Progressive Dinner to Kick Off Leather Week 2017

Please join the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance for the annual Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner, Saturday September 16th, as we kick off SF Leather Week 2017.

What is a progressive dinner?  At each location you will enjoy a new course (soup, salad, entree, etc.) provided and served by members of our organizations and our board of directors.  Vegetarian options will be available at each stop.

In addition to a tasty meal, you will enjoy a social event with kinky individuals in a casual environment, a tour of SOMA kink businesses, and an opportunity to learn about — and meet the members of — the Leather Alliance and its organizations.

Who was Alden Spafford?  He was a long-time core volunteer with many Leather Community groups, including the InterClub Fund, the SF Leather Forum, and the Satyrs MC.  Accordingly, funds raised by this event will support the annual Leather Alliance community volunteer party.

Check-in and social hour begins at 4:00 p.m. at SF Catalyst (1060 Folsom Street), before we move to our next location at 5:00 p.m. The event ends by 9:00 p.m.

This year our route and stops include:

You may check-in at any location along our route. We will be live on Facebook at each stop. This event is for persons age 21+.

We encourage you to dress for the occasion:  Kink, Fetish, Leather, Uniform, etc.  Just be sure it is suitable for wearing on the street as we travel between locations!

General Tickets are just $20 in advance, commemorative button included.

Tickets at the door are $25 (if available), commemorative button included.

Bar drinks are not included in the ticket price. Please support your community bars.

If you’d like to volunteer for this or any other Leather Alliance project or event, email volunteer@leatheralliance.org.  If you are a member of one of the Alliance organizations, we encourage you to talk to your group leaders about volunteering to prepare or serve food.  Thanks!

Also join us for Sunday’s annual Leather Walk (www.leatherwalk.org) the official kickoff event of Folsom Week!


Alliance Helps Fund Ringold Alley Project

The Leather Alliance and a host of volunteers got together recently to create a special event to help fund the Ringold Alley Leather History Project.

If you are unfamiliar with the project, you definitely need to drop by Ringold Alley some time to check it out.  The project showcases leather pride colors on bulb outs, names from our history on bronze bootprints, and granite “standing stones” honoring some of the important leather organizations and institutions of our community’s early years.  A large explanatory marker features iconic images:  Chuck Arnett’s famous mural and Fe-Be’s “Leather David”.

Visit the Exiles Web site or “Leather Memoir” for more information on the Project, and see it out for yourself:  Ringold Alley runs from 8th and 9th Streets, between Harrison and Folsom Streets.

To aid in the fundraising, a very special “Boots, Beer and Bikes” event was held on Saturday July 29, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m, at the San Francisco Eagle. The event was hosted by Alotta Boutté, and included a beer bust (with fried chicken, corn on the cob and chocolate pots de creme), internationally known boot blacks, a cigar lounge hosted by the Puff Cigar Club, and a very special feature: the Bike Wash.  

Special thanks are due to the SF Eagle for providing the space, to event organizer Jesbian Bagheera, to Teagan and all the bootblacks, to the Puff Cigar Club, to the Dykes on Bikes and other bike-washers, to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to leather historian Gayle Rubin, and to all the groups and individuals (including the Legion of Sin, the Exiles, LDG, SFgoL, the Little Scouts, Leatherquest/Foundations, and Folsom Street Events) who donated and volunteered to make the event a success!

And thanks also to everyone who attended and added something to the energy of the event, and to the support fund for this important monument to our community’s history.


Leather Alley Excites and Educates!

Amid the crowds and commotion of the 2017 San Francisco Pride Festival, one attraction stood out as being fun, erotic, educational, and community-building, while also raising important funds for the Leather Alliance.  That was Leather Alley 2017!

A steady stream of visitors waited patiently for entrance, and were rewarded with a multitude of sights and sounds. First they entered a hang-out space for conversation and light play.  The K9 Unit had a mosh for all the eager puppies, and the Little Scouts provided face painting and play space for littles.  Exiles and Queer Sphere offered information on their organizations, and helped distribute information from other groups.

Moving deeper up the alley, visitors observed suspension bondage, flogging and single-tail whipping demos, spanking and caning, immobilization and edging, and other fascinating demonstrations (using bondage furniture and gear generously provided by Mr S Leather, Catalyst SF, the Citadel, and Dark Odyssey).  A few brave and lucky guests even were invited to endure “samples” of these sensations, administered by the hands and toys of expert, experienced tops.

