New Titleholders!

At the 2019 Leather Alliance Weekend, two new Leather Titleholders were selected.

SF Bootblack 2019: Allison Boots

Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 : Jawn Marques

 

(Here are just a few quick pictures from the event.  Please return to this page to see pics from our event photographer, coming soon!)


Here’s a quick list of the Contest and Community Award winners:

San Francisco Bootblack 2019: Allison Boots
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019: Jawn Marques
First Runner Up Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019: Amp Somers
Second Runner Up Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019: Alpha Pup Gunner
Leather Heart Award 2019: Amp Somers

Here is a list of the 2018 Leather Community Award winners:

Best Community Education Event:  Leathermen’s Discussion Group Mentoring Program
Best Organizational  Anniversary:  ONYX Northwest
Best Bay Area Leather Contest:  International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack (IMsLBB)
Best Community Leather Event (not a contest):  Leather Invasion of the Castro
Best Community In-Town One Day Run:  Dykes On Bikes Pride Contingent
Best Community Out-of-Town One Day Run:  Golden Gate Guards Springtime in Yosemite
Best Community In-Town Weekend Event:  Leather Alliance Weekend
Best Community Out-Of-Town Weekend Event:  Gear Up Weekend
Most Visible Community Organization:  ONYX Northwest
Best New Organization:  The Piercing Guild
Outstanding Community Business:  Wicked Grounds
Outstanding Community Nonprofit:  Center for Sex and Culture
Next Generation Award:  Ub Kelly
Non-Binary Person of the Year:  Leigh Ann Hildebrand
Woman of the Year:  Dorian Katz
Jim Remer Unsung Hero Award:  Andrew Coile
Man of the Year:  Tie – Trey Onyx and Christopher Wood
Frank Benoit Award:  Ryan Mattson
Phillip M. Turner Lifetime Achievement:  Dr. Carol Queen

Full listings of past contest and award winners can be found here, and elsewhere on this Web site.  A new online “Year round” Awards Nomination Form is now being prepared, and will soon be available for you start putting in nominations for the 2019 awards (which will be given out in 2020).

More pictures from the event will be posted here soon.  Meanwhile, some great photos by Our Town photographer Paul Margolis can be found at https://www.ourtownsf.org/photos.html

Additional info on the contests can be found at http://www.leatherallianceweekend.org.

You can also follow these links to read bios of all the contestants, the judges, the schedule of events , the educational programs and presenters, and of course, our generous and wonderful event sponsors.



Leather Pride Contingent Begins Planning!

Leather Pride Contingent Logo

The leather community always plays an important part of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. Once again in 2019 the Leather Pride Continent in the Pride Parade is being spearheaded by Jason Husted, and planning meetings have now begun.

The next step is to nominate our Leather Marshalls for the parade.  Visit sfleather.org for information, or go directly to sfleather.org/Nominations.html to submit your nomination!  

Next, put these important dates on your personal calendar:

Saturday, April 13, 2 pm, at the SF Eagle Patio:  The third 2019 Leather Pride Contingent planning meeting.   At this meeting we vote to select the nominees for our Leather Marshals.  Don’t miss it!

Sunday, April 28, 3 to 6 pm:  The SF Eagle’s Sixth Anniversary Party and Beer Bust will be a fundraiser for the Leather Pride Continent.  This is a major event, which will be held both in the bar AND in the street outside (the future site of Eagle Plaza).  So it will need lots of volunteers.  Sign up here!

Saturday, May 11, 2 pm, at the SF Eagle Patio:  The fourth 2019 Leather Pride Contingent planning meeting.   This is the meeting where we actually vote for the Leather Marshals.  You must attend this meeting to vote!  And the meeting is followed by a beer bust, from 3 to 6 pm!

Saturday, June 8, 2 pm, at the SF Eagle Patio:   This will be the final planning meeting before the parade.  Very important!

Sometime in June:  Don’t forget to get your training as a Parade Contingent Monitor!

Sunday, June 30, 2019:  The Pride Parade, with the theme “Generations of Resistance”.  Full info is at http://www.sfpride.org/.

For more info, and updates as they happen, like and follow the SF Leather Pride Group on Facebook.


Leather Alliance Board Meetings Move

With the much-lamented closing of the Center for Sex and Culture, the monthly Board Meetings of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance are now held at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month — the next one is Thursday, March 21, 2019 — beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Contact president [at] leatheralliance [dot] org for more information or to place an item on the agenda.


What’s Up At SF Catalyst?

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 its committees, training intensives by the Piercing Guild, classes by Foundations, brunches by Bootlab, energetic meetups of Rope Burn SF and the SF Grapplers, fascinating presentations by the Leathermen’s Discussion Group, and, of course parties hosted by groups like the Exiles, the 15 Association, Gear Up, Sole Mates,the Yellow and Black Group, and the Society of Janus.  Check out the calendar here.

Particularly popular at Catalyst are the Release parties — open kink and play parties for all genders and orientations, held on the first Friday of each month. Newly added monthly events include an LGBTQ BDSM Newcomers Lab,  a BDSM Sampler Party,  and a Kinky Queer ASL class.

If you haven’t been to Catalyst lately, you’ll want to check out the new gear (including a bondage pagoda, a sturdy new massage table, and other inviting furniture), as well as the spiffed-up lobby and the large, friendly, freshly-resurfaced shower.

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, a handsome SF Catalyst water bottle, 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 and LGBTQ Cultural District Meetings

The next open Community (“General Assembly” or “Membership”) Meeting for the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at the Wicked Ground Annex, 293 8th Street
just north of Folsom Street, in San Francisco.
Please note this new location!

There are lots of important decisions to be made regarding this new District in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, and these meetings are where we make them.  All are welcome!

We especially need folks to join our various Committees, including the Finance and Land Use Committees.  While relevant experience and skills are welcome, but they are NOT required. What is more important is that you represent our community with common sense and a sincere desire to help.

Your time commitment need not be great — even just a couple of hours per month could be enough. But the role and responsibility you can have in guiding our group will be a large and important one.

For these Committees — as for all our District’s work — getting a diverse cross-section of our kinky and queer communities to join in is important. Please help us make sure that we reflect and respond to your interests — as an individual, and as a representative of other trans folks, younger folks, non-binary folks, POCs, or any other element of our broad and beautiful L&LGBTQ spectrum.

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/.  You may also wish to like and follow the SF Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook.  And you can contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] hellobob.net) at any time with questions or offers to help!


Consent Classes Offered

The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance is proud to offer its support to Dossie Easton and her team of dedicated and compassionate educators, as they offer a series of classes to the community, teaching about sexual sanity, consent, collaboration, cooperation, and how to make safe spaces and protect yourselves and each other.

The Navigating Consent series consists of two paths:

  1. Claiming Your Consent: Empowering Survivors (for people who have been violated or fear violation)
  2. Honoring Others’ Consent: Avoiding Transgression (for those who have or fear they might violate).

The goal is to move forward from wherever we may be today into a safer, saner, sexier, and more consensual future.

A new round of classes starts on March 5, 2019. Full details and sign up form can be found here.

Good Consent Makes Wilder Sex Possible!


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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.

Our Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday of each month, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm., at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, in San Francisco.  Guests are welcome. You do not have to be a board member or a member of the organizations to attend and/or get involved.

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

Header photo by Dot.  Other photo credits on this Web site include Ceridwyn AsherRich Stadtmiller, Daniel SamblanetJoe MazzaJouke Lanning, Paul Margolis, and David Hyman.