Folsom Street Fairgoers. (Courtesy of gaystarnews.com)

SF officially designates SoMa leather district + more topics to discuss over brunch

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Folks who love hot guys in leather had a banner week in San Francisco.

Plus, Oakland gets an e-sports arena and Burning Man's founder dies at the age of 70.


At These Pop-Up Dinners, The Chefs (And The Guests) Are Homeless, Fast Company

On a recent night at a pop-up dinner in San Francisco's Civic Center neighborhood–with a menu including seared mushroom red potato tostada and roasted broccoli with honey sriracha, some of the guests had paid $55 for a ticket for the multi-course meal. Other people, who are homeless, paid nothing. They sat together and talked, eating food prepared by people who are also homeless. Read more.


Larry Harvey, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70, The New York Times

Larry Harvey, the guru-like driving force behind Burning Man, the globally celebrated anti-establishment, anti-consumerist festival that he and a friend began 32 years ago on a San Francisco beach, died on Saturday at a hospital in San Francisco. He was 70. Read more.


Yes, median pay at Facebook really is about $240,000 a year, San Francisco Chronicle

A law that requires public companies to disclose the median pay of their employees and compare it with their CEO's compensation is producing some eye-popping numbers that spotlight income inequality in America. Among the 40 largest Bay Area companies that have reported, median employee pay last year ranged from $5,375 at Gap to $240,430 at Facebook. Read more.


City designates cultural status to queer leather district, SF Curbed

A cultural-district designation by the city would, ideally, help preserve the neighborhood's character by fighting increasing rents, helping boost longtime businesses, and preserve the history of the neighborhood. After all, the district hosts two annual sex-fetish themed festivals: Folsom Street Fair and Up Your Alley Fair. Read more.


All We Want to Do Is Watch Each Other Play Video Games, New York Times

Oakland's new esports arena threw a pre-opening party recently. A line stretched down the block. Nearly 4,000 people jammed into the former parking structure and onto the street around it, right in the touristy heart of Jack London Square. The sponsor was Cup of Noodles. Inside it was cacophony. Read more.

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