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Timely Reminders

If you just learned about San Francisco’s LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District…. Welcome!

Please explore below for information about the Cultural District.  If you are not already receiving email from us, please click here to be kept informed about our meetings and activities.


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.


Nominations for the Board of Directors of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District are now open, and will remain open until July 31, 2020. Click here for more info.


DECANTsf’s sommeliers and Chef Eva Morris of VooDoo Love offered an awesome Fourth of July experience:  a feast to go, celebrating independence with local, independent, women-owned businesses and incredible Black-owned Wineries (Frichette, J. Moss, & Bodkin Wines).  Check out our Cultural District Businesses Roundup for the latest Shelter-in-place updates on local businesses.


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
Logon here 
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.

You can read the Statements of Candidates who have nominated themselves here.  Expect more names to be added there throughout the month of July.


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from  6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

To participate, Join Hangouts Meet (meet.google.com/ize-mzab-tbh) or Join by phone (‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪182 987 614 0994‬#) or click here for other phone numbers).

Please note the meeting time, and contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.   The proposed agenda will be is available soon.

The minutes of the meeting of August 24, 2019 can be viewed here.    The minutes of the meetings of September 18 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of October 16, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of November 20, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of December 18, 2019 are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of January 15, 2020 are viewable here. Minutes of the meeting of February 19, 2020 are viewable here.    Minutes of the meeting of March 18, 2020 are viewable here. Minutes of the April 15, 2020 meeting are viewable here.  Minutes of the meeting of May 20, 2020 are viewable here here.  Minutes of the meeting of June 17, 2020 will be available soon.

The city of San Francisco desperately 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, July 23, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Join with Google Meet or Join by phone at +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪842 708 555 0690#‬.

The proposed agenda will be posted in advance.  You can view the draft minutes of the March meeting here, of the April meeting here., and of the May 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, July 9, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85614245189?pwd=czVzV1pSaTJYNk5oRUdkbjc5QlRudz09, or call +16699009128,,85614245189#,,1#,018344# , or find your local number here and use Meeting ID: 856 1424 5189, Password: 018344

All are welcome to participate.  The minutes of the meeting of June 6 can be viewed here.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Subcommittee, or for more info!


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, July 2, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. To participate, you can Join with Google Meet (meet.google.com/cbo-ppnt-tms) or join by phone (1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪364 878 909 2132‬#.

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, July 14, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join with Hangouts Meet:  meet.google.com/iea-nutj-fsg or call 1 617-675-4444‬, and enter PIN: ‪715 720 193 6249#‬.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Lexx King, for more info!


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 7:00 to 8:00, pm. Join with Hangouts Meet: meet.google.com/tvc-qukg-eia or Join by phone at 1 501-991-4076‬ PIN: ‪248 525 687‬#.  An agenda will be available in advance of the meeting.  Please contact the committee chair, Bob Brown, to join this new Committee, or for more info!


 If you missed our Open House on February 12, fear not!  You can view the video here!  The slide show (which is hard to see on the video) can be viewed here.

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 .


       

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Letter to 1560 Folsom Developers

See and sign the letter here.

A major construction project bringing in 700 new residents is planned for 1560 Folsom Street, the site of Action Rentals and 3 auto shops that wrap around Oasis.  This is the very heart of the entertainment area in the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

We need your help to ensure that the developer acts to mitigate the gentrification that these new residents will bring with them.  We have been in discussion with the developers.  We need more than the developer’s token offers. Now is the time to make the leather & LGBTQ community’s strength heard.

Save our nightlife! Save SOMA for the kinky and queer!

Please sign the letter of support at the link below.  Thank you.

See and sign the letter here.

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Statement of Solidarity

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:

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Join the District now – Become a Member – New Dues Waiver

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!

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Erotic Storytelling Hour!

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!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Join via Zoom
or call +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
and enter Meeting ID: 856 5465 2578 and Password: 007266
(Find your local number here.)

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 manager@sflcd.org to sign up!

If you enjoy listening, please donate to
Bay Area Leather Lifeline: https://ball.leatheralliance.org/,
or the SF Queer NightLife Fund: https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/.

And don’t forget to become a member of the Cultural District: https://join.sflcd.org 

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SF Catalyst Expands

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.

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COVID-19 Resources

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:

Please click here for important COVAD-19 resources and information.

Also:
Text COVID19SF to 888-777 for official updates.

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Welcome to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Web Site

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:

  • Read this brief introduction.
  • View our original (2018) brochure, or our new (September 2019) color brochure.
  • Become a Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District – or at least get on our mailing list – to be notified of meetings and other events, join a committee, or volunteer your skills.
  • Attend our Town Hall.  This was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, but has been postponed. Watch for a new date and time.  More info about the Town Hall can be found here or on the Facebook event.
  • Attend one of our semi-annual  Membership Meetings.
  • Attend (as a guest) one of our monthly Board Meetings.
  • Consider joining one of our important Committees, including the Arts and Culture Committee, the Communications Committee, The Governance Committee, the Land Use Committee, or the Diversity and Membership Committee.   
  • 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.
  • Check out our calendar of Cultural District meetings and events, here.
  • Like and follow the SF LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District on Facebook.  
  • Join our Group on Fetlife.
  • Follow @sfleatherdist on Twitter
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Robert Goldfarb, using the email address president@SFLCD.org or more generally to info@SFLCD.org.  

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

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Become a Member

We are happy to invite you to become a full Voting Member of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

Become a Member
Please click here to become a full Voting Member of the Cultural District.

Join the Mailing List 
Please click here if you just want to get on our mailing list.

View your information on file
If you are already on our mailing list, you may click here to view and edit the information we have about you (including Committee memberships).   We will send you an email with a link to your data.

To pay your annual membership dues with a credit card or e-check, click here.

