Sunday Streets Is Coming To Folsom!

It’s official:  the “Sunday Streets” event on August 19th will take over Folsom Street, stretching from a kiddie hub below 2nd Street to the adult/leather hub from 8th to 10th Street.

OK, what is this “Sunday Streets” thing?  It’s a series of free, fun events empowering local communities to transform 1-4 miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect, and neighbors to meet.

Still unclear on the concept?  Check out their Mission Sunday Streets on July 15th, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., all along Valencia St from Duboce Ave to 26th Street.  No cars, and no outside vendors or fundraisers; just local community folks doing their thing.

Now here’s where we fit in:  For the August 19 event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will “adopt” the intersections of 8th and Folsom and 9th and Folsom, sending out our volunteers to greet and welcome locals and visitors alike, offer them information and entertainments of various kinds, and let them know that we are a part of the neighborhood and the community.

We have some great ideas for making the event fun:  flagging lessons; a clothes check for sun-lovers; an STI testing truck; a puppy mosh; gay/bi men’s wrestling; a visit from the Imperial Court and/or the Sisters of P.I.; line dancing; voter registration; a whip-cracking demo; the possibilities are endless!

And of course all our local queer and kinky businesses and organizations will be invited to take part, offering anything from a banner for us to display, or a stack of organizational brochures for us to make available, all the way up to having your own booth with a dildo ring-toss or a body-painting demo.

It will take lots of people helping to make this event not just fun for everyone, but a great way to make ourselves and our organizations a vital and visible part of the South of Market neighborhood.  Visit sundaystreetssf.com now to read all about it; then watch for a link to sign up to volunteer, or write to DavidHyman “at” leatheralliance “dot” org and ask to be part of the planning process.

[NOTE:  Additional planning meeting just scheduled for Saturday, August 4th, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, in the Livable City Offices, 301 8th Street, Suite 235.]

Let’s hit the street!


 A Lot Is Happening At SF Catalyst And Beyond

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 Onyx, training intensives by the Piercing Guild, classes by Foundations, brunches by Bootlab, and, of course parties hosted by groups like the Exiles, Sole Mates, the Yellow and Black Group, and the Society of Janus.  Check out the calendar here.

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, 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!


Mr. San Francisco is back from Chicago!

Our community’s representative at the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago this year was Matt Welch, a proud, poly, kinky, puppy and cub, who is both Mr. Bay Area Cub 2017 and, of course, our own Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018.

 

We rooted for him at the “IML Results Party & Beer Bust” on May 27 at The Lone Star Saloon.  And if you went to IML, we hope you made it to the San Francisco Party there!

Now that Matt has returned we are welcoming him home with a number of parties and events.  We had a great time at the “Welcome Home from IML Matt!” party on June 1 at the Lone Star Saloon.  Then Matt organized a fun event called “Leather Invasion – Gear Up & Go Out to the Castro”. on Saturday, June 16.  It was a full evening of bar and restaurant visits, throughout the Castro District,

But you can still have fun with Matt at his Pride Decompression Beer Bust at the Lone Star Saloon on July 1.

Thanks again to Matt for representing us with honor in Chicago!

Mr. Friendly Shows Off in Chicago!

Speaking of  the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago, hats off to Stephan Ferris,
Mr. Friendly SF 2018, who was named Second Runner Up in that contest.

        

Congratulations, Stephan!


Pictures Posted From Leather Alliance Weekend!

All Winners

The “Class of 2018” at Leather Alliance Weekend, March 4, 2018: Kenzi, Colton Long, Kenneth Berard, 2018 SF Bootblack Victoria Bootblack, 2018 Mr. SF Leather Matt Welch, Camryn Obscura, Stephan Ferris, Whisper (Austin James), and Spencer Adam

2018 SF Bootblack Victoria Bootblack, 2017 Mr SF Leather Geoff Millard, and 2018 Mr SF Leather Matt Welch

These and many more pictures — including the “Step and Repeat” pictures of you and your friends! — can be found at leatherallianceweekend.org.


Leather Cultural District Meetings

The next open Community Meeting to discuss plans for a new Leather Cultural District in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco is set for:

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

Now that the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District” exists, the burden is on us to form an organiation to manage and oversee it.  There are lots of important decisions to be made, and these meetings are where we make them.  All are welcome!

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 Cultural District on Facebook.  And you can contact Please contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] hellobob.net) at any time with questions or offers to help!



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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.

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

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Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance

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