[Looking for pictures?  Sorry, Leather Alley was an adults-only, camera-free zone.]

It all was made possible by the enormous work of a large cadre of volunteers, including a hard-working planning team, the dedicated crew who erected and tore down the fencing and furniture, the representatives of the 15 Association, SF Catalyst, the Citadel and other Alliance member organizations who staffed the demo play stations, the Legion of Sin who took responsibility for security, the Leather Alliance leadership team who tirelessly collected donations, the ushers who kept the crowd safe and orderly, the Ambassadors who answered questions, and all the other groups and individuals who contributed time and energy — and in some cases the very skin off their backs — to making the day such a success.

Of course, volunteering did have its privileges:  a quiet place to relax with its own private port-a-potties, healthy refreshments, gear storage, and the freedom to visit the Alley any time without waiting in line.  (Think about that when you make your plans for next year’s Pride!)

But the greatest reward — besides the fun itself — was the knowledge that we were bringing information, awareness, and acceptance to thousands of guests, many of whom have never had the chance to see and talk to BDSM practitioners, and help them discover opportunities for education, support, and connections to others with similar interests.  Some may have come to gawk, and left with a better understanding and insight into the leather and kink community.

The organizers of the event, and Leather Alliance as a whole, offers a heartfelt thanks to all the Leather Alley volunteers, guests, and other supporters and participants.  It wouldn’t be a San Francisco Pride Festival without Leather Alley!


Leather Marches With Pride!

The Leather / Fetish / Motorcycle / Kink Community of the San Francisco Bay Area came out in force for the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Many of the constituent groups within the Leather Alliance had subcontingents marching within the Leather Pride Contingent group, and plenty of individuals joined in as well.

As noted by the Pride Parade organizers, a major theme for the parade was #resist.  The event was not just a joyous demonstration of our pride; it was a march, a call to resist regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, and celebrate diversity.  The Leather, Motorcycle and Kink communities were pleased and proud to be part of it.

Photos of the Leather Pride Contingent can be found at Pup Shiny’s Cage and at RichTrove.  Pictures and videos are also being posted on the Leather Pride Facebook page.


Mr. SF Leather Becomes First Runner-Up IML in Chicago!

Geoff Millard

Geoff Millard, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, was selected as First Runner-Up at the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago, bringing great pride and joy to our Bay Area Leather community.

The Winners of the 2017 International Mr. Leather Contest

Joe King, Ryan Garner-Carpenter. Ralph Bruneau, and Geoff Millard.

Ralph BruneauMr. GNI Leather 2016, won the title of International Mr. Leather 2017, and Joe King, Mr. Leather Europe, was second runner-up.  Ryan Garner-Carpenter is International Mr. Bootblack 2017, with the runner-up position going to Australian Bootblack 2017 Rhys Lewis.

Our congratulations to Geoff, to Ralph and the other winners, to all the contestants, their supporters and family, and all the participants in this year’s IML.

An IML Welcome Home Party has been scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison St, in San Francisco.


Community Sends Mr. SF Leather Off To IML In Style!

Geoff Millard, Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, is heading off to represent us all at the International Mr. Leather contest in Chicago this month, and the community gathered to support him on Saturday, May 13th, at the San Francisco Eagle.

The party followed the meeting of the San Francisco Leather Pride Contingent, at which Kirk “Brue” Pierce and Teagan were selected as the Leather Marshals for the 2017 Pride Parade, and a beer bust benefiting the Leather Contingent.

The party included performances by Kippy MarksMark Paladini, John WeberSable Jones, and  Jesi Ringofire, with DJ RoseGold in the booth.  Here are a few highlights:

Sable Jones

Sable Jones

 Kippy Marks, Mark Paladini, and John Weber

Kippy Marks, Mark Paladini, and John Weber

Kippy and Geoff

Kippy and Geoff

Cody, Mark, Aisia and Geoff

Kippy Marks performs

 

Geoff is flogged

The event was great fun, raised over $1200 for Geoff’s travel fund, and showed our community’s support for the man we believe is destined to become International Mr. Leather 2017!


 

Leather Alliance Weekend Completed!

The 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance Weekend was held March 3rd through 5th, 2017.

