Media Coverage for Cultural District

Here is a list of some of the references to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural Districts – and San Francisco’s other Cultural Districts – in newspapers and other media.


11/30/2022: “Cultural districts offer entrepreneurial opportunities” in Bay Area Reporter

11/17/2022: “Erotic Storytelling Hour holds Trans Awareness Week edition” on KTVU Fox 2

10/3/2022:  “Additional sites eyed for SF leather history walk plaques” article in Bay Area Reporter

7/27/2022:  Bob Goldfarb’s Guest Editorial on “Up Your Alley” in the Bay Area Reporter.

4/14/2022:  Inclusion in SF Travel’s San Francisco Promotion

4/12/2022: Ravi Round the World features ED Bob Goldfarb and Honey Mahogany for SF Travel

3/31/2022:  SF Chronicle reports on community opposition to proposed Redistricting Map.

10/27/2021:  7×7 Magazine presents an overview of the hot spots of the entire South of Market area, with a nod to the Leather District.

10/21/2021:  San Francisco Bay Times features stories about the Cultural District on pages 3 (new Executive Director), page 27 (SOMA Second Saturdays), and page 34 (photos from SOMA Second Saturdays),.

10/11/2021: Bay Area Reporter covers the appointment of Bob Goldberg as LCD Executive Director

9/24/2021:  KQED Radio news covered LeatherWalk.  Listen here.

9/22/2021:  BAR reports on LeatherWalk and plans for MegaHood.

9/15/2021:  BAR looks back at LeatherWalk history.

7/19/2021:  BAR reports on the return of LeatherWalk, and other SOMA Leather news.  (Front Page image)

5/26/2021:  BAR reports on the election of Honey Mahogany as San Francisco Democratic Party Chair.

5/26/2021:  Bay Area Reporter reports on  the new Sylvester mural at Oasis.

5/17/2021:  SF Chronicle reports on the SF Eagle’s  imminent Historic Landmark Status.

4/19/2021: BAR reports about how Leather projects in San Francisco South of Market are advancing (also available  here).

4/8/2021:  The  BAR reports that the Board of Supervisors have approved the Leather District plaques resolution.

3/18/2021:  An article in Hear/Say about “How San Francisco’s Cultural Districts Work”

2/2/2021:  The Bay Area Reporter reports on the passage of the resolution by the Board of Supervisors.

2/1/2021:  CBS reports on the Board of Supervisor’s vote on the SF Eagle landmark designation.

1/27/21:  SF Weekly reports on the hearing on Landmark Status for the SF Eagle bar.

1/27/21:  The Bay Area Reporter reports on  actions to preserve and protect the SF Eagle bar.


12/16/2020:  The Bay Area Reporter covers controversy regarding the Big Belly Trash cans.


9/ 23/20:  The Bay Area Reporter has a new article about the planned Sidewalk Plaques, which you can read here.


8/3/2020:  The Bay Area Reporter reports on our hiring of Cal Callahan as our District Manager.


2/12/20:  A very nice write up appeared in the Bay Area Reporter about the Bar Crawl we held on February 6, 2020, during which LCD Board and supporters visited five landmark venues within the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District with District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney and other city officials.


9/22/19: The  Bay Area Reporter covers the raising of the Leather Flag in Eagle Plaza.


8/14/19:  The Bay Area Reporter did a full roundup of the three queer Cultural Districts.


3/3/2019:  The Los Angeles Times has printed a lengthy and excellent article about the district:  2019-03-03 – LA Times about District.

A companion video is viewable here.


6/3/18:  The Bay Area Reporter covered our historic ribbon-cutting event.


4/25/18:  The hearings at City Hall were covered by the Bay Area Reporter.



Please send additional items to Web@sflcd.org.  If you are a media representative and would like to contact us for any reason, please write to info@sflcd.org.  Thanks!

 

Our Committees!

Community participation is essential to the success of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

We therefore strongly encourage all interested folks to join the Cultural District’s various committees.  All our meetings are free and open to all. 

All Cultural District Committee meetings are currently being held online using Zoom. Interested community members are urged to obtain the Zoom app for their phone or computer, although dial-in phone participation is also an option.  

For log-on information about online meetings, please refer to the “Timely Reminders” post (normally near the top of this Web site), OR to the Cultural District Calendar, OR to our Event List, OR to our Facebook Events page.

To receive email from Committee chairs, (e.g. meeting agendas and special announcements), use the form here; it will send you an email with custom links to let you review and adjust your Committee preferences.  Note that not ALL Committees send out regular meeting announcements.

Here are the currently active Committees that could really use your involvement:

Arts and Culture Committee
Communications Committee
Diversity and Membership Committee
Economic Vitality Committee
Finance Committee
Fundraising Committee
Governance and Legislation Committee
Land Use Committee
Other Groups (Artists, Volunteers, Save SOMA Network)
General Information about Committee Meetings and Membership

Arts and Culture Committee

This new committee advocates for creative activity in the Cultural District, organizes events, performances, public art, gallery shows, and walking tours, and explores opportunities to attract and support leather and LGBTQ artists in the Cultural District.

