Nominations Open for Community Awards
Each year since 1965, our community has honored the Groups and Individuals who create and support our communities through events and projects. They are the longest-running Leather Community Awards in the world. You can review last year’s awards here, or see the full history of the awards here.
This year, the awards will be presented at a formal event on the evening of Friday, March 2, 2018, as part of the Leather Alliance Weekend
Each independent director and organizational director of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance should submit up to three nominees for each award category. The Awards Committee will tally the lists and the top three in each category will be listed as nominees.
Organizational directors should consult with their membership. Talk to your friends. Hobnob with your fellow wizards. Think outside the cage.
Note that this is the last year we will use this list; a new list (approve at the last Board meeting), will go into effect next year.
Please send your nominees to Larry Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org. before the next Board meeting on January 18th.
- Philip M Turner Lifetime Achievement Award
- Woman of the Year
- Man of the Year
- Non Binary Person of the Year
- Jim Remer Unsung Hero Award (for long term community volunteering)
- Next Generation Award (under 35)
- Outstanding Community Nonprofit SF Bay Area
- Outstanding Community Business SF Bay Area
- Best New Organization – SF Bay Area
- Best Community Educational Event
- Best Organizational Anniversary Event
- Best Bay Area Leather Contest
- Best Community Leather/Fetish/MC event (not a contest or Street fair)
- Best Community Weekend Event (not a Contest or Street Fair)
- Most Visible Community Organization
- Best One-Day Motorcycle Ride
- Best Weekend Motorcycle Run
Leather Alliance Officer Elections
At the Leather Alliance Board Meeting on January 18, 2018, elections will be held for the leadership of the Alliance. Nominations are now open for all offices, including President, Vice-President(s), Secretary and Treasurer.
If you would like to place a name in nomination (including your own), please write to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leather Alliance Weekend Planning Continues
An important part of the Leather Alliance Weekend is always the presentation of the Community Awards. This year, instead of the brunch we have held in the recent past, we’ll be presenting the 52nd Annual Community Awards during a formal dinner on Friday, March 2nd. It’s a chance to dress up in your leathers/rubber/fetish wear, enjoy a meal, and celebrate your fellow communities members for their work in 2017. And this year there will be some new categories!
Would you like to skip the meal and just attend the awards? Well, we’ve got you covered this year for that too! General seating will be available for $10 to attend the community awards portion.
Tickets should be going on sale any day now, but for now, please make sure you have cleared your calendar for the weekend of March 2-4, on January 1st, like and follow the event’s Facebook page, and and visit leatherallianceweekend.org for all the details!
Leather Cultural District Proposed
There is a movement to create a new “Leather Cultural District” in the South of Market area. There are already several such Cultural Districts in San Francisco, including Japantown, the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District in the Mission, Compton’s Transgender Cultural District north of Market Street, and the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District.
There is currently a Draft Resolution being considered in City Hall to create the Leather Cultural District, and legislation is being crafted to formalize these Districts and give them some power and, eventually, funding from the Hotel Tax.
Many people think that a Leather District would honor and commemorate the people, places and institutions that gave South of Market its distinctive culture and appeal, and would also help protect the remaining businesses and spaces, and sustain the people who live, work and recreate there.
Affordable housing, protection of bars and clubs, creation of a new community center, zoning and transit, even the survival of institutions like the Folsom Street Fair, could all be impacted positively by the creation of a Cultural District that recognizes the coalescense of the Leather Community in this neighborhood over the last half-century.
Time is of the essence in this case: the process will take a while, and getting the new District established before the relevant legislation is approved will be much easier, and will help get funding flowing much sooner.
Creating such a new entity will require a lot of public input and support. We all have opinions on what “Leather” means to us, what priorities our community should emphasize, what the resolution establishing the District should say, and how the community should maintain and administer the District once it is created. At this point, all of this is open for discussion. Even the name of the district (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Leather Cultural District” in the current draft) is up for discussion.
Everyone in the “Leather community” – whatever that actually means – is encouraged to participate in this effort, and to make their opinions heard in the process.
To facilitate that, several communication tools have been created, and a series of Community Meetings are happening now. One way you can get involved is to visit www.sfleatherdistrict.org; the meeting dates and locations will be announced there, and there are documents you can view, and open forums for opinions and comments. From there, you can follow a link to join a Slack workspace, where the discussion is expected to be more real-time and interactive. (You can access Slack via the Web, or use the free desktop or mobile app.)
There is also a “Leather Cultural District Contact List”; sign up at tinyurl.com/leatherculturecontact to be notified of meetings and other events, or volunteer your skills. You may also find relevant info on Facebook and Twitter. Or you could email Rachel Ryan (at “raquelbradley” “at” “gmail.com”) and chat about it with her.
However you participate, the folks working on it hope you will take some time to become familiar with the proposal, to think about it, and to talk to your friends about it. And they hope you will want to give it your energy and support.
Volunteers Needed for Leather Alliance Weekend
Have you been wanting to get involved with the Leather Alliance Weekend (March 2-4, 2018) but are unsure how to do that? Volunteering is a great way to meet people, get a discount on the event, and share some of your special skills.
You do not have to be on the board nor a part of the groups that are on the board to help out. And it’s not all about the contest either! We’ll have positions available Friday – Sunday for various things.
Interested? Just write to Volunteers@leatheralliance.org and we’ll be in touch. You can also contact Dahn and angel at email@example.com about volunteering, or any other matter relating to the Weekend. Thanks!
Keep Leather Alive in SoMa!
Do you remember your first scene, the catalyst that launched you into your current
journey of sex-positive living? Butterflies in your stomach; that mix of fear and
excitement; curiosity buzzing high…those last few steps bridging your long-awaited
fantasy to the reality of here and now. Perhaps you wanted to learn more about these
fantasies and explore the depths of your Self. You probably went online in search of
community, classes, and parties. Perhaps the first event you found was not your thing,
but luckily there were other venues hosting events on the same night…and every night!
About SF Catalyst.
SF Catalyst is a community-run educational and social space in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. The 2500+ sq. ft. space is available for use by groups, organizations, and individuals for events that are in alignment with the mission of The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, an all-volunteer-run non-profit organization, which is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area Leather, Fetish, Kink, & Motorcycling communities. The space has been through a few incarnations and has been an important part of the community for over ten years.
Why we need your help
SF Catalyst is an old space under new management. Our number one priority is to establish itself as a true home for our diverse community.
In helping us with this campaign you not only get some great perks, you’ll be helping SF Catalyst establish itself as a safe and diverse space for everyone to express their sexual freedom in a way they might not otherwise be able to in their day-to-day life.
How we are going to use your donation.
We’ve set our fundraising goal at $20,000. We believe this is what it will take to keep our space open and available to all members of our diverse community. In addition to paying the bills, the donations that we receive from you will go towards renovations and repairs such as:
- Install new emergency lighting and lit exit signs.
- Fix and upgrade current plumbing issues including adding a sink to the upstairs restroom.
- Replace the damaged wheelchair ramp and improve accessibility where possible.
- Repair and update lighting.
- Add electrical conduit throughout to clean up the hanging wires.
- Repair the broken motorized winch.
Visit igg.me/at/sfcatalyst to keep SF Catalyst alive and thriving in 2018!
Click Here for updates on recent Leather Alliance events and projects
including the recent OurTownSF Expo, the Folsom Week parties organized by Leather Alliance organizations, and the Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner.
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.
The Holiday 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
Like us on Facebook: LeatherAlliance
Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance