Contests Move to August
SF Leather Pride, including the contests to select Mr SF Leather 2020 and SF Bootblack 2020, happened on August 16-18, 2019.
Why the date change? The main impetus was to give Mr. SF Leather more time — 8 months rather than 3 — to focus on his role within the local community, and to prepare for the International Mr. Leather competition.
Some additional side benefits:
a. Less rush for the feeder contests to happen and for winners to complete the application.
b. More time spent in the feeder title (where applicable) before competing for Mr. SF Leather.
c. Much less risk of hail during the contest weekend!
After much discussion, it was decided that whoever won Mr. SF Leather 2019 would have the option of competing for IML right away (in May 2019), or wait until after their step down and compete in May 2020. As you may know, Jawn chose to compete in Chicago this last May — and he became 1st Runner Up! Therefore, the contest has moved to the third weekend in August 2019 for the 2020 titleholder year.
Note that this August event was just the Mr. SF Leather and SF Bootblack contests. The Leather Community Awards and other “Leather Alliance Weekend” activities will continue to be held closer to the beginning of the year.
Full details are at sfleatherpride.com, including contestant bios, photographs, and more!
Eagle Plaza Breaks Ground
The historic groundbreaking for the World’s First Leather + LGBTQ public plaza — Eagle Plaza — took place on Tuesday, June 18th, with Mayor London Breed, Supervisors Rafael Mandelman and Matt Haney, Bob Goldfarb from the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, and numerous other civic leaders all wielding shovels to start the construction. Attendance was excellent, and press coverage was strong and positive.
Attendees also took this opportunity to buy tickets for the Eagle Plaza Raffle, and Eagle Plaza commemorative pins, to help raise the last of the funds needed to cover all the “leather themed amenities” that will make the plaza special. (Full raffle rules and prize details are at http://eagleplazaraffle.com.)
Society of Janus Event Announced
On July 20, 2019, Society of Janus celebrates 45 years in the community with a special event where they honor trail blazing Janus members with a Hall of Fame induction dinner, and an elegant and kinky play party.
All members of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and its member organizations are welcome to attend the SOJ Hall of Fame Induction and Member Appreciation Party, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, and may purchase tickets for themselves and their guests at “Reciprocal Org Members” prices.
The event will be held at SOMArts, an incredible and accessible community space at 934 Brannan St, (inside the Leather District). This is the first time SOMArts has hosted a play party, which is another good reason to celebrate!
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner will happen between 6 and 8 PM, followed by the Member Appreciation Play Party from 8 PM until 1 AM. You can buy tickets for the ceremony, the ceremony with dinner, just the play party, or the whole package.
Please visit soj.org for full information (including dress suggestions, conduct guidelines, and other important details), and to purchase tickets. Please note that this event is not open to the public, and advance ticket purchase is required.
Leather Alley Makes Pride Kinky!
What is Leather Alley, you ask? Leather Alley envisions community and education simultaneously. Leather Alley is an entire block long – Hyde Street between Golden Gate and McAllister, just one block off the main plaza.
Leather Alley is on Pride Sunday and is for those interested in or curious about Leather, SM, BDSM, kink, and fetish. Leather Alley offers an opportunity to see demos and chat with experienced scene members, to learn about the supportive organizations that exist in the community, to foster friendship and family in a safe and supportive environment, and to obtain important information on consent, safety, and related topics.
Leather Alley also provides an environment for people to hang out and relax after the San Francisco Pride March with others from the kink/leather/fetish community. Bootblacks will be available to help you refresh your look after the long walk. (Folks who march in the Parade with the Leather Pride Contingent get no-line access to the Alley!)
Demonstrations will be provided throughout the day by the many groups who hold events at the San Francisco Citadel and SF Catalyst, and by other member organizations of the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.
You must be 18+ to visit Leather Alley. A donation is requested. All proceeds benefit the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance. We look forward to seeing you at Leather Alley on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Leather Pride Contingent Continues Planning!
The leather community always plays an important part of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. Once again in 2019 the Leather Pride Continent in the Pride Parade is being spearheaded by Jason Husted.
Our Leather Marshals for the Parade are:
Female Leather Marshal: Ms. Cat
Male Leather Marshal: Graylin K. Thornton
Non-Binary Leather Marshal: Unicorn boy
Bios of these fine folks can be found here. They’ll be riding in the pony carts in the parade, accepting your cheers and applause!
Every person in the Leather Pride Contingent is being asked to take the Contingent Monitor Training. It’s really easy: just visit http://www.sfleather.org/Monitor-Training.html, watch a 10 minute video, and click the link on the page to let SF Pride know you trained for the San Francisco Leather Pride Contingent.
Then join the fun on Sunday, June 30, 2019 for the Pride Parade, with the theme “Generations of Resistance”.
The Leather Pride Contingent will be Contingent #139 (out of 290). Please plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m., at our staging area on Main Street between Market and Mission Streets.
