Beyond the Binary: Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco

Featuring historic sites that intersect with the histories of LGBTQ+ and psychology

Beyond the Binary: Self-Guided Tour of San Francisco

San Francisco, California 94102, United States

Created By: Quest University

Tour Information

This self-directed walking tour highlights key LGBTQ+ sites in San Francisco, and related psychology landmarks. This tour accompanies the special American Psychological Association collaborative session Beyond the Binary: Psychology's Evolving Understanding of LGBTQ+ Issues (8-9:50am Friday, August 10th Moscone Center 154).

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What You'll See on the Tour

Location of the American Psychological Association Annual Convention
693 Mission St Served as the headquarters of the Mattachine Society, Daughters of Bilitis, and Pan Graphic Press. The Mattachine Society (founded in LA in 1950) moved its national headquarters in 1957 to the Williams Building (through 1967)... Read more
210 Post St. The Shreve Building was home to Stanford Professor of Psychology Lillien Jane Martin’s Consulting Clinic (later “Old Age Counselling Center”) which opened in 1917. The first old age counselling center in the United St... Read more
330 Ellis St. Glide Memorial United Methodist Church was the first church in San Francisco to open its doors to the LGBTQ community. "The Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH), the first homophile organization in the United States wi... Read more
101 Taylor St. “For several days in August 1966, transgender women, drag queens, and young male hustlers demonstrated militant resistance in the face of police harassment at a favorite late-night Tenderloin establishment, Gene Compton’s... Read more
398 Eddy Street (@ Leavenworth) The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco's most misunderstood neighborhood. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin district are the beating heart of the city peopled by immigrants an... Read more
625 Polk St. The site of the 1965 Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) sponsored Mardi Gras Ball. “The CRH sponsored one of the most significant events in LGBTQ history in San Francisco: the Mardi Gras Ball on January 1, 1965, at... Read more
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place On November 27, 1978, San Francisco City Hall was the site of the Moscone–Milk assassinations when former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White shot and killed both Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor ... Read more
100 Larkin St.  3rd Floor, San Francisco Public Library Billed as the Queerest Library Ever, the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center is the gateway to the Library’s broader collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, q... Read more
3543 18th St #8 "Although not an exclusively lesbian organization, The Women’s Building in the Mission District is one of the anchors of the history of women, feminists, lesbians, and queer and progressive groups more generally in San Fra... Read more
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 ... Read more
4127 18th Street, 1/2 block west of Castro Street. GLBT History Museum is operated by the GLBT Historical Society, which "collects, preserves, exhibits and makes accessible to the public materials and knowledge to support and promote und... Read more
401 Castro St. The first gay bar to have clear windows was Twin Peaks Tavern, which removed its blacked-out windows in 1972 Currently: Gay bar serving classic cocktails & beers on tap, also boasts vintage furniture & big glass windo... Read more
2454-2498 Market St Civil rights memorial with 15 granite pillars representing 15,000 LGBT victims of the Holocaust.
401 Parnassus Avenue Formerly the Langley Porter Clinic "San Francisco became an important center for the study of gender and sexuality in the 1940s and 1950s through the work of the Langley Porter Clinic at the University of California Sa... Read more
Located in Golden Gate Park at Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green Drive "The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touche... Read more
Located in Golden Gate Park near the crossroads of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Chain of Lakes Drive East. The bench can be found facing west looking at South Lake. The Jewett Memorial bench is a 12-foot long granite bench celebrating... Read more


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