Help Make the SF Eagle Bar a Landmark

The local queer and kinky community has been working over the past year to help protect the San Francisco Eagle Bar by having it designated an historic landmark.

We are now at the penultimate step:  on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 12:30pm, the Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal; if they say yes, it goes back to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor for a final ok.

You can stream the hearing at https://sfgovtv.org/planning, and call in with comments at (415) 655-0001 .(An Access Code will be announced).

You can also submit comments by email in advance.  Send them to Alex Westhoff alex.westhoff@sfgov.org, referencing Case No. 2021-001853DES.

Here is the specific language the Commission will be asked to approve, which you can also find at https://sfplanning.org/event/historic-preservation-commission-66

2021-001853DES:  396-398 12th Street– Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 3522, Lot 014 (District 6). Consideration to Recommend to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) designation of the San Francisco Eagle Bar (the Eagle) as an individual Article 10 Landmark pursuant to Section 1004.2 of the Planning Code. The Eagle was initiated for landmark designation by the BOS on February 2, 2021 (See BoS File No. 201400). The subject property is culturally and historically significant for its association with San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) Leather and LGBTQ communities. Since 1981 the venue has served as a cornerstone for SoMa’s Leather scene, home to a huge array of events including charitable fundraisers, leather contests, live music and comedy performances, political organizing, community activism, art exhibits, and more. Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic the Eagle’s fundraising efforts have collectively raised millions of dollars for AIDS-related charities, as well as other causes. The subject property is in a WMUG (Western Mixed Use) Zoning District, and a 55-X Height and Bulk District. For further information, call Alex Westhoff at (628) – 652-7314 or email alex.westhoff@sfgov.org and ask about Case No. 2021-001853DES.

Thank you for your help!  Watch for updates here, at https://thesfeagle.com/,  and at https://www.facebook.com/SFEagleBar.

Please consider joining our Save SOMA Action Network now, to be kept informed when we need you again.

SOMA Second Saturdays!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
Folsom Street
and the SOMA West Community Benefit District
present 

SOMA Second Saturdays!

IN THE STREETS!

on Folsom Street, between 9th and 10th Streets
including on Dore Street, south of Folsom

June 12, 2021
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 A safe, fun afternoon with
Queer Art, Kinky Crafts,
Local Artisans, Fun Vendors,
Clubs and Organizations

Enjoy beverages outdoors at the Powerhouse.
COVID-19 protocols enforced.

FREE!

To join the organizing team or ask questions,
please contact manager@sflcd.org.

Event subject to weather, city guidelines, etc.

Artists:  Sign Up to Display Your Artwork Here

Vendors:  Apply for a Booth Here

Volunteers:  Sign Up to Volunteer Here 

Artists, Vendors, and Volunteers: Click Here for Full Info

Scam Warning

It appears that someone posing as our Board President, Robert Goldfarb, is sending out emails asking people to buy gift cards and send pics of the cards with the code exposed.

This is a common type of scam.  No one associated with the Cultural District would ever ask anyone to do such a thing or wire money or anything of the sort.

If you’re getting these emails, please delete them.

Eagle Plaza More Visible

A bit more of Eagle Plaza has been revealed, as some of the construction equipment is removed.  You can now enjoy a portion of the broad sidewalk on the Eastern side of the Plaza:

Soon, we expect to see some landscaping added.

According to the sign on the front of the new 1532 Harrison Street building, below-market rental units will be available soon.  (Apply online by May 5, 2021 at 5:00 PM, at housing.sfgov.org)

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You can even peer inside to see a part of what will, perhaps, be a cafe of some kind.  ( I originally thought it would be a restaurant called “La Cantina”, but I have since learned that that is just the name of the manufacturer of those nice glass windows.)

If you think you might want to live in the new building, you can learn more at https://www.liveathq.com/ .

Keep your eye on the Plaza!

Timely Reminders

We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday, and our next one, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m., is a special episode including stories and legends of the SF Eagle bar. Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community, including Beth Bicoastal, Dan Erickson, Succubus the Brat, and Special Guests comedians Mean Dave and Oliver Graves.  

 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 Walking Tour Subcommittee Meeting is set for Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Join at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88470691792 or call 1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 884 7069 1792..  Help us create an Internet-based Walking Tour of noteworthy past and present locations in our South of Market neighborhood.  This month’s meeting features a short special presentation by Elliot Anderson on an Augmented Reality project he is working on about Ringold Alley.  View the agenda here.  


