As early as the Barbary Coast days, the city has also been known to be famously queer. This identity would be neither as strong nor as powerful were it not for the Castro neighborhood.
Watering holes like Twin Peaks Tavern and the Stud became safe spaces and meeting grounds; local shops like Castro Camera and Orphan Andy’s turned into beacons of activism. The communality of the city provided a platform for political reach that extended beyond the neighborhood, as made evident by the mobilization around the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
There’s even a hat tip to a former museum dedicated to all things Barbra Streisand.
Today, even as the city undergoes its own identity crisis, San Francisco’s LGBTQ history can still be felt. We rounded up the most locations in the city that have contributed to the importance and stronghold of LGBTQ identity.
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