Two cameras installed above Cliff’s Variety capture two parts of Castro Street: the intersection of 18th and Castro and Castro Street looking north.
There’s also an additional camera above Orphan Andy’s showcasing the happenings at Harvey Milk Plaza and—NSFW alert!—Jane Warner Plaza.
San Francisco Bay Times Publisher Dr. Betty Sullivan had the idea for a Castro Cam over a decade ago, she told Hoodline.
Sullivan moved to San Francisco from the deep south, where she says she’d felt isolated and alone. “I didn’t know where the community was,” she said.
Sullivan would watch television to see if anything regarding the LGBT community was being captured by national news.
“That’s how I knew there was a community here,” Sullivan said. “They would report Pride every year in June. That’s how I knew I wasn’t crazy.”
Send these cams to your LGBTQ family and friends stuck in less-than-queer-friendly towns.