DRAFT Leatherwalk 2022

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LeatherWalk returns this year as the traditional launch to San Francisco’s Leather Week. Proudly produced by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, on Sunday, September 18, we will walk together starting at City Hall, pausing at favorite neighborhood spots and watering holes, and culminating with the Leather Pride Fest, sponsored by the SF Eagle, at Eagle Plaza.

LeatherWalk 2022 benefits the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, a unique San Francisco institution dedicated to keeping our South of Market neighborhood queer and kinky. 

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Details

LeatherWalk 2022 will take place on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022.

LeatherWalk is the official kick-off for San Francisco’s Leather Week, which culminates one week later at the  2022 Folsom Street Fair.

On-site registration and check-in begins at 11:00 am on the steps of City Hall (Polk St. side).  Drop off any last donations, and get your collectible LeatherWalk 2022 pin.  

Departing from City Hall at 11:30 am, our stops include OasisPowerhouse / Hole in  the Wall / Azúcar Lounge, Leather Etc. / Wicked Grounds / Cat ClubMr. S Leather, the Ringold Leather History Alley, the  Lone Star Saloon, and Eagle Plaza.  At 3:00 pm  we join the ongoing Leather Pride Fest 2022, organized by the SF Eagle, which will include the raising of the historic Leather Pride Flag and a beer/soda bust from 3 to 6 pm.   See full schedule below.  

The Golden Gate Guards will provide a Color Guard, and organizations are invited to bring their banners and insignia.

Stop #1
Oasis – Oasis has a very special surprise planned for the Walk
Stop #2
Azucar Lounge – Grab-and-go snacks and cocktails, Azucar shirts for sale
Powerhouse
Hole in the Wall
Stop #3
Wicked Grounds – Snacks, coffee, and 15% off all gear
Leather Etc. – Buy one, get one 30% off
Cat Club SF
Stop #4
Mr. S Leather – In store shopping, light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Stop #5
Ringold Alley – Blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Stop #6
Lone Star Saloon
End
Leather Pride Fest, hosted by SF Eagle

This will be a smoke-free event, and applicable COVID-19 precautions will be enforced. 

A vehicle (provided by Fogcutter Tours) will be available for those who cannot walk any or all of the 1.25 mile route. Persons needing the vehicle, please notify manager@sflcd.org at least 24 hours in advance, as capacity is limited. The vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchair users are welcome to participate.

Volunteers are needed to help make LeatherWalk 2022 go smoothly.  For information, click here.

Use the Bloom Community app to keep updated on our location and connect with people from LeatherWalk 2022!.

 Participants are welcome to proudly display their leather, gear, or skin.

We walk together to celebrate leather, kink, family and community — all while raising funds for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

No pre-registration or donation required. 

The entire community is welcome to join the walk.


Schedule
[Still very much under discussion]

10:30 am 
Volunteer Setup at City Hall Steps

11:00 am 
Walkers gather on the Steps of SF City Hall (Polk Street side)
Check In, and receive free LeatherWalk 2021 pin (while supplies last)

11:10 am
Program Starts

11:25 am  
Program ends
Form up

11:30 noon
Step off

12:00 pm
Arrive at Oasis

12:15
Depart 

12:25
Arrive at Hole in the Wall / Powerhouse / Azúcar Lounge

12:45
Depart

1:00 pm
Arrive at Leather Etc. / Wicked Grounds / Cat Club

1:20 
Depart

1:25 pm
Arrive Mr. S Leather

1:45 
Depart
Walk down Ringold Alley

2:15 pm
Arrive Ringold Alley plinth
Moment of Memory

2:30 pm
Depart

2:35 pm
Arrive Lone Star Saloon

2:50 pm
Depart

3:00 pm
Arrive SF Eagle

3:15 pm
Raise Leather Pride Flag

11 am to 7 pm
Leather Pride Fest

3 pm to 6 pm
SF Eagle’s Tenderloin Tessie Beer Bust
$15 includes beer/ soda and food;
$5 for just food

All times and features subject to change.  Watch our social media posts for announcements of special entertainments, discounts, specialty beverages, and other surprises.   


The LeatherWalk Tradition

With the generous cooperation of PRC, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District has acquired LeatherWalk, since the District is uniquely positioned to shepherd the event into the future. LeatherWalk was founded in 1992 by Art Tomaszewski, former AEF Board President, Bare Chest Calendar Man and former Mr. Headquarters Leather. Art was inspired to start an event that would raise visibility, comradery and funds for AEF. In 2001, Sandy ‘Mama’ Reinhardt, a tireless community fundraiser and founding advisor at BCEF, took over event production of LeatherWalk. Mr. San Francisco Leather 2010 Lance Holman took the reins for several years, before passing the baton (or whip) to Folsom Street Events and PRC. While there was no LeatherWalk in 2019, the SF Eagle had a Leather Pride Parade. During the pandemic, PRC agreed to permanently transfer the LeatherWalk name and tradition to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, and in 2021, LeatherWalk and the Leather Pride Parade merged, with LeatherWalk — a project of the Cultural District —  ending at the Leather Pride Fest — presented by the SF Eagle. In 2022 we are proud to continue the tradition of LeatherWalk giving back to the community.


Why donate?

LeatherWalk 2022 benefits the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, a community institution dedicated to keeping our South of Market neighborhood queer and kinky. The money raised supports the Cultural District’s work, including murals, commemorative sidewalk plaques, promoting our existing businesses, facilitating new ones, activating art and live events both indoors and out and making long-term plans to buy a building for a Leather Community Center.

More info about the Cultural District’s achievements, activities and plans for the future can be found here. 


You Can Help!

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Of course, the entire community is welcome to join the walk: 
No one turned away for lack of fundraising!  

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