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 Leather 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 Cultural District mailing list, to be notified of meetings and other events, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend the Community Meetings (see below).
  • 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 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.)
  • 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!

 

Plans to be Shown for the New Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro

Andrea Aiello, Executive Director of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, has updated us on the Harvey Milk Plaza project.  The plan has received great feedback and support, and generated lots of comment and discussion, as it was presented at its first SF Arts Commission hearing last week.

Anyone involved in the Leather Cultural District — and anyone else — is invited to attend the 2nd Open House for The New Harvey Milk Plaza at the Castro Art Walk on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m., at 3989 17th Street (the old Wild Card building, next door to Orphan Andy’s).

You can view the renderings, and a special video animation of the new plaza design, showing off the significant community gathering spaces built into the design. The members of the planning group, Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, will be available to answer any questions, and wine and cheese will be served.

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

The next Community Meetings to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District are set for Wednesdays, November 14, and December 19, 2018, at 7:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

Click the buttons below to add these events to your Google Calendar:

November 14, 2018   

December 19, 2018   

January 16, 2019

February 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

April 17, 2019

May 15, 2019

June 19, 2019

July 17, 2019

August 21, 2019

September 18, 2019

The draft minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2018 will be posted as soon as they are available.  You can view a live stream of (at least the first 45 minutes of) that meeting here.

The draft minutes of the meeting of September 19, 2018 can be downloaded here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of August 15, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here(Note:  The recording starts with about 8 minutes of dead air, and is cut off abruptly after roughly 2 hours.  Apologies for these glitches.)

The minutes of the meeting of July 18, 2018 can be found here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.

You can view the minutes of the meeting of June 20, 2018 here.  You can view a live stream of that meeting here.  The Board Structure that we approved at that meeting can be seen here.

The 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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Committees

The District has a number of standing Committees hard at work, and your participation is welcome.

If you are currently receiving emails regarding the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, you can check on or change your membership on the various Committees, (including the Land Use, Governance and Outreach Committees, as well as the new Nightlife/Entertainment, Business, and Organizations Committees) by using the update your preferences link at the very bottom of any email you receive from us.

If you are NOT receiving our emails, you should fix that by signing up here, and indicating which Committees you are interested in.

You can also express interest in serving on the Nominating Committee, but participation on that Committee will be probably be limited under the District Bylaws, which are still being finalized.

You can also sign up for our Committees at any of our open Community Meetings, listed above.

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Outreach Committee

The next Outreach Committee meeting will scheduled soon.

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Land Use Committee

The next Land Use Committee meetings are scheduled for November 8 and December 13, starting at 7:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

 

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Legislative Committee

Legislative Committee meetings are scheduled when needed.

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 Governance Committee meetings will be held on Wednesday, October 24, November 7, November 21, and December 5, 2018.  All meetings will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, in San Francisco unless otherwise announced.

Click the buttons below to add these events to your Google Calendar:

October 24, 2018   

November 7, 2018   

If you wish to be on this Committee, please sign up here. Note that the Governance Committee deals with lots of documents.  To view those documents, click here to join the Leather District Slack team.

Recent meetings of the the Governance Committee were held on Wednesday, August 22 and 29, September 12, and October 10, 2018, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, in San Francisco.  Because these meetings focused on editing of various draft Bylaws documents, formal minutes were not prepared.

Notes on the Governance Committee meeting of Tuesday, July 10th, can be downloaded here.

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.

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NOTES:

All our meetings are free and open to all.  Unless otherwise announced, our meetings are held at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

Catalyst can be made wheelchair-accessible. Please write to the Committee Chair, or LCD@hellobob.net, a couple of days in advance to request it.

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.  If you are already receiving “MailChimp” messages from us, use the “update your preferences” link at the very bottom of one of those messages to review and adjust your memberships.

Prop E: Arts for Everyone

Proposition E is a local ballot measure that aims to restore funding for arts and culture in San Francisco through the Hotel Tax. It will allocate a portion of the projected revenue increase of the Hotel Tax to fund development of cultural equity programs for underserved communities, arts programming, and funding for Cultural Districts and Cultural Centers in San Francisco, benefiting ALL San Franciscans.

For information about Proposition E, and how you can get involved, please attend our Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Community Meeting on October 17, or visit Arts For Everyone SF .  To volunteer to help contact voters about Prop E, click hereThanks!

Arts Commission Grants Offered

Here’s a valuable tip for local artists:

Robynn Takayama, of the San Francisco Arts Commission, has let us know that the Commission is accepting applications from San Francisco residents who have lived in SF continuously for two years and have a project in visual art, literary art, or media art. These grants are for individual artists in literary arts, media arts, and visual arts. The application deadline is Nov. 8 at noon.

There will be a workshop to learn about applying one of these grants, courtesy of the SOMA Pilipinas cultural district.  Lian Ladia, the SFAC Ambassador in SOMA Pilipinas, is organizing a grant writing circle to support artists and arts organizations who are working on SFAC applications, both within SOMA Pilipinas and from the other Cultural Districts!

The “SFAC Grant Writing Circle” will review the SFAC application process and documentation, and will discuss helpful tips for your application-writing process.  The Circle will meet on Monday, October 22, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the BAYANIHAN Center, 1010 Mission.  Please RSVP to Lian at lian@plantingrice.com, as space is limited to 15 people.

Thank you SOMA Pilipinas for your leadership!