Timely Reminders

The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join with Zoom: here or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  More info is here.  The draft agenda can be seen herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom here, or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 878 6588 4248.  RSVP is not required.  More info is here, or contact manager@sflcd.org.   We hope you can join us!

The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!

We now host our Erotic Storytelling Hour on the second Thursday of each month.  Our next one is Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 8 to 9 pm.

Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community, hosted by award-winning author Sumiko Saulson. It’s fun, it’s naughty, it’s online.  Click here or here for more details and Zoom link, and click here to see videos of some of our past evenings!  (Be 18+!)

The next SOMA Second Saturdays! will be a special Game Day!  It will happen indoors at the new Folsom Street Community Center, 1286 Folsom Street.  from 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2023.  

Games may include: Kinky Pictionary, KINKO! , “South of the Slot” Trivia, UNO Dare!, Cards Against…, Or Bring Your Own Favorites! Free admission (we do accept donations), snacks and soft drinks will be available.  Support the Soma West CBD Socksgiving and bring new socks, beanies, or gloves for the unhoused.  Facebook info here, full info here,

The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, February 14, 2023, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.

The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. As always, all are welcome to attend, and time is reserved for public comment.  ASL interpretation provided if requested ten days in advance. To participate, join the Zoom Meeting here, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.  The draft agenda will be posted soon.   More info is on Facebook here.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.

The next meeting of the Walking Tour Committee will be scheduled soon.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Goldfarb, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!

The next meeting of the Fundraising Committee will be scheduled soon.  Please contact the committee chair to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!

A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled when needed. Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!

We send out a newsletter each month, right before our Board Meeting.  Do you get it?
If not, view a recent newsletter here, then sign up to get it monthly here.

Speaking of newsletters, the SOMA West Community Benefit District does a great one, highlighting events — both social and political — affecting our part of the City.  Check it out and subscribe here.

San Francisco has nine Cultural Districts, each supporting a unique aspect of the City’s cultural mosaic.  Links to each of them are here. For more in-depth coverage, you can subscribe to a newsletter, published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.

We have added a number of links to our Resource Guide page, including timely information about Monkeypox.   You can find those links here.

The space formerly known as “SF Catalyst” is  now Transform1060!   You can help keep this important leather/kink/fetish community space open and thriving:  attend an event, volunteer at an event, or host an event now.

Threats to our South of Market businesses and institutions can arise quickly, and may require a quick community response.  Sign up here to join our SOMA Action network.

If you have not yet seen it, please read our Statement of Solidarity, and consider what you personally can do to fight racism, injustice, and abuse of police power.

The next meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  To be added to the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” mailing list, click here.  To make a donation to the Friends of Eagle Plaza, click here,  To stay up to date, like and follow them on Facebook.  To learn more about the Plaza’s design, construction and stewardship, click here or write to info@eagleplaza.org.

LDG Mentoring

The San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group is now accepting applications for its Mentoring Program.

Pups, kinksters, leather folks, gearheads, fetishists and others have explored and deepened their spicy side in a safe and trusted way with the Leathermen’s Discussion Group since 1996.

The mentoring program is for male-identified people to explore kink/fetish sexuality, community, and relationships, at any stage of their journey.

The mentoring program will begin with an orientation meeting in late January, complete the matching process by mid-February, and continue through September.

Learn more and apply here.  You can also contact the Mentoring Program Director, Richard Sprott, if you have any particular questions.

Entrepreneur Program Restarts

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is launching the second cohort of its Entrepreneur Training Program, a 9-week program to help leather community folk start and build their businesses.

The program is led by Eddie Tang of Above Consulting, a seasoned San Francisco business consultant, and features Zoom-based group sessions and one-on-one consultations.  At the end of the 9 weeks, participants will present their business plan to a panel of local business leaders, experts, and potential funders.  Those who complete the program will each receive a $500 grant to help with their startup costs.

Our first cohort of this program graduated in September of 2022; the second cohort will begin on Thursday, January 26.  If you wish to apply for the program, please fill out this application form.  We will send you an invitation to attend a 30-minute introductory session.

Click here for full info!

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to present another edition of our bi-weekly online event for persons 18+ only:

The Erotic Storytelling Hour – Blerdrotica Edition

The hour of kinky literary fun happens on the Second Thursday of each monthCome hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more from selected writers of our community!

Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 8 to 9 p.m.  

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: 507379\
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring Stories by:
Penelope Flynn
Cranston Burney
Valjeanne Jeffers (read by Penelope
James Goodridge (read by Otto)
Sumiko Saulson

See who else will be watching at Bloom

Click here to view the
Erotic Storytelling Hour Archive
18+ Only

Click here for info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

If you’re interested in being a reader for a future event, contact: manager@sflcd.org.

If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: https://join.sflcd.org 

SOMA Second Saturdays!

SOMA Second Saturdays:

February 11, 2023, noon to 5 pm

at the NEW Folsom Street Community Center
1286 Folsom Street (near 9th) in San Francisco

Presented by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
Folsom Street
& the SOMA West Community Benefit District

Games may include:

    • Kinky Pictionary
    • KINKO! 
    • “South of the Slot” Trivia
    • UNO Dare!
    • Cards Against…
    • Your Own Favorites! 

Free snacks and
non-alcoholic beverages!

Bring new socks, gloves, beanies, etc. for the unhoused.
Info here
Wish list here.

Preview the new Folsom Street Community Center space in advance of their grand opening!

Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.
Please bring proof of vaccination.

Donation requested. 

A smoke-free event

Volunteers Needed!
Contact manager@sflcd.org to sign up!

Upcoming Second Saturdays:
March 11, 2023:  Watch for Details!
April 8 and beyond:
SOMA Second Saturday returns to the streets!

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom