Board Nominations Now Open

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District will hold elections at its meeting on August 21, 2019, to select nine (9) individuals to serve as the initial Board of Directors for the Organization.

Directors will serve terms of up to three years.  Full information about Directors’ duties are included in the Bylaws.  At this time, any individual may be nominated to serve on the Board. You may nominate yourself, or nominate someone else.

To nominate yourself, click here.

To nominate someone else, click here.

If the above links do not work on your computer, you may simply send an email to, with the subject line “Nomination to Board”.  In the email, include:

  • The name of the person being nominated;
  • Their email address;
  • If it is a self-nomination, also include the following:
    • Which of the following constituencies within the District you believe that you represent (None is not a disqualification):
      • Residents / Families / Artists / Youth / Elders / Businesses (incl. employees) / Nonprofits / None.
    • A statement of roughly 500 words or less, regarding your qualifications, interests, past involvement, experience, availability, special skills, goals, and/or anything else that voters should know about you.


Our attorney has confirmed the following:

The procedures below are acceptable to elect our first Board.

The actions taken at our meeting on July 17, to both delay implementation of the bylaws until the board is seated and extend voting privileges (as described below) are acceptable.

  • Nominations are open until 5:00 pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
  • Anyone may be nominated and elected.
  • We ask nominees to identify the constituencies that they represent, because we are striving to have representation from each constituency that the Organization is designed to benefit.  However, each individual Director may represent several, or none, of these constituencies.
  • We will share each nominee’s statement when received.  The sooner you submit your nomination, the more people will have a chance to see it. We cannot guarantee that materials sent to us after 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 will be available to voters.
  • Nominees’ statements can be viewed at any time here.  Please review these statements before the 8/21 meeting.
  • Voting privileges at the August meeting are extended to anyone who has had voting privileges at any previous Community Meeting.  That means anyone who has attended any two of three consecutive monthly meetings (including the 8/21 meeting) is eligible to vote.
  • Payment of dues is not required to vote at this meeting.
  • Nine (9) Board seats are open for election.  Paper ballots will be provided at the meeting. Each voter can vote for 9 individuals. The top 9 vote-getters who receive 50%+1 of ballots cast will be elected to the board. If there is a tie vote resulting in more than 9 candidates qualifying for the board, an additional round of voting will be held among only the tied candidates. If less than 9 candidates receive 50%+1 of ballots cast, a single additional round of voting will be held among only the candidates with less than 50%+1 of ballots cast. If there are still less than 9 candidates elected, the board will proceed with the number of people elected.
  • Following the election of the Board, any Director may nominate themself for the office of President.  Election of the President will take place immediately afterwards, and will require a majority vote of the eligible voters (as defined above) present.
  • Immediately following the election of the President, Directors may nominate themselves for the officer positions of: Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  The Board members will then vote among themselves for the officer positions. Directors may only hold one officer position.

The election of the Initial Board will take place
at the Community Meeting
on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 7:00 pm,
in Room 204 of the SF LGBT Community Center,
1800 Market Street (at Octavia) , in San Francisco.

Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Timely Reminders

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 7:00 pm, in Room 204 of the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street (at Octavia) , in San Francisco.

Please note the location.

Please use public transportation to access The SF LGBT 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 full agenda for the meeting will be distributed in advance.  The venue is fully ADA accessible, and all are welcome.  If you are unable to attend, you may be able to watch and comment here.

This meeting will include the election of our initial Board of Directors.  For full information about nominations and the election, please click here.    To view the current list of nominee statements, click here.

We will also be discussing selection of a logo for the Cultural District.  Relevant documents are available:

Logo Submissions Poll

Logo Submissions (PDF)

Logo Submissions as Powerpoint (PPT)

Logos — Stationery Size

The draft bylaws of the meeting of July 17, 2019 can be viewed here, and video of that meeting can be viewed here.  At that meeting, the Bylaws were approved, to go into effect following the election of the Board of Directors at the August 21, 2019 meeting.  You can view the Approved Bylaws here.

As you can see, this will be an important meeting.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Click here for more information about all our meetings, or click here to open our calendar.  (Tip:  Open any event you want to attend, and click “More Actions” to copy the event to your own personal Google Calendar.)

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, September 11, 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 meeting. The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 are available for your review here.  Please contact the committee chair for more info!

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

Job Opportunity – Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Manager

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is seeking applicants to fill the full-time position of District Manager, to work with Board, staff and volunteers to preserve and promote San Francisco’s new Cultural District as a local, national, and international resource for present and future Leather and LGBTQ individuals, businesses and organizations, and to protect and expand Leather and LGBTQ-friendly housing, commerce, cultural resources, and spaces.

Applicants should align with the District’s Vision and Mission, and must have proven expertise in organizational leadership and management, program development and administration, contract negotiation, public speaking, grant writing, budgeting, fundraising, and working with diverse stakeholders. Experience with San Francisco’s Leather and LGBTQ communities, knowledge of neighborhood history and concerns, nonprofit experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and MS Office and/or GSuite application proficiency all preferred. Good salary and benefits. Full job description at Apply by August 14, 2019, with resume and references, to:

Welcome to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  Thanks for your interest in the new “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, recently 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, or the latest version of our 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 monthly Open Community 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 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 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 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.
  • View a map of the Cultural District here.
  • Like the SF Leather and LGBTQ 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

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

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. 

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