Local Pride In Chicago Results
The local leather community has been thrilled and delighted by the news from the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack contests in Chicago. Here are the local highlights, in no particular order:
Our own Mr. San Francisco Leather, Jawn Marques, was chosen as IML 2019 First Runner Up. Jawn has lived in San Francisco for five years, and was chosen as Mr. December in the Bare Chest Calendar and Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather 2019 before his selection as Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 this past March.
Amp Somers, Mr Friendly SF 2019, who also earned the Leather Heart Award 2019 and was First Runner Up Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019, was named in the prestigious “top 20” list at International Mr. Leather. Pup Amp lives in San Francisco where he works as a full-time designer, represents Mr S Leather, and produces the YouTube channel “Watts The Safeword”.
California State Bootblack 2018 Geoff Millard is First Runner Up International Mr. Bootblack. Although Geoff now lives in Baltimore, he is known and loved here, serving as Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017, and First Runner Up IML that same year.
And the title of Mr. International Leather 2019 belongs to Jack Thompson, Leatherman of Color 2019. Jack was born in the Bay Area and only moved to Baltimore with his husband Geoff (see above) last July, after years of working at Mr. S, being active with our local ONYX, and performing as Dante Demoan with the Rebel Kings of Oakland. Jack, who becomes the first trans person of color to become International Mr. Leather, received great praise for his inspiring speech at the Contest.
We offer our love, thanks, and enormous respect to these guys, to the other winners in Chicago (IML 2nd Runner-Up Fionn Scott, of Dublin, Ireland, International Mr. Bootblack Kriszly de Hond, of Zaandam Noord, Holland, and IMBB 2nd Runner – Up Sparkie, of Waukesha, WI), and to everyone who competed, helped the competitors, or simply attended this annual celebration of Leather Pride.
At the 2019 Leather Alliance Weekend, two new Leather Titleholders were selected.
SF Bootblack 2019: Allison Boots
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019 : Jawn Marques
Here are a few quick pictures from the event.
Here’s a list of the Contest and Community Award winners:
San Francisco Bootblack 2019: Allison Boots
Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019: Jawn Marques
First Runner Up Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019: Amp Somers
Second Runner Up Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019: Alpha Pup Gunner
Leather Heart Award 2019: Amp Somers
Here is a list of the 2018 Leather Community Award winners:
Best Community Education Event: Leathermen’s Discussion Group Mentoring Program
Best Organizational Anniversary: ONYX Northwest
Best Bay Area Leather Contest: International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack (IMsLBB)
Best Community Leather Event (not a contest): Leather Invasion of the Castro
Best Community In-Town One Day Run: Dykes On Bikes Pride Contingent
Best Community Out-of-Town One Day Run: Golden Gate Guards Springtime in Yosemite
Best Community In-Town Weekend Event: Leather Alliance Weekend
Best Community Out-Of-Town Weekend Event: Gear Up Weekend
Most Visible Community Organization: ONYX Northwest
Best New Organization: The Piercing Guild
Outstanding Community Business: Wicked Grounds
Outstanding Community Nonprofit: Center for Sex and Culture
Next Generation Award: Ub Kelly
Non-Binary Person of the Year: Leigh Ann Hildebrand
Woman of the Year: Dorian Katz
Jim Remer Unsung Hero Award: Andrew Coile
Man of the Year: Tie – Trey Onyx and Christopher Wood
Frank Benoit Award: Ryan Mattson
Phillip M. Turner Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Carol Queen
Full listings of past contest and award winners can be found here, and elsewhere on this Web site. A new online “Year round” Awards Nomination Form is now available: Please click here — now or at any time — to submit an event you have organized or attended since January of 2019. The 2019 awards will be given out in March of 2020.
Some great photos by Our Town photographer Paul Margolis can be found at https://www.ourtownsf.org/photos.html
Additional info on the contests can be found at http://www.leatherallianceweekend.org.
You can also follow these links to read bios of all the contestants, the judges, the schedule of events , the educational programs and presenters, and of course, our generous and wonderful event sponsors.
Leather Alliance Weekend 2019 Let Les Bonne Temps Roulèrent!
Pardon my french, but the 2019 Leather Alliance Weekend was magnifique! It was held in the wonderful event space at SOMArts, from Thursday evening, February 28 through Sunday afternoon March 3, 2019. The contestants, the judges and the volunteer staff all did a great job, the schedule of events was packed and fun, the Mardi Gras-themed menu for the Gala Awards Dinner on Friday night was delicious, the educational program presenters did a great job, the parties were a blast, and of course it was all made possible through the generous support of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers.
For the record, here is the Class of 2019 — the Contestants for the titles of Mr. San Francisco 2019 and San Francisco Bootblack 2019:
We had six contestants for the title of Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019:
Contestant #1 – Amp Somers – Mr Friendly SF 2019
Contestant #2 – AJ Huff – Mr. Powerhouse 2019
Contestant #3 – Alpha Pup Gunner
Contestant #4 – Tim Valdivia – Mr. SF Sober Leather 2019
Contestant #5 – Jawn Marques – Mr. Daddy’s Barbershop Leather 2019
Contestant #6 – Manny Ojeda – Mr. SF Eagle 2019
And one contestant for 2019 San Francisco Bootblack:
Bootblack Contestant #1 – Allison Boots
Congratulations to the entire Class of 2019!
Please visit the Leather Alliance Weekend Web Page for more information about this event, AND (coming soon!) about Leather Alliance Weekend 2020!
SF Catalyst is Party Central For Folsom Week!
There is something for everyone at SF Catalyst over the long, hot, Folsom Fair Weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with SF Catalyst, it is a community-run educational and social space, operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, located at 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets) in San Francisco, California. That means it’s just a few blocks from the Folsom Street Fair itself!
Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of play and social space, well stocked with meeting room, bedroom, and dungeon room furniture. There are lockers (bring your own lock), fixed points for bondage or suspension, a spacious shower, a cozy loft, and many other enticing features. The space is available to rent for photo shoots, meetings, filming, art shows, play dates, life events, professional sessions, and all kinds of parties and gatherings.
All the events below are for folks ages 18 and above. Please bring ID. Catalyst can be made wheelchair-accessible; please contact the event host 24 hours in advance to request it. All activity at SF Catalyst is consensual. Consent is sexy. No means NO.
Now, here are some of the highlights of Catalyst’s Leather Week Calendar:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018:
Drench! — A pansexual piss & play party
7:00 p.m. to midnight
Finally, a watersports-themed event for all genders, and all orientations and preferences, including Water Bois, Urinal Gals, Raunch Masters, Trough Slaves, Piss Daddies / Mommies, Diaper babies (#1 only), Piss Pigs, Pee Puppies, Squirters, Gushers, and their friends and admirers.
The cost is just $20, or contact Annessa on Fetlife to volunteer, for free admission.
There will be an orientation and demo at 7:30 for folks who are new to or curious about pee play. There will be a shower for your hot negotiated scenes, and the Trough for those who want to give their consent to be used as a urinal by anyone. There will be light snacks and plenty of refreshing beverages. If you are over 21, you can bring your own beer. Full details can be found on Fetlife, Facebook, or the Yellow and Black Group Web site.
Get wet & play hard at Drench!
Frisky Pups Party
8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Are you a good pup who yearns to be bad? Or a bad boy who likes to corrupt the good ones? Whether you are a pup who likes to hump everyone in sight or a man who likes to tame them, this party is for you. You might be a good boy during the day, but at night it’s time to roam free.
We’re inviting sex-positive men, boys, and pups to SF Catalyst for a sweaty night of debauchery. We’ve got a fully equipped play space with BDSM equipment, fuck benches, beds, slings, puppy mats, and much more that will help you unleash your primal instincts.
Come for wild sex, torturous SM, tight bondage, stretching assplay, drenching piss, or whatever twisted things you desire. All sex-positive, male-identified 18+ are invited to get naughty with us. There will be snacks and drinks available.
Tickets $20 in advance. $30 at door.
Kinksters Under 40 Party
7:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m.
SF KuF is a group for men aged 18 – 39 who are attracted to experiencing or exploring kink with other men. And the Folsom Friday Dungeon party is the biggest KuF event of the year. Please visit their Web page for full information or to purchase tickets! Any questions? Email email@example.com.
15 Association Party
6:00 p.m. to midnight
The 15 Association, a social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM, is the longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA. They hold play parties each month at SF Catalyst. For their Folsom Weekend play party, advance tickets are required; no tickets will be sold at the door, and the party is expected to sell out. To learn more and buy your ticket, please visit their website.
Saturday Night / Sunday Morning:
Folsom Street Overnight
1:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
It is Saturday night and tomorrow is Folsom Street Fair! You’re having a great time enjoying the parties and clubs and don’t want to go home. SF Catalyst is open from 1 am to 10:00 am on Sunday morning.
Located just one block from Folsom Street Fair, this is the perfect sex-positive place to get some rest (or not) and launch your adventure from in the morning. Equipped with showers, you can be ready to head right out the door into the fair. Bring your own towel/pillow/blanket; these items are not provided.
Folsom Street Overnight is open to all open-minded persons 18+ respectful of other guests and the space. SF Catalyst is a community-run space for the leather, fetish, BDSM, and motorcycle communities. It is equipped with crosses, benches, beds, slings, a suspension frame, hoists, and more BDSM equipment.
$10 in advance. Advanced ticket sale here. $15 at door (cash only). Admission is free to our “Hogtie” Patreon supporters. All proceeds go to support SF Catalyst, a project of the non-profit SF Bay Area Leather Alliance.
Catalyst will also be open throughout the morning and afternoon of the Folsom Street Fair. The Sunday-day is a separate event: Release: Folsom Edition.
