Other Cultural Districts’ News

In solidarity with our fellow Cultural Districts, we are pleased to invite you to like, follow and attend the events of the other San Francisco’s other Cultural Districts:

Upcoming Events

Have info on other events?  Please send links to outreach-chair@sflcd.org.)
The third annual 2019 Calle 24 Fiesta de las Américas, hosted by Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, is taking place this Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 11 AM to 5 PM, on 24th Street, within the Latino Cultural District in San Francisco. The festival will extend from Folsom to Bryant street with Latinx music, Lowriders, performances and family activities.
This is a free and family friendly event for the community.
*The Calle 24 Latino Cultural District strictly promotes an alcohol & drug free event*
The Fiesta de Las Américas celebrates the independence of various Latin American countries and commemorates the culture, arts and music found from Patagonia to the Arctic Circle. It highlights the unique Latino diaspora experience which has cemented the Latino Cultural District as the center of Latino activism, arts, commerce, and culture in San Francisco since the 1940’s.

Timely Reminders

The next Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Wednesday, October 9, 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 and September meetings. The minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2019 are available for your review here.  Please contact the committee chair for more info!

Please plan to attend the Leather Pride Parade — a new tradition that also honors the PRC’s “LeatherWalk”fundraiser — culminating in a Leather Flag Inauguration Celebration at Eagle Plaza, on Sunday, September 22, just one week before the Folsom Fair.

The event will not be a fundraiser the way Leatherwalk was, but it will have a truck, music, an honor guard, and mini-contingents from any and all interested community organizations. The parade will be officially hosted by the Friends of Eagle Plaza, with the SF Eagle hosting the beer bust at the end. Persons under age 21 are welcome to join the Parade, but may not enter the bars or the festival at the end.  A “cable car” will allow the mobility impaired to participate.

The Parade will start at the Folsom Foundry (1425 Folsom Street, between 10th and 11th). Please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m., sign in, and show your ID to get a “21+” wristband to speed up entry to all venues.

You can join the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District contingent, or march with your favorite leather / queer organization or group. We hope to “step off” at noon, and march down Folsom, 8th, and Harrison Streets (stopping at Powerhouse / Hole in the Wall, Mr. S Leather, the Stud, and the Lone Star Saloon), before arriving at the Leather Flag Inauguration Celebration at Harrison and 11th Street some time around 2 pm.  At that time we will raise a new 25’x15′ Leather Flag on a magnificent 80-foot flagpole at the entrance to the (not-yet-completed) Eagle Plaza.

After that comes an expanded version of the traditional San Francisco Eagle Beer Bust.  As always, the $15 beer bust offers beer or soda from 3 to 6 pm, and a delicious plate of food served on the Eagle patio.  But for this occasion the party extends up and down Harrison Street, from Division to 11th Street, with beer and cocktail service, booths, an entertainment stage, and more.

Harrison Street will be closed to traffic for this special, private event, and you must be 21 years of age, with ID, to enter. Admission is free.

More details are at https://www.facebook.com/LeatherPrideParade/. (The https://leatherprideparade.org/ page is still under construction, but you can visit it soon to sign up to march or volunteer.)

The Cultural District has also reserved its own booth at the Folsom Street Fair.  The fair happens on Sunday, September 29, 2019. from 11 am to 6 pm.  (Our booth location should be announced soon.)  We will need volunteers to distribute our brochures and encourage folks to join our mailing list.  Also, just for some fun, we have a little game we tested out at Sunday Streets SOMA, letting folks win swag by solving a simple puzzle about SOMA history, geography or leather culture. Please sign-up for a shift at the booth here, or just write to outreach-chair@sflcd.org and let us know what time slot you’d like.  Hopefully lots of folks can handle the table for 1 or 2 hours, so everyone will have time to enjoy the rest of the Fair.

The OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2019 will happen on October 19, 2019 12:30-4:30pm, at Eureka Valley Recreation Center 100 Collingwood at 18th St.  This is the largest LGBTQ resource fair in San Francisco, with over 150 groups serving the Bay Area LGBTQ community expected, FREE entrance, food, door prizes, gaming, entertainment & more fun!  Please sign up here to help with setup, staffing or teardown of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District information table, or contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org to discuss.  You can also  attend the “Launch Party” for the event on Monday evening, September 16, 2019 from 6 PM – 8 PM, at Blackbird (2124 Market St).

The next meeting of our Board of Directors is scheduled for September 18, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.  Community members are welcome to attend. Please note the new meeting time.  The preliminary agenda can be viewed here.

Parades in Oakland!

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is participated in both the Oakland Trans March and the Oakland Pride Parade this year.

Leather Trans Pride Flag created by: Bobbee Trans Mooremon

The inaugural Trans March Oakland was on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District had a contingent of more than 20 people when it stepped off at the 10th Annual Oakland Pride Parade, on Sunday morning, September 8, 2019, and more leather folks joined along the way.

San Francisco’s leather titleholders lead the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District contingent at the 2019 Oakland Pride Parade.
The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District contingent marches in the 2019 Oakland Pride Parade.

Thanks to Norm Lynde for the pictures!

Because so many folks visit our South of Market neighborhood from the East Bay — including many who have moved there from San Francisco in recent years — we are pleased to be extending our Cultural District outreach to the queer community there.  We look forward to future area-wide adventures in leather!

Board Elected

At the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Community Meeting on August 21, 2019, the following individuals were elected as the initial Board of Directors:

Bob Goldfarb
David Hyman
Eric See (1-year term)
Erik Will
Gayle Rubin
Robert (Bob) Brown
Stephan Francisco Ferris (1-year term)
Steve Gaynes (1-year term)
York Ng

Bob Goldfarb was elected President.

At the Board’s meeting, on August 24, 2019, the following slate of officers was elected:
Vice President: Bob Brown
Secretary: Eric See
Treasurer: York Ng

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for September 18, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm, in Room 204 at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, in San Francisco.  Community members are welcome to attend. Please note the new meeting time.

The draft minutes of the Board meeting of August 24 will be posted soon.  The draft minutes of the August 21, 2019 meeting can found here.  Video streaming of the 8/21 meeting is currently available (in three pieces) as posts to https://www.facebook.com/events/736850366730796/.  The video will be edited and uploaded to our regular video library soon.