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 one of our monthly Open Community Meetings.
  • 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!

Timely Reminders

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, July 17, 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 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 in advance.

The draft minutes of the June meetings will be available soon.

Click here for more information about our meetings, or click here to open our calendar.  (Tip:  Open any event you want to attend, and click “More Actions” to copy the event to your own personal Google Calendar.)


The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from  7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.  Contact the committee chair for more info!


The Pride Parade and Festival is Sunday, June 30, 2019.  This year’s theme is “Generations of Resistance”.  

Marching with the Leather Pride Contingent would be a great way to show ourselves.  If you would like to join the fun, please take the Contingent Monitor Training here.

For information on when and where to show up that Sunday morning, keep an eye on the Leather Contingent Web site, here.  or their Facebook page here.  For more info on the parade and celebration, click here.


The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District (together with the Castro LGBT Cultural District) will have a booth at the SF Pride Festival on both Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.  We need a full complement of volunteers to staff the booth through both days, distributing our brochure and encouraging folks to sign up for our email list.  If you have an hour or two free that weekend, please sign up here If you need a bit more information first, click here, or contact our Outreach chair to discuss.


Leather Alley is a very special, very kinky part of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration.  Read all about it here.

Volunteers are very much needed.  Attend the planning meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 7 pm, at SF Catalyst (details here), sign up here, or write to volunteer@leatheralley.net for more info or to discuss.

And be sure to visit Leather Alley on Sunday, June 30, 2019.  (You must be 18+ to visit Leather Alley. A donation is requested. All proceeds benefit the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance.)


Sunday Streets SOMA” will once again transform 1.3 miles of Folsom Street,  — from Essex to 10th Street — into open pedestrian space, including a block or two set aside for the Leather Community to show off!  Please mark your calendars now for this:  Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm.  Scroll down or click here for more info on getting involved in the planning, and the fun.

Are You On Our Email List?

Having people on our mailing list is critical:  When there’s a hearing at City Hall, or a “Town Hall” event to discuss a new development, a good turnout can make all the difference. 

So please, let us contact you when we need you!  You’ll also get notices about our monthly meetings and other events, but not too many, we promise.

Click here to add your name to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District mailing list.  You can also request to receive notices about specific Committee meetings, if you like. 

Want to share the address with your friends?  Here it is again: http://eepurl.com/djdUyf .  

Sunday Streets Returns to SOMA

The “Sunday Streets” phenomenon returns to Folsom Street on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm, creating 1.3 miles of temporary open space — from Essex to 10th Street — for the community to enjoy.

Once again, the Leather Community will take over a portion of the street — probably between 8th and 10th Streets — to introduce the community to our organizations and activities, and to enjoy a car-free afternoon with our neighbors.

Both the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District are planning to participate, and other local organizations of all kinds are also welcome to join in:  visit http://sundaystreetssf.com/get-involved/exhibitors/ to sign up (their deadline is July 27.)  All kinds of exhibitors are welcome:  information booths, physical activity, arts and crafts, art installations, music/dance/cultural performance, food sampling, voter education/political campaigning, or other creative interactivity with the public.

Please “save the day” for this. August 18, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm . (It will be part of the Leather Alliance Weekend festivities, fitting in between the Contests on Saturday evening, and the Victor Beer Bust later Sunday.

Please contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org to discuss how you OR your organization can be part of the fun.

You can also plan to attend a planning meeting with the folks of Livable City (the producers of Sunday Streets throughout San Francisco), on July 12th and/or 26th, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Livable City offices at 325 8th St #235.  And for more info about “Sunday Streets SF” , visit their Web site.

Bylaws Close to Completion!

Based on the agreements reached at the recent Facilitated Discussion, and additional discussion at the June 19 Community Meeting, we are pleased to announce that the Proposed Bylaws are “more or less” ready to be submitted to our attorney for final review.

You can view the latest draft on our Google Drive.  (If you have a sflcd.org account, open http://drive.sflcd.org with your sflcd.org credentials,then browse to the “Shared files | General | Governance | [Current] Working Files” folder.

