Everlane - Castro Pride Tour

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Everlane - Castro Pride Tour

San Francisco, California 94102, United States

Created By: Devon Abbott

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80 years ago, there was no train beneath us, no rainbow flags hanging from the street lamps. This started as an Irish Catholic neighborhood. In the 1930s and 1940s, what was it like to be gay in San Francisco? Gay people were extremely secretive about their sexual orientation at this time. The consequences of being gay could be jail time, as it was considered a crime. It was also classified as a mental illness, you could be sent to a psychiatric ward. There was electroshock therapy and chemical castration all used as tools for “curing the illness”. San Francisco is now considered one of the gay capitals of the world, but it is important to remember that these activities were happening only a few decades ago.

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This park is the first historical landmark remembering Homosexual men persecuted in Fascist Europe between 1933 - 1945. About 100,000 men were arrested during this period and as many as 15,000 were sentenced to work and death camps. Homosex... Read more
After soaking up the view from down there, meander west of Market, make a left on Diamond Street and walk to 18th street. You will see the Most Holy Redeemer Church, it has been lovingly been nicknamed the “Gayest” Catholic parish in th... Read more
The site of the MCC was sold in 2015 and no longer is operating. It is an important stop anyway. Many of the LGBTQ+ community moving to the Castro neighborhood came from religious backgrounds and grew up going to church. Most of them were t... Read more
This 4 story mansion was built by an unlucky miner-turned-police officer in 1892 by the name of Alfred E Clark. It cost around $100,000 to build at that time. The architectural style reflects the eclectic fashion of the times but can be com... Read more
In 1972, Harvey Milk along with his then-Partner, Scott Smith, opened Castro Camera. The couple lived upstairs. They sold cameras, film but it also became the center of the neighborhoods’ growing gay community and headquarters for Milk’... Read more
Harvey Milk was assassinated by Dan White, a police officer himself, Dan eventually turned himself in to the police. He was arrested and put on trial. White’s murder chargers were lowered to voluntary manslaughter, for which he was senten... Read more
There were gay bars in the 1940s and 1950s scattered throughout San Francisco. They were extremely secretive, To get to them you usually had to walk down an alleyway, knock on a door, and arrive at a bar without any windows. Many people wer... Read more
Lets soak in the wonder of the Rainbow flag-waving in front of the Harvey Milk Plaza. The flag is 30 ft by 40 ft. Look out for the historic F- Line Street Cars and the rainbow light adorning the top of the historic Twin Peaks Bar. History o... Read more
The Ohlone Indians were the first to inhabit the land around what was later to become Mission Dolores Park. They had inhabited the area for several centuries before Spanish missionaries arrived in 1776 to establish Mission San Francisco D... Read more


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