Sunday Daytime, 9/30/2018:
Release – Folsom Edition
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You know that feeling: By the afternoon of Folsom Street Fair, it’s hot and crowded; you’ve been titillated and teased by the sights. Now, you just want to play. Release your pent-up energy at SF Catalyst. You will find water (please bring your own bottle), light snacks, lockers, shower, a place to socialize and relax as well as play space to try out those new toys.
Release is an open play party. Bring your partners or meet new ones and get kinky. SF Catalyst invites all persons 18+ to play in our fully equipped community-run space on Folsom Street just a block from the Fair. Equipment includes St. Andrew’s crosses, slings, spanking benches, suspension points, and more.
In and out privileges apply from 10am – 6pm for those who want to play a while then head back to the fair and come back later.
Sunday Evening, 9/30/2018:
Women and Trans Party – Folsom Street Edition
6:00 p.m. to midnight
Please join us at SF Catalyst for a party for Women and Trans Folx! The space will be open for play, socializing, relaxing, and re-energizing. Water (please bring your own bottle), light refreshments, showers, music, and a place to play will be provided.
Cruise With The Guards!
- What: A 3-hour boat cruise on San Francisco Bay with great views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Sausalito and more! There’s a full no host bar on-board, and you’ll receive a souvenir sailor cap, lei and photo, late afternoon appetizers, and music to help you enjoy the company and comraderie of fellow leather friends while cruising on the bay until the sun sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Where: San Francisco Bay, Pier 3/The Embarcadero
- When: Check-in: 4:30 PM; Return: 8:15 PM
- Leather or Uniform Attire Expected
- A perfect way to get a head start cruisin’ Folsom Street!
- Tickets are normally $90 per person, but for a limited time, you will pay just $75.
For information about Scholarships, OR to arrange for discounts for your organization, please visit http://ggguards.org or write to eventinfo AT ggguards.org.
Progressive Dinner Kicks Off Leather Week!
Please join the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance for the annual Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner, Saturday September 22nd, as we help kick off SF Leather Week 2018.
The Progressive Dinner is a social event in honor of Alden Spafford to bring together kinky individuals in a casual environment and a tour of SOMA kink businesses, with courses served at each location. The organizations will introduce themselves and share about who they are what they do. The individual directors will share about their projects and why they’ve joined the Leather Alliance.
We’ll have a raffle at each stop too!
Check-in and social hour begins at 4:00 at the Stud and will progress through the leather district:
- The Stud (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
- Mr S. Leather (5:00 – 5:45)
- Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe (5:45 – 6:30)
- The Powerhouse (6:30 – 7:30)
- San Francisco Eagle (7:30 – 8:30)
- The Lone Star Saloon (8:30 – !!!)
Dress: Kink, Fetish, Leather, Uniform – safe for daytime street exposure. (You can wear what you like, but there’s nothing like seeing a group of like-minded folx in their preferred gear walk through the neighborhood). Do NOT let clothing be a deterrent.
Vegetarian options will be available at each stop.
You may check-in at any location along our route.
This event is 21+ due to the bar locations. You can join us if under 21 at the stops that are not bars.
General Tickets are just $25 in advance (no fee!), commemorative button included.
Tickets at the door will be $30 (if available), commemorative button included.
Bar drinks are not included in the ticket price. Please support your community bars and businesses.
Funds raised support the annual Leather Alliance community volunteer party (all communities’ volunteers are invited!)
Also join us for Sunday’s annual LeatherWalk, the official kickoff event of Folsom Week.
Alden Spafford was a long-time core volunteer with many Leather Community groups, including the InterClub Fund, the SF Leather Forum, & the satyrs MC.
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 expect the Leather Hub to be bursting with activity: country/western dance lessons with the Sundance Association, flag dancing with the folks from Flagging in the Park; an HIV/STI testing truck courtesy of the UCSF Alliance Health Project; a puppy mosh by the K9 Unit; guests from the Imperial Court of Tamales con Pollo; bootblacking by the SF Bay Area BootLab, a whip-cracking demo; a Shibari demo, music with DJ Barbara Steele; and booths hosted by the Bay Area Rope Club, the Huckleberry Youth Programs, the LGBTQ Credit Union Coalition, and the Friends of Eagle Plaza!
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.
[Note: Although nudity is welcome, please do be thoughtful and considerate of the feelings of our neighbors, and avoid provocative or outrageous garb or behavior. We want to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood in an inclusive and welcoming way. And remember, folks: nudity does not give consent to be touched or photographed. Thanks!]
Altogether, 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.
And you can help! You can sign up here to volunteer to be one of our “Intersection Troops” — the shifts are 2.5 hours, starting at 10 am, noon, or 2 pm, and you get a free lunch and a t-shirt or two!
Or you can sign up here to staff the 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.
Special request for Leather Alliance Directors and organization representatives: please arrange to get us your organizational banner for us to display and/or 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.
