Contests Move to August
Mark your calendar now for SF Leather Pride, and the contests to select Mr SF Leather 2020 and SF Bootblack 2020, on August 16-18, 2019.
Applications for both contests are now open: You could be the 38th Mr SF Leather, or the 3rd San Francisco Bootblack! Slots are limited, and the application deadline is July 7th, 2019 at 11:59 pm, so apply now!
Why the date change? The main impetus was to give Mr. SF Leather more time — 8 months rather than 3 — to focus on his role within the local community, and to prepare for the International Mr. Leather competition.
Some additional side benefits:
a. Less rush for the feeder contests to happen and for winners to complete the application.
b. More time spent in the feeder title (where applicable) before competing for Mr. SF Leather.
c. Much less risk of hail during the contest weekend!
After much discussion, it was decided that whoever won Mr. SF Leather 2019 would have the option of competing for IML right away (in May 2019), or wait until after their step down and compete in May 2020. As you may know, Jawn chose to compete in Chicago this last May — and he became 1st Runner Up! Therefore, the contest has moved to the third weekend in August 2019 for the 2020 titleholder year.
Note that this August event will be just the Mr. SF Leather and SF Bootblack contests: Plans are still in process, but expect a “Meet and Greet” and “Fantasy Grab Bag” on Friday night, contestant interviews during the day on Saturday, and the rest of the contest Saturday night. Sunday we’ll celebrate our new titleholders! The Leather Community Awards and other “Leather Alliance Weekend” activities will continue to be held closer to the beginning of the year.
Full details are at sfleatherpride.com, including contest application forms and rules, news updates, and more!
Eagle Plaza Breaks Ground
The historic groundbreaking for the World’s First Leather + LGBTQ public plaza — Eagle Plaza — took place on Tuesday, June 18th, with Mayor London Breed, Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Matt Haney, Bob Goldfarb from the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, and numerous other civic leaders all wielding shovels to start the construction. Attendance was excellent, and press coverage was strong and positive.
Attendees also took this opportunity to buy tickets for the Eagle Plaza Raffle, and Eagle Plaza commemorative pins, to help raise the last of the funds needed to cover all the “leather themed amenities” that will make the plaza special. (Full raffle rules and prize details are at http://eagleplazaraffle.com.)
Society of Janus Event Announced
On July 20, 2019, Society of Janus celebrates 45 years in the community with a special event where they honor trail blazing Janus members with a Hall of Fame induction dinner, and an elegant and kinky play party.
All members of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and its member organizations are welcome to attend the SOJ Hall of Fame Induction and Member Appreciation Party, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, and may purchase tickets for themselves and their guests at “Reciprocal Org Members” prices.
The event will be held at SOMArts, an incredible and accessible community space at 934 Brannan St, (inside the Leather District). This is the first time SOMArts has hosted a play party, which is another good reason to celebrate!
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will happen between 6 and 8 PM, followed by the Member Appreciation Play Party from 8 PM until 1 AM. You can buy tickets for the ceremony, the ceremony with dinner, just the play party, or the whole package.
Please visit soj.org for full information (including dress suggestions, conduct guidelines, and other important details), and to purchase tickets. Please note that this event is not open to the public, and advance ticket purchase is required.
Sunday Streets Coming back to SOMA
The “Sunday Streets” phenomenon returns to Folsom Street on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm, creating 1.3 miles of temporary open space — from Essex to 10th Street — for the community to enjoy.
Once again, the Leather Community will take over a portion of the street — probably between 8th and 10th Streets — to introduce the community to our organizations and activities, and to enjoy a car-free afternoon with our neighbors.
If your organization would like to exhibit in the Leather area, visit http://sundaystreetssf.com/get-involved/exhibitors/ to sign up (their deadline is July 27.) All kinds of exhibitors are welcome: Information, Physical activity, Arts and crafts, Art installations, Music/dance/cultural performance, Food sampling, Voter education/political campaigning, or other creative interactivity with the public.
