Community To Celebrate Leather District

The queer and kinky communities of San Francisco will gather this Tuesday evening to celebrate their victory in City Hall and the creation of the new “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, and then disperse to visit half a dozen of their favorite venues, before gathering once again to toast the birth of this new South of Market institution.

The “meet and greet” will start at the famed Mr. S. Leather shop on Eighth Street, a business founded in 1979 by Alan Selby, the beloved “Mayor of Folsom Street”. Formal introductions will happen one block away at The Stud, a historic queer venue and nightlife hub whose collective owners were a driving force behind the creation of the District. Thanks will be offered there to the politicians and civic leaders who helped make the District a reality. After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, celebrants will disperse to all their favorite nearby venues, including the Lone Star Saloon, Powerhouse Bar, the Hole in the Wall, the Oasis and several others, with each venue offering its own style of welcome and refreshment. The celebration will climax with a champagne toast at the SF Eagle, San Francisco’s oldest surviving Leather bar.

The event is being organized by the District’s Outreach Committee, chaired by Steven Gaynes, with support from the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.

Robert Goldfarb, who chairs the all-volunteer group formed to support and oversee the cultural district, sees the event as a celebration of the founding of a District that will honor and commemorate the people, places and institutions that gave South of Market its distinctive culture and appeal, help protect the remaining businesses and spaces, and sustain the people who live, work and recreate there. This district will create a kind of “Leathertown” that can be both a tourist destination and a thriving cultural and economic hub. Group members talk about establishing a Leather Cultural Center within the District, and other plans to support, promote, and recognize the contributions that queer and kinky folks make to the world.

The victory celebration begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Mr. S Leather (385 8th Street), includes the photogenic ribbon cutting at 7:00 pm at The Stud (399 9th Street), and climaxes with the champagne toast at the SF Eagle (398 12th Street) at 9 pm. Details about the event, and about the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, can be found at www.sfleatherdistrict.org.


A Lot Is Happening At SF Catalyst And Beyond

As you know, SF Catalyst is a community-run educational and social space, operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.  The calendar is now full of exciting events:  Meetings of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and Onyx, training intensives by the Piercing Guild, classes by Foundations, brunches by Bootlab, and, of course parties hosted by groups like the Exiles, Sole Mates, the Yellow and Black Group, and the Society of Janus.  Check out the calendar here.

You can help support SF Catalyst by attending events there, or by scheduling your own event!  (Write to reservations@sfcatalyst.org for information.  Affordable options are available!)

You can also support this important community resource through our SF Catalyst Patreon Campaign, making a monthly donation at any level you like.  Perks for Patreon donors can include VIP access to monthly content, an “I proudly support SF Catalyst” pin, and discounted or free access to parties and events.

And of course, you can also offer to volunteer, or even join our Operations Group.  Remember, this space probably won’t be ours forever, so let’s make the most of it NOW!


Mr. San Francisco is back from Chicago!

Our community’s representative at the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago this year was Matt Welch, a proud, poly, kinky, puppy and cub, who is both Mr. Bay Area Cub 2017 and, of course, our own Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018.

 

We rooted for him at the “IML Results Party & Beer Bust” on May 27 at The Lone Star Saloon.  And if you went to IML, we hope you made it to the San Francisco Party there!

Now that Matt has returned we are welcoming him home with a number of parties and events.  We had a great time at the “Welcome Home from IML Matt!” party on June 1 at the Lone Star Saloon.

Now, Matt is organizing a fun event on Saturday, June 16, starting at 6:30 PM.  It’s a full evening of bar and restaurant visits, throughout the Castro District, called, “Leather Invasion – Gear Up & Go Out to the Castro”.  Be there!

And if you miss that, you can have fun with Matt at his Pride Decompression Beer Bust at the Lone Star Saloon on July 1.

Thanks again to Matt for representing us with honor in Chicago!

Mr. Friendly Shows Off in Chicago!

Speaking of  the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago, hats off to Stephan Ferris,
Mr. Friendly SF 2018, who was named Second Runner Up in that contest.

        

Congratulations, Stephan!


Pictures Posted From Leather Alliance Weekend!

All Winners

The “Class of 2018” at Leather Alliance Weekend, March 4, 2018: Kenzi, Colton Long, Kenneth Berard, 2018 SF Bootblack Victoria Bootblack, 2018 Mr. SF Leather Matt Welch, Camryn Obscura, Stephan Ferris, Whisper (Austin James), and Spencer Adam

2018 SF Bootblack Victoria Bootblack, 2017 Mr SF Leather Geoff Millard, and 2018 Mr SF Leather Matt Welch

These and many more pictures — including the “Step and Repeat” pictures of you and your friends! — can be found at leatherallianceweekend.org.


Leather Cultural District Meetings

The next open Community Meeting to discuss plans for a new Leather Cultural District in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco is set for:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

Now that the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District” exists, the burden is on us to form an organiation to manage and oversee it.  There are lots of important decisions to be made, and these meetings are where we make them.  All are welcome!

It is very possible that by that time the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will have taken the final vote on the resolution to officially create the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, so this meeting will be a particularly important one.

If you aren’t already on the mailing list, visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf to sign up.  As always, more information about the project is available at http://www.sfleatherdistrict.org/ and ongoing discussion is happening in the Leather District Slack workspace (leatherdistrict.slack.com).  You may also wish to like and follow the SF Leather Cultural District on Facebook.  And you can contact Please contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] hellobob.net) at any time with questions or offers to help!


 Volunteers Start Preparing for Leather Alley

The volunteer team that prepares and presents Leather Alley – a wonderful part of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration – has already met once, but it’s not too late to get involved.

First of all, we need couples (or groups) interested in putting on one hours BDSM demos on Pride Sunday. As usual, we have crosses, bondage stations, and spanking benches. If you’re interested in demonstrating your SM skills to a crowd, please message Lincoln Anderson or email demos@leatheralley.net.

We also need someone to drive the truck we use to pick up and transport all of the gear and equipment we use. (Unfortunately, our driver for this year just had a stroke and will be unable to do it this year.)  If you’re comfortable driving a 26’ truck and have time to volunteer on Pride Saturday, Sunday, and/or Monday, please contact Christopher Wood or leave a message at https://www.facebook.com/leatheralleySF/.

There are lots of other ways to help.  Check out the various volunteer gigs available at leatheralley.net, and then write to volunteer@leatheralley.net (to be a Leather Alley Ambassador).  Or attend the next meeting of the Committee:

Leather Alley Committee
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

This is one of the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance’s largest fundraisers and helps keep us supporting the community year-round. Thanks for your help!


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The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance…

…is committed to creating a welcome and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area leather, fetish, kink and motorcycling communities.  We seek to facilitate community members in safely learning, growing, connecting, honoring and enjoying each other.

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Alliance Projects

SF Catalyst

SF Leather Alliance Weekend

SF Leather Community Awards

Mr SF Leather Contest

Leather Alley at SF Pride

The Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner

The Holiday Community Volunteer Appreciation Party

SM Safety Education

Suicide Prevention Education

Motorcycle safety, education and group rides

We also maintain an emergency Grants Account. Community members in financial need because of accident, serious illness or death of a significant other that causes financial hardship may apply to receive up to $1500 in assistance for basic living expenses.

Contact and Other Info

You can contact the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance at info (at) leatheralliance (dot) org

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Photo credits on this Web site include Ceridwyn AsherRich Stadtmiller, Daniel SamblanetJoe Mazza and David Hyman.