Rachele Sullivan Park!

The SF Recreation and Parks Commission has voted unanimously to name the new park to be built at Natoma and 11th Street Rachele Sullivan Park, the name proposed and advocated for by the LEATHER District!.

The new 1/2 acre park, located just a few feet north of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, will include a half-basketball court, fitness area, children’s play area, and tables and seating throughout.  It is being designed to serve the entire community, of all ages and levels of ability.  A highly visible arts component will be included. The City has budgeted $12,775,000 for the park; construction should start next summer, and it hopes to be open to the public early in 2027.

We have been advocating for the park to be named after Rachele, one of the founders of our Cultural District and a prominent figure in SOMA’s Filipino community. 

The Commission hearing on July 18 included a presentation on the naming process by Erica Waltemade of the SOMA West Community Benefit District,  and moving statements from several of Rachele’s family members.

Other speakers included Cultural District Board Member David Hyman, and Cultural District Manager Cal Callahan, who served on the park’s naming committee and was important in consolidating community support for honoring Rachele in this way.

Letters of support from Supervisor Matt Dorsey, Folsom Street, Soma Pilipinas, the Transgender District, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Cree First Nations, and us, along with the Commission’s own staff report, were clearly important to the Commissioners.

After a careful review of the process, and with heartfelt acknowledgement of Rachele and her family. the Commission’s vote was unanimous.

Read about the Commission hearing in the Bay Area Reporter, and learn more about the Park Project on the Rec & Park website.

Safety Forum

We are saddened to inform you that a trusted member of our community was recently attacked after leaving a SOMA bar. In response, numerous Leather, Kink, and LGBTQ+ organizations have come together to organize a Safety Forum, as a Community Unity Event.

Safety Forum:
Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Place: SF Eagle

This is a call for our community to unite and stand against violence. We need your support and voices to join the conversation. Let’s come together to show our strength and solidarity.

Co-sponsors of this event include the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Onyx Northwest, and the SF Eagle.  Visit the Safety Forum Facebook event for latest info.   Please join us in this crucial gathering.

Walking Tours Offered


The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is once again offering free walking tours of our fascinating and historic neighborhood.

Attendees tour SOMA for 90 minutes, learning how SOMA (South of Market) began attracting leather bars in the ’60’s, about the raucous exploits of the ’70’s when motorcycles lined the streets outside popular bars, and about today’s bar and clubs.

The tour runs about 90 minutes, and there are no hills.

The next tour is this Sunday, July 21, starting at 12 noon.  Click below to register:

Visit the SOMA Tours page for additional dates and other details.

CHHESS Report Finished

We are delighted to have completed the Cultural History, Housing, and Economic Sustainability Strategies (CHHESS) Report of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

The Report was presented at a Board of Supervisors Committee hearing  on June 13, 2024, and received a unanimous Committee endorsement.  It was then unanimously approved by the full Board of Supervisors.  The resolution adopting the CHHESS Report was signed by the Mayor on July 3, 2024.

At that Committee hearing, Bob Goldfarb, the Executive Director of the Cultural District, was presented with a Certificate of Honor by Supervisor Matt Dorsey, to recognize Bob’s “unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership” as a “steadfast champion for the city’s vibrant leather community”.

We invite you to read the report in full; however, the contents of the report were also presented at an open community forum on November 29, 2023.  You can view the presentation video, the presentation slideshow, or the presentation slideshow as a PDF.

The CHHESS Report is the result of years of research and community engagement, and the Board extends its thanks to everyone who took part in creating it, including the organizers and participants in the focus groups and surveys, the research and drafting of the Report’s recommendations, and the extensive work with City departments to make it a reality!

Board Elections Coming Soon

We are a membership organization; our members elect our Board of Directors and our President. Three Board seats (each for a three-year term) and the Board President (for a one-year term) are elected each year.

You could be on the ballot. Now is the time to consider running.

Nominations open on July 3, 2024, and close at 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Friday, August 2, 2024.  

Being a Director of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District means having a voice in the future of our South of Market neighborhood: helping it to thrive during current challenges and remain the vibrant, safe, and uniquely kinky space we all love and enjoy.

For more information, or to nominate yourself, please review the full information on our Nominations Page.

Full information

Nomination Form

Entrepreneur Program Continues

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is launching the fifth cohort of its Entrepreneur Training Program, a 9-week program to help leather community folk start and build their businesses.


The program is led by Eddie Tang of Above Consulting, a seasoned San Francisco business consultant, and features Zoom-based group sessions and one-on-one consultations.  At the end of the 9 weeks, participants will present their business plan to a panel of local business leaders, experts, and potential funders.  Those who complete the program will each receive a $500 grant to help with their startup costs.

Four cohorts of this program have now graduated, and the fifth will began on Thursday, September 5, 2024.

If you wish to apply for this program, please complete this application form.   Click here for full info!

Volunteer Season!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District always needs volunteers, but during the high season (June – September) the need is intense.

