Eagle Plaza Moves Closer to Reality

At a recent Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Community Meeting , Mark Bonsignore of the San Francisco Parks Alliance updated us on the progress of the Eagle Plaza Project.

Located directly in front of the SF Eagle Tavern on 12th Street at Harrison, Eagle Plaza will be a new public gathering space in San Francisco’s Western SoMa neighborhood: a green, safe and well-cared-for shared pedestrian way for relaxing, gathering and celebrating LGBTQ, leather, and community.  Their motto:  A New Community Plaza and a Celebration of LGBTQ Heritage.

Both planning and fund-raising efforts are proceeding well, but the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” invite the involvement and support of anyone who cares about our District.  You can sign up to be kept informed here, or download their Donor Information Packet here.

It’s a Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Open House!

Enjoy an evening of food and conversation with the folks who are developing the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District here in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.

Come for the food!  Explore what the District can do!  Let us know what you want it to do!

Sign up to serve on one of our exciting Committees!

Earn the right to vote for the District’s Board of Directors!

Eat!  Talk!  Laugh!  Eat some more!

It’s free!

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Something may start happening at 7:00 pm
We kick you out at 9:00 pm

At SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

This event will be wheelchair-accessible.


At this time, it seems likely that the Air Quality in San Francisco will be RED (Unhealthy) on Sunday. Obviously we do NOT wish you to endanger your health or safety to attend this event.

FYI, the SF Catalyst space is securely enclosed and has not been uncomfortable in recent days. There are fans to circulate the air, but no exhaust fans, filtering, or air purification systems.

As of now, we DO plan to be there to welcome, feed, and talk with you. If you can’t attend, we understand. If conditions are unhealthy, or if no one attends, we may end the event early. We also might schedule a replacement event in the weeks to come.

Thanks for understanding. Stay healthy, and keep breathing!

Click here to add this event to your Google Calendar   

Click here for printable flyer!


Prop E: Arts for Everyone

Proposition E is a local ballot measure that aims to restore funding for arts and culture in San Francisco through the Hotel Tax. It will allocate a portion of the projected revenue increase of the Hotel Tax to fund development of cultural equity programs for underserved communities, arts programming, and funding for Cultural Districts and Cultural Centers in San Francisco, benefiting ALL San Franciscans.

For information about Proposition E, and how you can get involved, please visit Arts For Everyone SF .  To volunteer to help contact voters about Prop E, click hereThanks!


We are pleased to note that Proposition E was approved by the voters of San Francisco, 174,288 (74.23%) to 60,492 (25.77%), well above the 66⅔%+1 affirmative votes required.  We look forward to applying for and receiving funds under this new Hotel Tax allocation plan.  Thanks very much for your support!


Plans to be Shown for the New Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro

Andrea Aiello, Executive Director of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, has updated us on the Harvey Milk Plaza project.  The plan has received great feedback and support, and generated lots of comment and discussion, as it was presented at its first SF Arts Commission hearing last week.

Anyone involved in the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District — and anyone else — is invited to attend the 2nd Open House for The New Harvey Milk Plaza at the Castro Art Walk on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m., at 3989 17th Street (the old Wild Card building, next door to Orphan Andy’s).

You can view the renderings, and a special video animation of the new plaza design, showing off the significant community gathering spaces built into the design. The members of the planning group, Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, will be available to answer any questions, and wine and cheese will be served.

Arts Commission Grants Offered

Here’s a valuable tip for local artists:

Robynn Takayama, of the San Francisco Arts Commission, has let us know that the Commission is accepting applications from San Francisco residents who have lived in SF continuously for two years and have a project in visual art, literary art, or media art. These grants are for individual artists in literary arts, media arts, and visual arts. The application deadline is Nov. 8 at noon.

There will be a workshop to learn about applying one of these grants, courtesy of the SOMA Pilipinas cultural district.  Lian Ladia, the SFAC Ambassador in SOMA Pilipinas, is organizing a grant writing circle to support artists and arts organizations who are working on SFAC applications, both within SOMA Pilipinas and from the other Cultural Districts!

The “SFAC Grant Writing Circle” will review the SFAC application process and documentation, and will discuss helpful tips for your application-writing process.  The Circle will meet on Monday, October 22, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the BAYANIHAN Center, 1010 Mission.  Please RSVP to Lian at lian@plantingrice.com, as space is limited to 15 people.

Thank you SOMA Pilipinas for your leadership!