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!
Mr. San Francisco is back from Chicago!
Our community’s representative at the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago this year was 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.
Now that Matt has returned we are welcoming him home with a number of parties and events. We had a great time at the “Welcome Home from IML Matt!” party on June 1 at the Lone Star Saloon. Then Matt organized a fun event called “Leather Invasion – Gear Up & Go Out to the Castro”. on Saturday, June 16. It was a full evening of bar and restaurant visits, throughout the Castro District. And then on July 1 we had more fun with Matt at his Pride Decompression Beer Bust at the Lone Star Saloon.
Thanks again to Matt for representing us with honor in Chicago!
Mr. Friendly Shows Off in Chicago!
Speaking of the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago, hats off to Stephan Ferris,
Mr. Friendly SF 2018, who was named Second Runner Up in that contest.
Pictures Posted From Leather Alliance Weekend!
These and many more pictures — including the “Step and Repeat” pictures of you and your friends! — can be found at leatherallianceweekend.org.
March with Leather Pride, Visit Leather Alley
Planning to attend the Pride Parade but haven’t selected a group to march with yet? Join the Leather Pride Contingent! And the good news is that we are Contingent #88, in the first third of the parade.
Our muster point is “K-2” — on the east side of Spear Street just north of Howard Street. Please plan to arrive there between 10:15 and 11:15 that morning. There will be a group photo and a small ceremony at 11:20AM. Step off is estimated to be 11:50. More details are at sfleather.org.
After the parade, head to Leather Alley — that’s Hyde Street between McAllister and Golden Gate — a wonderful and kinky part of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration. It’s getting to be kind of late to volunteer, but check out the info at leatheralley.net/ — or just show up there around 5:30 pm and say “I want to help with tear down!”
And here’s a tip: If you march with the Leather Pride Contingent, we will give you a sticker that will get you into Leather Alley without waiting in line! (We’ll still ask you for a donation, of course. This is one of the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance’s largest fundraisers and helps keep us supporting the community year-round.)
Thanks for your help! Have a great Pride!
Community Celebrates Leather District
The queer and kinky communities of San Francisco gathered on Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018 to celebrate their victory in City Hall and the creation of the new “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, and then disperse to visit half a dozen of their favorite venues, before gathering once again to toast the birth of this new South of Market institution.
The “meet and greet” started at the famed Mr. S. Leather shop on Eighth Street, a business founded in 1979 by Alan Selby, the beloved “Mayor of Folsom Street”. Formal introductions happened one block away at The Stud, a historic queer venue and nightlife hub whose collective owners were a driving force behind the creation of the District. Thanks were offered there to the politicians and civic leaders who helped make the District a reality. After a ceremonial ribbon cutting, celebrants dispersed to all their favorite nearby venues, including the Lone Star Saloon, Powerhouse Bar, the Hole in the Wall, the Oasis and several others, with each venue offering its own style of welcome and refreshment. The celebration climaxed with a champagne toast at the SF Eagle, San Francisco’s oldest surviving Leather bar.
The event was organized by the District’s Outreach Committee, chaired by Steven Gaynes, with support from the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.
Robert Goldfarb, who chairs the all-volunteer group formed to support and oversee the cultural district, saw the event as a celebration of the founding of a District that will honor and commemorate the people, places and institutions that gave South of Market its distinctive culture and appeal, help protect the remaining businesses and spaces, and sustain the people who live, work and recreate there. This district will create a kind of “Leathertown” that can be both a tourist destination and a thriving cultural and economic hub. Group members talk about establishing a Leather Cultural Center within the District, and other plans to support, promote, and recognize the contributions that queer and kinky folks make to the world.
Details about the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District can be found at www.sfleatherdistrict.org.
Mr. San Francisco is off to Chicago!
Our community’s representative at the International Mr. Leather Contest in Chicago this year was 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.
We rooted 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 went to IML, we hope you made it to the San Francisco Party there!]
When Matt returned we welcomed him home with a number of parties and events. First up: “Welcome Home from IML Matt!” on Friday, June 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison St.
You can also join Matt 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!
SF Catalyst featured on Viceland TV
SF Catalyst — the Leather Alliance’s community-run educational and social space in SOMA — was featured on Season 1 Episode 4 of Slutever on Viceland TV, broadcast on February 14, 2018. You can subscribe to Viceland here, or watch the episode on YouTube here (SF Catalyst featured from about 4:20 to 5:40).
Everyone in the SF Bay Area community was invited to vote for the 52nd Annual Leather Community Awards! They were handed out on March 2, 2018 as part of the Formal Dinner of the Leather Alliance Weekend festivities. Here is the list of Community Award categories that everyone can vote on:
- Best Community Educational Event
- Best Organizational Anniversary Event
- Best Bay Area Leather Contest
- Best Community Leather/Fetish/MC event (not a contest or Street fair)
- Best Community Weekend Event (not a Contest or Street Fair)
- Most Visible Community Organization
Voting closed on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. If you are curious, you can review the list of last year’s award winners here, or see the full history of the awards here.
