San Francisco Expands Cultural District to Include Gay Leather District SoMa

San Francisco expanded its cultural district in the South of Market (SoMa) community. The expansion hopes to protect the community from the city’s ongoing gentrification problem that is seeing major sections of the city’s character being wiped out by new builds.

The new cultural area will be called the Leather Cultural District that will be incorporated into four other districts that have been created in recent years.

Supervisor Jane Kim said that the naming of the district has been in the works for over a decade. “This social cultural district has been in the works for about 10 years, since the Western SoMa plan was first introduced in 2006,” Kim said. “It took quite a bit of time for us and the community and neighborhood to put together.”

The board of supervisors unanimously supported the change.

“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 neighborhoods since the 1950s,” the resolution said.

The area is most famously home to the Folsom Street Fair that began in 1984.

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