Golden Dildeaux Season Launches!
A fun beer bust at the SF Eagle on March 12, 2023 launched the campaigns of dozens of candidates for coveted, cheeky, Golden Dildeaux Awards.
Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Fire Dragon Photos: (Click on image for slideshow.)
You can vote for your favorite candidates here. Vote as often as you like, at $1 per vote (proceeds to PRC Emergency Assistance Fund). Voting closes at 5 pm on April 20, and the Woody Award Show happens on April 22. Full info is here.
SOMA Second Saturdays!
SOMA Second Saturdays
Returns to the Streets!
April 8, 2023, noon to 5 pm
Vendors! Entertainment! Surprises!
Presented by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
& the SOMA West Community Benefit District
Artists! Artisans! Show and sell your work! Sign up here.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Chat about it, meet your friends, compare notes on Bloom (soma-second-saturdays-268)
SFAC Artist in Residence Program
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries has announced an Artist in Residence (AIR) opportunity in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).
The purpose of this Request for Qualifications is to identify four artists to engage with the SFPL staff and their distinct programs. The selected four artists will spend 10-weeks in residence at the SFPL conducting research around its history, programs, services, and inner workings.
Each residency will culminate in the creation of a new project that is responsive to the artist’s experience at the SFPL.
This opportunity is open to San Francisco residents only. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24, 2023 by 11:59pm.
Full info is here.
Golden Dildeaux Awards
The Woodys are coming!
Although the Golden Gate Guards have rolled up their banner, they have graciously transferred to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District the management of their beloved and 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 March 12 and April 20, go vote for your favorites.
- Each vote costs $1,
- Proceeds go to the PRC Emergency Financial Assistance fund.
- Multiple votes are allowed.
- Vote early! Vote often!
- Encourage friends to vote! All’s fair in love and Dildeauxs!
- We are a 501(c)3 organization, votes/contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
- Voting ends on Thursday, April 20, at 5 pm
- On Saturday, April 22 at 6 pm, attend the Woodys Awards Show
- Live at the SF Eagle!
- See the envelopes opened and the Golden Dildeaux awarded!
- So join the fun, and let’s see who gets a Woody!
- Info about the history and past winners of these awards is also available!
Celebrate the District at our free LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Fifth Anniversary Party! The fun happens at Folsom Street Foundry (1425 Folsom Street, between 10th and 11th) on Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 6 to 10 pm. Our MCs will be Lance Holman and Alotta Boutté, and we have lots of entertainments in store. Watch for details! Did I mention it’s free?
Also on May 6, 2023: the Bare Chest Calendar Finals at DNA Lounge from 3 to 6 pm, and the Ms. SF Eagle Leather Contest at the SF Eagle from 3 to 5 pm. Both events are within two blocks of our Anniversary Party, so mark your calendar to attend them all, and spend a kinky and queer afternoon and evening in the LEATHER District!
Save These Dates!
Here are a few important dates to mark in your 2023 calendar:
- LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board Meetings: 2/15, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20, 10/18, etc.
- SOMA Second Saturdays: 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10, 7/8, 8/12, 9/9, etc.
- Golden Dildeaux Award Nominations Open: February 11 through March 9
- Golden Dildeaux Nomination Beer Bust: March 12
- Golden Dildeaux Award Voting Open: March 12 through April 20
- Golden Dildeaux Award Ceremony: April 22
- LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Anniversary Party: May 6
- Membership Deadline to vote in Cultural District Elections: May 11
- Up Your Alley Street Fair: July 30
- LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Annual Meeting: August 16
- LeatherWalk 2023: September 17
- Folsom Street Fair: September 24
- Bearrison Street Fair: October 14
All dates are subject to change.
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Kink Is My Superpower, a multi-media project from Divine Deviance, highlights the honesty, freedom, and strength of kinksters who have found our way out of the shadows and live proudly and openly.
They exist to help others tell their stories, share their experiences, and celebrate the superpowers they have discovered in kink, through films, books, calendars, and social media.
They are now developing an exciting book and documentary project about kink called Kink Is My Superpower.
These folks are inviting kinksters, whether of the 24/7 or occasional bedroom antics variety, to complete a very brief survey to help inform their project.
Click on “Take Survey” on their site, or go directly to the survey.
Minority Couples Sought for HIV Study
The LetSync Study of the UC San Francisco Center for Aids Preventions Studies (CAPS) is a project being done to evaluate a mobile health intervention for couples living with HIV. They are looking for 110 couples throughout the U.S. where:
- At least one person is HIV+ and identifies as a racial/ethnic minority
- Both persons are 18+ y/o, assigned male at birth*,
- Both persons have a smartphone and valid phone #, and a valid U.S. mailing address.
* They are looking for cis men, trans women, and/or non-binary folks
The study goes for 8 months, and study visits are every 2 months over Zoom. Each member of the couple can earn up to $430 in incentives for completing online surveys, doing take-home dried blood spot (DBS) tests and urine dipstick test to measure ARV or PrEP adherence. There is also an Exit Interview when the study is complete.
If you are interested, please click here or scan the QR code above to take 2-min. screener!
Leather District in the Fight Against MPX
Special kudos to Oscar Macias at DPH for coordinating these efforts with us. We are also grateful to BayPLS, Mission Wellness Pharmacy, the SF Eagle, AGUILAS, and the volunteers working line control for their participation in this effort, and are pleased and proud to have contributed to the community effort to control MPX.
LGBTQ health-related resources can be found here.
Monkeypox Info Available
Please educate yourself about Monkeypox. Start at sf.gov/monkeypox. Additional links are on our Resource page, here.
Resource List Updated
Thanks to some useful input we have received, we have been able to update our Leather & LGBTQ Resource Guide with new links to health-related resources, including new info on Monkeypox, and about recommendations for Meningococcal Disease vaccination.
See the new links at https://sfleatherdistrict.org/leather-and-lgbtq-resources/#health.
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!
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.
- National Bail Fund Network
- Bay Area Anti- Repression Committee Bail Fund
- San Francisco’s Transgender District
- Anti Police-Terror Project
- The Bail Project™ National Revolving Bail Fund
- Protest & COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Community Bail & Bond Funds
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- Reclaim The Block
- Black Visions Collective
- Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project
- Center for Black Equity
Other Lists of Resources: