Kinky/Queer SOMA Walking Tour Launches

Join us on our first walking tour: 
SOMA Origins: Bars, Bathhouses and Beyond

Now a world-wide leather/kinky/queer destination, SOMA (South of Market) began attracting leather bars in the ’60’s.  Find out why!

Learn about the raucous exploits of the ’70’s when motorcycles lined the streets outside popular bars.

Hear about today’s bar and clubs and what they used to be, including one on Folsom with a swimming pool.

Sunday, May 21, 2pm

Tour starts at 9th and Ringold, ends at the SF Eagle in time for the Sunday Beer Bust.

90 minutes, no hills.

Free!  Space is limited; advance registration is required.

Register Here

Entrepreneurs Complete Training

As the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District prepares to launch the third cohort of its Entrepreneur Training Program, we thought it would be nice to highlight the folks who completed the 9-week program in Cohorts numbers 1 and 2.

Cohort 1:
Graduated September, 2022

  • Joseph Valliere — Downtown Armor — Rubber gear, ultimately boots and a kink consignment shop.  (facebook, etsy)
  • James Strock — Recreating rubber gear from a new proprietary polymer
  • Jordan Fickel / Patrick Stephenson — BEARPAD  — Art brand celebrating big bodies.  (art, store, instagram)
  • Gloria Polo — Fire Dragon Photography — Leather/Kink photography (facebook, website)
  • Anna Randall and Richard Sprott — TASHRA – The Alternative Sexualties  Health Research Alliance  — improving healthcare services to kinksters (websitefacebook, instagram)

Cohort 2:
Graduated April, 2023

  • Marcos victor de brito puglielli– House of Puglielli — Custom leather design, sculptural, wearble art (website, facebookinstagram)
  • Dr. Zo Marcos Zotigh — Needle Play Acupuncture — Acupuncture Clinic (websitefacebookinstagram)
  • Sumiko Saulson — Mauskaveli — Hand painted wooden paddles, plus jewelry, books and clothing (website, books, facebook)
  • Alejandra Bravo Ducey — Raptrix — Small batch bondage gear for every body (shopinstagramfacebook)
  • Nate Boles — Wylde Honey Productions — Queer erotic artist promotion, production and reproduction
  • Angela Wilson — Cognizant Healing — Intimacy coaching for therapists (website, facebook)
  • Angeli [Daytona] Lata — Murder They Wore — Fetish fashion (website, facebook)
  • Kangcheng Yin — Kuma Club SF –  Gay Bathhouse/Sex Club (facebook)
  • Byrd Bannick — ByrdBeaks — Fabric based queer gear and accessories (websitefacebook)
  • Chris Hughes — Skunkheart — Queer and kinky TTRPG content (facebooklinks)

The District is proud to be able to help leather community folk start and build their businesses.

For more information, or to sign up for Cohort 3, click here.

Anniversary Video

One of the delightful features of our recent “Audacious Anniversary” was the video montage, created by Richard Dupler and played on multiple screens, highlighting recent events and achievements of the Cultural District, along with coming attractions.

You can now view that silent video here.

Bearrison Street Fair is Coming!

The Third Annual Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street, on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from noon to 6 pm

Bearrison — a collaboration between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., (SPI) and the Bears of San Francisco (BOSF) — is an inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTI+ community, which promotes body positivity for all and builds a more supportive, welcoming, and inclusive bear scene by representing a diverse arena of cultures.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was proud to have been a Presenting Sponsor of the Fair for the last two years, and we plan to be a Sponsor again this year.

Opportunities to sign up as a volunteer or vendor will be open soon.

Sign up now if you are interested in being a part of the Bearrison 2023 Traveling Sideshow.

If you are intersted in an organizational or corporate sponsorship, please drop them a note here.

Admission to the event is free, but VIP tickets will be cheap and have some important benefits, so order one as soon as they become available!

Timely Reminders


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, June 1, 2023, from 7 to 8 p.m. Join via Zoom here, or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 878 6588 4248.  RSVP is not required.  More info is here, or contact   We hope you can join us!

The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, June 8, 2023, from 6 to 7 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!

The next SOMA Second Saturdays is set for Saturday, June 10, 2023, on 12th Street between Folsom and Harrison.   Join us any time between 12 noon and 5 pm.  There will be artists and artisans, Live Erotic Storytelling and other entertainment!  Facebook event is hereExhibitors and vendors are needed; please sign up hereIf you are interested in entertaining, or organizing activities, please contact Cal Callahan.  

The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 13, 2023, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.

The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 6 to 8 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 on Facebook here.  Please contact if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.

There next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join with Zoom here or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  Facebook event is here.  The draft agenda can be viewed herePlease contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!

The next online Erotic Storytelling Hour is Thursday, June 22, 2023, 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 Fundraising Committee meets irregularly, as needed.  Please contact the committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!

The next meeting of the Walking Tour Committee will be scheduled soon.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Goldfarb, 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 keep adding links to our Resource Guide page.  Use it!

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, June 14, 2023, 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