San Francisco to create a leather and LGBTQ Cultural District

The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco will create an official cultural district dedicated to the leather and LGBTQ communities.

The LGBTQ and Leather Cultural District will centre on the city’s South of Market area and follows the creation of four other Cultural Districts in the city.

Local supervisor Jane Kim who forwarded the resolution, said: “San Francisco’s South of Market has been a local and world capital for leather culture since the 1960s, as well as one of the city’s most significant and distinctive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer neighbourhoods since the 1950s.”

The LGBTQ and particularly the leather communities have historically been associated with the area, who took over what was then a seedy area. It is host to the annual Folsom Street Fair.

Over the years, the district has succumbed to gentrification which has forced out many of the LGBTQ venues which had made the district such a vibrant area.

The creation of the Cultural District is intended to recognise the community’s history and to ensure that the area remains an LGBTQ space.