SOMA Second Saturdays!


SOMA Second Saturday — Folsom Fair Edition!

October 8, 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

We will again be hosting a MPX Vaccine Popup
in partnership with SF Department of Public Health and BayPLS.

Use the QR Code below, or go to https://bit.ly/3SSZ0wm to make an appointment.
If you received your first shot at our popups on September 10 or 11, you are eligible for your second dose this week.

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

Come shop with local queer and kinky artists, artisans, and craftspeople.

Vendors and artists include Art by Luke, Body Glow by Rosa Candles, Femmmeow, It’s Simple, Just Angel, Photos by Gooch, and Wicked Grounds.

Get ear acupuncture with Dr. Marcos from Needle Play Acupuncture. Heal your spirit with Tarot by Alexandria.

Volunteers Needed!
Contact manager@sflcd.org.

Free! Donations welcome.

This is a smoke-free event.

Watch this page for updates of entertainments, vendors and artists!

Refresh your “wardrobe” at the Rough Trade Leather & Gear Swap!  (Sign up here to sell your stuff!). 

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

Applicable COVID-19 precautions enforced.

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


 

The Ides of October!

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, there are so many exciting events happening in SOMA that you probably can’t attend all of them.  But it might be fun to try:

Farmers Market — The SOMA West Farmers Market at Eagle Plaza happens every Saturday through October, and the event on October 15 will run from 9 am to 1 pm, on 12th Street at Harrison.

LeatherWalk 2022 — Proudly produced by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, LeatherWalk 2022 starts at 11 am in Civic Center Plaza, across from City Hall, visits favorite neighborhood spots, and ends up at the celebration of body positivity called the Bearrison Street Fair!

Bearrison Street Fair — The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Bears of SF offer a supportive, welcoming, and inclusive event for all members of the adult LGBTQ+ community.  It will happen from noon to 6 pm, on Harrison Street at 11th.

LDG Fetish Fair — The San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group presents the Fetish Fair 2022, from 3:30 to 8 pm, at Transform1060  (1060 Folsom Street).

Post Fetish Fair Play Party — GearUp Weekend and San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group present a hot, fun, men-only play party, starting at 8 pm, immediately following LDG Fetish Fair, at 1060 Folsom Street.  The doors will remain open until 11 pm, with play continuing until 1 am.

How Weird Street Faire 2022 — The 23rd Annual How Weird Street Faire,  “Close Encounters Of The Weird Kind”, offers a mix of music, art, costumes, and dancing, in the area around Second and Howard Street, from noon to 8 pm.

Have a great day!

Folsom Street Rocks!

The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was pleased and proud to be part of the 2022 Folsom Street Fair.

We send our thanks to the tireless volunteers who staffed the booth, including Bob Brown, Tessa Antonia Delsener, Richard Dupler, Norm Lynde, JConr B. Ortega, Sumiko Saulson, and Stan Wong.

Our booth also hosted folks from the Bearrison Street Fair, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, ELSE, and BABKA (the Bay Area Bi/Pan Kinky Alliance).

At the booth, we spoke to hundreds of guests about the Cultural District, signed up more than 50 folks for our mailing list, showed off items from our new Merchandise Store, gave out stacks and stacks of informational materials, (including our popular postcards), and, of course, extended our invitation to everyone to join us for LeatherWalk 2022 on October 15.

Our warmest thanks and heartiest congratulations go out to Folsom Street, who produced a magnificent event.  The return of the full-strength Folsom Street Fair experience had been long awaited and keenly anticipated by our entire community, and the reality did NOT disappoint.

[If you were unable to attend, or want to refresh you memory, may I recommend the uncensored photos of BIRON, here. — NSFW.]

Special mention to everyone involved in the vaccination efforts, both leading up to and actually at the Street Fair; this all-out effort is helping assure that we can enjoy our kinkiness as safely and responsibly as possible.

And kudos also to all the attendees, both locals and visitors, who showed respect, positivity, and common sense, assuring that the event went not just smoothly and safely, but joyfully.  We are exhausted, but proud, happy, and inspired!

See you at LeatherWalk next month!

Timely Reminders

The next online meeting of our Diversity and Membership Committee is set for Thursday, October 6, 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 SOMA Second Saturday! event will be on October 8, 2022, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, on 12th Street (between Folsom and Harrison), in San Francisco.  Full info is here.


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee is set for Thursday, October 13, 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, October 13 2022, from 8 to 9 pm.

Come hear some provocative, graphic, sexy, titillating, and funny stories (and more) from selected writers of our community, hosted by award-winning author Sumiko Saulson. 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 Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee chair.


The next online meeting of the Fundraising Committee is set for Tuesday, October 11, 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!


LeatherWalk is October 15, 2022,   It will start at Civic Center Plaza, directly across from City Hall, and end at the Bearrison Street Fair.   Basic info is here, or click here for the complete details!   

The Second Annual Bearrison Street Fair will be held on Harrison Street at 11th Street on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  Learn more hereSign up to volunteer here! 


There will not be any Walking Tour Committee meeting in October.  The next meeting is tentatively be scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, from 4:00 to 5:00 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.  More info is here.  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, October 19, 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.


The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 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.  More info is hereThe draft 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!


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!


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, October 12, 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!

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 order yours now and save! .

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

Gear Swap at SOMA Second Saturday

The monthly SOMA Second Saturday event on October 8 (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.

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.

Other Lists of Resources:

MPX Vaccine Popup

MPX Vaccine
LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Pop-Up

in partnership with SF Department of Public Health and BayPLS.
in Eagle Plaza, Harrison and 12th Street
on Saturday, October 8, 2022

Use the QR Code or go to https://bit.ly/3SSZ0wm to make an appointment.

JYNNEOS vaccine; supply is limited

Come for the vaccine and stay for the art at SOMA Second Saturdays! this weekend.

Go to https://bit.ly/3SSZ0wm to make an appointment. If you received your first shot at our popups on September 10 or 11, you are eligible for your second dose this week.


We are pleased to have been part of the MPX Vaccination Clinic at Eagle Plaza on September 10 and 11, 2022.  A total of 233 individuals received vaccinations.  An additional pop-up was held on September 18.  Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, or helped make this possible.