The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, June 3, 2021, 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 the committee chair, Gene Edmond! We hope you can join us!


 

The next online Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee co-chairs.


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  Join via Zoom here    More info is here, or contact the committee chair,  Bob Brown


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 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 Zoom Meeting  here, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.  Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions. Minutes of past Board meetings can be reviewed here.


The next online meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is set for Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Info at Facebook post. Join with Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89554242702 or call 1 408 638 0968 and use Meeting ID: 895 5424 2702.  The proposed agenda will be posted soon.  Please contact the committee chair, David Hyman, to get on the mailing list for  this Committee, or for more info!


We sent out our April newsletter recently.  Did you get it?
If not, view it here, then sign up to get it monthly here.


YOU  are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.  If you live in San Francisco, visit https://sfhealthnetwork.org/covid-19-vaccine/ for up-to-date info, including new health condition eligibility details, drop-in and appointment-only vaccination sites, and more.


Do you own or manage a building or business in our Cultural District?  Does it have some history relevant to our queer and kinky communities?  Do you want to learn more about it?  Look here.  

And while we have your attention, building owner/manager:  Would you like a mural on your building?  We would like to make it happen for you!   Decorate The Streets


Have you seen Justin Hall’s  “Marching Toward Pride” poster series?  They were installed in the bus stops along Market Street as part of the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco Pride celebrations, and they illustrate six moments of SF LGBTQ history, each one colored to represent one of the six colors of Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow flag. You can view them all at Justin Hall Awesome Comics, and read the 49 Hills article about them (including an interview with Justin) here.  


The city is moving slowly but surely towards a major upgrade to Folsom Street.  Read about it here  


Another queer and kinky street fair is coming to town next fall.! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Bears of San Francisco have submitted a permit application for a Bearrison Street Fair on Saturday afternoon, October 23, 2021, at and around the corner of 11th and Harrison Streets. Learn more details at their web site and their Facebook page.  They also invite your participation on one of their planning teams. Join a team at https://forms.gle/dh8ornvA14heyoki9.


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.


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.


Want to keep up with all our upcoming Board and Committee meetings.  They are all on our Calendar, or check out our our new Events page!


We would love for you to become a Voting Member of the Cultural District!  Click here to get started!  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.  All memberships last one full year.  

Already a member?  Wondering if it is time to renew?  Click here!  and we will send you an email with your current membership status, and a customized renewal link!  

Remember, your membership must be current by May 20, 2021 to vote in our August elections.


We are actively seeking community input on ways to preserve and improve our special South of Market neighborhood.  We invite you to submit your own ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on a number of important topics: 

Give us your Input!


Do you have opinions?  Sure you do, but we mean specifically do you have opinions about SOMA and kink and the future of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District?    Please share your opinions using our Community Input form


Dr. Gayle Rubin, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and member of the Board of Directors of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, was honored with a Leather Leadership Award 2021 at “Virtual CLAW 8” .  on February 13, 2021.  You can view her acceptance remarks here.


To see a video about our CHHESS report by Julia Sabory, from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), please click here.  


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.


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


The next meeting of the Board of the Friends of Eagle Plaza is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 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. 


       

New Street Fair Planned!

Plan are under way for a new Street Fair in the District:  the Bearrison Street Fair, to be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

You can read all about it on their web site, or on their Facebook page.

You could just sit back and wait for it to happen, or you could help make it happen.  Sign up here to join a “Bearrison Team”.

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District is pleased to present another edition of our bi-weekly online event for persons 18+ only:

The Erotic Storytelling Hour!

Special SF Eagle Bar Edition

Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 856 5465 2578 and password: 007266\
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featured Readers:
Beth Bicoastal
Manny Ojeda (Mr SF Eagle Leather 2020)
Tammy LG Hatter (Ms SF Eagle Leather 2020)
Eric Mueller
 Special Guest Reader:
Hannah Hellcat, active Bay Area kinkster and friendly Satanist

Click here for info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

Want to be 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 

Commemorative Sidewalk Plaques Project Moves Forward

An important part of our work is helping residents, workers and visitors appreciate the history and culture of the District’s buildings and streets.

