Timely Reminders

If you just learned about San Francisco’s Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District at the recent events in and around Folsom Street…. Welcome!

Please explore below for information about the Cultural District.  If you signed up on our mailing list, watch for an email  some time this week.  If you don’t receive that email, that means either you didn’t sign up, OR we didn’t read your email address correctly.  So please visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf and sign up for yourself.

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for October 16, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.  Community members are welcome to attend. Please note the special meeting time.  The preliminary agenda will be available a few days before the meeting.  The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.

The SF LGBT Center is fully ADA compliant. Please use public transportation to access the 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 next Outreach and Events Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from  7 to 9 PM. , in the back bar of the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.  The meeting is open to anyone 21+, and the space is wheelchair accessible.  No need to RSVP.

Our agenda will include:

  • Feedback and self-evaluation of recent outreach events
  • Planning for marketing / branding project
  • Report and discussion of Web site / Customer Relations Management project
  • Ideas for upcoming parties and events

Please contact the committee chair for more info!

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from  7 to 9 PM., at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.

An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting, along with the minutes of the August and September meetings. The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 are available for your review here.  Please contact the committee chair for more info!

The OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2019 will happen on October 19, 2019 12:30-4:30pm, at Eureka Valley Recreation Center 100 Collingwood at 18th St.  This is the largest LGBTQ resource fair in San Francisco, with over 150 groups serving the Bay Area LGBTQ community expected, FREE entrance, food, door prizes, gaming, entertainment & more fun!  Please sign up here to help with setup, staffing or teardown of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District information table, or contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org to discuss.

Welcome to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  Thanks for your interest in the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, created by the City of San Francisco, to honor, support, and protect the unique and special culture that has flourished in the South of Market area.

We encourage anyone with an interest in the leather or kink community to learn about this project, and participate however they can.

There are lots of ways to get informed and involved:

  • Read this brief introduction.
  • View our original (2018) brochure, or our new (September 2019) color brochure.
  • Click here to add your name to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District email list, to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend one of our semi-annual  Membership Meetings.
  • Attend (as a guest) one of our monthly Board Meetings.
  • Consider joining our Land Use Committee.  (Involvement options range from occasionally showing up at a meeting in City Hall, to researching city archives, to handling critical negotiations with planners and developers.  Having special skills in real estate or civic planning would be great, but it’s not required.  More info is here; contact land-use-chair@sflcd.org to join the Committee.)
  • Consider joining our Outreach and Events Committee.  (Help spread the word about our District, and plan our participation in local street fairs and other events.   View a typical meeting agenda here; contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org to join this Committee.)
  • Consider joining our Finance Committee.  (Finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Participation is limited to voting members of the District, but do contact finance-chair@sflcd.org for information or to join.)
  • 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.
  • Read our full organizational Bylaws, here.
  • View a map of the Cultural District here.
  • Check out our calendar of Cultural District meetings and events, here.
  • Like and follow the SF Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook.  
  • Join our Group on Fetlife.
  • Follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Robert Goldfarb, using the email address president@sflcd.org or more generally to info@sflcd.org.  

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

Office Space Sought

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is looking for a small office in the SOMA area.  This would be a place of operations for staff and community leaders to work out of.   We are looking for: 

  • 300-500 square feet
  • 1-2 workstation setup
  • ADA-compliant / wheelchair accessible
  • Access to a conference or meeting room for our monthly Board meetings
  • Some storage space
  • It would be nice to have access to a kitchenette & bathroom
  • Mailing address would be nice
  • Location within (or near to) our Cultural District is important.  That is roughly bounded by Howard, 7th, Street, and Highways 101 and 80.  (The actual District map can be viewed here.)

We are hoping to find either a low-cost or donated space.  An otherwise vacant storefront would be ideal, as it would increase our visibility and accessibility by the local community.  We would be happy to look at subleases or coexisting with other organizations.  

If you have information about a possible location, or would like more information or to discuss, please contact land-use-chair@sflcd.org.

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 .  

SFLCD Offers Fun and Info at Folsom

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District’s booth at the Folsom Street Fair on 9/29/2019 was a great hit, visited by hundreds of fairgoers, who received info about the Cultural District while playing games, winning swag, and reminiscing about the places in our District where they had lived, worked, and played.

Our thanks to the volunteers who helped staff the booth, and to the many folks who signed up on our mailing list while there.  Look for an email of welcome in the coming week or so.

Pup shows where he met his handlers, with David Hyman and Tre Allen. (Photo courtesy of Tre.)

The Fair was also an opportunity for the District to show off its new (interim) logo:

Interim logo for District. This is NOT a high-resolution image, so please do not copy and use elsewhere. High-quality images will be available soon.

Board members explained that the decision was made to use this logo, along with the horizontal version of it, on an interim basis. pending the completion of a full “Marketing and Branding” plan.   Watch this Web site for updates!

Cultural District Manager Now on Board

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to welcome our new Cultural District Manager, Beth “Bicoastal” Hunt. Beth is a SOMA resident, performer, host, event planner, and most recently, now a mother. She was 1st Runner up Ms. SF Leather 2013, and Leather Marshal for the 2017 PRIDE parade. Beth is a community activist, and loves to assist her local clubs and organizations. She was a Co-Producer of Leatherwalk for 5 years, and served as a Board Associate for Folsom Street Events. Beth co-founded the volunteer group Haus of Starfish and has worked with the SF Eagle for the last 4 years. She has an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy and comes with over 10 years experience working in the non-profit sector, as well as volunteering at community events and fundraising. Beth identifies as a bi/queer woman, and uses the pronouns she/her/hers. You can write to Beth at manager@sflcd.org.

Beth “Bicoastal” Hunt