The SOMA West Community Benefit District is hosting a Community Forum with City Leaders and Stakeholders on August 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.
After a comprehensive and competitive search, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Cal Callahan has been selected as the new District Manager. Mr. Callahan is a nonprofit professional with more than 20 years’ experience who has been instrumental in the growth of the Positive Resource Center’s Bare Chest Calendar. Cal is the former Director of Community Engagement for the Positive Resource Center (PRC) and was chosen for this position for his many connections in the SOMA area and his commitment to successful fund-raising efforts and volunteer coordination. He also previously served at the AIDS Emergency Fund and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
Mr. Callahan replaces Beth Hunt who resigned to move to the East Coast to be closer to family. The Board thanks Beth for all her hard work and networking as the Cultural District’s first District Manager. She worked tirelessly to network with the community, represent the District at city meetings, and implement our founding systems and procedures. The Board wishes her all the best in her new endeavors.
Mr. Callahan is a 37 year Bay Area resident, who is known for networking, building organizations, innovative fundraising, creative event planning, leadership skills, broadening diversity, and community relations. He takes a key position at the world’s first cultural district to focus on the leather and LGBTQ communities.
“We are thrilled to name a new District Manager with such deep community connections and experience who will help lead our organization on a path to being a cultural hub in SOMA,” said Bob Goldfarb, President of the Cultural District. “We cast a wide net in our search and believe that Cal’s management and fundraising skills will play an essential role as we work toward our goal of establishing a permanent community center in SOMA. His connections to diverse communities will increase our organization’s diversity both internally and to the constituents we serve.”
Mr. Callahan began working for the Cultural District at the beginning of August, 2020. Community members have been quick to express their support. Jack Thompson, International Mr. Leather 2019, the first trans POC to win that title and a founding father of ONYX Northwest, said, “Without needing to know anything about me, Cal showed me kindness and support. He shows it to everyone around him. I am so happy for him to be able to show that same kindness and support to the entire community as District Manager for the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District. I couldn’t think of anyone better suited for this position.” Jon Ojinaga, Owner of Azucar Lounge said, “When Azucar Lounge opened 9 years ago, Cal came to welcome us to the neighborhood and has been a big supporter of local business. We’ve worked together on a large variety of events and I look forward to continuing our collaborations. Demetri Moshoyannis, Managing Director of Individual Giving at GMHC and formerly Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships at PRC, said, “He’s a great community organizer, an amazing listener, and an even better project manager! I’m sure he’ll do great things on behalf of the Leather & LGBTQ District and the Western SoMa neighborhood.”
Now in its 5th year, OurTownSF LGBTQ Nonprofit Expo 2020 will once again be the world’s largest LGBTQ resource fair! This virtual event takes place online August 15, 2020 from 12:30-4:30pm. It is free to attend and offers Bay Area groups serving the LGBTQ community the opportunity to attract new clients, volunteers, board members and donors.
San Francisco” LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District will have its Zoom Room open to share info about the Cultural District, and to encourage folks to sign up for our mailing list or become members. Board Members are urged to volunteer to help help staff the Zoom Room.
To sign up for a volunteer shift, please go to: https://signup.com/go/CYNcrGp. For information about volunteering, please write to David.Hyman@sflcd.org, or call 415-652-6790.
The annual event is a FREE expo of arts, community, fundraiser, health, athletic, legal, political, recovery, service & spiritual groups serving the Bay Area LGBTQ community, all coming together for a day of community building. These groups are going through tough times. Take this opportunity to meet up with dozens of groups and help support them as a new client, board member, volunteer or donor. Warning! This event is always super queer!
After an intro by Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, plus entertainment by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and a member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, attendees will be directed to links in order to reach participants, discounts at various Castro businesses and door prizes. Links to several forms of health consultations and insurance registration will also be available.
If you just learned about San Francisco’s LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District…. Welcome!
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This is a great time to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District! Click here to get started! And, during the current COVID-19 crisis, anyone whose income or living situation has been impacted by it is eligible to receive the low-income dues waiver, regardless of other circumstances. Your free membership is good through December, 2020.
We are actively seeking community input on ways to preserve the arts & culture of our special South of Market neighborhood. We invite you to submit your own ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on these topics:
For more information on Arts and Culture in the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, please click here.
