OurTownSF LGBTQ Nonprofit Expo 2020
Now in its 5th year, OurTownSF LGBTQ Nonprofit Expo 2020 will once again be the world’s largest LGBTQ resource fair! This virtual event takes place online August 15, 2020 from 12:30-4:30pm. It is free to attend and offers Bay Area groups serving the LGBTQ community the opportunity to attract new clients, volunteers, board members and donors.
The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance will have its Zoom Room open to share info about ourselves and our participating groups. Alliance Board Members are urged to volunteer to help staff the Zoom Room, and/or to recruit organization members to do so.
To sign up for a volunteer shift, please go to: https://signup.com/go/EodqrwB. For information about volunteering, please write to DavidHyman [at] leatheralliance [dot] org, or call 415-652-6790.
The annual event is a FREE expo of arts, community, fundraiser, health, athletic, legal, political, recovery, service & spiritual groups serving the Bay Area LGBTQ community, all coming together for a day of community building. These groups are going through tough times. Take this opportunity to meet up with dozens of groups and help support them as a new client, board member, volunteer or donor. Warning! This event is always super queer!
After an intro by Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, plus entertainment by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, attendees will be directed to links in order to reach participants, discounts at various Castro businesses and door prizes. Links to several forms of health consultations and insurance registration will also be available.
SF Catalyst Needs Help to Survive… and Expand!
What does this mean for the community?
- The main spaces of SF Catalyst are now truly accessible by wheelchair and scooter. We also gain a secure parking lot available for accessibility needs.
- Our maximum capacity more than doubles, allowing for larger events, multiple simultaneous events, and better social distancing (while needed during the pandemic.)
- With more space, we can continue to provide and improve upon space for underrepresented communities.
- We gain additional emergency egress from the existing space, increasing your safety.
- There is substantial storage space, allowing us to reclaim existing space “under the loft” for events.
- The Russ Street entrance provides a less public entrance for groups requiring discretion.
- We gain an outdoor area which can be used for cigar socials and other events, including those permissible outdoors only as the city reopens.
Simply, we had the unique opportunity. This is the first time the space has become available to us and there is no way to know if it would have again. We are taking a leap of faith and committing to doing this with the community. As one board member stated, “this is a game changer.”
We will need your help to make SF Catalyst and the expansion viable. Find more details and donate to ensure SF Catalyst remains a thriving community space at www.patreon.com/sfcatalyst.
Statement of Solidarity
The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance stands beside our Black siblings, Indigenous siblings, and all People of Color. We unequivocally support the fight against racial violence and injustice. We will use our voice and influence where we are able to be a part of the change. To do otherwise is to be complicit in the perpetuation of systemic racism and oppression.
There is no place for racism in the leather, motorcycle, and fetish communities. It is not tolerated in any Leather Alliance space and we will fight for an end to racial inequality.
Angel Garfold, President
Christopher Wood, Vice President
BALL Gag Raises Funds for BALL
On Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the BALL Gag online event, a live auction raised over $2,400 for the Bay Area Leather Lifeline (BALL) — a fund to help kinksters and leather folks in the SF Bay Area who need immediate assistance due to sudden income loss during the COVID-19 crisis.
But the auction fun was just beginning. Dozens of excellent leather, gear, and art items were then put up for biding in the BALL Gag Silent Auction. By the time bidding closed on May 16, over $6,000 had been raised in bids, pledges and donations. That means at least 24 people can be helped with direct financial assistance because of this effort.
BALL is part of the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For up-to-date information about the BALL Fund, go to https://www.facebook.com/bayarealeather/
Leather Alliance Board Meetings Move Online
All meetings of the Leather Alliance Board of Directors are now being conducted online, using Zoom.
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The Zoom Meeting Room opens at 7; the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
Note that we will be using the same Zoom Logon credentials for meetings on the third Thursday of each month, until Nov 19, 2020:
Jul 16, 2020 07:00 PM (meeting cancelled)
Aug 20, 2020 07:00 PM
Sep 17, 2020 07:00 PM
Oct 15, 2020 07:00 PM
Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM
Board members and others wishing to participate in Zoom meetings are urged to download the “Zoom” app to their computer or phone in advance. Participants are encouraged to use a laptop/computer, with video engaged, rather than using a smartphone or the dial-in option. This gives us the greatest stability and functionality, and we do love to see your face. But if all you have is a phone, you are still welcome to attend. You may also write to President [at] leatheralliance [dot] org for more information and meeting links.
Eventually, the monthly Board Meetings of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance will once again be held at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco, on the third Thursday of each month, beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. 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.
Leather / Queer / Kink Community Creates Funds to Help Those Impacted by COVAD-19.
Online meetings coordinated by Race Bannon shared important information, and led to the creation of a new relief fund for kinksters and leather folk in the SF Bay Area who need immediate help during the COVID-19 crisis.
This fund complemented a similar project, the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund, which is actively accepting donations and grant applications.
Please be sure to follow the Leather Alliance Facebook Page for the latest updates on these efforts, including future online planning meetings.
Document with information about how the Leather / Queer / Kink communities are responding to COVAD-19, both locally and in other places, can be found here, and here. They are being regularly updated. Another listing of relevant resources and links can be found here.
LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Meetings
Meetings of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors happen on the Third Wednesday of each month, and are open to all. The next meeting is set for August 19, 2020. To participate, join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84491937145?pwd=U1FvVGUrVXRtMGM2VzBmZWtqZVNZdz09, or call 1 669 900 6833 and use Meeting ID: 844 9193 7145 and Password: 005563. (Other local numbers at https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kl0fPTq3u.)
The Cultural District welcomes all forms of involvement and input. You can become a member, or get onto their mailing list, at join.sflcd.org. They have a number of Committees which could use your participation. You can also 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!
Friends of Eagle Plaza Formalized
If you have been anywhere near the corner of 12th and Harrison Streets you will have seen the beautiful new Leather Flag flying atop the 80-foot flagpole that marks the location of Eagle Plaza.
Eagle Plaza is, we believe, the world’s first public space explicitly celebrating Leather culture, and it is a “cornerstone” of the new LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District. Once the current “shelter in place” crisis ends, we can all look forward to enjoying the friendly open space, and perhaps some casual cruising there.
As completion nears, the Friends of Eagle Plaza — which has done so much to raise the funds for the project — has now written Bylaws, creating a formal structure for what had up to now been an informal group. A Board of Directors to manage the Plaza and determine how it is best used will include representatives selected by seven or so local entities, including representatives of the three buildings adjacent to the Plaza and important local non-profits, including the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.
The first meeting of this Friends of Eagle Plaza Board of Directors is happened online on April 20, 2020. Watch for more information soon.
You can get more information about Eagle Plaza at their Web site or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/.
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.
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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