Audacious Anniversary Fun for All

The community came out to celebrate the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s fourth birthday at an Audacious Anniversary party, held at Folsom Street Foundry on Saturday evening, May 7, 2022.  

Entertainments included The Rebel Kings, House of MORE!, suspension bondage by Ivy Limieux and Shay Tiziano with Sabriel Star, and kinky demos by ONYX Northwest and the 15 Association.  The event was DJ’d by Fawks, and MC’d by Lance Holman.

Food for the free party was catered by MamaBear’s Kitchen, SOMA Guardians provided the coat check, photography was by Gooch, and over a dozen contestants walked our first annual “Brazen Runway”, competing for prizes and raising money for the Cultural District.

Many folks stopped by the info table to learn about the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, sign up for the mailing list, or become voting members of the organization.

Below are just a few images to remind you how much kinky fun we all had.

PhotosByGooch.com

Many more pics can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/sflcd.org/posts/5199545363435534

Thanks to everyone who attended.  See you next year!

 

Oasis Mural In Progress

A large, wrap-around-the-building mural is now under construction at the corner of 11th Street and Burns Place (between Folsom and Howard).

When finished, the mural, called “SHOWTIME“, will decorate two sides of The Oasis, San Francisco’s home for Superstar Drag Shows, Fabulous Cabaret Performances and Unforgettable Events. It is being created by some of the city’s best-loved queer artists as a love letter to San Francisco.

If you visit this week, you might see any of the artists — Serge Gay Jr., Simön Malvaez, Elliott C Nathan, J Manuel Carmona , and Christopher McCutcheon — working on it.

Please join us at 3 pm on Thursday, June 2, at Oasis (298 11th Street) for the official unveiling of the mural, with honored guests Mayor London Breed and State Senator Scott Wiener.

Then come back for the party celebrating the five artists who painted the mural, starting at 9 pm.

As reported in The Bold Italic, funding for the piece was secured through the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District, in association with the SF Arts Commission, and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence‘s “Queer Artists for Queer Spaces” initiative, with support from Soma West CBD,.  Of course, Oasis’ owner and creative director, D’Arcy Drollinger, is the impresario who made it all happen.

To whet your appetite, here are a few pictures (by Christopher McCutcheon and David Hyman) of the work in progress:

 

 

Timely Reminders

We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday.  Our next one is Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 8 to 9 p.m.   Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community.

 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 meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 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 here.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89554242702 or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.   More info is here. Draft agenda is herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


The next online Walking Tour Subcommittee Meeting is set for Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88470691792 or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792..  More info is here. Draft agenda is hereHelp us create an Internet-based Walking Tour of noteworthy past and present locations in our South of Market neighborhood.


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87865884248 , 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, June 9, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. (Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.

 


The next online meeting of the Fundraising Committee is will be scheduled as needed.  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!


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.  And, if you can, contribute to their Capital Campaign here.


The Second Annual Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Bearrison — a collaboration between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., (SPI) and the Bears of San Francisco (BOSF) — is an inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTI+ community, which promotes body positivity for all and builds a more supportive, welcoming, and inclusive bear scene by representing a diverse arena of cultures.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was proud to have been a Presenting Sponsor of last year’s Fair; pictures from that event are up on their web site

This would be a great time to sign up for one of their volunteer teams.


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 eight 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, to be published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.  


Do you own or manage a building or business in our Cultural District?  Does it have some history relevant to our queer and kinky communities?  Do you want to learn more about it?  Look here.

And while we have your attention, building owner/manager:  Would you like a mural on your building?  We would like to make it happen for you!   Decorate The Streets


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.


Do you have opinions?  Sure you do, but we mean specifically do you have opinions about SOMA and kink and the future of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District?    Please share your opinions using our Community Input form!


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, May 17, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Zoom into meeting at Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89493852487 or call 1-669-900-6833, and use Meeting ID: 894 9385 2487.  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.


       

SOMA Second Saturdays!


It’s the Super Sized Sexy Second Saturday!

June 11, 2022, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
12th Street (between Folsom and Harrison), in San Francisco
Hosted by LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, Folsom Street,
and Soma West CBD

Come shop with some of the finest local queer and kinky artists, artisans, and craftspeople.

Watch this page for updated list of vendors and participants.

Join in the Rough Trade
Leather & Gear Swap! (Sign up here!)
 

 

Enjoy a special
Saturday Beer Bust
at the SF Eagle, from 3 to 6 pm!

Dine nearby at local restaurants like Willows and Manora.

Donations welcome.

This is a smoke-free event.

Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom!
(Link coming soon)

Do you have kinky arts or queer crafts you would like to show and sell?
Click here for more info!

Our Audacious Anniversary!

Come celebrate the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s fourth birthday at our 

Audacious Anniversary!

 

Note that vaccination is required and we will be checking proof at the door.
 
In order to take care of yourself and those around you, we highly recommend:
1. masking during the event (we will have a limited number of N95s to distribute and a mask vendor onsite),
2. not coming if you have any symptoms or COVID contacts, and
3. screening by doing testing both before and after the event.

Entertainment, food, demos, and fun!

Free Admission

Saturday, May 7, 2022
5 to 9 pm
Folsom Street Foundry
1425 Folsom Street

 Featuring performances by
House of MORE!
The Rebel Kings

Ambient suspension bondage performances by
Ivy Limieux and Shay Tiziano, with Sabriel Star

Kinky demos by
ONYX Northwest
The 15 Association
and The Society of Janus

DJ Fawks

MC Lance Holman

AND

The first annual
Brazen Runway

Strut Your Smut!

    See who’s going, match, and chat before you go.
    Check out Audacious Anniversary on the Bloom Community app

    This is a smoke-free event.
    Be 21+ and bring proof of vaccination.


    More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/340200574742340