Telethon to Save Oasis

Save the Oasis Telethon

SAVE THE OASIS!
TELETHON: SATURDAY 3/6, 12PM – 12AM

For the past six years, the Oasis has been home to queer performers both locally and nationally, as well as a clubhouse for the community.  But almost a full year of shut-down has created a dire situation for them.  Innovative programming like “Meals on Heels” and Oasis TV have helped, as did PPP and SBA loans.  But the second shutdown has brought them to the brink of financial collapse.  Now, D’Arcy Drollinger, Owner and Artistic Director of Oasis, is asking for the community’s help, so Oasis can be there for everyone when the pandemic is over.  

A twelve-hour streaming “Telethon” will include live and pre-recorded performances, testimonials, interactive events, fabulous items up for auction, and a phone bank of drag queens to take your call. The event will air for FREE on the OASIS TV network and on givebutter.com/saveoasis. All funds raised go directly to business expenses for the club: rent, utilities, operations, as well as paying off debt accrued while being closed.

Hosted by D’Arcy Drollinger and her friends, the Telethon will stream live from noon to midnight on on Saturday, March 6, 2021, Expect a cavalcade of stars and San Francisco luminaries to help raise $100,000 to save SOMA’s iconic queer nightclub.

You can also donate to help save OASIS, right now through March 6th, right here!

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!
Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 856 5465 2578 and password: 007266
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featured Readers:
Raymond Lawson
Patty Overland
mrPam
Steve Hayes
Special Guest Reader:
“WrathDaddy” James White
 

Have you missed our previous storytelling hours?  Are you over 18?  View them here:

Erotic Storytelling Hour Archive — 18+ Only

Want to be a reader for a future event? contact: manager@sflcd.org.


Thanks to all our past readers:


The session of October 28, 2020 was dedicated to the memory of Serena Toxicat.  Serena’s work can be found here:


    If you read for us but don’t see your name above, OR if you would like to see some info after your name (Web site, Instagram, email, Venmo, etc.) please write to arts-chair@sflcd.org and we will fix it.  

    Want to be 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 

    Golden Dildeaux Awards

    Yes, the Woodies are back!

    Nominations are now open for the Golden Gate Guards’ famous Golden Dildeaux Awards.

    These humorous awards are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time providing a unique charity fundraising opportunity.  The way it works is simple:

      • Between now and March 19, 2021, go to https://ggguards.org/gda/ and submit as many nominations as you like.  Nominating folks is free.
      • There are 25 Nomination categories, including “Best Looking Ass (the Golden Globes Award)”, “Best Impact Bottom (the Red Tail Award)”, “Best Novice Player (the Rookie Award)”, and lots more.
      • Submit multiple nominations if you like, to make sure your “friends” get enough votes to appear on the final ballot.
      • Voting runs from March 22nd to April 22nd. Each vote costs $1, with the proceeds going to the Emergency Financial Assistance fund of the Positive Resource Center (PRC).
      • You and/or your nominees should actively campaign for votes. Have fun and raise money for a good cause.  It’s a great opportunity to reward, acknowledge, and/or embarrass your friends.
      • Then, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7 PM Pacific Time, attend the 49th Golden Dildeaux Awards, online live on Zoom, with Masters of Ceremonies Star D. Love (Ms. San Francisco Leather 2016) and Cody Elkin (Mr. San Francisco Leather 2016).
      • So join the fun by making sure that your friends get nominated—and win!  Let’s see who gets a Woody!

    Hurry:

    Nominations close in

    Submit your nominations today!

    Timely Reminders

    We sent out our February newsletter recently.  Did you get it?
    If not, view it here, then sign up to get it monthly here.


    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


    Have you seen Justin Hall’s  “Marching Toward Pride” poster series?  They were installed in the bus stops along Market Street as part of the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco Pride celebrations, and they illustrate six moments of SF LGBTQ history, each one colored to represent one of the six colors of Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow flag. You can view them all at Justin Hall Awesome Comics, and read the 49 Hills article about them (including an interview with Justin) here.  


    The city is moving slowly but surely towards a major upgrade to Folsom Street.  Read about it here  


    The next online Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 9, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee co-chairs.


    The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, March  11, 2020 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here    More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


    The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 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 Zoom Meeting  here, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.  Please note the meeting time, and contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.   The proposed agenda will be posted soon.  Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


    We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday, and our next one is on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m.  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 online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Info at Facebook post. Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89554242702 or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  The proposed agenda will be posted soon.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


    The Arts and Culture Committee has created a Walking Tour Subcommittee, whose next meeting is set for Wednesday, April 7, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88470691792 or call 1-408-638-0968 US and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792. You can read all about the project here.  All are welcome to participate.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to be brought up to date, and get on the mailing list for this Subcommittee!


    The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, April 1, 2021, 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 the committee chair, Gene Edmond! We hope you can join us!


     

    Another queer and kinky street fair is coming to town next fall.! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgance and the Bears of San Francisco have submitted a permit application for a Bearrison Street Fair on Saturday afternoon, October 30, 2021, at and around the corner of 11th and Harrison Streets.  They invite your participation on one of their planning teams.  Join a team at https://forms.gle/dh8ornvA14heyoki9.


    If you just learned about San Francisco’s LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District…. Welcome!

    Please explore below for information about the Cultural District.  If you are not already receiving email from us, please click here to be kept informed about our meetings and activities.


    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.


    Want to keep up with all our upcoming Board and Committee meetings.  They are all on our Calendar, or check out our our new (beta) Events page!


    This is a great time to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District!  If you are already a member, this might be a good time to renew your membership.   Click here to get started!  And, 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.  All memberships last one full year.


    We are actively seeking community input on ways to preserve and improve our special South of Market neighborhood.  We invite you to submit your own ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on a number of important topics: 

    Give us your Input!


    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


    To see a video about our CHHESS report by Julia Sabory, from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), please click here.  


    The city of San Francisco needs volunteers to help deliver meals, deliver medications, connect with elderly residents, and all sorts of help for our community. Info is at https://sf.gov/be-emergency-volunteer


    Remember:  You can text “COVID19SF” to 888-777 to receive official updates on how San Franciscans can best cope with the COVID-19 crisis.


    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.


    SF Catalyst is expanding to better serve leather, queer, and kink organizations and individuals!  But it will need your help. Find more details and donate to ensure SF Catalyst remains a thriving community space here.


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


    The next meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 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. 


           

    Help Make the SF Eagle Bar a Landmark

    Great work, everyone!

    Thanks in large part to the outpouring of community support, the Land Use Committee unanimously recommended the SF Eagle’s landmark designation to the full Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors in turn have also voted unanimously in favor. Now the application goes to the Historic Preservation Committee.

    Submit your photos and stories of the SF Eagle! They will be sent to the Historic Preservation Commission to help achieve landmark status for the bar. We are working with the Planning Department to support the effort. We are particularly looking for these stories or photos, especially from the 80s and 90s:

        • Notable events/parties/meetings/gatherings which occurred on the premises and may have helped shape/define SOMA’s Leather/LGBTQ community.
        • Significant people associated with the venue (performers, patrons, etc.).
        • Photos (interior/exterior, historic/current).

    If you have any contributions toward the effort, you can go to our Facebook event and click the “Discussion” tab to post them there, or email them to manager@sflcd.org.

    Thank you for your help!

    Please consider joining our Save SOMA Action Network now, to be kept informed when we need you again.

    Click here for links to media coverage.