March Leather Alliance Board Meeting Cancelled

The March 19 meeting of the Leather Alliance Board of Directors was cancelled.  It is likely that the April meeting will be conducted electronically.  Board members and others wishing to participate in the April meeting are urged to download the “Zoom” app to the computer or phone, or write to President [at] leatheralliance [dot] org for more information and meeting links.

Normally, the monthly Board Meetings of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance are held at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco, on the third Thursday of each month, 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.

Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook to make sure you get the latest updates.


Leather / Queer / Kink Community Creates Fund to Help Those Impacted by COVAD-19.

Online meetings coordinated by Race Bannon have shared important information, and have led to the creation of a new relief fund for kinksters and leather folk in the SF Bay Area who need immediate help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please visit https://ball.leatheralliance.org/ to learn about this fund, make a donation, or apply for assistance.

This fund will complement a similar project, the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund, which is also accepting donations and grant applications.

Please be sure to follow the Leather Alliance Facebook Page for the latest updates on these efforts, including future online planning meetings.

A document with information about how the Leather / Queer / Kink communities are responding to COVAD-19, both locally and in other places, can be found here, and is being regularly updated.


Friends of Eagle Plaza Formalized

If you have been anywhere near the corner of 12th and Harrison Streets you will have seen the beautiful new Leather Flag flying atop the 80-foot flagpole that marks the location of Eagle Plaza.

Eagle Plaza is, we believe, the world’s first public space explicitly celebrating Leather culture, and it is a “cornerstone” of the new LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.  Once the current “shelter in place” crisis ends, we can all look forward to enjoying the friendly open space, and perhaps some casual cruising there.

As completion nears, the Friends of Eagle Plaza — which has done so much to raise the funds for the project — has now written Bylaws, creating a formal structure for what had up to now been an informal group.  A Board of Directors to manage the Plaza and determine how it is best used will include representatives selected by seven or so local entities, including representatives of the three buildings adjacent to the Plaza and important local non-profits, including the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.

The first meeting of this Friends of Eagle Plaza Board of Directors is scheduled to happen online later in March.  Watch for more information following that meeting.

You can get more information about Eagle Plaza at their Web site or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/.


Award Nominations Open Year-Round

In order to guarantee that as many Bay Area Organizations as possible are represented for the Leather Alliance Awards, we are now accepting nominations for events and organizations throughout the year.

Please click here — now or at any time — to submit an event you have organized or attended since January of 2019.

For more info the Leather Community Awards, click here.


What’s Up At SF Catalyst?

Please note that all public events at SF Catalyst for the month of March have been cancelled.  The space is still available for private rentals.  Please watch for updates.  

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: training intensives by the Piercing Guild, energetic meetups of the Hitchin’ Bitches, Rope Burn SF and the SF Grapplers, fascinating presentations by the Leathermen’s Discussion Group and the Exiles, Board and Committee meetings for the Leather Alliance and the Society of Janus, of course parties hosted by groups like the 15 Association, Gear Up, Sole Mates, the Yellow and Black Group, Frisky Pups, and CumUnion.

Popular regularly-scheduled events at Catalyst include the Release parties — open kink and play parties for all genders and orientations — held on the first Friday of each month. Every Monday is now the Blackout Party, and every Tuesday is now Naked Tuesday, both for gay men of all types and ages 18+.

Special parties like  “Mannish“, and the “Carnal Carnival” are also offered.

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, the watersports-friendly shower, and the sexy, high-tech locker room.

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 meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors, scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2020, from 6 to 8 pm, will be held online, using Google Hangouts.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org for information about how to participate remotely.

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District welcomes all forms of involvement and input.  In particular, they have a number of new Committees which could use your participation.  All meetings are being held online for the present. Please visit the Cultural District Calendar for sign-on information and additional updates.

The Cultural District Committees include:.

  • A new Arts and Culture Committee, whose next meeting is set for Thursday, March 26, 2020, from  6 to 7 PM.;
  • A new Communications Committee, set to meet on Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 6 to 8 PM.;
  • A new Diversity and Membership Committee, whose next meeting will be scheduled soon;
  • A new Governance and Legislation Committee, whose meetings will be scheduled some time later;
  • And the existing Land Use Committee, which will meet next on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from  7 to 9 PM.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District has postponed its Town Hall — originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  Please watch for details about a new date and time.  If you want your voice in the leather community heard, or want to help determine what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District does in the future, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

You are also encouraged to like and follow the Cultural District’s Facebook Page, keep an eye on the Cultural District’s calendar, drop by their Web site from time to time to stay informed, and contact them any time with questions, suggestions, or just to keep in touch.  Please participate, help out, and be a part of our historic Cultural District!


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 soon. 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 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.