NOTE: Members of the Board of the Leather Alliance also voted on the “Directors’ Awards”, and should contact the Awards Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions.
Leather Alliance Officer Elections
At the Leather Alliance Board Meeting on January 18, 2018, elections were held to elect a new slate of officers, as follows:
President: Angel Garfold – president (at) leatheralliance (dot) org Pre
Vice President: Dahn Van Laarz – vicepresident (at) leatheralliance (dot) org
Treasurer: Jesbian Bagheera – treasurer (at) leatheralliance (dot) org
Secretary: Rover Spotts – secretary (at) leatheralliance (dot) org
Congratulations and thanks to all our officers for their leadership and dedication!
Leather Alliance Weekend Planning Continues
An important part of the Leather Alliance Weekend is always the presentation of the Community Awards. This year, instead of the brunch we have held in the recent past, we’ll be presenting the 52nd Annual Community Awards during a formal dinner on Friday, March 2nd. It’s a chance to dress up in your leathers/rubber/fetish wear, enjoy a meal, and celebrate your fellow communities members for their work in 2017. And this year there will be some new categories!
Would you like to skip the meal and just attend the awards? Well, we’ve got you covered this year for that too! General seating will be available for $10 to attend the community awards portion. Tickets are now on sale here. So please make sure you have cleared your calendar for the weekend of March 2-4, like and follow the event’s Facebook page, and visit leatherallianceweekend.org for all the details!
Harm Reduction Training Held
On February 6, 2018, the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance hosted a Harm Reduction Training at SF Catalyst. The training covered topics like needle disposal, harm reduction concepts and tools, and the administration of Narcan. It was of particular interest to the folks who host parties (at SF Catalyst and elsewhere), but of course many others from throughout the community were welcomed.
Our deepest thanks to Jorge Vieto and Bill Buehlman of the Glide Harm Reduction Programs for sharing their time, expertise and enthusiasm.
Keep Leather Alive in SoMa!
Do you remember your first scene, the catalyst that launched you into your current
journey of sex-positive living? Butterflies in your stomach; that mix of fear and
excitement; curiosity buzzing high…those last few steps bridging your long-awaited
fantasy to the reality of here and now. Perhaps you wanted to learn more about these
fantasies and explore the depths of your Self. You probably went online in search of
community, classes, and parties. Perhaps the first event you found was not your thing,
but luckily there were other venues hosting events on the same night…and every night!
About SF Catalyst.
SF Catalyst is a community-run educational and social space in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco. The 2500+ sq. ft. space is available for use by groups, organizations, and individuals for events that are in alignment with the mission of The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, an all-volunteer-run non-profit organization, which is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area Leather, Fetish, Kink, & Motorcycling communities. The space has been through a few incarnations and has been an important part of the community for over ten years.
Why we need your help
SF Catalyst is an old space under new management. Our number one priority is to establish itself as a true home for our diverse community.
In helping us with this campaign you not only get some great perks, you’ll be helping SF Catalyst establish itself as a safe and diverse space for everyone to express their sexual freedom in a way they might not otherwise be able to in their day-to-day life.
How we are going to use your donation.
We’ve set our fundraising goal at $20,000. We believe this is what it will take to keep our space open and available to all members of our diverse community. In addition to paying the bills, the donations that we receive from you will go towards renovations and repairs such as:
- Install new emergency lighting and lit exit signs.
- Fix and upgrade current plumbing issues including adding a sink to the upstairs restroom.
- Replace the damaged wheelchair ramp and improve accessibility where possible.
- Repair and update lighting.
- Add electrical conduit throughout to clean up the hanging wires.
- Repair the broken motorized winch.
Visit igg.me/at/sfcatalyst to keep SF Catalyst alive and thriving in 2018!
The holiday spirit is making Alliance a little frisky!
On December 31st, the SF Eagle’s traditional Sunday afternoon Beer Bust will get the New Year celebrations started early, with the Leather Alliance raising funds for its Emergency Grants Fund and other activities at a cigar-studded NYE Warm-Up called “Beers Boots Cigars — Shine In The New Year”. Don’t expect champagne and noisemakers; but $15 will get you some very special food, plus all the beer or soda you choose to drink. You can purchase baked treats lovingly prepared by the Little Scouts, or Jello shots that will get you started making 2017 a distant memory. So shine up your gear to get ready, then shine it around with the Leather Alliance and its member organizations, from 3 to 6 p.m., on the last Sunday of the year, at the San Francisco Eagle, 398 12th Street, in San Francisco.
Then, on Friday January 5, it’s the “Resolutions! Make ‘me or Break ’em” Open Play Party. The resolutions and revolutions run from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th), in San Francisco. Details on Facebook, or (slightly more explicitly) on FetLife. Tickets are $20 at the door, but EventBrite has them for $15. Or sign up to volunteer, and admission could be free!
