Timely Reminders

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Facilitated Discussion will be held on:

Saturday, June 8, 2019,
from 10 am to 5 pm,
in the Rainbow Room at the SF LGBT Center,
1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.

Please note this special 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.

We know that asking you to give up a whole Saturday for this is asking a lot.  But this will be a very important meeting, and your best opportunity to express your opinions about how our organization should function.

We encourage you to review the latest draft of our proposed Bylaws here, and the list of some key questions we will be discussing at the meeting here.  (You can add additional questions and comments to these documents if you like.)

The space is fully ADA compliant.  We will break for one hour for lunch, probably around 1:00 pm.  If you can’t attend for the whole day, please try to drop in for a while so we can hear your views.  You may also attend via remote access:  watch for more information on this shortly.  Thanks!

The next Community Meeting to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is set for Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at 7:00 pm.  The tentative location is Room 204 of the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street (at Octavia) , in San Francisco.

The proposed agenda will be posted at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

The draft minutes of the meeting of May 15, 2019 will be posted soon.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The draft minutes of the meeting of April 17, 2019 can be viewed here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

The minutes of the meeting of March 20, 2019 can be found here.  A live-stream of that meeting can be viewed here.

Mayor London Breed is setting up “City Hall in your neighborhood!” — where folks can meet with liaisons from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services to ask questions, learn about City resources, and more.  Drop by David Rio Chai Bar at 1019 Market Street — all are welcome and no appointment is necessary.   Upcoming scheduled hours include May 21, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, and May 28, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  Say hello to our liaison, Emma Heiken, and perhaps mention that the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District told you about it!  For more info, visit sfmayor.org/mons or check out this flyer.

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm, at the SF Eagle, 398 12th Street.  Contact the committee chair for more info!

On June 8, 9, 15 & 16 (Saturdays at noon & 3 PM, Sundays at 1 PM),  Eye Zen Presents “OUT of Site: SOMA”, a performance-driven, queer history walking tour!  From Native American Two-Spirit culture to the Folsom Street Fair, lesbian auto mechanics to labor activists, dock workers to drag queens, you’ll rediscover the hidden history of San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Read more about it here, then buy tickets ($10 – $45, NOTAFLOF) here.

We have applied for a grant of approximately $230,000 from the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development (MOHCD), to help launch our Cultural District.  We expect to hear if we have received the grant by no later than May 6.  You can view the Request for Proposals document here.  For more information, please contact chair@sflcd.org.

The Pride Parade and Festival is Sunday, June 26, 2019.  This year’s theme is “Generations of Resistance”.  

Marching with the Leather Pride Contingent would be a great way to show ourselves.  Perhaps we can make a banner…? Maybe hand out cards with our name & URL?  Let me know if you would like to help with that. Or attend the final planning meeting on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm, at the SF Eagle Patio.  

And please take the Contingent Monitor Training. here.

Our Leather Marshals for the Parade are: Ms. Cat, Graylin K. Thornton, and Unicorn boy. They’ll be riding in the pony carts in the parade, accepting cheers and applause!

For info on the Leather Contingent, click here.  For info on the parade and celebration, click here.

Leather Alley is a very special, very kinky part of the SF Pride Parade and Celebration.  Read all about it here.

Volunteers are very much needed.  Attend the planning meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 7 pm, at SF Catalyst (details here), sign up here, or write to volunteer@leatheralley.net for more info or to discuss.

And be sure to visit Leather Alley on Sunday, June 30, 2019.  (You must be 18+ to visit Leather Alley. A donation is requested. All proceeds benefit the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance.)



As of May 15, 2019, we have a total of 8 designs submitted for consideration.  Here they are:

Option A:Option A

Option B:

Option C:

Option D:

Option E:

Option F:

Options G and H:

Please note that all of these are sample images only.  They are are not accurate, high-resolution renderings, and should NOT be copied or used, even if/when one of them is approved by our group.

Our current plan is to have a straw vote, allowing eveyrone present tovote for as many as they like.  The two that get the most votes will have a run-off, and then there will be a formal yes/no vote to approve an official logo, replacing any previous designs.

Comments?  Write to Outreach-chair@sflcd.org.

Outreach Committee Seeks Volunteers

The Outreach Committee of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District needs folks willing to help us in a number of projects:

1.  Web Site Rebuild

The Cultural District is looking to rebuild its Web site on a new, independent platform.  If you have some skills in that area, we would love to have the benefit of your time and expertise.

2.  Outreach to Other Groups

Do you belong to any of the wonderful Leather- or LGBTQ- oriented groups or organizations in the Bay Area?  Would you be willing to take a few minutes at one of their meetings or events to tell them about the Cultural District?  We can prepare you, and give you brochures and other materials to share.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and it would be a big help!

3.  Represent us at Meetings

We also need folks to represent us at non-kinky, non-queer meetings and events:  We will need folks to liaison with the Western Soma Community Benefit District, SOMCAN (the South of Market Community Action Network) and attend the monthly meetings of the SoMa Community Council’s (SCC)’ Community Action Committee (CAC).  It may not be as much fun, but it is very important!  

4.  Other Outreach

Would you like to take on our “Twitter” account, and share occasional updates about our meetings, events, activities, and projects? Is there a place where you can put up posters announcing our meetings?  Or perhaps you have other ideas about how to help spread the word about the Cultural District.  Great!

If you would like to help in any of the above ways, or if you would like more information before deciding, please write to Outreach-chair@sflcd.org).



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. 

Want to share the address with your friends?  Here it is again: http://eepurl.com/djdUyf .