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, Organizations, and Vendors:  Apply Here

Volunteers:  Sign Up Here 

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

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.

Timely Reminders

We host an Erotic Storytelling Hour every other Tuesday, and our next one is Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m. 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+!) 


We would love for you to become a Voting Member of the Cultural District!  Click here to get started! 

Anyone whose income or living situation has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, or is experiencing hardship for any reason,  is eligible to receive a dues waiver.  All memberships last one full year.  

Already a member?  We will send you  a reminder when it is time to renew, including  a customized renewal link. 

Membership questions?  Ask manager@sflcd.org.   

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


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!


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, June 8, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Zoom into the meeting here. More info is here, or contact the committee co-chairs.


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 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. 


       

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!

Come hear some erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!
Tuesday, May 25, 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:
Dominique Leslie
Scot Hammond
Dominique Leslie
Scot Hammond
Special Guest Reader:
Ivy Limieux

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 

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.

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:

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!