Open House Held

What has the the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District been doing since the Community Meeting last August?  Who is on the Board of Directors?  Who is the new District Manager?  How is the District doing financially?  What’s a CHHESS?  How close are we to building a Leather Cultural Center?  What are the new Committees?  How can folks become full Voting Members?  What else can folks do to help?

Answers to these other questions were on display at the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Open House, held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the SF LGBT Center in San Francisco.  

You can view the video of the event here!  The slide show (which is hard to see on the video) can be viewed here.

For more information, or if you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, please write to

Please use public transportation to access the Center. Street parking is limited. The SF LGBT Center is accessible by MUNI J,K,L,M,N or F, as well as bus lines 6,7,61,71. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block driveways or park in blue, yellow or white zones.

Cultural District Sports New Logo

We are pleased and proud to introduce the logo for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

The design of the San Francisco LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District logo was completed by designer/leatherman Jon Stoa in September of 2019. Its purpose is to represent both the Leather community by the use of the chain links and the LGBTQ community by use of the traditional pride colors. It is meant to convey a sense of an all-inclusive minded community all linked together and connected by the circle of chain links. These links signify a physical space which is the “Cultural District” – the historical significance of which can now be preserved as a physical/geographical sense of place in San Francisco.

Jon Stoa, Art Director/Designer, has been working in advertising, marketing and brand identity over two decades. He attended Art Center College of Design and later went on to work at Wieden+Kennedy, Draft FCB, and Apple, Inc. He has worked on building many major brands – from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Levi’s to Ann Sacks, Joe’s Barbershop, Modo, Hilton Hotels, Red Cross and the AD Council (Smokey Bear). He has done work with several San Francisco non-profits including Open House, Rocket Dog Rescue, Mr. San Francisco Leather, and now the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District in San Francisco.

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Save the Date!

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time:  5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location:  Folsom Street Foundry
Cost: Free!

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District will host a major event to celebrate the second anniversary of the creation of our Cultural District.

It was indeed on May 9, 2018 that the Resolution establishing the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was signed by then-Mayor Mark Farrell.  Since then, our group has become incorporated as a California Non-Profit Corporation, received 501(c)3 status, obtained funds from the City and private developers, hired a Cultural District Manager, done outreach to local residents, organizations, and businesses, advocated for and against local development projects, scouted possible locations for a Leather Cultural / Community Center, participated in parades and street fairs, worked with city agencies to create Leather and LGBTQ placemaking along Folsom and Harrison Streets, coordinated with the city’s other Cultural Districts, and begun work on developing our CHHESS  — an essential strategy document that will guide the city in protecting and supporting our neighborhood for years to come.  (For updates on these and other accomplishments, please plan to attend our Open House on February 12, 2020 from 6 to 8 pm, at  the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco.)

Grant money has been provided to us for the specific purpose of hosting an event to introduce the Cultural District to the neighborhood and community, and we intend to make that event a very special one.  We have set the date, and are working now to secure the location and begin the necessary arrangements.

Our current plans (subject to change) are to make this both a party and a showcase for the artists, artisans, performers and businesses of the District.  Of course, we will need your help!

Are you, or do you know someone who:

  • owns or manages a business of any kind in the Cultural District,
  • creates art, gear, or craft of any kind in and around this neighborhood,
  • operates or manages a restaurant or food service here,
  • performs regularly or occasionally in the District,
  • creates and/or sells artwork that relates to Leather and Queer culture,
  • has historical artifacts of the early days of SoMa to display or sell,
  • would like to assist us in planning, organizing or publicizing,
  • or otherwise has something to contribute to this event?

If so, please write to Thanks!

And in any case, please save the date!

Census 2020 is Coming

Wherever you live, and whomever you live with, a  complete count of all residents during the upcoming Census is very important to all of us. The 2020 Census will count same sex couple households, which has special importance to our LGBTQ community.

The Census Bureau is now locally hiring. The area census office of San Francisco is looking for candidates to fill in multiple positions.

Please click on the images above for more info, or apply at (or here), or contact our local representative, Benson (Baokun) Zhao, at (628) 800-2743 or

Everyone counts!

501(c)3 Achieved!

The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District has passed another milestone, in obtaining its 501(c)3 tax-exemption letter from the IRS.  This means that — among other things — donations to the Cultural District can be tax deductible.

The Cultural District will continue to use SOMArts — another 501(c)3 organization that serves as a cultural hub within our part of the City — as its fiscal agent, safeguarding our funds and administering any grants that we receive from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development or other San Francisco agencies.  But having our own 501(c) status is an important achievement, and will help the organization achieve its goals.

So hurrah!