New Titleholders Take Stage
At SF Leather Pride, on August 17, 2019, we selected our city’s newest Leather titleholders:
Full details about the event are at sfleatherpride.com, including bios of contestants and judges, photos from the Step and Repeat (coming soon!) and more!
Want to see some pictures of the event? Here they are!
Those handsome “Step and Repeat” pictures you posed for can be viewed in Dropbox format, here.
The event was hosted by Lance Holman and Alotta Bouttee; and the Leather Heart Award 2020 went to Spencer Adam. The Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest was produced by Angel, and the San Francisco Bootblack contest was produced by Teagan.
The Alliance offers enormous thanks to everyone who made the event a success. And a very special tip of the hat to our sponsors:
Thanks also, of course, to everyone who attended!
We Love a Parade!
Please plan to attend the Leather Pride Parade — a new tradition that also honors the PRC’s “LeatherWalk” fundraiser — culminating in a Leather Flag Inauguration Celebration at Eagle Plaza, on Sunday, September 22, just one week before the Folsom Fair.
The event will not be a fundraiser the way Leatherwalk was, but it will have a truck, music, an honor guard, and mini-contingents from any and all interested community organizations. The parade will be officially hosted by the Friends of Eagle Plaza, with the SF Eagle hosting the beer bust at the end. Persons under age 21 are welcome to join the Parade, but may not enter the bars or the festival at the end. A “cable car” will allow the mobility impaired to participate.
The Parade will start at the Folsom Foundry (1425 Folsom Street, between 10th and 11th). Please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m., sign in, and show your ID to get a “21+” wristband to speed up entry to all venues.
You can join the San Francisco Bay Area Alliance contingent, or march with your favorite leather / queer organization or group. We hope to “step off” at noon, and march down Folsom, 8th, and Harrison Streets (stopping at Powerhouse / Hole in the Wall, Mr. S Leather, the Stud, and the Lone Star Saloon), before arriving at the Leather Flag Inauguration Celebration at Harrison and 11th Street some time around 2 pm. At that time we will raise a new 25’x15′ Leather Flag on a magnificent 80-foot flagpole at the entrance to the (not-yet-completed) Eagle Plaza.
After that comes an expanded version of the traditional San Francisco Eagle Beer Bust. As always, the $15 beer bust offers beer or soda from 3 to 6 pm, and a delicious plate of food served on the Eagle patio. But for this occasion the party extends up and down Harrison Street, from Division to 11th Street, with beer and cocktail service, booths, an entertainment stage, and more.
Harrison Street will be closed to traffic for this special, private event, and you must be 21 years of age, with ID, to enter. Admission is free.
More details about the Parade are at https://www.facebook.com/LeatherPrideParade/ or
Sign up to volunteer to help with the Parade at http://volunteersignup.org/AMBKR
More details about the Flag-Raising Celebration are at
Sign up to help with the Flag-Raising Celebration and beer bust at https://volunteersignup.org/LP9BE.
NOTE: Beer bust proceeds will benefit non-profits identified by volunteers, according to the percentage of volunteer shifts covered. So if you volunteer for this, please be sure to sign in on the 22nd on behalf of the Leather Alliance — or any other non-profit you would like to support.
There is also info at https://leatherprideparade.org/faq/.
Leather Alliance to Host Beer Bust
The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance will be the host and beneficiary of the SF Eagle Beer Bust on Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Please watch for additional information, and volunteer to help.
Leather Info at the Expo
The OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2019 will happen on October 19, 2019 12:30-4:30pm, at Eureka Valley Recreation Center 100 Collingwood at 18th St. This is the largest LGBTQ resource fair in San Francisco, with over 150 groups serving the Bay Area LGBTQ community expected, FREE entrance, food, door prizes, gaming, entertainment & more fun! Please sign up here to help with setup, staffing or teardown of the Leather Alliance and Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District information table, or contact outreach-chair [at] sflcd.org to discuss.
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.
Leather Alliance Board Meetings Open To All
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, and all are welcome to attend.
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month — the next one is Thursday, October 17, 2019 — beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. 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.
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: training intensives by the Piercing Guild, kinky ASL classes, 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 BULGE Fetish Gear Party, and every Tuesday is now Naked Tuesday, both for gay men of all types and ages 18+.
Special parties like a “BDSM Sampler”, a “Black and Blue Ball” with the Imperial Council of San Francisco, or “a party for everyone except cis males” 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 email@example.com 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.
Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Meetings
The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District elected its first Board of Directors at the community meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
The next meeting of that Board is scheduled for September 18, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco. Community members are welcome to attend. The space is wheelchair-accessible, and ASL interpreters can be provided if requested in advance. Please note the new meeting time. The preliminary agenda can be viewed here.
Please use public transportation to access The SF LGBT Center.
Street parking is limited. The SF LGBT Center is accessible by MUNI J,K,L,M,N or F, as well as bus lines 6,7,61,71. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block driveways or park in blue, yellow or white zones.
The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District welcomes all forms of involvement and input. For example:
The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, September 11, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street. An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting, along with the minutes of the August meeting. The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 are available for your review here. Please contact the committee chair for more info.
The next Outreach and Events Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. (tentative location: the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street). An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting. Please contact the committee chair for more info.
Over the next few months, additional committees will be formed and new projects will be planned. Please like and follow the Cultural District’s Facebook Page to get updates, 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:
- Claiming Your Consent: Empowering Survivors (for people who have been violated or fear violation)
- 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!
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.
The Community Volunteer Appreciation Party
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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