  • We can use all kinds of help with our Play on the Plaza events, on the second Saturday of each month.
  • We will have information tables or booths at all the major events:  at the Dore, Folsom and Bearrison Street fairs, and at beer busts, art shows and other occasions.
  • Other ways to help include sitting on one of our standing Committees, or being available at short notice for special projects.
  • Please check out our Volunteer Opportunities and Signup page, join our Volunteer Notification Mailing List, or write to manager@sflcd.org!

Timely Reminders

There are a large number of parties and other events in SOMA in advance of Up Your Alley.  We encourage you to visit Andy Wibbel’s Up Your Alley/Dore Weekend Party Guide 2024 now, and keep your eye on our own Facebook feed for updates!


 

The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. As always, all are welcome to attend, and time is reserved for public comment.  ASL interpretation provided if requested ten days in advance. To participate, use the Board of Directors Meeting Zoom link, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.    Facebook page.  Draft agenda (link coming soon).  Minutes of past Board meetings. Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.


The next SOMA Walking Tours will happen on Sunday, July 21, starting at 12:00 noon.  For full info and to register, visit our SOMA Walking Tours page.


The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, from 6 to 7 pm.  Arts and Culture Committee Facebook page.  Please contact the Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next Erotic Storytelling Hour is set for Thursday, July 25, at 8 pm PST.  Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community, hosted by award-winning author Sumiko Saulson. It’s fun, it’s naughty, it’s online.   Erotic Storytelling Hour information pageFacebook PageZoom link, Videos of some of our past evenings!  (Be 18+!)


The next online Diversity & Membership Committee meeting is set for Thursday, August 1, at 6 pm PDT.   Diversity & Membership Committee Zoom link. Facebook page.  Contact the Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee will be Thursday, August 8, from 6 to 7 pm.  Communications Committee Zoom linkFacebook page. Contact the committee chair.


The next Play on the Plaza is Saturday, August 10, from 12 noon to 5 pm, at Eagle Plaza (12th Street, between Folsom and Harrison). Vendors! Entertainment! Gear Swap!  Music!  Impact Play!  Play on the Plaza info. August 10 event info.  Facebook page coming soon.


The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Monday, August 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Land Use Committee Meeting Zoom Link. Facebook page.  Contact the committee chair.


The Fundraising Committee meets as needed.  Please contact the Fundraising Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled when needed. Please contact the Governance and Legislation Committee chair to sign up, or for more info!


We send out a newsletter each month, right before our Board Meeting.  Do you get it?
If not, view a recent newsletter, then sign up to get it monthly.


Speaking of newsletters, the SOMA West Community Benefit District does a great one, highlighting events — both social and political — affecting our part of the City.  Subscribe to the SOMA West Community Benefit District newsletter.


San Francisco has ten Cultural Districts, each supporting a unique aspect of the City’s cultural mosaic You can learn about the San Francisco Cultural Districts Program, and subscribe to a Cultural Districts newsletter, published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.


We keep adding links to our Resource Guide page.  Use it!


Threats to our South of Market businesses and institutions can arise quickly, and may require a quick community response.  SOMA Action network sign-up link.


If you have not yet seen it, please read our Statement of Solidarity, and consider what you personally can do to fight racism, injustice, and abuse of police power.


The next meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  You can be added to the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” mailing list.  You can make a donation to the Friends of Eagle Plaza. You can like and follow them on Facebook.  You can learn more about the Plaza’s design, construction and stewardship on the Friends of Eagle Plaza website, or you can write to info@eagleplaza.org.

Erotic Storytelling Hour!


Erotic Storytelling Hour
Thursday, July 25, 2024, from 8 to 9 pm PDT

 

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring:
To be announced

Enjoy an hour of online kinky literary fun! 
Zoom in to hear erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: J19FQ3
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Erotic Storytelling Hour Video Archive (18+ Only)

Info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

If you’re interested in being a reader for a future event, contact: manager@sflcd.org.

If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: https://join.sflcd.org 

Play on the Plaza: August

PLAY ON THE PLAZA! 

Saturday, August 10, Noon to 5pm
At Eagle Plaza
(12th Street, Folsom to Harrison)
Wear your Gear!

Join us for Play on the Plaza, and ignite some spark in your life!  Every second Saturday of the month we feature a different local bay area BDSM, Kink, Leather or LGBTQ group right on Eagle Plaza!

Vendors! Gear Swap! Entertainment!

Impact Play Area
Impact Play Host: The 15 Association
Spanking Benches and Crosses will be available,
provided by:
Vendors: Artists and Makers with gear and art

Free Admission!  Donations welcome!
This is an adult (18+) event.

KINK / FETISH VENDOR MART
Vendor Info

GEAR SWAP
Shop for a deal!
Bring leather or kinky gear, toys or clothing for consignment or donation.
Gear Swap Info

Volunteers Needed!
Sign up page coming soon!

See who else is coming by checking Plura (formerly known as Bloom)!

Consensual impact play is welcome
Alas, sex play is not