A Candidates Night will be held starting at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 12, 2020, during which time all candidates for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be invited to speak and respond to questions. Please mark your calendar now!
LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors Candidates’ Night
Wednesday, August 12⋅starting at 6:00 pm Pacific Time
or call +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
and enter Meeting ID: 893 2635 4467 and Password: 648097
Find other local phone numbers here .
Online voting will open immediately following this meeting, and close at 5:00 p.m on Monday, August 17, 2020. All eligible voters are urged to vote during this five-day interval.
The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will also be the Annual Membership Meeting, on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Note that, due to COVID-19, elections for the Board of Directors and President are being conducted online in advance of this meeting. The newly elected Directors will be welcomed, and will take office at the end of this meeting. (A brief organizational meeting of the new Board Officers may follow the regular meeting, which may or may not include the selection of Officers for the coming year.)
Although no items are scheduled for community or membership voting, Cultural District voting members and the general community are, as always, welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Town Hall for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Do you want your voice in the leather community heard? Do you want input on what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District does in the future? THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!
The meeting will include breakout sessions to focus on the following topics: Historic Preservation, Tenant Protections, Arts & Culture, Economic & Workforce Development, Land Use, and Cultural Competency.
The entire queer and kinky community is invited and encouraged to attend.
Please tell your friends and colleagues, and announce it at meetings. Forums like this actually do affect the priorities and plans adopted by the City of San Francisco for the years to come.
The event is free. ASL interpretation or captioning will be provided if requested ten days in advance.
The 2020 Census is our chance to shape the future of San Francisco for years to come. Complete the census today at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
The city of San Francisco needs volunteers to help deliver meals, deliver medications, connect with elderly residents, and all sorts of help for our community. Info is at https://sf.gov/be-emergency-volunteer
Remember: You can text “COVID19SF” to 888-777 to receive official updates on how San Franciscans can best cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
SF Catalyst is expanding to better serve leather, queer, and kink organizations and individuals! But it will need your help. Find more details and donate to ensure SF Catalyst remains a thriving community space here.
The next online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Watch this space (or our Facebook post) for logon info.
The proposed agenda will be posted in advance. You can view the draft minutes of the March meeting here, of the April meeting here., of the May meeting here, and the June meeting here. Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to join this Committee, or for more info!
The Arts and Culture Committee has created a Walking Tour Subcommittee, whose next meeting is set for Thursday, August 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Please join the Zoom meeting at:
You can also call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 871 5575 9478 and Password: 488379. Or find your local number:https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcUmdGfPw9
All are welcome to participate. Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to be brought up to date, and get on the mailing list for this Subcommittee!
RSVP is not required. For more information about the Committee or how to participate online, please contact the committee chair, Beth Hunt! We hope you can join us!
The next online Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, August 11, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Join the Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82017329999?pwd=YVlFVWtLWFkrdFRlbTJMWGtZWVBIZz09, or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter Meeting ID: 820 1732 9999 and Password: 846051. (Or find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kyUkPBsMo).
Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!
The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00, pm. Join with Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/tvc-qukg-eia or join by phone at 1 617-675-4444 PIN: 549 663 311 6019#. An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting. Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to join this Committee, or for more info!
A Governance and Legislation Committee meeting will be scheduled shortly.
Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to sign up, or for more info!
Just FYI, the first meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza took place online on Monday, April 20, 2020. Future meetings will be announced soon. Info about Eagle Plaza can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/friendsofeagleplaza/ or http://www.eagleplaza.org/friendsofeagleplaza .
Do you miss your favorite bars in SOMA? Do you miss seeing those familiar faces and sharing some time together?
Well, look no more! The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is now hosting a virtual happy hour every Monday at 6 pm!
Every happy hour session we will feature one of your favorite SOMA bars and their staff/bartenders.
Coming Dates (all subject to change):
8/3: Randy Maupin from Cat Club
So grab a beverage and/or treat, get in gear if you like, and join us for fun, trivia, games, and sexy good conversation. We all need to connect during this time, so we hope to see you there.
NOTE: Bars are 21+. Our Happy Hour is 18+.
Sponsored by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District. Free to attend.