Holiday Party Held for Volunteers!
The Leather Alliance’s 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party – “Twisted Snowflakes”– offered food, drink, and good times to all the great volunteers who help make our community strong.
Starting at 6 pm on Sunday, December 3, 2017, over 70 people came to San Francisco Catalyst, the Leather Alliance’s kinky community space at 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th). The party was free. and open to anyone who has helped out as a volunteer, helping our leather, kink, fetish or motorcycle community in any way.
You can hold your own party at SF Catalyst — it’s easier than you think, and the space is flexible enough for a meeting, a festive gathering, or an orgy. For more information, write to email@example.com.
SF BASiL Hosts Leather Mocktail Party
The event happened Saturday, November 4th, 2017, at San Francisco’s premier kinky event space, SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street. Entertainment included performances by Kochina Rude, Sue Veneer, Sheba Queen of the Night, Kitten de Ville, and our own Mr. San Francisco Leather 2017 Geoff Millard, along with a mesmerizing video wall and a silent auction. The MC was Stephan Ferris, the DJ was La Mano, and event sponsors included Mr. S Leather and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.
Established in 2013, SF BASiL is an inclusive, sober-centered community organization that caters to but not limited to the leather, kink, BDSM, fetish communities in the greater SF Bay Area. Its purpose is to organize and network with other individuals and businesses in providing safe and sober alternatives away from the bar scene, to unite the sober communities on either side of the bay, to reach out to those who wish to lead a sober lifestyle, help those in recovery, and be a beacon of strength and hope to those who looking for a solution. SF BASiL is not affiliated with any 12 step or other recovery programs.
Leather Alliance Shows Off at Non-Profit Expo
The annual OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo was held at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, on Saturday, October 14 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM, to introduce the community to over 100 SF LGBTQ arts, community, fundraiser, legal, political, recovery, well-being, and spiritual groups.
This year, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance had its own table at the Expo, sharing information about the Alliance itself, and about the groups and organizations it unites and supports.
How Alliance Organizations Celebrated Leather Week
As we look back on the 2017 Folsom Street Fair, it seems appropriate to highlight some of the special events that were organized by the various organizations and community groups that make up the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance. It is also great to see how many events were held at the Alliance’s own site, the San Francisco Catalyst.
Leather Alliance SOMA Progressive Dinner
Saturday, September 16, 2017
SF Catalyst, Center for Sex and Culture, Wicked Grounds, Mr. S, Powerhouse, SF Eagle, and Lone Star Saloon
Folsom Kinky Mixer
Thursday, September 21, 2017 • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Exiles All-Genders 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Friday, September 22, 2017 • 7:30 PM – 10:15 PM
Center for Sex and Culture
Dark Moon Rising – A Women’s Play Party
Friday, September 22, 2017 • 8:00 PM -1:30 AM
Golden Gate Guards Leather Cruise on San Francisco Bay
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
The 15 Association Folsom Play Party
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 • 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Folsom Eve at the SF Citadel
Saturday, September 23, 2017 • 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Folsom Street Overnight
Sunday Morning, September 24, 2017 • 1:00 AM – Noon
RELEASE – An Open Play Party
Sunday, September 24, 2017 • 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Progressive Dinner Kicks Off Leather Week 2017
The SF Bay Area Leather Alliance held its annual Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner on Saturday September 16th, kicking off SF Leather Week 2017.
At each location participants encountered a new course (soup, salad, entree, etc.) provided and served by members of our organizations and our board of directors. Vegetarian options were available at each stop.
In addition to a tasty meal, and some fun raffle prizes, they enjoyed a social event with kinky individuals in a casual environment, a tour of SOMA kink businesses, and an opportunity to learn about — and meet the members of — the Leather Alliance and its organizations.
Alden Spafford was a long-time core volunteer with many Leather Community groups, including the InterClub Fund, the SF Leather Forum, and the Satyrs MC. Accordingly, funds raised by this event traditionally support Leather Alliance community volunteer recognition events.
This year our tour through SOMA was guided by Mr. SF Leather Geoff Millard, and stops included:
- SF Catalyst (1060 Folsom) for check-in and nibbles;
- The Center for Sex and Culture (1349 Mission) for appetizers, hosted by Dykes on Bikes and SF girls of Leather;
- Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe (289 8th Street) for aperitivo, hosted by the Golden Gate Guards;
- Mr. S Leather (385 8th Street) for salad;
- Powerhouse Bar (1347 Folsom) for soup, hosted by Bears of San Francisco;
- The San Francisco Eagle (398 12th Street) for entrees, hosted by Society of Janus and Leather Quest; and
- The Lone Star Saloon (1354 Harrison Street) for dessert, hosted by The Little Scouts.
Each stop was reviewed live on Facebook. You can check out those reports at https://www.facebook.com/events/123418064940876/permalink/139068420042507.
