Leather Contingent Planning Continues

Photo of Leather Contingent in 2022 Pride Parade by David Hyman

All members of the kink community are invited to help plan and march with the Leather Pride Contingent in the Pride Parade on June 30, 2024.

Here are some things you can do to help make the Leather Contingent the high point of the Parade:

    • On Saturday, June 1, at 1:00pm, attend the Contingent’s Parade Planning Meeting, at the SF Eagle.
    • Start talking to your friends about the Parade, and get them to commit to joining the Leather Contingent!
    • Sign up as a volunteer:

Sign up for the Leather Contingent

Other things to know:

    • The contingent will be led by five Contingent Marshals:
      • Jason Husted, Male Leather Marshal’
      • Nunca Sola, Female Leather Marshal
      • Star D. Love, Non-binary Leather Marshal
      • AJ Huff, Rubber Marshal
      • Jamal Pup Savage, Pup Marshal
    • The Contingent will also feature:
      • a Whip team led by Danny Nguyen;
      • A Color Guard (contact Cal Callahan for more info);
      • A Sound Truck, with Mark Paladini announcing;
      • The huge Leather Pride Flag, which needs 22 volunteers to carry it;
      • Pony Carts;
      • A whole lot of enthusiastic marchers having a great time!
    • Volunteers will also be needed on Saturday, June 29, to decorate the truck.
    • Please contact robert@sfbunny.com with questionjs
    • Remember, if you are going to be a Contingent Monitor, you should BOTH register with Pride, and sign up with the Contingent. 
    • The Leather Contingent will be Group SFL107, but we won’t know our position in the parade until “the last minute”.  Watch the Leather Contingent Facebook Page for info on when and where to show up.   

See you at the parade!

Timely Reminders

The Play on the Plaza event on May 11 was a big success.
Photo of Play on the Plaza, May 2024, by Fire Dragon Photography See more photos by Fire Dragon Photo.


The next meeting of the Arts and Culture Committee is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 7 pm.  Arts and Culture Committee Facebook page.  Please contact the Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next Erotic Storytelling Hour is set for Thursday, May 23, 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.   Erotic Storytelling Hour information pageFacebook PageZoom link, Videos of some of our past evenings!  (Be 18+!)


The next online Diversity & Membership Committee meeting is set for Thursday, June 6, at 6 pm PDT.   Diversity & Membership Committee Zoom link. Facebook page.  Contact the Committee chair to get on the mailing list for this Committee, or for more info!


The next Play on the Plaza is Saturday, June 8, from 12 noon to 5 pm, at Eagle Plaza (12th Street, between Folsom and Harrison). Vendors! Entertainment! Gear Swap!  Music!  Impact Play!  Play on the Plaza info. June 8 event info.  Facebook page coming soon.


The next online meeting of the Land Use Committee Meeting is set for Monday, June 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Land Use Committee Meeting Zoom Link. Facebook page.  Contact the committee chair.


The next online meeting of the Communications Committee will be Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 7 pm.  Communications Committee Zoom linkFacebook page. Contact the committee chair.


The next meeting of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors will be Wednesday, June 19, from 6 to 8 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, use the Board of Directors Meeting Zoom link, or call 1-408-638-0968 and use Meeting ID: 847 8906 0820 and Passcode: 972086.    Facebook page.  Draft agenda (link coming soon).  Minutes of past Board meetings. Please contact manager@sflcd.org if you have questions.


The Fundraising Committee meets as needed.  Please contact the Fundraising Committee chair 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 Governance and Legislation Committee chair 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, then sign up to get it monthly.


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.  Subscribe to the SOMA West Community Benefit District newsletter.


San Francisco has ten Cultural Districts, each supporting a unique aspect of the City’s cultural mosaic You can learn about the San Francisco Cultural Districts Program, and subscribe to a Cultural Districts newsletter, published quarterly by the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development.


We keep adding links to our Resource Guide page.  Use it!


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


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, June 12, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  You can be added to the “Friends of Eagle Plaza” mailing list.  You can make a donation to the Friends of Eagle Plaza. You can like and follow them on Facebook.  You can learn more about the Plaza’s design, construction and stewardship on the Friends of Eagle Plaza website, or you can write to info@eagleplaza.org.

New Park Updates

We are very excited about the new Park that is being constructed by the City at Natoma and 11th Street, just a few feet north of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

Proposed eleventh and Natoma new park aerial view of existing buildings

The new park will include a half-basketball court, fitness area, children’s play area, tables and seating throughout.  It will offer folks a respite from the dense, urban environment, among lush plantings.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department solicited community input into naming the park, and we proposed that the park be named after Rachele Sullivan, one of the founders of our Cultural District and a prominent figure in SOMA’s Filipino community.

Several other names were proposed, including options to honor various representatives of the Leather, Filipino, and Disabled communities.

In two rounds of community surveys, Rachele Sullivan’s name emerged as the clear favorite, garnering more votes than all other options combined.

We believe that honoring Rachele Sullivan is a profoundly good choice, as she was a woman who proudly embodied the intersection of the queer, leather, Filipino, Indigenous, and disabled communities.

The final naming decision will be made by the Recreation and Park Commission.  At this time, we do not know when the hearing and vote will take place. (June 20, 2024 is one possible date.)  Please watch this page and/or join our SOMA Action Network, and we will let you know when and if your presence or other advocacy is needed.

 

Golden Dildeaux Awarded

The Woodys Awards Ceremony was held at the San Francisco Eagle on the evening of April 27, and the nominees, along with their friends and supporters, filled the Eagle patio to enjoy the finale of the Golden Dildeaux Award season, and to see who would get a Woody.  

