The San Francisco girls of Leather are so happy to announce that we have been nominated by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance for Most Visible Organization! If you would like to vote, please visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LEATHER_BALLOT

We had the most amazing slumber party in January! It was a wonderful chance for us to get to know each other better and to deepen our friendships. I was astounded by the amount of pink! Big thanks to Katiekins for hosting us in her beautiful Oakland loft. avaLuna has uploaded an amazing collection of images, to see please visit: http://sfgol.org/photos/slumber-party-jan-2011/

January also brought the official kickoff of our toiletry drive for Casa de las Madres. With thanks to Ms. Cat and Ajax, we were able to launch at the Citadel’s women and trans play party Eclipse! Looking forward, with thanks to many of our girls who are party hosts, you will be able to bring contributions to Tryst, Taboo, Revolution, and Mystique. The next three Exiles’ programs will also have a drop spot. Last, you may drop toiletries off at Wicked Grounds any day of the week during business hours. Our girls Sailor and Lola Sunshine are doing a great job coordinating this drive. Major thanks to the Citadel, the Exiles’, and Wicked Grounds for their support. Special thanks to Jim Sullivan and Mama Reinhardt who have both made substantial donations.

I am very happy to report that in February we had 10 girls who were attending their very first meeting! Also exciting was that we voted in a new Full Member, tehlola.

We helped with the (always fun) Exiles’ Orientation. I personally quite enjoyed having a speaking role opposite Val. Jill and Randy were both excellent in their roles. The attendees were all brand new– none of them had yet attended a play party. I’m very happy that SFgoL is participating in welcoming newbies to the community and also helping to teach basic safety.

One of our members, Keri, has volunteered to take on a new project to organize a mentor/mentee program within the SFgoL. I’m very excited about this, as I believe it will lead to the empowerment of newer girls, in time bringing new leadership to the Leather community.

Please come to our first club fundraiser– Debauchery at the White Horse Tavern in Oakland– on February 20th. We will have the amazing MC talents of Ms. Alotta Boutté. She and Lola Sunshine (both members of SFgoL) will be performing! We are blessed to have amazing raffle prizes including a 6 month subscription to any Kink.com site, rope from Twisted Monk (with thanks to Lamalani,) a gift certificate for Gotham Tattoo (with thanks to Marilyn,) two comps to Eclipse (with thanks to Ms. Cat,) and more! Thanks to tehlola for coordinating this event.

We will be doing outreach at the Sex-positive Fair at Mills College on February 25th. tehlola is also taking lead on this.

Many members of SFgoL will be providing service during Leather Alliance Weekend. Thank you to Chris Raisbeck for coming by our meeting to ask for our help in person and for offering to lead a workshop for us in the future.

You certainly won’t want to miss our girls doing super hot play demos at Eclipse on March 4th, directly following the Leather Alliance Community Awards Dinner.

Pink is organizing an SFgoL Service Day on April 10th at the Citadel to thank August and Phil for their ongoing support. We will be building, cleaning, and painting.

If you know any Leather girls who are not yet a part of our club– please let them know they are invited to our upcoming social events including Zed’s Gay Skate Night in Redwood City on February 23rd, a tour of Kink.com on February 25th, and an SFgoL slumber party on March 4th at the Citadel.

We have new Supporting Members! Huge thanks to DJ Mora, August, Jessie, Tim McElreavy, Daddy Vick, Val, and Rocket! To become a Supporting Member, we ask for a contribution of $20 or more, or an in kind donation of similar value. In return you will get a big shiny button that indicates your year of support, a thank you on our web site, and lots of love from our club!

If you would like to read in depth about how the SFgoL will be contributing to IMsL this year, please check out the following post: http://blog.imsl.org/?p=75

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to the beautiful and talented Deborah Isadora for mentioning our club in her Leatherati article, entitled “Where are the Leatherwomen?” http://www.leatherati.com/leatherati_issues/2011/02…

Yours in Leather,
Leland Carina
President SFgoL

Please visit: SFgoL.org