SF Catalyst

Leather Alliance Expands Its Educational & Social Space in SOMA

For over three years now, the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance has been proud to welcome folks to “SF Catalyst”, an all-volunteer, community-run educational and social space, located at 1060 Folsom Street in the South of Market area of San Francisco.

The Alliance took over the space formerly occupied by the “Alchemy” dungeon in order 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 and organizations to ensure the long term vitality of the SF Bay Area Leather communities.

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the space was used by dozens of groups and organizations, and hosted hundreds of events, all in support of the mission of the Alliance: to create a welcoming and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area Leather, Fetish, Kink, & Motorcycling communities.

Thanks to its recent expansion, Catalyst now features more than 4,000 square feet of play and social space, well stocked with meeting room, bedroom, and dungeon room furniture. There are lockers, fixed points for bondage or suspension, a spacious shower, a cozy loft, and many other enticing features.  The new “Russ Street” wing has several rooms of various sizes, a kitchenette, and a large parking lot (suitable for sunbathing or cigar smoking).  The Russ Street entrance is accessible by wheelchair or scooter.

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.

To inquire about renting the space, please contact reservations@sfcatalyst.orgObviously, all uses of the SF Catalyst space must conform to the prevailing rules of the city of San Francisco to prevent COVID-19 transmission.  These rules are subject to change at short notice, so please be prepared to discuss your planned use of the space with our reservation volunteers.  We can help you with establishing safety protocols, drafting waivers for your guests to sign, and even maintaining records for future contact tracing.

Present circumstances make SF Catalyst a precious and precarious resource.  It can only survive to serve our community in the difficult months to come with our continuing collective support.  Please become a Catalyst “Patron” at https://www.patreon.com/sfcatalyst.

If you prefer to make a one-time contribution, to donate needed hardware, or to sponsor a particular project or upgrade, please write to us.  Naming opportunities exist!

Besides money, SF Catalyst is continually in need of community volunteers. Folks with special skills like plumbing, carpentry or Dungeon Monitor certification are welcome, but so are folks who can just be on call to help with moving chairs or emptying the trash. If you can help, please write to us at volunteer@sfcatalyst.org  and tell us (a) who you are, (b) all the best ways to reach you, and (c) what you would be willing and able to help us with. Thanks!

Please also talk about us on Fetlife, and like and follow us on Facebook. Thanks!


As with all projects of the Alliance, SF Catalyst is being 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, or check out the Facebook or FetLife page.