If you wish to make a credit card or echeck donation to assist the Cultural District, click here.

NOTES:

  • Anyone is welcome to attend and speak at our monthly Directors meetings.  Only Voting Members get to vote for Directors at the annual elections in August, or vote on critical matters presented at Special Membership Meetings.
  • Membership dues are $15 per calendar year, and are intended only to cover our basic administrative costs.  Anyone who cannot afford the $15/year membership dues — or anyone whose income has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can receive a Low-income Dues Waiver, but they must still agree with the Vision and Mission of the Cultural District, and meet other requirements.
  • Our finances are handled by our fiscal sponsor, SOMArts.  When you make a dues payment or donation, they will ask for your address and billing information, but they do NOT share all of that with us.  Please provide your LCD name and email address (if different) as a comment with your payment, to make sure we know it is coming from you.
  • We will send you an email confirming your official membership once we have verified your eligibility and confirmed receipt of your dues (or eligibility for dues waiver).  This is a manual process, so please be patient.  As always, if you have questions for us, use the contact phone number or email address shown on the right side of this page.
  • Do you not use email?  Do you and your partner share an email address?  Do you have some other special situation?  Do you want to support us as a business or organization?  Please give us a call – our contact info is on the right side of this page.
  • Thanks!

HPC to Present Resolution on Racial and Social Equity

San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission’s resolution on racial and social equity is coming before the Planning Commission on July 15th, at 12:30 pm.  They have asked for our support.  Please send comments by email and speak (remotely) at the hearing if you like.

The resolution acknowledges the most recent instance of violence inflicted on the Black community through the murder of George Floyd, and  calls for centering the Historic Preservation’s work program and resources on racial and social equity. You can read the resolution in its entirety here 

If you feel led to share your experience, knowledge, and guidance, please participate in the hearing, or send written comments to the Commission as detailed below.

Hearing is next Wednesday, July 15th beginning at 12:30 p.m.   You can listen to the broadcast live at https://sfgovtv.org/planning or Cable Channel 78, or watch it on replay at https://sfgovtv.org. 

The Commission strongly encourages interested parties to submit their comments in advance of the hearing, via email to commissions.secretary@sfgov.org.   There is also a public comment toll-free number, (888) 273-3658 / access code: 3107452 .

More information on and the contact information for the Historic Preservation Commissioners can be found at https://sfplanning.org/historic-preservation-commission.  For questions or comments, please contact CPC.equity@sfgov.org,  Shelley.Caltagirone@sfgov.org, Claudia.Flores@sfgov.org or call 415-558-6473.   For more information about the Planning Department’s Racial and Social Equity work, please visit their website at: https://sfplanning.org/project/racial-and-social-equity-initiative.  

Town Hall Meeting

The Town Hall for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District has been scheduled for 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 pm
You can also call in at 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and use Meeting ID: 883 5385 0486 and Password: 753631  (or find your local number at https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbCkQleJB8)

Want your voice in the leather community heard? Want input on what the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District does in the future? THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

This meeting will review the CHHESS, and we will have a breakout session to focus groups on the following topics:

Historic Preservation
Preserve and develop cultural and historic buildings, businesses, organizations, traditions, arts, events, & district aesthetics.

Tenant Protections
Protect tenants from displacement and promote affordable housing & homeownership.

Arts & Culture
Attract and support artists and cultural enterprises.

Economic & Workforce Development
Premote jobs, tourism and economic opportunities that stabilize the district’s economy.

Land Use
Create City regulations, tools and programs that support businesses & industries that advance the cultural district.

Cultural Competency
Promote culturally and appropriate City Services, policies, and narratives.

The entire community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Please mark your calendar, tell your friends and colleagues, and announce it at meetings.

The event is free. ASL interpretation or captioning will be provided if requested ten days in advance.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event or write to info@SFLCD.org.

 

Artists Roster

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is compiling a roster of artists and and artisans in all media – including craftspeople, performers, musicians,  writers – who live, work, exhibit or perform in the District, or whose creative work reflects the culture of the queer, kinky and/or leather community.

Our Catalog is still very small, but if you are ages 18+, you can view it here:

LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural Catalog

Artists in all media are urged to submit their contact information, a description of their work, and additional materials for inclusion.

Artists may choose to simply be listed by name, with basic contact information, or include either samples or links to samples or pages displaying their work.  In some cases we may prepare a separate page featuring their work.  We will be able to present graphic or video files in all standard Web-friendly formats, subject to any technical or legal limitations.  (So please submit nothing involving human trafficking or children, and nothing violating anyone else’s copyright, reputation, or privacy.)

This LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural Catalog will be available to all visitors to our Web site (ages 18+), and we expect it will be used to recruit artists and performers for a variety of exhibitions, events, commissions and other projects.  Artists are welcome and encouraged to share the link to their featured page.  We believe this may be particularly useful for artists who wish to display their adult or leather-themed work separately from their other public portfolios.

Graphic artists are encouraged to take appropriate precautions (e.g. steganographic fingerprinting, watermarks, lowered resolution, etc.) to prevent the graphic samples on our Web site from undermining the value of their original artwork.

Please write to arts-chair@sflcd.org if you have problems with the form, need to submit your materials in a different way, or to discuss.

Bob Goldfarb speaks to Commonwealth Club

Bob Goldfarb was invited to join a panel called “Lavender Talks: The State Of San Francisco’s LGBTQ Cultural Districts” at the Commonwealth Club, on May 28, 2020.

The program explored the status of San Francisco’s LGBTQ cultural districts. How and why did they come into being? How are they used today? What’s next? It featured leaders from the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Transgender District, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

The program was produced in association with San Francisco Pride, and made possible by the generous support of Comcast.

Here is the video: