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 .  

Bylaws Close to Completion!

Based on the agreements reached at the recent Facilitated Discussion, and additional discussion at the June 19 Community Meeting, we are pleased to announce that the Proposed Bylaws are “more or less” ready to be submitted to our attorney for final review.

You can view the latest draft on our Google Drive.  (If you have a sflcd.org account, open http://drive.sflcd.org with your sflcd.org credentials,then browse to the “Shared files | General | Governance | [Current] Working Files” folder.

If you do not have such an account, you can still view the files, using these links:

PDF File, showing changes from the widely-distributed version dated March 19, 2019:
[Markup from Previous] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).pdf

PDF File, incorporating all my recommended changes:
[Draft] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).pdf

PDF file, same as above, but using a font made for ease of decoding for dyslexic readers:
[Draft] [OpenDyslexic Font] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).pdf

Microsoft Word file, same content as above,
[Draft] Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Bylaws (June 17, 2019).docx

Please note that these documents are still undergoing some final edits.  If you spot errors of any kind, please report them to spencer.watson@sflcd.org,

Eagle Plaza Breaks Ground!

The historic groundbreaking for the world’s first Leather + LGBTQ public plaza — Eagle Plaza — took place on Tuesday, June 18th, with the Mayor, two Supervisors, our own Bob Goldfarb, and numerous other civic leaders all wielding shovels to start the construction.  Attendance was excellent, and press coverage was strong and positive (see links below).

Attendees also took this opportunity to buy tickets for the Eagle Plaza Raffle, and Eagle Plaza commemorative pins.  (Full raffle rules and prize details are at http://eagleplazaraffle.com.)

 

Links:

Bay Area Reporter

SF Examiner

SF Chronicle (online)

SF Chronicle (print)

Curbed SF

SFist

Help Land the Eagle!

To date, the Friends of Eagle Plaza have raised over $80,000 of the $150k total that they need to do the Plaza the way we all want it.

But a few more big donations are needed to complete all the “leather theme elements” planned for Eagle Plaza.

Eagle Plaza will be an important focal point for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District, and donations at any level are welcome.  You can download the full informational brochure here, or visit the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” Web site here.

Also, be sure to buy your tickets for the Eagle Plaza Raffle! You could win a brand new 2019 Iron 883 Black Demo Harley Davidson Motorcycle, a trip for two to Mexico, VIP ticket packages for IMrL 2020, or tags for Lazy Bear Week 2019 or 2020.   Tickets are available at SF Eagle, or from authorized ticket sellers.  Full rules and details at eagleplazaraffle.com!

Calendar

We have a new Calendar of Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District events:

You can view this calendar at any time with this link.

You can add this calendar to your own Google Calendar using one of these links:

Google Calendar

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For reference, the actual Calendar ID is:
sflcd.org_ej706qsj1okut4snim163icukc@group.calendar.google.com

This calendar is publicly accessible, regardless of login.  Committee chairs (with sflcd.org email addresses) should have the ability to add and edit events.

Google calendars are powerful but tricky.  Please contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org or help@sflcd.org if you need assistance.

Enjoy!

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.  Pride Festival Booth

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District has been offered free booth space at the SF Pride Festival on Saturday, June 29 (from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM) and Sunday, June 30, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM ).  We invite you to sign up here to help staff that booth.

You do not need to be an expert about the District to staff the booth: You will mostly be there to distribute brochures and encourage folks to sign up for our email list.  We will be sharing our booth with the Castro Queer Cultural District, so you will have plenty of company and support.  

Please sign up for as many shifts as you can.  I know many of you have major commitments during these times — especially on Parade Sunday.  If you are someone who does have some time available, your help would be greatly valued.  

If the form is not working for you, or if you would like to help in some way that doesn’t fit on the form, please let me know.

And if you can’t be with us for Pride, don’t worry:  you will have plenty of other chances to help us, we promise!

2.  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.

3.  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!

4.  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!  

5.  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).

Thanks!