Welcome to the San Francisco Leather Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance has set up this Web site to support community-wide efforts to create a “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 Leather Cultural District legislation!

There are lots of ways to get informed and involved:

  • Read this brief introduction.
  • Read the text of the proposed legislation, here.
  • Attend the Community Meetings.
  • Join the Leather District Slack team, where you can engage more interactively.  (After joining, you can participate using the Slack app on your desktop or mobile device, or just browse to leatherdistrict.slack.com.)
  • Click here to add your name to the Leather Cultural District mailing list, to be notified of meetings and other events, or volunteer your skills.
  • Like the SF Leather Cultural District on Facebook. where you can view live streaming of community meetings.  
  • 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!


Community Meetings

Community Meetings

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather District is set for Monday, February 19, 2018, at 6:30 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Streeet. You can view the proposed agenda here.

Click the button below to add this event to your Google Calendar:

Want to help publicize this meeting?  Feel free to print and share this file.

Notes from the Community Meeting of January 6, 2018, will be posted soon.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

Notes from the meeting of November 29, 2017, are available here.  Another set of notes are available here.

Notes from the meeting of November 20, 2017 can be viewed here.

Notes from the meeting of November 14, 2017 can be viewed here.

You may view video of the community meetings — live streaming or recorded — at our Facebook Group here

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Legislative Committee

The next Legislative Committee meeting is set for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street, SF CA 94103.

Click the button below to add this event to your Google Calendar:

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of February 12, 2018 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meetings of January 4 and January 30, 2018 should be available soon.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 21, 2017 may be viewed here.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of December 5, 2017 are available here.

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Governance Committee

The next meeting of the Governance Committee will be scheduled soon.  Watch for a Doodle poll to help select a date.

The notes from the Governance Committee meeting of Friday, February 9, 2018, will be posted soon.

The notes from the Governance Committee meeting of Friday, February 2, 2018, can be found here.

The notes from the Governance Committee meeting of Thursday, January 25, 2018, can be found here.

Note that the Governance Committee deal with lots of documents.  To view those documents, click here to join the Leather District Slack team.

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For full info on meetings, visit our forum.

To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information , please visit http://tinyurl.com/leatherculturecontact to join the mailing list.

More Documents

Here are more documents relating to the Leather District Project:

First, the latest (11/6/17) version of the resolution.

Next, a map of the proposed leather cultural distict.

Third, a draft of the proposed Cultural Districts Legislation.

These are static PDF files.  You are invited to post your comments and discussion regarding these documents in the open Forums on this Web site.

Other relevant background materials and discussion threads are available on a Slack workgroup.  You can join Slack and see those files and join that interactive discussion here.   [Link good until approximately 12/8/2017.]



Links to Documents

Just to get things started, here are a couple of articles regarding the proposed district:



As I understand it, the original resolution is #171019, introduced 9/19/2017, sponsored by Jane Kim and Jeff Sheehy, titled “Resolution establishing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Leather Cultural District with the intent of commemorating historical sites, preserving existing spaces, and planning for thriving and vibrant communities that are LGBTQ and Leather affirming.”  You can read the original text of it here.

Our Committees have been making recommendations for changes to the resolution; the latest text reflecting those changes can be found here.

On 9/26/17 it was “referred to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for informational purposes.” and is currently “Pending Committee Action”.  You can read about that here:

You can follow the progress of this resolution (I believe) here.