The Ides of October!

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, there are so many exciting events happening in SOMA that you probably can’t attend all of them.  But it might be fun to try:

Farmers Market — The SOMA West Farmers Market at Eagle Plaza happens every Saturday through October, and the event on October 15 will run from 9 am to 1 pm, on 12th Street at Harrison.

LeatherWalk 2022 — Proudly produced by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, LeatherWalk 2022 starts at 11 am in Civic Center Plaza, across from City Hall, visits favorite neighborhood spots, and ends up at the celebration of body positivity called the Bearrison Street Fair!

Bearrison Street Fair — The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Bears of SF offer a supportive, welcoming, and inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTQ+ community.  It will happen from noon to 6 pm, on Harrison Street at 11th.

LDG Fetish Fair — The San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group presents the Fetish Fair 2022, from 3:30 to 8 pm, at Transform1060  (1060 Folsom Street).

Post Fetish Fair Play Party — GearUp Weekend and San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group present a hot, fun, men-only play party, starting at 8 pm, immediately following LDG Fetish Fair, at 1060 Folsom Street.  The doors will remain open until 11 pm, with play continuing until 1 am.

How Weird Street Faire 2022 — The 23rd Annual How Weird Street Faire,  “Close Encounters Of The Weird Kind”, offers a mix of music, art, costumes, and dancing, in the area around Second and Howard Street, from noon to 8 pm.

Have a great day!

Folsom Street Rocks!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was pleased and proud to be part of the 2022 Folsom Street Fair.

We send our thanks to the tireless volunteers who staffed the booth, including Bob Brown, Tessa Antonia Delsener, Richard Dupler, Norm Lynde, JConr B. Ortega, Sumiko Saulson, and Stan Wong.

Our booth also hosted folks from the Bearrison Street Fair, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, ELSE, and BABKA (the Bay Area Bi/Pan Kinky Alliance).

At the booth, we spoke to hundreds of guests about the Cultural District, signed up more than 50 folks for our mailing list, showed off items from our new Merchandise Store, gave out stacks and stacks of informational materials, (including our popular postcards), and, of course, extended our invitation to everyone to join us for LeatherWalk 2022 on October 15.

Our warmest thanks and heartiest congratulations go out to Folsom Street, who produced a magnificent event.  The return of the full-strength Folsom Street Fair experience had been long awaited and keenly anticipated by our entire community, and the reality did NOT disappoint.

[If you were unable to attend, or want to refresh you memory, may I recommend the uncensored photos of BIRON, here. — NSFW.]

Special mention to everyone involved in the vaccination efforts, both leading up to and actually at the Street Fair; this all-out effort is helping assure that we can enjoy our kinkiness as safely and responsibly as possible.

And kudos also to all the attendees, both locals and visitors, who showed respect, positivity, and common sense, assuring that the event went not just smoothly and safely, but joyfully.  We are exhausted, but proud, happy, and inspired!

See you at LeatherWalk next month!

Timely Reminders

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, October 6, 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 SOMA Second Saturday! event will be on October 8, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, on 12th Street (between Folsom and Harrison), in San Francisco.  Full info is here.


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, October 13, 2022 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, October 13 2022, 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 online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, October 11, 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 set for Tuesday, October 11, 2022from 5:00 to 6:00 pm..  Please contact the committee chair to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


LeatherWalk is October 15, 2022,   It will start at Civic Center Plaza, directly across from City Hall, and end at the Bearrison Street Fair.   Basic info is here, or click here for the complete details!   

The Second Annual Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  Learn more hereSign up to volunteer here! 


There will not be any Walking Tour Committee meeting in October.  The next meeting is tentatively be scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm  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.  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 LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 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 meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, starting at 6:00 pm.  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 hereThe draft 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!


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, October 12, 2022, 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.

Folsom Street Fair on Sunday Offers MPX Vax Popups

Come visit the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s booth at the Folsom Street Fair this Sunday.

We’re on 11th Street, just north of Folsom, conveniently on the way to the Bondage Stage.

Drop by, learn about the District and some of our community’s other organizations.  Buy one of our classy bandanas, or our classic logo pin.  Check out samples of the merchandise in our online store.

Also at the fair on Sunday: you can get your MPX vaccine at the SF Department of Health popup, located on Folsom at 12th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Preregister at https://bit.ly/3LBxAc5

Another option for getting your MPX vaccination at the Fair is at the California Department of Public Health booth at Folsom and 8th.  They will be ready with 900 doses to administer, no pre-registration required.  

Then…  continue to explore the rest of the fantastic Folsom Street Fair!