It’s official: the “Sunday Streets” event on August 19th will take over Folsom Street, stretching from a kiddy hub below 2nd Street to the adult/leather hub from 8th to 10th Street.
OK, what is this “Sunday Streets” thing? It’s a series of free, fun events empowering local communities to transform 1-4 miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect, and neighbors to meet. You can read all about it at sundaystreetssf.com: no cars, and no outside vendors or fundraisers; just local community folks doing their thing.
Now here’s where we fit in: For the August 19 event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District have each agreed to “adopt” the intersections of 8th and Folsom and 9th and Folsom respectively, sending out our volunteers to greet and welcome locals and visitors alike, offer them information and entertainments of various kinds, and let them know that we are a part of the neighborhood and the community.
We have some great ideas for making the event fun: flagging lessons; a clothes check for sun-lovers; an STI testing truck; a puppy mosh; gay/bi men’s wrestling; a visit from the Imperial Court and/or the Sisters of P.I.; line dancing; voter registration; a whip-cracking demo; the possibilities are endless!
And of course all our local queer and kinky businesses and organizations will be invited to take part in various ways: some organizations may just provide a banner or a stack of organizational brochures, businesses along the Folsom Street route may have their own outposts in the street, there may even be a “passport stamping” promotion involving local businesses.
All in all, it will be great fun, and also a great way to boost the visibility of — and support for — the new Cultural District among our South of Market neighbors and other San Francisco residents and visitors.
But it will take lots of people helping to make this event happen. First and foremost we need a whole bunch of volunteers to be our “Intersection Troops” — you can sign up to volunteer here, and be sure to include your t-shirt size and indicate that you want to be part of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District troop!
If you are a business located within one block of Folsom Street, you should definitely consider signing up as an Exhibitor. You should also sign up to appear on the “Shop Local” map that will be distributed a the event.
Musical, dance, or cultural performers are also encouraged to sign up as an Exhibitor. Be sure to indicate if you plan to have amplified sound, and if so what kind of sound (i.e music, speech, etc.).
If you are a local Leather, kink, or LGBTQ organization, you have several options. It would be fantastic if you decide to sign up as an Exhibitor and have your own booth.
[NOTE: When filling out the Exhibitor form, there is a question “Which theme zone best fits your outreach goals?” — if none of them look appropriate, you can leave that blank for now. But please include a comment somewhere identifying yourself with the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, so you get placed in our activity hub. ]
If staffing your own booth is too much for your group, consider getting us a banner we can display, and/or a big stack of flyers, brochures, or fun & kinky swag we can give away at the informational table.
To coordinate that, or to chat about other ways we can make this event a success, please write to DavidHyman “at” leatheralliance “dot” org.
You can also plan to attend the next Sunday Street planning meeting, on Saturday, August 4th, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, in the Livable City Offices, 301 8th Street, Suite 235.
Let’s hit the street!