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 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, December 19, 2018
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!


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…..



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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.