Sunday Streets Is Coming To Folsom!

It’s official:  the “Sunday Streets” event on August 19th will take over Folsom Street, stretching from a kiddie hub below 2nd Street to a Leather Hub from 8th to 10th Street.

OK, what is this “Sunday Streets” thing?  It’s a series of free, fun events empowering local communities to transform 1-4 miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect, and neighbors to meet. Visit sundaystreetssf.com now to read all about it.

Now here’s where we fit in:  For the August 19 event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will “adopt” the intersections of 9th and Folsom and 8th and Folsom, sending out our volunteers to greet and welcome locals and visitors alike, offer them information and entertainments of various kinds, and let them know that we are a part of the neighborhood and the community.

We expect the Leather Hub to be bursting with activity:  country/western dance lessons with the Sundance Association, flag dancing with the folks from Flagging in the Park; an HIV/STI testing truck courtesy of the UCSF Alliance Health Project; a puppy mosh by the K9 Unit; guests from the Imperial Court  of Tamales con Pollo; bootblacking by the SF Bay Area BootLab, a whip-cracking demo; a Shibari demo, music with DJ Barbara Steele; and booths hosted by the Bay Area Rope Club, the Huckleberry Youth Programs, the LGBTQ Credit Union Coalition, and the Friends of Eagle Plaza!

This is a permitted event, so clothing may be considered optional, and we invite folks in the Leather Hub to stop by the SOMA Guardians’ clothes check table at the corner of Folsom and Dore to better enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

[Note:  Although nudity is welcome, please do be thoughtful and considerate of the feelings of our neighbors, and avoid provocative or outrageous garb or behavior.  We want to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood in an inclusive and welcoming way. And remember, folks:  nudity does not give consent to be touched or photographed. Thanks!]

Altogether, it should be fun for everyone, and a great way to make ourselves and our organizations a vital and visible part of the South of Market neighborhood.

And you can help!  You can sign up here to volunteer to be one of our “Intersection Troops” — the shifts are 2.5 hours, starting at 10 am, noon, or 2 pm, and you get a free lunch and a t-shirt or two!

Or you can sign up here to staff the Leather Alliance information booth, where we will be displaying banners and offering brochures, flyers or swag of any kind from the Alliance and its member organizations.

Special request for Leather Alliance Directors and organization representatives:  please arrange to get us your organizational banner for us to display and/or a big stack of flyers or brochures for our information table.  To coordinate that, or to chat about other ways we can make this event a success, please write to DavidHyman “at” leatheralliance “dot” org.

It would be great if you can share this information with the members of your organization.  Especially give them the URL they can use to sign up individually to volunteer at an intersection: it’s tinyurl.com/leatherhub.  Thanks!

Let’s hit the street!

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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!



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, August 15, 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!

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!



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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.

Please click here for reports on recent events.


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

Like us on Facebook:  LeatherAlliance

Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance

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