If you do not have such an account, you can still view the files, using these links:

PDF File, showing changes from the widely-distributed version dated March 19, 2019:
[Markup from Previous] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).pdf

PDF File, incorporating all my recommended changes:
[Draft] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).pdf

PDF file, same as above, but using a font made for ease of decoding for dyslexic readers:
[Draft] [OpenDyslexic Font] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).pdf

Microsoft Word file, same content as above,
[Draft] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).docx

Please note that these documents are still undergoing some final edits.  If you spot errors of any kind, please report them to spencer.watson@sflcd.org,

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 the Mayor, two Supervisors, our own Bob Goldfarb, and numerous other civic leaders all wielding shovels to start the construction.  Attendance was excellent, and press coverage was strong and positive (see links below).

Attendees also took this opportunity to buy tickets for the Eagle Plaza Raffle, and Eagle Plaza commemorative pins.  (Full raffle rules and prize details are at http://eagleplazaraffle.com.)

 

Links:

Bay Area Reporter

SF Examiner

SF Chronicle (online)

SF Chronicle (print)

Curbed SF

SFist

Help Land the Eagle!

To date, the Friends of Eagle Plaza have raised over $80,000 of the $150k total that they need to do the Plaza the way we all want it.

But a few more big donations are needed to complete all the “leather theme elements” planned for Eagle Plaza.

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.

Also, be sure to buy your tickets for the Eagle Plaza Raffle! You could win a brand new 2019 Iron 883 Black Demo Harley Davidson Motorcycle, a trip for two to Mexico, VIP ticket packages for IMrL 2020, or tags for Lazy Bear Week 2019 or 2020.   Tickets are available at SF Eagle, or from authorized ticket sellers.  Full rules and details at eagleplazaraffle.com!

Help Eagle Plaza – Win Harley!

Would you like to help create the world’s first Leather-LGBTQ public space, and possibly win a new 2019 Iron 883 Black Demo Harley Davidson motorcycle or one of several other great prizes? 

I thought you would!

Then buy your tickets to the Eagle Plaza Raffle!  Tickets are $10 each, $11 if paying by credit card, and an absolute maximum of 20,000 tickets will be sold — probably a lot fewer than that — so the odds of winning are pretty good.  Besides the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, prizes include a trip for two to Mexico (Flight, Hotel & Tequila Country Tour included), a VIP package to attend International Mr. Leather 2020, or Bear Tags for Lazy Bear Week, (In each case, you can take cash instead of the prize.)  Full rules are at eagleplazaraffle.org.

Tickets cannot be purchased on line; please buy them at the SF Eagle bar, or from authorized ticket sellers, including our Outreach Chair, David Hyman.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 27, the day before the Up Your Alley street fair.  You do NOT have to be present to win, although we’d love to watch you accept the motorcycle at Up Your Alley!  

Of course you know about Eagle Plaza.  (If not, please visit eagleplaza.org immediately.)   Although the main cost of building and maintaining the plaza is being funded by an adjacent building developer, the Friends of Eagle Plaza is hoping to raise the last $150,000 to add all the “leather themed amenities” that will make the plaza special.  They are accepting donations of all sizes, and they are also organizing this raffle, in association with the SF Parks Alliance, the San Francisco Eagle, the Bears of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.

Although not formally associated with the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, Eagle Plaza will be a key feature of it, and will probably be the site of the Cultural District’s Second Birthday Party next May, and many other community events.  So please help make it a great space… and maybe win yourself a Harley!

Calendar

We have a new Calendar of Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District events:

You can view this calendar at any time with this link.

You can add this calendar to your own Google Calendar using one of these links:

Google Calendar

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For reference, the actual Calendar ID is:
sflcd.org_ej706qsj1okut4snim163icukc@group.calendar.google.com

This calendar is publicly accessible, regardless of login.  Committee chairs (with sflcd.org email addresses) should have the ability to add and edit events.

Google calendars are powerful but tricky.  Please contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org or help@sflcd.org if you need assistance.

Enjoy!