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 – Blerdrotica Edition

The hour of kinky literary fun happens on the Second Thursday of each monthCome hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more from selected writers of our community!

Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 8 to 9 p.m.  

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: 507379\
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring Stories by:
Penelope Flynn
Cranston Burney
Valjeanne Jeffers (read by Penelope
James Goodridge (read by Otto)
Sumiko Saulson

See who else will be watching at Bloom

Click here to view the
Erotic Storytelling Hour Archive
18+ Only

Click here for info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

If you’re interested in being a reader for a future event, contact:

If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: 

Save These Dates!

Here are a few important dates to mark in your 2023 calendar:

  • LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board Meetings:  2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, etc.
  • SOMA Second Saturdays:  2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, etc.
  • Golden Dildeaux Award Nominations Open:  February 11 through March 14
  • Golden Dildeaux Nomination Beer Bust:  March 12
  • Golden Dildeaux Award Voting Open:  March 17 through April 18
  • San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend:  March 16-19
  • Golden Dildeaux Award Ceremony:  April 22
  • LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Anniversary Party:  May 6
  • Membership Deadline to vote in Cultural District Elections:  May 11
  • Up Your Alley Street Fair:  July 30
  • LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Annual Meeting:  August 16
  • LeatherWalk 2023:  September 17
  • Folsom Street Fair:  September 24
  • Bearrison Street Fair:  October 14

All dates are subject to change.

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Minority Couples Sought for HIV Study

The LetSync Study of the UC San Francisco Center for Aids Preventions Studies (CAPS) is a project being done to evaluate a mobile health intervention for couples living with HIV. They are looking for 110 couples throughout the U.S. where:

  • At least one person is HIV+ and identifies as a racial/ethnic minority
  • Both persons are 18+ y/o, assigned male at birth*,
  • Both persons have a smartphone and valid phone #, and a valid U.S. mailing address.

* They are looking for cis men, trans women, and/or non-binary folks

The study goes for 8 months, and study visits are every 2 months over Zoom. Each member of the couple can earn up to $430 in incentives for completing online surveys, doing take-home dried blood spot (DBS) tests and urine dipstick test to measure ARV or PrEP adherence. There is also an Exit Interview when the study is complete.

If you are interested, please click here or scan the QR code above to take 2-min. screener!

Golden Gate Guards Celebrates, Ends

After serving the SF Bay Area community since 1986, the Golden Gate Guards “rolled up their banner” and dissolved the club at their 36th Anniversary Party at the SF Eagle on Saturday, November 19th.
Marc Owens, Jack Goodall, Jim Stokes, and Roger Sullivan roll up the banner of the Golden Gate Guards

The Guards’ board of directors decided that after 36 years of community service, fundraising for charities, and fellowship with the leather/Levi LGBTQIA community, it was best to retire the club and preserve its legacy as one of the longest active leather/Levi clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The event was catered by long-time Guards supporter Don Ramon’s, and guests received pins, t-shirts, mugs and other classic Guards memorabilia.

There were presentations to the now-emeritus members, personal stories of past events, an a solemn reading of the honor roll of Golden Gate Guards who have passed away.

As part of the process of shutting down the guards, all remaining assets will be divided between their 2022 beneficiaries, the San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group and the LGBT Asylum Project, with additional funds going to Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners.

The Guards’ website. is being transformed into a lasting archive of facts and photos from the Guards’ history.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is working with the Guards to help them to find suitable permanent archives for their documents, and will take over ownership of the flags, to continue the Guards tradition of providing honor guards for LeatherWalk and other parades and events.

The Cultural District will also be taking on the famous Golden Dildeaux Awards, preserving another important historic (and fun!) community tradition. Please watch for updates about the Awards next Spring.

Leather District in the Fight Against MPX

During September and October, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District partnered with SF Department of Public Health to sponsor four “pop-up” events in Eagle Plaza, at which we offered free MPX vaccinations.  At those events, 408 first and second doses of MPX vaccine were administered. In addition, our last one administered 34 COVID boosts and 33 flu vaccines.  Many additional vaccinations were administered at the Folsom and Bearrison Street Fairs.  



Special kudos to Oscar Macias at DPH for coordinating these efforts with us. We are also grateful to BayPLS, Mission Wellness Pharmacy, the SF Eagle, AGUILAS, and the volunteers working line control for their participation in this effort, and are pleased and proud to have contributed to the community effort to control MPX.

LGBTQ health-related resources can be found here.