Sunday Streets Is Coming To Folsom!

It’s official:  the “Sunday Streets” event on August 19th will take over Folsom Street, stretching from a kiddie hub below 2nd Street to a Leather Hub from 8th to 10th Street.

OK, what is this “Sunday Streets” thing?  It’s a series of free, fun events empowering local communities to transform 1-4 miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect, and neighbors to meet. Visit sundaystreetssf.com now to read all about it.

Now here’s where we fit in:  For the August 19 event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will “adopt” the intersections of 9th and Folsom and 8th and Folsom, sending out our volunteers to greet and welcome locals and visitors alike, offer them information and entertainments of various kinds, and let them know that we are a part of the neighborhood and the community.

We have some great ideas for making the event fun:  flag dancing; a puppy mosh by the K9 Unit; clothes check courtesy of the SOMA Guardians; an HIV/STI testing truck; guests from the Imperial Court of Tamales con Pollo; country/western dancing lessons from the folks at the Sundance Association; Bootblacking by the SF Bay Area BootLab, music with DJ Barbara Steele; and more to come! And of course all our local queer and kinky businesses and organizations will be invited to take part.

This is a permitted event, so clothing may be considered optional, and we invite folks in the Leather Hub to stop by the SOMA Guardians’ clothes check table at the corner of Folsom and Dore to better enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  (Remember, folks:  nudity does not give consent to be touched or photographed.)

It should be fun for everyone, and a great way to make ourselves and our organizations a vital and visible part of the South of Market neighborhood.

But it will take lots of people helping to make this event happen.   First and foremost we need a whole bunch of volunteers to be our “Intersection Troops”  — you can sign up to volunteer for this here, and be sure to include your t-shirt size and indicate that you want to be part of the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance troop!

We will also need folks to staff our own Leather Alliance information booth, where we will be displaying banners and offering brochures, flyers or swag of any kind from the Alliance and its member organizations.  You can sign up to staff this table sign up to staff this table here — past and present leather community titleholders are particularly invited to sign up for this!

But what about the wonderful organizations that make up the Alliance?  It would be fantastic if you decide to sign up as an Exhibitor and have your own booth.  You could do a dildo ring-toss or a body-painting demo or…. whatever!  You can’t do fundraising or sell anything, but you can certainly spread the word about your organization, sign up folks for your mailing list, etc.

If staffing your own booth sounds like too much for you and your organization to undertake, then perhaps you can get us your banner we can display, or print up a big stack of flyers or brochures for our information table.

To coordinate that, or to chat about other ways we can make this event a success, please write to DavidHyman “at” leatheralliance “dot” org.

Also, the Livable City folks are holding two more meetings to discuss the Folsom Street event, on Thursday, August 9th and Thursday, August 16th.  Both meetings are from 11:00 am until 12:00 noon, and will be held at the Livable City offices, 301 8th St. Suite 235. Please contact Jeff Jelsma to RSVP or for more information.

It would be great if you can share this information with the members of your organization.  Especially give them the URL they can use to sign up individually to volunteer at an intersection: it’s tinyurl.com/leatherhub.  Thanks!

Let’s hit the street!

Cruise With The Guards!


A Lot Is Happening At SF Catalyst And Beyond

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 Onyx, training intensives by the Piercing Guild, classes by Foundations, brunches by Bootlab, and, of course parties hosted by groups like the Exiles, Sole Mates, the Yellow and Black Group, and the Society of Janus.  Check out the calendar here.

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, 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 Cultural District Meetings

The next open Community Meeting to discuss plans for a new Leather Cultural District in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco is set for:

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

Now that the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District” exists, the burden is on us to form an organiation to manage and oversee it.  There are lots of important decisions to be made, and these meetings are where we make them.  All are welcome!

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 Cultural District on Facebook.  And you can contact Please contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] hellobob.net) at any time with questions or offers to help!



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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.

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 Holiday 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

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Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance

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