SOMA Second Saturdays!


SOMA Second Saturday — Summer Edition!

August 13, 2022, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
12th Street (between Folsom and Harrison), in San Francisco
Hosted by LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, Folsom Street,
and Soma West CBD

Come shop with local queer and kinky artists, artisans, and craftspeople from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Join in the Rough Trade Leather & Gear Swap!  (Sign up here! ).

  • Visit our bootblack boy zander. Get drawn by ES Kavana.
  • Get ear acupuncture with Dr. Marcos from Needle Play Acupuncture.
  • Receive insight from Tarot by Alexandria.
  • Visit Trans Village with ByrdBeaks and Fire Dragon Photography.
  • Vendors include A.B.O. Comix, Downtown Armor, Gooch Photography, House of Haven Crafts, It’s Simple, Just Angel, Laughing Cat Forge, Major Sketch, Nikki Violanti, Pansies, and The Spooky Haus

 

Volunteers Needed!
Contact manager@sflcd.org.

Come early and enjoy the Soma West Farmers Market at Eagle Plaza from 9:00 to 12:30.

Enjoy a Saturday Beer Bust at the SF Eagle, from 3 to 7 pm!

Dine nearby at local restaurants like Willows and Manora, or the food trucks at District 6.

Free!
Donations welcome.

This is a smoke-free event. Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.

Find out who else is going and join the chat with Bloom!


Do you have kinky arts or queer crafts you would like to show and sell?
Click here for more info!

Kinky and Queer Block at Sunday Streets SOMA

Sunday Streets SOMA returns on August 21, 2022, removing all traffic along Folsom Street from 9th to Spear, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, to give neighbors and visitors over 1.5 miles of fun for the whole family.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District and Folsom Street are partnering to host the block of Folsom Street between 8th and 9th Streets as the Kinky and Queer Block of Sunday Streets.

Come by to visit our vendors, enjoy entertainment and demos on our stage, and view the work of local artists.

    • Vendors will include:
      • Rocky Angel
      • ByrdBeaks,
      • Mauskaveli,
      • House of Haven Crafts,
      • JesseJae, and
      • Needle Play Acupuncture.
    • Artists will include:
      • Austin Boe and
      • Nikki Violanti.

The block will have a section suggested for 18+ only.

Volunteers are also needed. Sign up to help with Sunday Streets events here , and mention “LEATHER” as your organization affiliation., or contact  manager@sflcd.org for information and other options.  

This event is only one of six Sunday Streets in 2022, each offering beautiful mile-plus-long routes in historic neighborhoods of San Francisco between April and September, made possible by the nonprofit Livable City organization.

LeatherWalk 2022 is Coming

 

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is proud to continue the tradition of the popular community event LeatherWalk, on September 18, 2022.

LeatherWalk 2022 will once again start at San Francisco City Hall and will visit some of our favorite places and watering holes along the way. The event will culminate in a celebration at the annual Leather Pride Fest at Eagle Plaza, presented by the SF Eagle.

The event is free, but accepts donations to benefit the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, a unique San Francisco institution dedicated to keeping our South of Market neighborhood queer and kinky.

Plan now to join us on the steps of City Hall at 11 am, and step off at 11:30.  Full schedule and other details are here, or follow us on Facebook or FetLife, to be kept informed.

 

Timely Reminders

Join us for the LeatherWalk Launch Party on Tuesday, August 30, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, at the San Francisco Eagle Bar, 398 12th St.  We will celebrate LeatherWalk 2022 with treats from Mamabear’s Kitchen, entertainment, and an update about the plans for the September 18 main event, which you can also read about here.

Chat about it and meet up for it at https://bl.ooo/m/launch-party-for-leatherwalk-2022

The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here.  More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown!


We now host our Erotic Storytelling Hour on the second Thursday of each month.  Our next one is Thursday, August 11, 2022, from 8 to 9 pm, and will be the “Hot for Teacher” Edition!

Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community. It’s fun, it’s naughty, it’s online.  Click here or here for more details and Zoom link, and click here to see videos of some of our past evenings!  (Be 18+!)