Just a reminder: If you’d like to volunteer for any Leather Alliance project or event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a member of one of the Alliance organizations, we encourage you to plan now to participate in the 2018 Progressive Dinner. Thanks!
Alliance Helps Fund Ringold Alley Project
The Leather Alliance and a host of volunteers got together recently to create a special event to help fund the Ringold Alley Leather History Project.
If you are unfamiliar with the project, you definitely need to drop by Ringold Alley some time to check it out. The project showcases leather pride colors on bulb outs, names from our history on bronze bootprints, and granite “standing stones” honoring some of the important leather organizations and institutions of our community’s early years. A large explanatory marker features iconic images: Chuck Arnett’s famous mural and Fe-Be’s “Leather David”.
To aid in the fundraising, a very special “Boots, Beer and Bikes” event was held on Saturday July 29, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m, at the San Francisco Eagle. The event was hosted by Alotta Boutté, and included a beer bust (with fried chicken, corn on the cob and chocolate pots de creme), internationally known boot blacks, a cigar lounge hosted by the Puff Cigar Club, and a very special feature: the Bike Wash.
Special thanks are due to the SF Eagle for providing the space, to event organizer Jesbian Bagheera, to Teagan and all the bootblacks, to the Puff Cigar Club, to the Dykes on Bikes and other bike-washers, to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, to leather historian Gayle Rubin, and to all the groups and individuals (including the Legion of Sin, the Exiles, LDG, SFgoL, the Little Scouts, Leatherquest/Foundations, and Folsom Street Events) who donated and volunteered to make the event a success!
And thanks also to everyone who attended and added something to the energy of the event, and to the support fund for this important monument to our community’s history.
Leather Alley Excites and Educates!
Amid the crowds and commotion of the 2017 San Francisco Pride Festival, one attraction stood out as being fun, erotic, educational, and community-building, while also raising important funds for the Leather Alliance. That was Leather Alley 2017!
A steady stream of visitors waited patiently for entrance, and were rewarded with a multitude of sights and sounds. First they entered a hang-out space for conversation and light play. The K9 Unit had a mosh for all the eager puppies, and the Little Scouts provided face painting and play space for littles. Exiles and Queer Sphere offered information on their organizations, and helped distribute information from other groups.
Moving deeper up the alley, visitors observed suspension bondage, flogging and single-tail whipping demos, spanking and caning, immobilization and edging, and other fascinating demonstrations (using bondage furniture and gear generously provided by Mr S Leather, Catalyst SF, the Citadel, and Dark Odyssey). A few brave and lucky guests even were invited to endure “samples” of these sensations, administered by the hands and toys of expert, experienced tops.
[Looking for pictures? Sorry, Leather Alley was an adults-only, camera-free zone.]
It all was made possible by the enormous work of a large cadre of volunteers, including a hard-working planning team, the dedicated crew who erected and tore down the fencing and furniture, the representatives of the 15 Association, SF Catalyst, the Citadel and other Alliance member organizations who staffed the demo play stations, the Legion of Sin who took responsibility for security, the Leather Alliance leadership team who tirelessly collected donations, the ushers who kept the crowd safe and orderly, the Ambassadors who answered questions, and all the other groups and individuals who contributed time and energy — and in some cases the very skin off their backs — to making the day such a success.
Of course, volunteering did have its privileges: a quiet place to relax with its own private port-a-potties, healthy refreshments, gear storage, and the freedom to visit the Alley any time without waiting in line. (Think about that when you make your plans for next year’s Pride!)
But the greatest reward — besides the fun itself — was the knowledge that we were bringing information, awareness, and acceptance to thousands of guests, many of whom have never had the chance to see and talk to BDSM practitioners, and help them discover opportunities for education, support, and connections to others with similar interests. Some may have come to gawk, and left with a better understanding and insight into the leather and kink community.
The organizers of the event, and Leather Alliance as a whole, offers a heartfelt thanks to all the Leather Alley volunteers, guests, and other supporters and participants. It wouldn’t be a San Francisco Pride Festival without Leather Alley!
Leather Marches With Pride!
The Leather / Fetish / Motorcycle / Kink Community of the San Francisco Bay Area came out in force for the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Many of the constituent groups within the Leather Alliance had subcontingents marching within the Leather Pride Contingent group, and plenty of individuals joined in as well.
As noted by the Pride Parade organizers, a major theme for the parade was #resist. The event was not just a joyous demonstration of our pride; it was a march, a call to resist regression, stand up against exclusion, demand equality, and celebrate diversity. The Leather, Motorcycle and Kink communities were pleased and proud to be part of it.
Mr. SF Leather Becomes First Runner-Up IML in Chicago!
Ralph Bruneau, Mr. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer to help out at www.sfcatalyst.org/volunteer-registration. Inquiries for renting the space may be sent to email@example.com. General questions regarding the project may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.