Castro Camera

Beyond the Binary: Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco

Castro Camera

San Francisco, California 94102, United States

Created By: Quest University


575 Castro St.

Currently houses the Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store, a nonprofit in Harvey Milk's old home selling items for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender equality.

"Castro Camera has nationwide significance as one of the most important buildings in the country to be associated with the modern gay and lesbian rights movement.

From 1973-1978 the storefront served a dual purpose as Harvey Milk's retail photography shop, Castro Camera, and as Milk's headquarters for his four campaigns for public office. The fourth campaign resulted in Milk's election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and changed the tenor of politics in San Francisco. For the first time, gay candidates for public office became widely accepted in an American city, and the gay population became a powerful political constituency.

Harvey Milk also used his retail storefront as a basis for reviving the dormant Castro Village Association, becoming its first president, and launching the first Castro Street Fair.

From 1975 to 1978 the upper flat in this building was also Harvey Milk's residence. No other building in San Francisco is so closely associated with Harvey Milk, his political career, and his efforts toward establishing gay rights." (via)

This point of interest is part of the tour: Beyond the Binary: Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco


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