Timely Reminders

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 7:00 pm, in Room 204 of the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street (at Octavia) , in San Francisco.

Please note the new location.
Please use public transportation to access The SF LGBT Center.
Street parking is limited. The SF LGBT Center is accessible by MUNI J,K,L,M,N or F, as well as bus lines 6,7,61,71. Please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block driveways or park in blue, yellow or white zones.

The proposed agenda will be posted soon.

The minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2019 will be posted soon.

A live-stream of the meeting of April 17, 2019 can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be found here.

A live-stream of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be viewed here.

We are now preparing to apply for a grant of up to $230,000 from the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development (MOHCD), to help launch our Cultural District.  You can view the Request for Proposals document here.  For more information, please contact chair@sflcd.org.

We sent out a mailing to our entire mailing list on 4/24/2019.  You can view that message here.

Remember that the latest draft of the Proposed Bylaws can be found here, and your comments are welcome.

The SF Eagle Block Party and Beer Bust, raising funds for both Eagle Plaza and the San Francisco Leather Pride Contingent, is Sunday, April 28,from 2 to 8 pm.  Volunteers for this event are needed: you can sign up for a shift at https://volunteersignup.org/KAD9P.

On June 8, 9, 15 & 16 (Saturdays at noon & 3 PM, Sundays at 1 PM),  Eye Zen Presents “OUT of Site: SOMA”, a performance-driven, queer history walking tour!  From Native American Two-Spirit culture to the Folsom Street Fair, lesbian auto mechanics to labor activists, dock workers to drag queens, you’ll rediscover the hidden history of San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Read more about it here, then buy tickets ($10 – $45, NOTAFLOF) here,

Finally: Thursday, May 9, 2019 is the one year anniversary of the signing of the Resolution creating the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District.  We aren’t planning a celebration for this — maybe next year! — but feel free to raise a glass of any beverage, preferably at one of the fine eating and drinking establishments within the District, and toast the occasion!

Community Interests Survey

The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District can prioritize many different objectives. Please let us know which ones are most important to you, using the Community Interests Survey at https://forms.gle/aqjEQ8cpNHWrMBhK8.

This is a preliminary, informal survey, just 14 questions long, with room for you to add your own ideas about possible goals and objectives for our group.

Your answers are anonymous. Thanks very much for responding!

Welcome to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance has set up this Web site to assist the new “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District” in the SOMA area of San Francisco, to honor, support, and protect the unique and special culture that has flourished in this area.

We feel it is critical to this effort that anyone with any interest in the leather or kink community have a chance to learn about this project, and an opportunity to participate and offer their input and their opinions.

Huge thanks to Rachel Ryan & Nate Albee for initiating the Cultural District legislation!

There are lots of ways to get informed and involved:

  • Read this brief introduction, or the latest version of our brochure.
  • Click here to add your name to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District mailing list, to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend a Community Meeting.
  • Read the Resolution as approved by the Board of Supervisors, and signed by the Mayor on May 9, 2018, here.
  • Read the Vision and Mission Statements for the Cultural District here.
  • View a map of the Cultural District here.
  • Like the SF Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook. where you can view live streaming of community meetings.  
  • Join our Group on Fetlife.
  • Follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter
  • Write to our group’s Chairperson, Robert Goldfarb, using the email address  LCD@hellobob.net.

Let’s see what we can do to make this happen, and make it happen right!

Land the Eagle!

The SF Eagle’s Sixth Anniversary Party and Beer Bust on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 8 pm,  will be a fundraiser for both the Leather Pride Continent and the “Land The Eagle” campaign to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the “leather theme elements” of Eagle Plaza.

This is a major event, which will be held both in the bar AND in the street outside (the future site of Eagle Plaza).  So it will need lots of volunteers.  Sign up here!  And if you want to help with the beer service, get trained and certified here!

Eagle Plaza will be an important focal point for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, and donations at any level are welcome.  You can download the full informational brochure here, or visit the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” Web site here.

Outreach Committee Seeks Volunteers

The Outreach Committee of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District needs folks willing to help us in a number of projects:

1.  Atmosqueer

Are you free on the afternoon of Sunday, May 5, 2019?  Would you be willing to sit at a table at Strut on Castro and tell folks about the ways they can become involved with the Cultural District?  Atmosqueer is an annual LGBTQ community connection fair that help community members discover new activities, make new friends and have a lot of fun.  We’ll prepare you and give you brochures, a sign-up sheet, and such; all you really need to be able to do is smile.

2.  Outreach to Other Groups

Do you belong to any of the wonderful Leather- or LGBTQ- oriented groups or organizations in the Bay Area?  Would you be willing to take a few minutes at one of their meetings or events to tell them about the Cultural District?  We can prepare you, and give you brochures and other materials to share.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and it would be a big help!

3.  Represent us at Meetings

We also need folks to represent us at non-kinky, non-queer meetings and events:  We will need folks to liaison with the Western Soma Community Benefit District, SOMCAN (the South of Market Community Action Network) and attend the monthly meetings of the SoMa Community Council’s (SCC)’ Community Action Committee (CAC).  It may not be as much fun, but it is very important!  

4.  Other Outreach

Would you like to take on our “Twitter” account, and share occasional updates about our meetings, events, activities, and projects? Is there a place where you can put up posters announcing our meetings?  Or perhaps you have other ideas about how to help spread the word about the Cultural District.  Great!

If you would like to help in any of the above ways, or if you would like more information before deciding, please write to Outreach-chair@sflcd.org).