Friends of Eagle Plaza to Meet Again Soon

The FRIENDS OF EAGLE PLAZA will meet on Tuesday evening, February 25, 2020, from 6 to 8 pm, at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, in San Francisco.

Anyone 21+ is welcome, even if you haven’t been involved up to now.

The Friends of Eagle Plaza is forming its Board of Directors and writing Bylaws, which will determine how the Plaza will be managed and used.  THis is a great opportunity to get involved in that process!

You have seen Eagle Plaza under construction. Join with the FoEP to prepare for the grand opening, and all the events that will happen there in the years to come!

Info about Eagle Plaza can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/ or http://www.eagleplaza.org/friendsofeagleplaza .

EyeZen Announcing Auditions for Spring 2020 OUT of Site Walking Tours

For centuries, South of Market has been a catalyst for radical change and a stronghold for queer and activist organizing. Following Eye Zen’s wildly successful 2019 work-in-progress OUT of Site Queer History Walking Tour, they are seeking performers for a South of Market premiere in April 2020.

The performers will portray SOMA residents throughout SF history including: an indigenous two-spirit guide; a 19th Century transgender journalist; a merchant marine; housing activists and community organizers; an African American cruise ship steward and labor activist, a female-owned auto repair shop owner and employees; leather culture artists and sex club advocates; and Lesbian and Gay business owners and their customers.

They are seeking performers with an ability to flow between genders-trans, genderqueer, trans-masculine, masc presenting. They strongly encourage QTBIPOC* (*Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to apply.

Actors must have skill to switch quickly between 4-5 characters. Those with experience working in outdoor theater encouraged to apply.

Please fill out this form to audition & send a head shot and resume to info@eyezen.org

Learn more here.

SFLCD Offers Fun and Info at Folsom

The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District’s booth at the Folsom Street Fair on 9/29/2019 was a great hit, visited by hundreds of fairgoers, who received info about the Cultural District while playing games, winning swag, and reminiscing about the places in our District where they had lived, worked, and played.

SFLCD Booth at Folsom Street Fair 2019 (photo by Huggybear)

Our thanks to the volunteers who helped staff the booth, and to the many folks who signed up on our mailing list while there.  Look for an email of welcome in the coming week or so.

Pup shows where he met his handlers, with David Hyman and Tre Allen. (Photo courtesy of Tre.)

The Fair was also an opportunity for the District to show off its new (interim) logo:

Interim logo for District. This is NOT a high-resolution image, so please do not copy and use elsewhere. High-quality images will be available soon.

Board members explained that the decision was made to use this logo, along with the horizontal version of it, on an interim basis. pending the completion of a full “Marketing and Branding” plan.   Watch this Web site for updates!

Q & A

An interesting question was posted to the Facebook Page, and since other folks may have similar concerns, I thought it might be useful to post it here, with my reply. 

Question:
I hope you can help me with a few questions as I try to figure out how to participate in the District.

I have looked on Facebook, leather Alliance website and sfleatherdistrict.org, but I’m still confused about how to find information on policies of the district.

For example, where do I find minutes of the last board meeting? Also, Bob announced at the last general meeting that the Manager (CEO) needed to be in place by September 9, but aside from a personal phone call from Bob, I have seen no public statements about the position or selection process. Where can I find an update?

I’m also very eager to learn about the process for hiring consultants, which seem like critical resources on the critical path for the District. Is the board making progress on recruiting procedures to assure transparency in the process os recruiting diverse and well qualifies applications for this position?

Finally, why does the district emphasize the Mission and Vision Sections of the Purpose section of the Bylaws, omitting the Principles Of Governance Sub-Section , which focus on public benefit and participating in a “transparent, inclusive, collaborative, accountable and viable manner.”?

I’m impressed that committee chairs’ email addresses are widely available, but it seems the communication strategy is quite private, and organized access to historic documents regarding the District’s procedures and policies may not be as easy to find. I hope this is due to my lack of technical savvy and you can point me to where I can find historic archives.

Answer:
Thanks for asking. Let me try to give you some answers.

There is a lot on the Web site, so it can sometimes be hard to find stuff. A good place to start is the Welcome page. This page has lots of useful links , such as to the Meetings page (which has links to minutes and videos), and the Bylaws,  where you can find all the policies we have officially created to date.  Expect links to any additional policies or procedures documents to be included here, and also announced widely.

Board meetings are open to the public, and are announced on our Calendar and Web site, and via emails to folks on our email list. Minutes of Board meetings will be made public once they are approved by the Board, typically at the following meeting. They will be linked from the home page of the Web site as that happens.

A Cultural District Manager has been selected, and their name will be made public as soon as the hiring letters are signed. They have already started attending meetings to get up to speed. The selection process was discussed in detail at the last two community meetings, and the Job Description and other details were on the Web site. (To avoid confusing folks, those links are no longer on the site, but the JD is still viewable at jobs.sflcd.org).

Hiring our consultants is high on the priority list of activities for the new Cultural District Manager and Board, and the search for qualified consultants will be broadly publicized, I am sure.

I don’t know how to fully answer your “Why…” question; The Vision and Mission Statements were approved at an early Community Meeting, and have been very broadly publicized and used whenever we are asked for our “Mission”. Other parts of our Bylaws are also very important to us, and are in no sense “omitted”.

Regarding access to documents, I have regularly encouraged folks to sign up for their own sflcd.org account, which allows them to easily browse the documents on our organization’s GDrive at https://drive.sflcd.org. (“For easier access to our files and email, you can request an “@sflcd.org” email account by writing to help@sflcd.org.”)

The Gdrive holds shared drives and folders for our various Committees and Projects, Our new Board Secretary plans to make it a priority to re-organize those documents, renaming many of them more consistently and identifying older, deprecated, and draft versions as such.

Folks without an sflcd.org account still have access to most of the documents in the Drive, but may need to find a link to them, either on our Web site, in old emails, or by requesting such a link from a Committee chair, Board member, etc.

Let me add that your active participation in the District is as important now as before the Board was elected, and that regular public reporting (via email blasts, posts on our Facebook page, etc.) will be a priority for the Board (as well as being mandated by our Bylaws and city policies).  Please watch for specific invitations to join new Committees as they are formed, and please do contact us directly (e.g. at President@sflcd.org or board@sflcd.org) about matters that you feel require our attention, projects that you would like to provide leadership on, or anything else.

I hope this is helpful. Thanks very much for your question. Unless you object, I plan to post your question, and this reply, to our Web site. Best regards,

David Hyman
Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Pay for Membership

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.

IMPORTANT:  If the name or email address you use to make the payment does not match the name you are using for your LCD Membership, please include your LCD Membership name and email in the “LCD Name and Email” field when making the payment.

You may also pay by sending a check.  Make checks payable to our fiscal sponsor, SOMArts Cultural Center, and mail it to:
LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
584 Castro Street #140
San Francisco, CA 94114

Please include your LCD Membership name and email address on the check.

Or you can pay in person at a Cultural District meeting or event.


Donations and payments to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District are made through our Fiscal Sponsor, SOMArts.  Both LCD and SOMArts are 501(c) not-profit organizations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@SFLCD.org, or call our Cultural District Manager at 415-237-3237.

Thank you very much for your support!