The Arts and Culture Committee normally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Check our Calendar for logon information.   Agendas are posted on this Web site, and sent to Committee members, in advance of each meeting.

Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, for more info!

Communications Committee

This committee handles the Cultural District’s social media and digital presence, public relations, branding, event promotion, and outreach to clubs, organizations, and individuals.

Their Committee normally meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, for more info!

Diversity & Membership Committee

This committee recruits individual members and works with other committees to ensure diversity of membership, programs and participants.

The Diversity and Membership Committee normally meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  An agenda may be available in advance of the meeting.  Please write to the committee chair for more info!

Economic Vitality Committee

This committee works to prevent displacement of existing leather and LGBTQ community groups and businesses as well as attracting new ones to the District. This also includes facilitating connections to existing city services and assistance to navigate those services.

No meetings are currently scheduled for this Committee.  If you are interested in serving, please write to info@SFLCD.org and asked to be kept informed.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees budgeting and accounting for the Cultural District, and conducts audits when necessary.  Membership is currently restricted to Directors, but for more information, contact treasurer@sflcd.org.

Fundraising Committee

This committee plans the District’s major fundraising events, LeatherWalk and the Golden Dildeaux Awards.  Its work also includes planning other fundraising events and campaigns, exploring grant opportunities, and creating materials to generate donations to support the work of the organization.

The Fundraising Committee normally meets selected Tuesdays each month, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Please contact the committee chair for more info, or to be placed on the mailing list to receive meeting announcements,

Governance and Legislation Committee

The Governance and Legislation Committee advocates with city planners, departments and agencies for legislation and procedures benefiting the District’s constituents.  The committee also monitors bylaw compliance and maintains the District’s policy and procedures manual, proposing and drafting any changes.

No meetings are currently scheduled for this Committee.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!

Land Use Committee

This committee tracks construction projects and developments in the District, and working with developers and city agencies to mitigate the effects of gentrification.

The Land Use Committee also works to preserve and develop culturally and historically significant buildings, businesses, organizations, traditions, arts, events, and aesthetics, to protect tenants from displacement, and to promote affordable housing in the District.

The Land Use Committee normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  An agenda may be distributed advance of each meeting.  An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here. Please contact the committee chair for more info, or to be placed on the mailing list!

Other Groups

In addition to the above committees, our mailing list includes additional “groups” called Artists, Volunteers, and Save SOMA Action Network.

Please check the “Artists” group if you wish to be kept informed about opportunities and programs of potential interest:  murals, commissions, grant possibilities, etc.  Click here for more information.

Please check the “Volunteers” group if you wish to hear about volunteer opportunities.  Volunteers are needed to act as greeters and staff information booths at events, to help distribute posters and other materials about the District, and to help with special projects that arise throughout the year.   Click here for more information.

Please check the “Save SOMA Action Network” to be advised of opportunities for concrete action to protect our local businesses, amenities, and institutions.  If possible, make sure that your profile allows us to contact you by text or phone, so that we can reach you at short notice.

General Information 

All our meetings are free and open to all. Unless otherwise noted, all in-person meeting locations are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.

For all Membership meetings, and most Committee meetings, ASL interpreters will be provided if requested at least ten days in advance. Please send requests to the Committee Chair, or President@sflcd.org.

For dates, time, and log-on information about online meetings, please refer to the “Timely Reminders” post (normally near the top of this Web site), OR to our Event List, OR to our Facebook Events page.

To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information, please click here to join the mailing list. If you are already on our mailing list, you can click here to adjust which Committees you wish to be kept informed about.

Please like and follow us using the links below, and contact us any time with questions, suggestions, or just to keep in touch.

Come participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!

Legends to be Awarded

The Academy, a LGBTQ+ social club located in San Francisco’s Castro District, will be presenting its Legends Awards on November 12, and several leaders of our SOMA community will be honored.

The 2022 Legends Archive inductee will be Graylin K. Thornton, who will take his place in the pantheon of San Francisco LGBTQ+ Legends!

As part of the celebration, several other prestigious Community awards will also be presented:

  • Diane Jones Solidarity Award: Race Bannon
  • The Architect Award: J Manuel Carmona, Simón Malvaez, SERGE GAY JR., Elliott C Nathan, & Xtopher J. McCutcheon (the five incredible artists who created the “Showtime” mural at SF Oasis)
  • The Exemplar Award: Kochina Rude

The event will be held at the Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street in San Francisco, starting at 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2022.  Find full information and make reservations to attend here.

Congratulations to all the award recipients, and we will see you on the twelfth!

Holiday Market!

SOMA Second Saturday!
Holiday Market!
Saturday, December 10, 2022
12 Noon – 5 pm
Multiple Locations!

Welcome to the SOMA Second Saturday! Holiday Market, a multi location indoor holiday market on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

We are moving indoors during the winter weather and are pleased to partner with PantherProwls Enterprises’ San Francisco Fetish Flea to bring you the best of local artists, craftspeople, and businesses for your holiday shopping and celebration.

