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Leather Marches With Pride!

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

If you have not already made plans for the day, consider marching with the Leather Pride Contingent.  Many of the constituent groups within the Leather Alliance will have subcontingents marching within the Leather Pride group; if your group is not already involved, you can show up anyway and join in — maybe even help carry the large Leather Pride flag!

All marchers are urged to view the Monitor Training Video, and review the other information at the Leather Pride Contingent web site, to prepare for the day.  But the main thing you need to know is where to find us on Sunday morning:

Leather Pride Contingent meets at Mission and Spear (by Walgreens). Please arrive no later than 10:00 am, planning to step off onto the parade around 11 or 11:30 am.

Note that the Leather Pride Contingent has an excellent position in the parade lineup, so you can expect (a) to be seen by lots of people on the live television coverage, and (b) to complete your marching at a reasonable hour, so you can enjoy the Festival at Civic Center, visit Leather Alley (on Hyde Street above McAllister), or volunteer with your favorite non-profit organization.

The Leather Pride Contingent organizers have asked all marchers to cooperate in some specific ways, to help make the Parade a joy for all, and to assure our continued good positioning in future parades.  Specifically:

  • No demonstrations or other actions that might delay the parade.  Please “close the gaps” and keep the parade moving at all times.
  • Keep it “live television friendly”.  Don’t give anyone an excuse to turn the cameras away from us.  Yes, that means no nudity, and no dirty words on your protest signs. Let’s be creatively outrageous!

So, once again, the Leather Pride Contingent will meet up at Mission and Spear (by Walgreens). That’s “Block J” on the official maps.  Please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m., planning to step off onto Market Street around 11 or 11:30 am.

As noted by the Pride Parade organizers, a major theme this year is #resist.  The event on June 25 is not just a joyous demonstration of our pride; it is a march, a call to resist regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, and celebrate diversity.  If you have stood on the sidelines in the past, or let the entire event pass you by, this is the time we need you.  This is the year to join in.


Leather Alley Will Be A Place For Everyone!

It’s time again for Leather Alley, a wonderful part of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration. This year Leather Alley will be an entire block long – Hyde Street between Golden Gate and McAllister, just one block off the main plaza.

Leather Alley is on Pride Sunday – June 25, 2017 – and is a chance for those interested in or curious about Leather, SM, BDSM, kink and fetish to come together and spend time with experienced scene members to foster friendship and family in a safe and supportive environment, and also to provide access and information for newcomers to the scene. Leather Alley is intended to provide an environment for people to hang out and relax after the San Francisco Pride March with others from the kink/leather/fetish community in a casual, bar-like setting. Demonstrations will be provided throughout the day by member organizations of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.

Volunteering for Leather Alley at Pride is easier than ever. To sign up, visit http://www.leatheralley.net/get-involved/.  The Leather Alley folks are looking for individuals and groups, to act as Leather Alley Ambassadors/Mentors, as Demonstrators/Educators, or as behind the scenes volunteers.  It’s fun, it’s educational, and there are great perqs for volunteers as well!

The organizers are also inviting individuals, businesses and clubs to contact sponsorship@leatheralley.net to discuss opportunities to be a Leather Alley sponsor, and the benefits of sponsorship to your organization.

Everyone (well, everyone over 18, that is) is welcome.  Check out the details at http://www.leatheralley.net/, and we look forward to seeing you at Leather Alley on Sunday, June 25, 2017.


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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