Leather Alliance Weekend Approaches!

LAW 2019 Logo -- Artwork by Colton Long

Plans are well under way for our big annual event, the 2019 Leather Alliance Weekend, to be held once again in the wonderful event space at SOMArts over the weekend of March 1-3, 2019.  The contestants and judges  have been chosen, the menu for the Gala Awards Dinner on Friday night has been drafted (hint:  think Mardi Gras!), sponsors and volunteers are signing up, and some delightfully kinky parties are being planned.

So, without further ado, let’s meet the Class of 2019 — the Contestants for the titles of Mr. San Francisco 2019 and San Francisco Bootblack 2019:

We have six contestants for the title of Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019:

Timothy R. Valdivia – Mr. SF Sober Leather 2019
Manuel Ojeda – Mr. SF Eagle 2019
Jawn Marques – Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather 2019
Gunner Friesen – Alpha Pup Gunner
Amp Somers – Mr Friendly SF 2019
AJ – Mr. Powerhouse 2019

And one contestant for 2019 San Francisco Bootblack: Allison Boots.

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the Class of 2019! We all look forward to getting to know you better!

Lest we forget, the event still needs volunteers:  click here to sign up!

Buy your tickets now here !

Please check out the Calendar of Events, or visit the Leather Alliance Weekend Web Page for more information!

Award Nominations Are Open

Each year the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance gives the “San Francisco Leather Community Awards” to individuals, organizations and events which have made positive contributions to our leather, fetish, kink and motorcycle communities. These awards are presented as part of our annual Leather Alliance Weekend, which also includes the Mr SF Leather Contest and the SF Bootblack contests.

The next Leather Alliance Weekend will be March 1-3, 2019.  We are making a special effort to connect with folks from all nine Bay Area Counties. Our hope is that you will make nominations in one or more categories.

If there are any questions or you’d like to nominate someone in the Director’s  Awards category, please contact us at awards@leatheralliance.org.

A list of recent winners, and links to full lists of past winners in all categories, can be found here.

The online nomination form for Events (including a list of award categories) can be found here, on the Leather Alliance Weekend web site.

The nomination form is now a permanent part of our website. We encourage all of you to update your list of nominations in real time through the coming years.

We hope to receive your nominations and hope that we’ll see you next March in San Francisco.

Rio Spooner
Larry Rivera
Co-Chairs, Leather Alliance Awards Committee

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, February 20, 2019
from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

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/ 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 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 will be starting in early 2019. Full details and sign up form can be found here.

Good Consent Makes Wilder Sex Possible!


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

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