Award Nominations Are Open
Each year the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance gives the “San Francisco Leather Community Awards” to individuals, organizations and events which have made positive contributions to our leather, fetish, kink and motorcycle communities. These awards are presented as part of our annual Leather Alliance Weekend, which also includes the Mr SF Leather Contest and the SF Bootblack contests.
The next Leather Alliance Weekend will be March 1-3, 2019. We are making a special effort to connect with folks from all nine Bay Area Counties. Our hope is that you will make nominations in one or more categories.
If there are any questions or you’d like to nominate someone in the Director’s Awards category, please contact us at email@example.com.
A list of recent winners, and links to full lists of past winners in all categories, can be found here.
The nomination form is now a permanent part of our website. We encourage all of you to update your list of nominations in real time through the coming years.
We hope to receive your nominations and hope that we’ll see you next March in San Francisco.
Co-Chairs, Leather Alliance Awards Committee
Leather Alliance Weekend Approaches!
Plans are well under way for our big annual event, to be held once again in the wonderful event space at SOMArts over the weekend of March 1-3, 2019. The rounds of feeder contests and feeder title announcements have begin, sponsors are being signed up, and some delightful parties are being planned.
Please check out the Leather Alliance Weekend Web Page for more info, and to learn how to get involved…..
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: Meetings of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and its committees, training intensives by the Piercing Guild, classes by Foundations, brunches by Bootlab, wrestling meets by the SF Grapplers, and, of course parties hosted by groups like the Exiles, the 15 Association, Gear Up, Sole Mates, the Yellow and Black Group, and the Society of Janus. Check out the calendar here.
Particularly popular at Catalyst are the Release parties — open kink and play parties for all genders and orientations, held on the first Friday of each month. Ad hoc groups are increasingly throwing specialized parties: a party for for cis women and trans folks, a BDSM drawing class, a FemDom night, a European-style Horse Market, and much more.
You can help support SF Catalyst by attending events there, or by scheduling your own event! (Write to firstname.lastname@example.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.
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, January 16, 2019
from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.
There are lots of important decisions to be made regarding this new District in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, and these meetings are where we make them. All are welcome!
We especially need folks to join our various Committees, including the Finance and Land Use Committees. While relevant experience and skills are welcome, but they are NOT required. What is more important is that you represent our community with common sense and a sincere desire to help.
Your time commitment need not be great — even just a couple of hours per month could be enough. But the role and responsibility you can have in guiding our group will be a large and important one.
For these Committees — as for all our District’s work — getting a diverse cross-section of our kinky and queer communities to join in is important. Please help us make sure that we reflect and respond to your interests — as an individual, and as a representative of other trans folks, younger folks, non-binary folks, POCs, or any other element of our broad and beautiful L&LGBTQ spectrum.
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 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!
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 will be starting in early 2019. 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.
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
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Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance