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, February 20, 2020 — 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.

Castro LGBTQ Cultural District Holds Elections

The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will hold its second round of Advisory Board elections on Saturday, February 22, 2020 , from 12 PM – 4 PM, at the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Building, 170 Valencia Street, in San Francisco.

The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will be managed by an Advisory Board of 15 people, elected at 3 separate elections. This is the 2nd round, with the third round to be held in April.  Expect to hear candidate statements from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m, and then voting will happen from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m..  For a full list of candidates, candidate statements, and a description of election procedures, please visit https://castrolgbtq.org/election.

Castro Fire Victims Fundraiser Launched

On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the Castro faced its biggest residential fire in decades. Starting at the back of the buildings above the beloved QBar and Osaka restaurant, the fire gutted several apartments. taking away the homes and possessions of fourteen residents and neighbors,  and leaving them with trauma, health challenges, and severe economic loss.

Our community needs our help at this time. A fundraiser has been organized by folks from the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District Working Group, with the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance acting as their non-profit fiscal sponsor.

Donations may be tax-deductible and acknowledgements can be provided on request. The plan is to prioritize displaced residents and neighbors, then employees of the affected businesses. All funds will be handled in accord with the policies and oversight of the Leather Alliance.

While the City is doing what it can, public resources are limited and likely come with more rules and regulations than private funds. Please dig a little deeper and help make sure these folks have a buffer to help them through this holiday season.

Visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/help-victims-of-the-qbarosaka-fire to donate.

New Titleholders Take Stage

At SF Leather Pride, on August 17, 2019, we selected our city’s newest Leather titleholders:

Mr. San Francisco Leather 2020: Trey Onyx

San Francisco Bootblack 2020: Jessie

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!

More info about the event, including picture galleries, are here.

The wonderful sponsors of that event are showcased here.

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?

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 LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District will hold an important Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Rainbow Room of the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St, in San Francisco.  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!

The next meeting of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors is scheduled for March 19, 2020, 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 meeting time. 

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.  In particular, they have a number of new Committees which could use your participation.  These include:

  • The new Arts and Culture Committee, whose first meeting is set for Thursday, February 27, 2020, from  6 to 8 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street;
  • A new Diversity and Membership Committee, set to meet on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from  6 to 8 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street;
  • A new Communications Committee, and a new Governance and Legislation Committee, whose first meeting dates are still being confirmed;
  • And the existing Land Use Committee, which will meet next on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from  7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

For more info on these Committees, click here.  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!


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.