Join A Committee!

You are cordially invited and encouraged to join any of  the active Committees of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District:

Special expertise and relevant experience and skills are welcome, but they are not required. What is more important is that you represent our community with common sense and a sincere desire to help.

Your time commitment need not be great — even just a couple of hours per month could be enough. But the role and responsibility you will have in guiding our group will be a large and important one.

For these Committees– as for all our District’s work — getting a diverse cross-section of our kinky and queer communities to join in is important. Please help us make sure that we reflect and respond to your interests — as an individual, and as a representative of other trans folks, younger folks, non-binary folks, POCs, or any other element of our broad and beautiful L&LGBTQ spectrum.

You can join any of these Committees most easily by clicking on the words “update your preferences” at the very bottom of any “Mailchimp” email message you get from us.   If you are NOT currently receiving those emails, you can sign up at http://eepurl.com/djdUyf, and indicate your committee interests at the same time.  

You can also sign up for Committees at any of our open Community Meetings.  Or write to the Committee chair listed above for more information or to join.

Upcoming Meetings

Here is a quick summary of some upcoming meetings.  See the post entitled “General Community and Committee Meetings”  for details, minutes, etc:

The next Land Use Committee meeting is set for Thursday December 13, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street, SF CA 94102.

The next Governance Committee meeting is set for Sunday, January 6, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm, at SF Catalyst.

The next Outreach Committee meeting will be scheduled soon.

The next full Community Meeting (aka the “General Assembly” or “Membership Meeting”) is set for Wednesday December 19, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm, at SF Catalyst.

Stakeholder Committees

We also plan to have three “Stakeholder Committees”.

  • Nightlife Committee
  • Business Committee
  • Organizations Committee

These Committees have not yet met or had a chairperson assigned to them, but they will be tasked to identify and follow up on issues relevant to them, and bring those issues to the Board or membership for action.  Also, once the Bylaws are complete and we are ready to elect our Board of Directors, each of these Committees will identify and recommend people to serve in the “Reserved” seats on the Board.

Nominating Committee

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.

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.

SF 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.

Once again, 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 Committee(s) 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.

Steering Committee Proposal

Good day everyone.

Please see below the Steering Committee proposal. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the committee as an at large member, you can do so via email to lcdnominations@leatheralliance.org.

Nominations will be accepted at the beginning of the next Community meeting as well. Those nominated will be contacted directly to find out if they’d like to accept – please include contact information. If you have questions – please post below or to the nominations email and someone will respond. Thanks!

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Steering Committee Proposal: The L+CD Steering committee shall function as the interim executive body of the L+CD. The Steering committee will enact the bylaws upon approval of our membership, then prepare and facilitate the elections of board members according to enacted bylaws.

The committee will be comprised of 7 members. Chairs of standing committees will represent their committee. If any committee has multiple chairs, these chairs shall choose one member to represent the committee.

The Steering committee will be comprised of the following members:

Legislative Chair
Outreach Chair
Governance Chair
Land Use Chair
Financial Chair
2 at-large members nominated from within the membership.

The steering committee’s activities will stop, and the committee will be disbanded, upon election of board members as described in the bylaws. Duties of the interim Steering Committee include: Will provide guidance on different issues such as budgets, new endeavors, agencies, policies, and outreach strategies.

The committee shall also function as the interim executive body of the L+CD. The committee will enact the bylaws upon approval of our membership, then prepare and facilitate the elections of board members according to enacted bylaws.

The committee will facilitate the creation of Stakeholder and Nominating Committees. The committee will be required to meet at minimum once a month, no less than one week before the General Meeting.

Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the process by which the steering committee conducts its business. [added 11/21/2018]

The general membership shall have the right to over-turn any steering committee decision. [added 12/5/2018]

Qualifications for nomination of the 2 members at large:

A current voting member who has been at a total of at least 5 general meetings.

You will be asked to state why you would want to be on the committee/why you accept a nomination for being on the committee.

Voting will be done on a paper ballot by writing two names of the people you believe are best for the 2 members at large seats.

Bob G. + Leather Alliance rep (not currently a voting member) will count votes so as to be impartial to the outcome.

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.  
  • 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!

 

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 7:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.  Meeting dates for 2019 are listed below.

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

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 November 14, 2018 will be posted soon.  You can view a live stream of the last 90 minutes of) that meeting here.

The minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2018 can be downloaded here. You can view a live stream of (the first 45 minutes of) that meeting here.

The 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 be scheduled soon.

December 11, 2018   

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Land Use Committee

The next Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for December 13, starting at 7:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

An outline of the functions and structure of the Land Use Committee can be viewed here.

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Finance  Committee

The Finance Committee meeting is currently being formed, so this is a great time to join!  The best way is to use 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 sign up here, and indicating which Committees you are interested in.

Special finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Please contact Bob if you have questions or a special interest in this aspect of the District’s work.

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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 work day is set for Sunday, June 6, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

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

January 6, 2019   

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.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of December 5, 2018, can be downloaded here.

The approved minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of November 28, 2018, can be downloaded here.

The minutes of the Governance Committee meeting of November 21, 2018, can be downloaded here.

Meetings of the the Governance Committee were also held on August 22 and 29, September 12, and October 10, 2018, at SF Catalyst.  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.

It’s a Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Open House!

Enjoy an evening of food and conversation with the folks who are developing the new Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District here in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.

Come for the food!  Explore what the District can do!  Let us know what you want it to do!

Sign up to serve on one of our exciting Committees!

Earn the right to vote for the District’s Board of Directors!

Eat!  Talk!  Laugh!  Eat some more!

It’s free!

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Something may start happening at 7:00 pm
We kick you out at 9:00 pm

At SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), San Francisco, CA 94103.

This event will be wheelchair-accessible.

NOTE REGARDING SMOKE:

At this time, it seems likely that the Air Quality in San Francisco will be RED (Unhealthy) on Sunday. Obviously we do NOT wish you to endanger your health or safety to attend this event.

FYI, the SF Catalyst space is securely enclosed and has not been uncomfortable in recent days. There are fans to circulate the air, but no exhaust fans, filtering, or air purification systems.

As of now, we DO plan to be there to welcome, feed, and talk with you. If you can’t attend, we understand. If conditions are unhealthy, or if no one attends, we may end the event early. We also might schedule a replacement event in the weeks to come.

Thanks for understanding. Stay healthy, and keep breathing!

Click here to add this event to your Google Calendar   

Click here for printable flyer!

 

Eagle Plaza Moves Closer to Reality

At a recent Leather District Community Meeting , Mark Bonsignore of the San Francisco Parks Alliance updated us on the progress of the Eagle Plaza Project.

Located directly in front of the SF Eagle Tavern on 12th Street at Harrison, Eagle Plaza will be a new public gathering space in San Francisco’s Western SoMa neighborhood: a green, safe and well-cared-for shared pedestrian way for relaxing, gathering and celebrating LGBTQ, leather, and community.  Their motto:  A New Community Plaza and a Celebration of LGBTQ Heritage.

Both planning and fund-raising efforts are proceeding well, but the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” invite the involvement and support of anyone who cares about our District.  You can sign up to be kept informed here, or download their Donor Information Packet here.