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.
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 (website, facebook, instagram)
Graduated April, 2023
Marcos victor de brito puglielli– House of Puglielli— Custom leather design, sculptural, wearble art (website, facebook, instagram)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you can join us!
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 here. Exhibitors and vendors are needed; please sign up here. If 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 email@example.com 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 here. Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!
The next online Erotic Storytelling Houris 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.