The next online meeting of the Fundraising Committee is set for Tuesday, August 16, 2022from 5:00 to 6:00 pm..  Please contact the committee chair to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


The next meeting of the Walking Tour Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16,from 6:00 to 7:00 pm  Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88470691792 or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792. Please contact the committee chair, Bob Goldfarb, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 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, join the Zoom Meeting  here, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.  The draft agenda will be posted soon.   More info is here.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


Sunday Streets SOMA happens on August 21, 2022, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, when Folsom Street from 9th to Main becomes over 1.5 miles of car-free fun for the whole family.  The Cultural District and the Folsom Street folks are taking over the western end, to offer slightly more adult-focused vendors and entertainments.  Full  info is here.


The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, starting at 6:00 pm.  Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89554242702 or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  The draft agenda is here.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, September 1, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87865884248, or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 878 6588 4248.  RSVP is not required.  More info is here, or contact manager@sflcd.org.   We hope you can join us!


The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.


LeatherWalk is September 18, 2022,   It will start at City Hall, and end at the Leather Pride Celebration in Eagle Plaza.

These events mark the start of LeatherWeek in San Francisco, which of course leads up to the Folsom Street Fair on September 25.

Click here  for full details!   


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


The Second Annual Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  Learn more here.  This would be a great time to sign up to volunteer, as early volunteers get best choice of shifts.


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


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.  Check it out and subscribe here.


San Francisco has nine Cultural Districts, each supporting a unique aspect of the City’s cultural mosaic.  Links to each of them are here. For more in-depth coverage, you can subscribe to a newsletter, published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.


We have added a number of links to our Resource Guide page, including timely information about Monkeypox.   You can find those links here.


The space formerly known as “SF Catalyst” is  now Transform1060!   You can help keep this important leather/kink/fetish community space open and thriving:  attend an event, volunteer at an event, or host an event now.


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


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 14, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  To be added to the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” mailing list, click here.  To make a donation to the Friends of Eagle Plaza, click here,  To stay up to date, like and follow them on Facebook.  To learn more about the Plaza’s design, construction and stewardship, click here or write to info@eagleplaza.org.


Bearrison Street Fair is Coming Back!

The Second Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street, on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Bearrison — a collaboration between the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., (SPI) and the Bears of San Francisco (BOSF) — is an inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTI+ community, which promotes body positivity for all and builds a more supportive, welcoming, and inclusive bear scene by representing a diverse arena of cultures.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was proud to have been a Presenting Sponsor of last year’s Fair; pictures from that event are up on their web site.  We will be a Sponsor again this year.

This would be a great time to sign up to volunteer (Early volunteers get best choice of shifts!)

There is still time to sign up to be a vendor, here.  And if your organization would like to be a Beverage Partner, apply here.  

When it comes to corporate sponsorships, the sooner the better.  Start by dropping them a quick note here.

Only a limited number of spots are open in the Barbells, Bears, and Butts Deadlift Competition, a new feature of the Fair this year, sponsored by Fitness SF and MetalBob Training.  Learn more and sign up now at https://www.bearrison.org/deadlift.

Admission to the event is free, but VIP tickets are cheaper this year, and the perks of being a VIP will be better than ever., so be sure to order yours as soon as they become available.

Because the  Bearrison Street Fair is, above all, a good time!

SFEagle Players Forming

A new outlet for creative kinksters is emerging, in the form of the SFEagle PlayersAndrew Calabrese has been inviting writers, actors, designers, and anyone with a love of theater, to come together to create some magic at the SF Eagle.

To get things moving, they are holding a series of six events on Wednesday evenings, called “Improv Dojo: The Zen Approach to Improvisational Theatre”, led by Ovan Chan.

If interested, just show up at the SF Eagle at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays, starting July 6, 2022.

You could also join their Facebook Group or sign up on the SF Eagle Web site.

Gear Swap at SOMA Second Saturday

The monthly SOMA Second Saturday event on July 9 (from 1 to 5 pm, in and around Eagle Plaza) will once again feature our fun new “Rough Trade” Gear Swap!

The Gear Swap is your chance to clear out the closet, and earn some money for your used leather boots, fetish attire, kinky toys, bondage gear and…  who knows what else!

You can let us sell your items for your stated price, OR hang out at the Gear Swap booth, so you can negotiate and haggle with potential buyers.

If you have a Venmo account, you can send us the account name or QR Code to make payment easy.

You’ll be reducing clutter, raising cash, and getting gear into the hands of folks who might not otherwise afford it.

