Victory Party Planned!

The district-wide party to celebrate our victory and the creation of the Leather Cultural District will happen on Tuesday evening, June 12, 2018.

  • The festivities will begin with a “meet and greet” at Mr. S. Leather at 6:00 pm.  Expect some nice nibbles!
  • At 7:00 pm we gather at The Stud for formal welcomes and a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • From 8:00 to 9:00 pm, celebrants will disperse to all their favorite Leathertown venues, including the Lone Star Saloon, Powerhouse Bar, the Hole in the Wall Saloon, the Oasis, and several others. Some folks may try to “crawl’ to all locations, but each venue will be offering us their own style of welcome and refreshment, so hit as many as you can, and then
  • At 9:00 pm, we all reconvene at the SF Eagle for a Champagne Toast, cake-cutting, and further festivities.

Wear your leather or gear if you can.

Please check out the Facebook Event here.  Let us know you plan to attend.  Share it in your timeline or Group page; invite your FB Friends, talk about it with your RL Friends, etc….

Volunteers will be needed, both to help with preparations and on the evening.  Please contact Steve if you want to help, or have any questions.  Donations to help defray party costs can be made c/o the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.

Note that we have two versions of our event poster, shown below.  Feel free to share whichever and wherever you like!

Victory Party June 12 2018

 

(A high-resolution PDF version is available for printing here.)

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 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 Resolution as approved by the Board of Supervisors, and signed by the Mayor on May 9, 2018, here.
  • Attend the Community Meetings (see below).
  • Read the Vision and Mission Statements for the district here.
  • 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!

 

Map of District

We are working on a map showing the District Boundaries and some of the important current and former LGBTQ and Leather businesses in and around it.  You can view and interact with it below, or on Google Maps here.  Historic sites are based on the published work of Gayle Rubin, to whom we are very grateful.  Errors are our own, however, and may be reported to web@leatheralliance.org.

Community Meetings Continue

A Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District was held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 6:30 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

The draft minutes of that meeting can be found here, and you can view a live stream of it here.

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 6:30 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

 

Leather Cutural District Vote Gets Major Coverage

The resolution to create a Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District in the South of Market neighborhood passed its first reading by the Board of Supervisors unanimously, with some nice comments from Supervisors Kim and Ronen.  (Video here, 0:06:30 through 0:08:40).

There was extensive press coverage of this achievement, both locally and nationally:  Articles by Janie Har of the Associated Press (here and here) were both picked up widely, including by the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Reporting by Carolyn Tyler was shown on ABC 7 News on Tuesday evening and there was a follow-up story in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday.  A story by Joshua Sabatini in the San Francisco Examiner is already receiving some thoughtful comments. There’s also a fun write-up in  Pink News (World Edition)., and another in London’s Gay Star NewsKTVU Fox News‘ Rob Roth did a report as well.  

The resolution was scheduled to get its final vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2018; however, that hearing was waived, and the bill was signed by the Mayor on May 9, 2018. 

An article about Cultural Districts, including ours, appeared in the Chronicle on May 21, 2018, and can be viewed here.

 

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

The next few Community Meetings to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District are set for Wednesday, June 20, and July 18, 2018, at 6:30 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

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

June 20, 2018   

July 18, 2018   

The draft minutes of the meeting of May 16, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

Minutes of the Community Meeting of April 18, 2018 can be found here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of March 14, 2018 can be seen here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here.

Notes from the Community Meeting of February 19, 2018, are available here.  You can view the live-streamed video of that meeting here

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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Outreach Committee

The next Outreach Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018,  at 6:30 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.  At that meeting we will begin planning the party to celebrate and announce the birth of our new District!

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Legislative Committee

The next Legislative Committee meeting will be scheduled soon.

Notes from the Legislative Committee meeting of March 7, 2018 may be viewed here.

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.

Notes from the Governance Committee meetings of February 9 and 28, March 12 and 29, and April 11, will be posted if available.

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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To receive emails announcing meetings, and other important information , please visit http://eepurl.com/djdUyf to join the mailing list.  Be sure to indicate the Committees in which you are interested.

More Documents

Here are a few key documents relating to the Leather District Project:

First, the current draft of the resolution here,

Next a map of the proposed district here.

Third, a draft of the proposed Cultural Districts Legislation.

Other documents and discussion threads are available on a Slack workgroup.  You can join Slack and see those files and join that interactive discussion here.

Thanks!

 

Links to Documents

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

http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/feature-culture/folsom-and-jetsam/

http://hoodline.com/2017/09/lgbqt-leather-cultural-district-proposed-for-soma

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.