Jim Meko [Edit]

Jim Meko (1949-2015) was a gay leatherman known for his work in San Francisco.

Work in San Francisco

Meko served as San Francisco Entertainment Commissioner and was a South of Market land use activist; South of Market is a neighborhood in San Francisco. He worked to support the neighborhood’s gay and leather institutions.

He and his lover Roy Carr had a printing business called Best Impression.

Meko ran unsuccessfully for District 6 Supervisor in 2010.


In 2010, Jim Meko received the NEN Lifetime Achievement Award from the (San Francisco) Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services for helping oversee San Francisco’s nightlife and helping with planning issues in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.

In 2017, the art installation known as the San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley was installed; in it he (among others) is honored with a bronze bootprint displaying his name and a short statement about him.