We are working on a project to install bronze plaques at key historic locations around SoMa, in cooperation with the SF Arts Commission, Public Works, the SFMTA, and with funding provided by local developers.  You can read about it in the September 2020 Bay Area Reporter article, easily viewable here.

Resolution authorizing the plaques has now been unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (as reported in this article  from the Bay Area Reporter).

Additional design reviews and approvals are still required.  Your presence and comments (via Zoom, or by email in advance) will be much appreciated.  Please consider signing up for our SOMA Action Network so we can let you know when we need that help. 

If all goes well, the first plaques should be installed as part of the Department of Public Works’ upgrade to Folsom Street, hopefully starting later this year.

Meanwhile, we invite you to view this presentation about the plaque project.  

View Presentation (PDF file)

Thanks!

New Night Shift on Duty in SOMA

The SOMA West Community Benefit District (SWCBD) has just announce a new Night Shift Neighborhood Ambassador Program.

The Program will help maintain a welcoming and vibrant neighborhood, focusing on direct interaction and outreach, using Night Shift ambassador teams who will tour the neighborhood, in vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot, from 6:00 PM to 2:30 AM, Monday through Friday.

Remember:

  • If a matter is an immediate safety issue, please dial 911. 
  • For non-emergency police matters please call the SFPD non-emergency number at 415-553-0123. 
  • The SOMA West CBD Night Shift Supervisor, David, may be reached at 415-937-4668.  
  • For cleanliness issues please use https://sf311.org/  — The CBD will receive the notification, and get on it ASAP.
  • For full info about the new program, click here.

Golden Dildeaux Awards

Yes, the Woodies are back!

Vote now for your friends (or enemies) to receive the Golden Gate Guards’ famous Golden Dildeaux Awards.

These humorous awards are intended to poke fun at various sexual activities while at the same time providing a unique charity fundraising opportunity.  The way it works is simple:

    • Between now and April 22, 2021, go to https://ggguards.org/gda/ and vote!
    • There are 25 Nomination categories, including “Best Looking Ass (the Golden Globes Award)”, “Best Impact Bottom (the Red Tail Award)”, “Best Novice Player (the Rookie Award)”, and lots more.
    • Each vote costs $1, with the proceeds going to the Emergency Financial Assistance fund of the Positive Resource Center (PRC).
    • You may cast as many votes as you wish for as many candidates as you wish, even in the same category.
    • Then, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7 PM Pacific Time, attend the 49th Golden Dildeaux Awards, online live on Zoom, with Masters of Ceremonies Star D. Love (Ms. San Francisco Leather 2016) and Cody Elkin (Mr. San Francisco Leather 2016).
    • So join the fun, and let’s see who gets a Woody!

Vote now!

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:

FSE to Open Community Center

Folsom Street Events — the producers of the Up Your Alley and Folsom Street Fair — have announced the opening of their new facility: the Folsom Street Community Center for Alternative Sexualities, at 145 Ninth Street.  

Check out this article from 48Hills.org, which includes quotes from FSE Interim Director Angel Adeyoha, and a video preview of the new space.    Additional info is in the BAR article here.

Watch for more details soon, and a gala opening in July (conditions permitting).

 

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 using one of our open surveys, or by participating in a Focus Group or personal interview. 
  • 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, 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!

Friends of the Lyon-Martin House Formed

Members of LGBTQ+ communities in the Bay Area have formed a Friends of the Lyon-Martin House group to preserve the longtime home of pioneering lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon on Duncan Street in San Francisco, which recently sold for $2.25M. Lyon and Martin purchased the property in 1955 and lived there together until Del Martin’s death; Phyllis Lyon lived on in the house until her passing earlier this year.

A “Friends of the Lyon-Martin House” team has been created, including Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, the GLBT Historical Society, and San Francisco Heritage, to ensure that this property is designated a San Francisco Landmark and preserved as one of San Francisco’s most iconic cultural sites.

Check out the new website for the Friends of the Lyon-Martin House: https://www.friends-of-the-lyon-martin-house.com/.

While on the site, you can sign a letter to the Board of Supervisors and Historic Preservation Commission, which will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors in advance of their 10/19 hearing.

Please share the website and letter — created by Grete Miller — with your communities.  Thank you.

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!

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.