Tips directly to your bartender are encouraged, but not required.
Join our Zoom Meeting at
Or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter meeting ID: 824 6020 5673, and password: 751311.
(Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbTIppe4hm)
Do you work at a SOMA bar in the Leather District? Want to host a happy hour? Email: email@example.com
The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to present another edition of our bi-weekly online event for persons 18+ only:
An Erotic Storytelling Hour!
Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!
Have you done some erotic writing? A memoir, a fantasy, a poem, a short story, a blog entry? If you would like to read it to an appreciative audience from the comfort and privacy of your home, here’s your chance! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
If you enjoy listening, please become a member of the Cultural District: https://join.sflcd.org
The San Francisco LGBTQ community and city leaders are speaking out after the city’s oldest gay bar was painted over ahead of Pride weekend.
Read the story on the KRON Web site, or view the video below:
The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s leadership is deeply pained by the racist violence which continues in this country.
We stand in solidarity with Black and Brown people and their allies worldwide who are peacefully expressing their outrage at racism, injustice, and abuse of police power.
We stand in solidarity with the protesters engaged in powerful actions to demand justice, accountability, and systemic change.
Only by standing together will it be possible to put an end to the senseless brutality we have witnessed for too long.
The Leather and LGBTQ communities have a long history of collective strength in times of crisis and now we invoke that strength to call for freedom and fairness for all oppressed communities.
We call on the entire community to work together to dismantle ingrained systems of inequality wherever they are found. It will be a long journey to the end of institutionalized racism, but our community will act with strength, purpose, and solidarity until we see that day.
Black Lives Matter.
Community members have encouraged contributions to some of the organizations listed below. Although the Cultural District has not reviewed these suggestions, and cannot specifically endorse them, we do urge our community to support the hard work of achieving safety, freedom and fairness for all oppressed communities.
Other Lists of Resources:
At our Diversity / Membership Committee meeeting on 4/2/2020, it was agreed that, during the current COVID-19 crisis, anyone whose income or living situation has been impacted by it is eligible to receive the low-income dues waiver, regardless of other circumstances. Your free membership is good through December, 2020.
That makes this an excellent time for you to head to our Membership Signup Page. Members get to vote on Directors at the annual elections in August, and vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings. Of course, anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings and Committee meetings. (Meeting dates and time, and online meeting log-in information can be found on our Calendar.)
If you can afford to pay the full annual membership dues of $15 per year, we hope you will do so, to help cover our administrative costs and to show your support for the Cultural District’s work. But the important thing is for you to be a member, to add your voice to ours when we discuss community needs and priorities with project developers and city leaders.
So join today. And if you do happen to be stuck at home with nothing to do, feel free to explore this Web site — there’s lots of interesting stuff here!
For over three years, SF Catalyst has provided a social and educational space to the SF bay area kink community. Now, SF Catalyst has taken a leap of faith and signed a lease, expanding Catalyst into the rest of the property located behind the existing play space.
This will allow easy wheelchair access to the main space, expand maximum capacity, create additional event space, and provide a secure outdoor area. Once permitted to reopen, SF Catalyst will be able to provide the community with options to hold two or more events simultaneously and to provide meeting space for more smaller groups than it can currently accommodate. They will also be able to host cigar socials and other outdoor community activities.
As an entirely volunteer-run venue, operating as part of the non-profit SF Bay Area Leather Alliance, Catalyst will need the community’s support to make it happen, and ijdeed to survive through the difficult times we are now in.
You can help make sure that SF Catalyst is there for us then, by making a monthly donation now, through their Patreon campaign. For full info and to make your donations, please visit www.patreon.com/sfcatalyst.
For more info about SF Catalyst, visit www.sfcatalyst.org.
We have been asked by the San Francisco Mayor’s office to help our community stay informed about the COVID-19 crisis. Important information has been provided by the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and various agencies and civic bodies. We have also compiled information from the Governor, and various public and private institutions, as well as leaders of our local leather and kink communities.
We urge you to view these materials, and share them with others who may find them relevant. Thank you:
Text COVID19SF to 888-777 for official updates.
Hi. Thanks for your interest in the “LEATHER & 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:
Let’s see what we can do to make this happen, and make it happen right!
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