Nominations are now open for three seats on the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors.

Each seat is for a three year term, beginning at the Annual Membership Meeting of August 19, 2020.

Procedures for online elections are now being finalized by our Nominating Committee, in light of COVID-19, to facilitate secure online elections.  Details are at the bottom of this page.

To nominate yourself, please use this form.

To nominate someone OTHER than yourself, please use this form.

The self-nomination form includes space for a “Candidate’s Statement” of approximately 250 words or less.  You may use this statement however you wish, and it will be included in materials shared with voting members in advance of the election.

You may also, if you wish, submit a single photograph and/or a short video, to accompany your Candidate’s Statement.   (Send it, or a publicly-accessible link to it, to  The Nominations Committee reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of the picture or video for this use.

The self-nomination details are being posted as they are received, so the sooner you submit them, the better.

Nominations will close at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, on Friday, July 31, 2020.

A Candidates Night will be conducted as a Zoom Meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 12, 2020, during which time all candidates will be invited to speak and respond to questions.  

Online voting will open immediately following this meeting, and close at 5:00 p.m on Monday, August 17, 2020.  All eligible voters are urged to vote during this five-day interval.  

Results of the Elections will be formally announced at the Annual Membership Meeting on August 19, 2020.  The Community is encouraged to attend to welcome the new Board.

If you anticipate being unable to vote electronically during the voting period for any reason, please contact the Nominations Committee before the Forum on 8/12, and arrangements will be made for you to vote by some other technology, such as USPS.

Please review the following information before submitting a nomination, adapted from the LCD Bylaws:


Any “Qualified Candidate” may be elected as a Director . A Qualified Candidate must be a Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District in good standing, who has consistently complied with the Organization’s governance standards, policies, and codes of conduct.

Every Director shall embrace and commit themselves to furthering the Mission & Vision of the Organization, and shall meet one or more of the following criteria:

    1. Having lived or worked within the boundaries of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District (the “District”).
    2. Been born or raised in the boundaries of the District.
    3. Have had a history of activism in alignment with the Organizations’ Mission and Vision.
    4. Have served reliably on one or more of the Organization’s committees for at least one year.

The Composition of the Board as a whole shall strive to have representation from each constituency that the Organization is designed to benefit, including:

    1. Residential tenants;
    2. Families (traditional, non-traditional, or extended);
    3. Artists;
    4. Youth;
    5. Elders;
    6. Businesses headquartered and operating within the boundaries of the District;
    7. Nonprofits, such as arts and culture organizations, community associations, educational institutions, and community service agencies headquartered or operating within the boundaries of the District;

For the purposes of evaluating the Board’s composition, an individual Director may be considered a representative for more than one constituency enumerated in this section.

Folks running for Board may wish to attend the upcoming meeting of the Board of Directors, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  They might also want to review the Cultural District Vision and Mission Statements. or even look at the full organizational Bylaws. 

Due to the special circumstances of the COVID-19 Shelter In Place, election of the President of the LCD will also take place using the same online balloting.  All persons running for the Board are invited to also nominate themselves for the office of President, and the names of all those nominees will appear on the ballot; voting will be “instant run-off” style; votes for individuals who are not elected to the Board will be discarded and that voter’s next-highest-preference candidate will receive their vote.

Current Directors may also place themselves in nomination for the office of President, by writing directly to

The Nominations Committee has tentatively selected as the platform upon which to run our online election, using Scottish Single Transferable Vote (STV) to elect our Board, and San Francisco Instant Runoff to elect our President.  These are both “ranked choice voting” (RCV) methods, meaning that, on the online ballot, voters will drag the names of candidates up and down until their first choice is at the top and their last choice is at the bottom.   These systems are recommended because they assure proportional representation — that is, they help assure that minorities are represented according to their support among voters.  Although these systems are numerically complicated, the rules are well-established and easily handled by computers. (This page may be helpful in understanding the Scottish STV method of counting votes.  

To learn more about the above, please visit this page, and explore the rest of the OpaVote Web site.  If you have questions — and especially if you have any concerns regarding the Committee’s proposed procedures — please write as soon as possible to

The Nominating Committee consists of  Bob Brown (chair), Steve Gaynes, David Hyman, and Ren Phoenix.

Thank you.