Leather District Gets Thumbs Up from Key City Hall Committee!

Congratulations! The Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District Legislation has unanimously passed the Land Use Committee!

Thank you to everyone who turned out at the Committee hearing on Monday.  You showed up in great numbers, you spoke eloquently, sincerely and passionately, and it is clear our presence and words had an impact on the Supervisors!

You can view the video of the hearing here.  Our item on the agenda begins at 9:45 and continues until 1:01:20.  

Now the legislation moves to a vote of the full Board of Supervisors on May 1 and, as required, a second vote on May 8. Public comments will not be taken at those meetings (which begin at 2 pm), but our presence will be noticed, and significant.

Support seems good for passage of the resolution by the full Board of Supervisors.  This makes our work even more important, as we turn law into action!

General Community and Committee Meetings

Community Meetings

The next few Community Meetings to discuss the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District are set for Wednesday, May 16, June 20, and July 18, 2018, at 6:30 pm, at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street.

Click each button below to add the event to your Google Calendar:

May 16 , 2018   

June 20, 2018   

July 18, 2018   

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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Legislative Committee

The next Legislative Committee meeting will be scheduled soon.

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 meeting of the Governance Committee will be scheduled soon.

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.

Note that the Governance Committee deal with lots of documents.  To view those documents, click here to join the Leather District Slack team.

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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.

Links to Documents

Just to get things started, here are a couple of articles regarding the proposed district:

http://www.sfweekly.com/culture/feature-culture/folsom-and-jetsam/

http://hoodline.com/2017/09/lgbqt-leather-cultural-district-proposed-for-soma

As I understand it, the original resolution is #171019, introduced 9/19/2017, sponsored by Jane Kim and Jeff Sheehy, titled “Resolution establishing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Leather Cultural District with the intent of commemorating historical sites, preserving existing spaces, and planning for thriving and vibrant communities that are LGBTQ and Leather affirming.”  You can read the original text of it here.

Our Committees have been making recommendations for changes to the resolution; the latest text reflecting those changes can be found here.

On 9/26/17 it was “referred to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for informational purposes.” and is currently “Pending Committee Action”.  You can read about that here:

You can follow the progress of this resolution (I believe) here.

 

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 support community-wide efforts to create a “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.
  • Read the proposed resolution (as approved at the Community meeting on March 14, 2018, and now being considered in City Hall) here.
  • Attend the SF Board of Supervisors Meetings on May 1 and 8, 2018 (see above).
  • Attend the Community Meetings (see below).
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Like the SF Leather Cultural District on Facebook. where you can view live streaming of community meetings.  
  • 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!