can view some key questions regarding the Bylaws, which were discussed and resolved at our Facilitated Discussion on June 8, 2019. 

The minutes of the Governance Committee meetings (over a period of 18 months), and the many drafts prepared along the way, are archived and available on request.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of March 7, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of February 12, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 21, 2017 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 5, 2017 are available here.

The  Outreach and Events Committee was the forerunner to both the Arts and Culture and Communications Committees.  It met as needed.

The minutes of the meeting of October 8, 2019, 2018 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of December 11, 2018 can be viewed here.

An early “Marketing Notes” document can be viewed here.  Other Outreach Committee notes and documents are available on request from David.Hyman@SFLCD.org.

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 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.

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!