Best of all, you can choose to keep 100% of the cash receipts, or donate some or all of them to Folsom Street!

So, if you have some items that no longer fit your lifestyle (or your body), sign up here, or read full details here.


Other reasons to join us for SOMA Second Saturdays can be found here.

Narcan Training Held

 

On May 16 and 19, 2022, Cary Escovedo provided Narcan training for staff at the SF Eagle, Cat Club, Powerhouse, and DNA Lounge.

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to  be working with Cary, and the California Department of Public Health, to help these harm reduction efforts, and to keep SOMA a safe and healthy environment for all.  

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 brochure.
  • Visit our “About us” page.
  • 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 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.   
  • Share your opinions about our community’s needs, and our organization’s priorities, either by using our survey, or by chatting with a member of our Board. 
  • 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.
  • See a list of our current Board of Directors, 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 or Instagram.  
  • Write to our group’s elected President, Bob Brown, 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!

Adult Sex Venues Can Return!

 

On May 13, 2022, Mayor London Breed signed an ordinance, introduced by District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and adopted by the city’s Board of Supervisors, to clear up zoning issues and allow the reopening of traditional gay bathhouses and other adult businesses in designated areas of San Francisco.

The new ordinance will allow these “adult sex venues” to operate 24/7 in the Castro and on upper Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and Castro Street, and in key locations in SOMA and the Tenderloin.  “Conditional use” permits would be possible in several other  places.  Supervisor Mandelman posted the following message on Facebook:

During the 1970s and early 80s bathhouses were a focal point of gay social life in San Francisco and were important community meeting places where friends would gather to share stories, or watch a live show. Sadly, these were mostly shut down by city and court orders during the height of the AIDS crisis, and in 2020 I authored legislation to roll back those outdated health orders. But, last year we learned that a number of queer entrepreneurs seeking to open a new generation of bathhouses were still blocked under current zoning rules.

Yesterday, I introduced an ordinance to clarify the zoning for adult sex venues and make sure they are allowed in historically LGBTQ neighborhoods like the Castro and SOMA. I hope this ordinance will complete the work we began in 2020 to overcome the lingering stigma of a painful chapter in the history of San Francisco’s queer community by once again welcoming these safe, LGBTQ-affirming spaces in our city, and paving the way for queer entrepreneurs to open them up and contribute to our post-pandemic economic recovery.

For more info, please refer to this article in the Bay Area Reporter.  
The final version of the ordinance (File #220264) can be viewed here.

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:

Catalyst Transforms!

Transform1060 is a leather/kink/fetish community space at 1060 Folsom Street, formerly the social and educational space called SFCatalyst. It will be outfitted as you remember with upgrades in the works.

The space’s new operation team has finalized a new lease on the space, a crucial step the transition from its previous management by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance,.  The team is actively recruiting folks to host events there, as well as donations to their Capital Campaign. 

You can read more about the space — its history, the ongoing transition, the new management team, and the values that will guide its operations — at their new Web site, transform1060.org, or their Facebook page. A Press Release is also available, with with important details and quotes from team members Christopher Wood and Leigh Ann Hildebrand,.

The Transform1060 team is asking for active community involvement, urging folks to commit to attending an event, volunteering at an event, or hosting an event in the first 60 days of 2022.

They are also seeking donations to help retire the substantial back-rent debt, to begin making space and accessibility improvements, and to weather COVID-19 surges or other emergencies.  Learn more or make a donation at transform1060.org/home/donate/.

This fundraising campaign replaces the SFCatalyst Patreon campaign, which will no longer go towards operation of the 1060 Folsom space.

The survival of this space ensures that kinky folks from all of our communities will continue to have a safe space in SF to gather, play, teach, and learn.  The new team is committed to providing event facilities to a broad spectrum of the San Francisco Bay area’s fetish and kink communities, with an intentional focus on increasing services to and participation of historically excluded and under-represented people.  

Meet the Candidates

Meet the candidates for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors at our online Candidates Night, starting at 6 pm on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.  Join via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85148602475, or call 669-900-6833 and use Meeting ID: 851 4860 2475.

Online voting for both the Board and the President begins immediately following that meeting, and ends at 5pm on Monday, August 15. 

Read about the candidates here.

Additional meeting info is here.

Full details are here.