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San Francisco Designates Gay Leather Cultural District

Supporters say a designation would give the cultural district negotiating rights in future development and access to public money

Gay Leather District San Francisco
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Supervisors in San Francisco have unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a gay and leather cultural district in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

Supervisor Jane Kim said before the vote Tuesday that legislation to designate a cultural district has been more than a decade in the making.

Supporters say a designation would give the cultural district negotiating rights in future development and access to public money.

The neighborhood remains home to gay and kink bars and the popular Folsom Street Fair, which draws thousands of people every year to celebrate “leather sexuality.”

San Francisco has four cultural districts, and city leaders are eager to create more as a way to protect and promote businesses and affordable housing.

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