Office Space Sought

The Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District is looking for a small office in the SOMA area.  This would be a place of operations for staff and community leaders to work out of.   We are looking for: 

  • 300-500 square feet
  • 1-2 workstation setup
  • ADA-compliant / wheelchair accessible
  • Access to a conference or meeting room for our monthly Board meetings
  • Some storage space
  • It would be nice to have access to a kitchenette & bathroom
  • Mailing address would be nice
  • Location within (or near to) our Cultural District is important.  That is roughly bounded by Howard, 7th, Street, and Highways 101 and 80.  (The actual District map can be viewed here.)

We are hoping to find either a low-cost or donated space.  An otherwise vacant storefront would be ideal, as it would increase our visibility and accessibility by the local community.  We would be happy to look at subleases or coexisting with other organizations.  

If you have information about a possible location, or would like more information or to discuss, please contact land-use-chair@sflcd.org.

Sunday Streets Returns to SOMA

On August 18, 2019, Sunday Streets SOMA once again transformed Folsom Street from Essex to 10th Street into open pedestrian space, including a Leather Hub between 8th and 10th Streets where the Leather Community got to show off!

There were booths for the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance and our own Cultural District, music by Fingersnaps, a puppy mosh with the SF K9 Unit, a bondage demo by VIncent, books and toys from Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe and Boutique, ring-toss with the Golden Gate Guards, and, of course, the Victory Party for the new Mr. SF Leather 2020 and San Francisco Bootblack 2020, with cake and bubbly provided by the Leather Alliance.  It was a great way to end SF Leather Pride Weekend!

Community Benefit District Seeks Input

It might be easy for folks to confuse the new “SoMa West Community Benefit District” with our own Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District: they both serve roughly the same area within San Francisco, and they are both working to make that neighborhood safe, lively, and welcoming to residents and visitors.

So it is important for us to be clear and well-informed about the differences:  We don’t impose a tax on property owners and businesses; we don’t plan to power-wash the streets or hire safety patrols to supplement city services.  On the other hand, they don’t plan to help struggling BDSM performance artists keep their studios open, promote SOMA as a kinky vacation destination, or build a Leather Center.

But there is clearly a great deal of overlap in our interests.  So we are encouraging all members and friends of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District to do a few things:

  • Take a few minutes to fill out the Soma West CBD’s Initial Services survey. so that their priorities reflect yours;
  • Subscribe to their newsletter here, so that you hear about their meetings and activities; and
  • Consider serving on their Board of Directors, as a formal or informal representative of the Leather Community.  Full information and an application form can be found here.

Working with SoMa West CBD and other community-based Districts in the South of Market area is a priority for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District ; you can help with that important work.  Thanks!

Cultural District Active at Pride

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at the 2019 Pride Celebration!  Many of you received info cards sending you to this Web site — thanks for following up and visiting!  Feel free to browse the site, and please do consider attending our next Community Meeting (info below.)

Thanks especially to the GLBT Historical Society  who arranged the booth for us and the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District.  It was wonderful to be able to share with so many people (locals and from around the world) just how much our city values its LGBT population and culture.

And of course, maximum thanks to the wonderful volunteers who helped staff the booth over the two days.

As we said so often, to so many people:  “Help keep our city kinky!”

Welcome to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

Hi.  Thanks for your interest in the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District”, created by the City of San Francisco, to honor, support, and protect the unique and special culture that has flourished in the South of Market area.

We encourage anyone with an interest in the leather or kink community to learn about this project, and participate however they can.

There are lots of ways to get informed and involved:

  • Read this brief introduction.
  • View our original (2018) brochure, or our new (August 2019) color brochure.
  • Click here to add your name to the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District email list, to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend one of our monthly Open Community Meetings.
  • Consider joining our Land Use Committee.  (Involvement options range from occasionally showing up at a meeting in City Hall, to researching city archives, to handling critical negotiations with planners and developers.  Having special skills in real estate or civic planning would be great, but it’s not required.  More info is here; contact land-use-chair@sflcd.org to join the Committee.)
  • Consider joining our Outreach and Events Committee.  (Help spread the word about our District, and plan our participation in local street fairs and other events.   View a typical meeting agenda here; contact outreach-chair@sflcd.org to join this Committee.)
  • Consider joining our Finance Committee.  (Finance and accounting skills are not required — although of course they could be very helpful if you have them.  Participation is limited to voting members of the District, but do contact finance-chair@sflcd.org for information or to join.)
  • Read the Resolution as approved by the Board of Supervisors, and signed by the Mayor on May 9, 2018, here.
  • Read the Vision and Mission Statements for the Cultural District here.
  • Read our full organizational Bylaws, here.
  • View a map of the Cultural District here.
  • Like the SF Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook. where you can view live streaming of community meetings.  
  • Join our Group on Fetlife.
  • Follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter
  • Write to our group’s Chairperson, Robert Goldfarb, using the email address chair@sflcd.org.

Let’s see what we can do to make this happen, and make it happen right!