2024 GOLDEN DILDEAUX AWARDS by Fire Dragon Photo

Hosts Dolan Wolf and Andres Campos carefully read the lists of nominees, and cheers greeted each award winner as they came forward to receive their statuettes, each accompanied by a golden envelope and a certificate confirming their victory.

District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey and Cultural District Director Bob Goldfarb contributed comments and drag performer Coco Buttah provided entertainment during breaks in the awards.

After all the awards were presented (see list of winners, below), a special additional Woody was given to Ben Perez for being the most successful fundraiser in a single category.

Overall, the 2024 Golden Dildeaux raised $14,877 for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, which will be used to help keep SOMA kinky and queer.

The award celebration capped weeks of active and imaginative campaigning by nominees, leading to some spirited friendly competitions, and resulting in a diverse and enthusiastic group of award recipients.

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The Cultural District sends its thanks to the SF Eagle, Lex Montiel, Jeff Johnson, DJ Spazatronica, Supervisor Matt Dorsey, Coco Buttah, Ken Berard, Mike Labriola, Lou Grosso, Jack Folchi, Cultural District Board members and volunteers, all the gracious and good-spirited candidates, and to everyone who voted.  

Here are the winners:

  Category Name Description Winner
1 The TOP of Them All The “They Who MUST BE OBEYED” Award Sumiko Saulson  Mauskaveli
2 Best in RUBBER The “Slippery When Wet” Award Austin LaCrosse
3 BEST LOOKING ASS in the Bay Area The “Full Moon” Award Joshua Munoz
4 QUEEREST OF THE QUEER The “Over the Rainbow” Award Star D
5 Best PUPPY HANDLER The “FETCH!” Award Mama Kat
6 FIERCEST FEMME The “Sexy Siren” Award Reika Minxie
7 Best LEATHER FASHIONISTA The “Brazen Runway” Award Kara P
8 Your FAVORITE SILVER FOX The “Hot Daddy” Award Dandy Buckley
9 Best IMPACT PLAYER-BOTTOM The “Black & Blue” Award Eric See
10 The HOTTEST CIGAR SMOKER The “Smoke Ring” Award Ray Middling
11 GOLDEN SHOWER Lover The “Fire Hydrant” Award David Hyman
12 Most VERSATILE Player The “Orange Hankie” Award Benji Michalek
13 Best CUDDLE BEAR The “Honey Pot” Award Daniel Huggybear Cherry
14 Best BOOTBLACK The “Spit Shine” Award Sky Russell
15 Biggest PIG The “Hole Hog” Award Pig Zero
16 HORSE HUNG Stud The “Dick of Death” Award Steve “Ox” Geist
17 Best PUPPY The “Best in Show” Award Pup Jake
18 BUTCHEST WOMAN The “Serious Swagger” Award Val Langmuir
19 NOVICE PLAYER of the Year The “Rookie” Award Raquel Stratton
20 Favorite BARE CHEST CALENDAR Guy The “Man of the Month” Award Ben Perez
21 Best Power FISTING-BOTTOM The “Golden Gape” Award Kevin Stone
22 Best INSTIGATOR The “Troublemaker” Award Drew Ward
23 Best Drag or Burlesque Performer The “Big Slay” Award Jamie Synn
24 BEST SEX in the Bay Area The “Orgasmatron” Award Austin LaCrosse
25 Biggest Fundraiser The “Wolf of Folsom Street” Award Ben Perez

 

Erotic Storytelling Hour!

The next
Erotic Storytelling Hour

will be
on Thursday, June 27, 2024, from 8 to 9 pm PST

 

Hosted by:
Sumiko Saulson
David Hyman
Cal Callahan

Featuring readers:
TBA

Enjoy an hour of online kinky literary fun! 
Zoom in to hear erotic, sexy, and funny stories and more
from selected writers of our community!

 Join via Zoom
Or call 1 408 638 0968 and enter meeting ID: 868 6820 8302 and password: J19FQ3
Info on Facebook
Be 18+

Erotic Storytelling Hour Video Archive (18+ Only)

Info about all our wonderful Erotic Storytellers!

If you’re interested in being 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 

Overdose Prevention Trainings

 
Update:
 
Thirty members of the community attended the Narcan Training & Overdose Prevention Workshop sponsored by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District in partnership with Kochina Rude and SF Oasis. Thank you to “Narcan Queen” Kochina for another life-saving and engaging training, Ryan Patrick Welsh for a dynamic performance, and the amazing staff of Oasis (Carissa/Snaxx, Icarus at the bar, Aaron on tech, Will at the door). The training was made possible by a generous grant from the Success Centers.
 

 
We invite you to join us for Overdose Prevention Training by Kochina Rude, sponsored by the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.
 
This session is open to the public, on Wednesday, May 22, 6 pm, at Oasis, 298 11th Street.
 
The training will include how to recognize the signs of a fentanyl overdose and how to properly use Naloxone (Narcan). There will also be training on how to use fentanyl test strips. Each participant will receive a kit with two doses of Narcan and a supply of test strips.
 
The evening will include food and a special performance by Ryan Patrick Welsh, star of “Sex, Camp, Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
 
Admission is free but seating is limited. Please register to join us.
 

Register for training

Fentanyl overdoses have been at critical levels in San Francisco in the last few years. You can be prepared to save a life.  Additional training sessions for employees of District bars and clubs are also being scheduled.

Oasis is 21+
 
This training is made possible by a generous grant from the Success Centers.