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!

Want to see some pictures of the event?  Here they are!

Those handsome “Step and Repeat” pictures you posed for can be viewed in Dropbox format, here.

The event was hosted by Lance Holman and Alotta Bouttee; and the Leather Heart Award 2020 went to Spencer Adam.  The Mr. San Francisco Leather Contest was produced by Angel, and the San Francisco Bootblack contest was produced by Teagan.

The Alliance offers enormous thanks to everyone who made the event a success.  And a very special tip of the hat to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: Mr. S Leather

Platinum Sponsor: Mr. S Leather

Gold Sponsor: The Monday Team: The East Bay Agent

Bronze Sponsor: Northwest Leather Celebration

Bronze Sponsor: Society of Janus

Bronze Sponsor: Society of Janus

Bronze Sponsor: Wicked Grounds

Bronze Sponsor: The 15 Association

Bronze Sponsor: SOMA Guardians

Community Sponsor: Yellow and Black Group

Community Sponsor: Yellow and Black Group

Community Sponsor: Ms. Sacramento Leather

Community Sponsor: Masters And slaves Together

Step and Repeat Sponsor: Unruly Social Club

Step and Repeat Sponsor: Unruly Social Club

Thanks also, of course, to everyone who attended!


Sunday Streets Returns To SOMA

The “Sunday Streets” phenomenon returned to Folsom Street on Sunday, August 18, 2019, creating 1.3 miles of temporary open space — from Essex to 10th Street — for the community to enjoy.  And once again, there was a “Leather Hub” between 8th and 10th Streets where the Leather Community gets to show off!  And of course, this year the Leather Hub featured the Victory Party for the new Mr. SF Leather 2020 and San Francisco Bootblack 2020.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, and everyone who attended.  Watch this page for pictures, coming soon, or post your own on our Facebook page!


Leather Cruise Cancelled

The Golden Gate Guards have announced, with regret, that unavoidable circumstances have forced them to cancel their annual pre-Folsom-Street Fair Leather Cruise.

We look forward to cruising with the Guards again in 2020!


Position Available:  Cultural District Manager

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is seeking applicants to fill the full-time position of District Manager, to work with Board, staff and volunteers to preserve and promote San Francisco’s new Cultural District as a local, national, and international resource for present and future Leather and LGBTQ individuals, businesses and organizations, and to protect and expand Leather and LGBTQ-friendly housing, commerce, cultural resources, and spaces.

Applicants should align with the District’s Vision and Mission, and must have proven expertise in organizational leadership and management, program development and administration, contract negotiation, public speaking, grant writing, budgeting, fundraising, and working with diverse stakeholders. Experience with San Francisco’s Leather and LGBTQ communities, knowledge of neighborhood history and concerns, nonprofit experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and MS Office and/or GSuite application proficiency all preferred. Good salary and benefits. Full job description at http://jobs.sflcd.org. Apply by August 14, 2019, with resume and references, to: chair@SFLCD.org.


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.


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, September 19, 2019 — beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Contact president [at] leatheralliance [dot] org for more information, to place an item on the agenda, or to request wheelchair accessibility.

Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook to make sure you get the latest updates.


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, kinky ASL classes, 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 BULGE Fetish Gear Party, and every Tuesday is now Naked Tuesday, both for gay men of all types and ages 18+.

Special parties like a “BDSM Sampler”, a “Black and Blue Ball” with the Imperial Council of San Francisco, or “a party for everyone except cis males” 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 next open Community (“General Assembly” or “Membership”) Meeting for the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
from 7:00 to 9:00 pm,
in Room 204 of the SF LGBT Community Center,
1800 Market Street (at Octavia) , in San Francisco.

This very special meeting will include the election of the initial Board of Directors for the Cultural District.

Anyone may be nominated to the Board. Please visit http://sflcd.org for full information on how to submit nominations.

Voting privileges at the August meeting have been extended to anyone who has had voting privileges at any previous Community Meeting. That means anyone who has attended any two of three consecutive monthly meetings (including the 8/21 meeting).

The logo for the Cultural District will also be selected (hopefully) at this meeting. Please review the suggestions, and offer your opinions and preferences, at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBCLFVCwARfTTU1X_ETHdakZfDrxzFLmOvuIWYnU5-1ghG0Q/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2TD3Wf0bmWYciuAI2hEEi94hi0gWqeGjfWgGdTStJfRtmwO-lxqZHkaSo

As you can see, this will be an important meeting. The event is free, the space is wheelchair-accessible, and all are welcome. ASL interpreters can be provided if requested in advance.

Please join us, and help us to reflect and respond to your interests — as an individual, and as a representative of any element of our broad and beautiful L&LGBTQ spectrum.

Learn more about the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District at http://sflcd.org, and get on the mailing list at http://eepurl.com/djdUyf .You may also wish to like and follow the SF Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook.  And you can contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] hellobob.net) at any time with questions or offers to help!

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.


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!


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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.

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.