The San Francisco Eagle Bar announced that Eagle Plaza, the world’s first public space centering queer history and the leather community, will be inaugurated this weekend as part of the city’s upcoming Leather Pride 2023.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, State Senator Scott Wiener, and district supervisors Matt Dorsey and Rafael Mandelman are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the special ceremony, while Drag Laureate D’Arcy Drollinger will emcee. Eagle Plaza is located on 12th Street at Harrison next to the SF Eagle Bar. The ceremony will take place on September 17 at 2 p.m, and is open to the public.
“Eagle Plaza was envisioned as a safe, clean, and inclusionary outdoor space for the gathering and celebration of leather and LGBTQ+ people,” Lex Montiel, owner of the San Francisco Eagle Bar, said in a statement announcing the ceremony. “I look forward to thanking our city leaders for their support in helping The SF Eagle Bar and Friends of Eagle Plaza make this landmark a reality. Everyone is invited to join the celebration.”
The idea for the plaza first came in 2014 with fundraising starting the following year. Eagle Plaza is located on an existing two-lane street that can be closed for pedestrian use during special events.
The inauguration ceremony is part of San Francisco Leather Pride, which is the kickoff for Leather Pride Week. Folsom Street Fair will take place Sept. 24.
The annual event features a buffet of leather-clad revelers with events including history tours, art exhibitions, kink classes and workshops, themed parties, and more. The event is free and open to the public.
This article originally appeared on Out.com, and is shared here as part of an LGBTQ+ community exchange between Q Voice News and Equal Pride.