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!


Mr. San Francisco is off to Chicago!

Our community’s representative at the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago this weekend is Matt Welch, a proud, poly, kinky, puppy and cub, who is both Mr. Bay Area Cub 2017 and, of course, our own Mr. San Francisco Leather 2018.

If you can’t make it to Chicago, you can root for him at the “IML Results Party & Beer Bust” this Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, at The Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison Street in San Francisco.

[If you ARE going to IML, don’t miss the San Francisco Party there!]

When Matt returns we will welcome him home with a number of parties and events.  You can join him for the Kinky Poly Happy Hour on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 to  8:00 PM at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street in, San Francisco.

And Matt himself is organizing a fun event on Saturday, June 16, starting at 6:30 PM.  It’s a full evening of bar and restaurant visits, throughout the Castro District, called, “Leather Invasion – Gear Up & Go Out to the Castro”.  Be there!

Good luck and have fun in Chicago, Matt!  Knock their socks off!


Pictures Posted From Leather Alliance Weekend!

All Winners

The “Class of 2018” at Leather Alliance Weekend, March 4, 2018: Kenzi, Colton Long, Kenneth Berard, 2018 SF Bootblack Victoria Bootblack, 2018 Mr. SF Leather Matt Welch, Camryn Obscura, Stephan Ferris, Whisper (Austin James), and Spencer Adam

2018 SF Bootblack Victoria Bootblack, 2017 Mr SF Leather Geoff Millard, and 2018 Mr SF Leather Matt Welch

These and many more pictures — including the “Step and Repeat” pictures of you and your friends! — can be found at leatherallianceweekend.org.


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, May 16, 2018
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

It is very possible that by that time the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will have taken the final vote on the resolution to officially create the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, so this meeting will be a particularly important one.  Please contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] hellobob.net) if you have items for the agenda.

We hope you are discussing the Leather Cultural District project with anyone who is in any way a part of our local leather community, and inviting them to become involved.  You can encourage them to attend the next meeting, or visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf to sign up for the mailing list.

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.


 Volunteers Start Preparing for Leather Alley

The volunteer team that prepares and presents Leather Alley – a wonderful part of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration – has already met once, but it’s not too late to get involved.

You can read all about Leather Alley at leatheralley.net.  There will be a sign-up page available soon, but meanwhile you can write to volunteer@leatheralley.net (to be a Leather Alley Ambassador), or demos@leatheralley.net (to participate in the Leather Alley demos).

Undecided how you want to get involved?  Why not attend the next meeting of the Committee?

Leather Alley Committee
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.


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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

Like us on Facebook:  LeatherAlliance

Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance

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

 

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