Both the Leather Alliance and the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will be organizing volunteers and activities. Please contact “DavidHyman” [AT] “leatheralliance.org” to discuss how you OR your organization can be part of the fun.
You can also plan to attend one or both of these planning meetings, specifically for the Sunday Street SOMA event:
#1: Friday, July 12th 10am-11am, Livable City, 325 8th St #235, San Francisco, CA 94102
#2: Friday, July 26th 10am-11am, Livable City, 325 8th St #235, San Francisco, CA 94102
For more info about “Sunday Streets SF” , visit their Web site.
Tickets for Leather Cruise On Sale Soon
It’s not too soon to start planning to join 100+ hot leather folks on the famous pre-Folsom-Street Fair Leather Cruise. This annual event, organized by the Golden Gate Guards and benefiting the Leather Alliance, consists of a 3 hour boat cruise on San Francisco Bay, with great views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, San Francisco, Sausalito and both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges. There’s a full no host bar on-board, late afternoon appetizers, music, souvenirs, and the camaraderie of fellow leather friends at sunset. The perfect way to whet your appetite for the debauchery of the Fair!
Discount “early bird” tickets are now on sale, and extra discounts for Leather Alliance groups can be made available — contact “pres” [at] “ggguards.org” to arrange a discount code for your group!
Visit https://ggguards.org/events/cruise.htm for more info and to order your tickets! (Tip from an experienced cruiser: Pre-order your drink tickets and avoid waiting in line!)
Local Pride in Chicago Results
The local leather community has been thrilled and delighted by the news from the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack contests in Chicago. Here are the local highlights, in no particular order:
Our own Mr. San Francisco Leather, Jawn Marques, was chosen as IML 2019 First Runner Up. Jawn has lived in San Francisco for five years, and was chosen as Mr. December in the Bare Chest Calendar and Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather 2019 before his selection as Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 this past March.
Amp Somers, Mr Friendly SF 2019, who also earned the Leather Heart Award 2019 and was First Runner Up Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019, was named in the prestigious “top 20” list at International Mr. Leather. Pup Amp lives in San Francisco where he works as a full-time designer, represents Mr S Leather, and produces the YouTube channel “Watts The Safeword”.
California State Bootblack 2018 Geoff Millard is First Runner Up International Mr. Bootblack. Although Geoff now lives in Baltimore, he is known and loved here, serving as Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, and First Runner Up IML that same year.
And the title of Mr. International Leather 2019 belongs to Jack Thompson, Leatherman of Color 2019. Jack was born in the Bay Area and only moved to Baltimore with his husband Geoff (see above) last July, after years of working at Mr. S, being active with our local ONYX, and performing as Dante Demoan with the Rebel Kings of Oakland. Jack, who becomes the first trans person of color to become International Mr. Leather, received great praise for his inspiring speech at the Contest.
We offer our love, thanks, and enormous respect to these guys, to the other winners in Chicago (IML 2nd Runner-Up Fionn Scott, of Dublin, Ireland, International Mr. Bootblack Kriszly de Hond, of Zaandam Noord, Holland, and IMBB 2nd Runner – Up Sparkie, of Waukesha, WI), and to everyone who competed, helped the competitors, or simply attended this annual celebration of Leather Pride.
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 Move
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 they are open to all.
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month — the next one is Thursday, July 18, 2019 — beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Contact president [at] leatheralliance [dot] org for more information, to place an item on the agenda, or to request wheelchair accessibility.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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, July 17, 2019,
from 7:00 to 9:00 pm,
in Room 204 of the SF LGBT Community Center,
1800 Market Street (at Octavia) , in San Francisco.
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 event is free, the space is wheelchair-accessible, and all are welcome. Please join us, and help us to reflect and respond to your interests — as an individual, and as a representative of any 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!
Meet Your Leather Community Titleholders!
At the 2019 Leather Alliance Weekend, two new Leather Titleholders were selected.
Please click here and/or here for information about, and pictures from, Leather Alliance Weekend 2019. 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.
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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