Major events were held at SOMArts, at 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco, with additional events at other locations around the city.

The fun started early, with two “United” parties, one on 2/17 at the Lonestar for the contestants number draw, and another on 2/19 at the Edge where the Class of 2016 and the Class of 2017 joined forces to raise money for the SF Leather Alliance.

The actual Weekend festivities started on Friday with a “meet and greet” at Mr. S, and continued with the first-ever Titleholders Reunion party, honoring titleholders from around the world, past and present.

Saturday activities began with kink workshops and a vendor fair, leading up to the Mr. San Francisco Leather contest, which was followed in turn by a Victory Party.

On Sunday we gathered for the 51st annual SF Leather Community Awards ceremony and brunch, after which we headed to the Eagle for the traditional Sunday afternoon beer bust.

For more about the Weekend, including pictures and video, please visit www.leatherallianceweekend.org.

And mark your calendars:  the next Leather Alliance Weekend is scheduled for March 2nd through 4th, 2018.


Geoff Millard
Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather
becomes 35th Mr. San Francisco Leather

A sold out crowd filled the hall of SOMArts for the Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Contest.  Six highly qualified, well-spoken and very attractive men competed for the title before a distinguished panel of judges.

The winner was Geoff Millard, representing Daddy’s Barbershop, an institution within the Castro neighborhood and the leathermen’s community.  Geoff distinguished himself with an assertive and eloquent 90-second speech, praising the “bad asses” in the audience, and in the greater community, and urging them to defend their rights in the challenging times to come.  He will go on to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather 2017 in Chicago this June.

Al Rahm, Mr. San Francisco Bay Area Sober in Leather, was selected as first runner up, and Mr. Powerhouse Leather, Travis Santell Rowland, became second runner up.

All the candidates showed great poise and confidence, and spoke well in both their prepared remarks (delivered while wearing razor-sharp full leather outfits) and their pop questions (improvised while wearing jockstraps).

The evening included several musical numbers, numerous honors and tributes, sharp repartee from MCs Lenny Broberg and Donna Sachet, and a heartfelt step-down speech by Mr. San Francisco Leather 2016 Cody Elkin.  A silent auction and the passing of a picnic basket raised major funds for the Leather Alliance’s Suicide Prevention Project and other worthy causes.

The crowd gratefully acknowledged the work of Ray Tilton and his production crew for creating a crisp, smoothly run and highly entertaining event.  The contest was followed by victory celebrations at the Powerhouse and other Castro and SoMa locations.

For more about the Contest, including pictures and video, please visit www.leatherallianceweekend.org.

 


Congratulations to Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017: Geoff Millard (Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop 2017)

 


Leather Alliance opens SOMA Educational & Social Space

The SF Bay Area Leather Alliance, an all-volunteer 501(c)3, is proud to announce the opening of “SF Catalyst”, a new community-run educational and social space in SOMA. The 2500+ sq foot space is now available for use by groups and organizations for events that are in alignment with the mission of The Alliance: to create a welcoming and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area Leather Fetish, Kink, & Motorcycling communities.

A primary goal of this project is to provide needed space for community organizations’ use in furthering their programs and missions. The Alliance remains committed to working with the other existing San Francisco “Leather” community spaces including the Center for Sex & Culture, Wicked Grounds, and The Citadel to ensure the long term vitality of the SF Bay Area “Leather” communities.SFCatalystMainSpace

We are currently looking for individuals who are willing to commit to being part of the ongoing volunteer team filling primary and secondary positions in the operation of this project & space. There is a new form for volunteering, so please go to www.sfcatalyst.org/volunteer-registration to sign up.  (If you signed up on the old form and never heard back…. sorry about that; please try again with the new form.)

As with all projects of the Alliance, the new space will be operated with a commitment to diversity and inclusion. We seek a broad representation of volunteers, participants, groups, kinks, ages, abilities, races and genders from our wonderful and rich SF Bay Area BDSM, leather, kink, and fetish communities to make this the best community space possible.

For more information, visit the SFCatalyst Web site, check out the Facebook or FetLife page, or subscribe to the Mailing List.

Volunteer to help out at www.sfcatalyst.org/volunteer-registration. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to reservations@sfcatalyst.org. General questions regarding the project may be sent to info@leatheralliance.org.


What we do

SuicidePrevention

 

 

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.

Alliance Projects

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

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

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

 

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