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Satta Yuva

The Leather Foundation, Inc. has begun its preparation for the youth program as we approach the end 2015. The program director is Jesus Eder from El Cajon. He is finishing up the 12th and last year of high school in El Cajon Valley High School.

The youth program will be based out of El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego. The name of the program is “Satta Yuva”, which means “empowering youth” in Gujarti. It is a language spoken by 50 million people in the State of Gujarat in the Northwest Region of India lying on the Pakistani border.

This program is unique in that it is entirely staffed by the youth with only the foundation acting as the mentor for advice and to administer their funds. The program will be addressing their needs and concerns of everyday life. It will cover such life issues as how to get and maintain credit, how to buy insurance and why it is essential to their future, how to maintain a budget, and of course, answering the enduring questions on the human lifestyle. With this lifestyle, the program will focus on the sexual lifestyle growing upon the youth and teaching acknowledgement of it and also ensuring safety of its practice.

The program is set to commence in the beginning of 2016.

YTD Tigers Pictionary at #1 Fifth Ave raised $900

Tiger's Pictionary at #1 Fifth Ave in San Diego is a neighborhood weekly Weds night tradition.  Each week a different charity benefits from the evenings raffles of prizes supplied to the evening.  The Leather Foundation has had 3 nights in 2014 with 3 more to go in July (16th), August (20th), and September (17th).

TLF President elected to SD County HIV Board

On March 11, 2014, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the appointment of our president, Russ Mortenson Boyd, as a new member of its HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (HPG). Russ is one of twelve new members approved by the Board. He will serve a term of at least three years.

The HPG is an advisory board to the County of San Diego. It consists of HIV prevention service providers, service providers along the continuum of care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and community members. The HPG also collaborates with several community groups designated in an advisory capacity to better inform HIV planning.  Russ and TLF are service providers.

“My appointment is recognition of the work the Leather Foundation has been doing in support of efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and HEP C,” Russ said. “I welcome this new opportunity to further serve the public and to represent the LGBT and the Leather Communities on this county-wide board.”

Supporting Family Around the Globe

The Leather Foundation will no longer purchase goods from the Russian Federation in support of our LGBTQI brothers, sisters and allies in Russia and the Ukraine. Not only due to the new anti-gay legistlation passed by Putin but due to the invasion of the Sovereign Nation of the Ukraine.