We’ll even have a free, hop on/hop off shuttle on a continual loop to get you to all these South of Market destinations (shuttle hours noon to 5 pm).

If you have kinky arts or queer crafts you would like to show and sell at the Art and Artisan Fair, Please Complete This Form

 

Art and Artisan Fair
12 noon – 5 pm
SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street
Free admission, optional donations accepted
•  Gift Wrapping Station
    ·  Free wrapping for gifts bought at all Holiday Market locations!
    ·  Donations benefit Exiles (12 – 3 pm) and ONYX Northwest (3 – 5 pm)
•  Naughty Santa!
    ·  Have your picture taken!
•  Leather/Kink Gear Swap
    ·  Bring your items to sell!  Click here for info.
•  Ambient bondage performances by Twisted Windows rope artists:
    ·  2:00 pm:  Shay & Angel
    ·  2:30 pm:  Alicia T-Corn & KleineVosje
    ·  3:00 pm:  Mooooo & Tiny Teddy
·  3:30 pm:  Dual Demons
    ·  4:00 pm:  Shay
•  Fun Surprises!
San Francisco Fetish Flea
11 am – 5 pm
Wicked Grounds Annex
289 8th Street
•  $5 admission
More info here.
Leather Etc.
1201 Folsom Street
Hours: 11 am -5 pm
•  20% off when you mention “Holiday Market”
385 8th Street
Hours: Noon – 7 pm
  • • 20% Off Pump Gear
    • Buy 3 Get 1 FREE Hot Rod  (bottles or singles)

 

Wicked Grounds
289 8th St
10 am to 8 pm
•  Coffee, kink, and community!
299 9th Street
Hours: 11 AM – Midnight
•  Specials: Hot Cider and Mexican Hot Chocolate (leaded and unleaded) – Mention “Holiday Market” and get $1 off your special holiday drink
398 12th Street
Hours: Noon – 2 AM
Free Shuttle
•  On continual loop to these South of Market destinations:
    ·  SOMArts
    ·  SF Eagle
    ·  Azúcar Lounge
    ·  Wicked Grounds / Fetish Flea / Leather Etc.
    ·  Mr. S Leather
•  Shuttle provided by San Francisco Love Tours
•  Free!  Hop on / Hop off!
•  Noon to 5 pm
•  Look for the colorful “Hippie Bus”!
The Indigo Project
While at SOMArts, stop in and see this landmark multidisciplinary exhibition centering Black artists and their stories.  The exhibit runs from December 10 through February 5, 2023.  Details here.
Other Event Locations!
Watch this page for updates!

STAY TO PLAY IN SOMA

 

7 Heron Street
Resonance in Light
Aaron Taylor Kuffner

An exploration of sound and light
with artists JoeJoe Martin,

John Taylor,
HYBYCOZO,
and Mark Slee.
Opening:  6 -10 pm

1190 Folsom Street
Club Gossip
A David Bowie & Queen
‘80s new wave dance party
Hours: 9 PM – 2 AM
298 11th Street
Doors Open: 10 PM
Frolic 
We dance, we rejoice, we celebrate
being puppies and bunnies.
Cover is $12 ($8 if you dress
as the animal you know you are.
Hours: 10 PM – 2 AM
1347 Folsom Street
Hours: 4 pm – 2 am
A QTPOC dance party.
Douse yourself in the scent of Leather
and twirl your skimpy little jocks off.
Leather lewks encouraged but not required.
9 pm – 2 am
Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94103
4 pm – 2 am
Baradise
A party for Gaymer Otters,
Anime Cubs and Hipster Bears.
9 pm – 2 am

20th Annual Parol Lantern  Festival
Saturday, December 10, 2022
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yerba Buena Center of the Arts
701 Mission Street
Get into the holiday spirit with specialty
parols made by Filipino artists and creators,
free samples of traditional Filipino holiday treats,
live music, and a parol lighting ceremony.

 

 

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom!


 

BIPOC & QTPOC Meetup

BIPOC & QTPOC Takeover Meetup Music - Picnic - Good Vibes Dolores Park (Church Street & 19th Street) 13 November, 1 to 5 pm Presented by MOCAASF

Next month there will be a new event at Dolores Park by and for BIPOC & QTPOC community members and their allies.

It’s Takeover:  a BIPOC & QTPOC Meetup, offering music, a picnic, and good vibes, held in Dolores Park (Church Street & 19th Street), on November 13, 2022, from 1 to 5 pm, presented by MOCAASF.

Bring your food and drink of choice along with a blanket and a willingness to connect with QTPOC & BIPOC people outside the bar scene.

This event is a call to participate in a new and exciting community in which we can build new connections in a safe space.  As the poster says, “We are a vibrant, powerful and resilient BIPOC & QTPOC community. Let’s celebrate that!”

The event will be located in the area opposite the tennis court at Dolores Park. There will be a table set up if you would like to get a name tag and say hello to other community members and collaborators.

Find more info about about the event here, and more about MOCAA here.