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About the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District is being created with the intent of preserving, sustaining, and promoting the LGBTQ history and culture of the broader Castro district. The creation of the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will highlight the structures and sites important to this history; fostering racial, ethnic and cultural diversity among its residents and businesses; and creating a safe, beautiful, and inclusive space for LGBTQ and allied communities, from those who call this neighborhood home to those who visit it from around the world.
The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District is a living, breathing geographic and cultural area with rich political, social, economic, and historical significance to the LGBTQ community. The neighborhood has been recognized worldwide for nearly half a century as a beacon of LGBTQ liberty and an enclave for LGBTQ people to find safety, acceptance, and chosen family. The Castro has long drawn new residents and visitors from every corner of the globe who seek out the neighborhood because of its significance as a center of LGBTQ life.
The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will help sustain this community and the Castro as a center of LGBTQ life. This is important for the movement as a whole, but also important for the Castro and for San Francisco.

The Cultural District Initiative’s overall strategies:

• Cultural Heritage Conservation (previously referred to as Historic Preservation)
To preserve, promote and develop cultural and historic buildings, businesses, organizations, traditions, arts, events and district aesthetics.
• Tenant Protections
To protect tenants from displacement and promote affordable housing and homeownership.
• Arts and Culture
To attract and support artists and cultural enterprises that embody and promote the cultural heritage of the District.
• Economic and Workforce Development
To promote employment, tourism and economic opportunities that stabilize the District’s economy and its residents.
• Land Use
To create City regulations, tools and programs that support businesses and industries that advance the Cultural District.
• Cultural Competency
To promote culturally competent and appropriate City services, policies and narratives.


img_7086-2The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District aims to highlight the importance of LGBTQ people to the Castro’s history, and ensure we have a place in its future. The Cultural District is a tool that will help to identify the problems LGBTQ people, communities, and allies face, and establish collaboration with city hall to create effective solutions. More details and background are available in the Ordinance here, introduced on April 9, 2019.

The map below is a representation of the district, but for the specific boundaries, as laid out in the ordinance, are as follows:


  1. The area bounded by Market Street to the north and west, Grand View Avenue to the west; 22nd Street to the south between Grand View Avenue and Noe Street; Noe Street to the east between 22nd Street and 19th Street; 19th Street to the south between Noe Street and Sanchez Street; and Sanchez Street to the east between 19th Street and Market;
  2. The lots along the north side of Market Street between Castro Street and Octavia Boulevard, including the Market Street public right-of-way and bookended by Block 0871, Lot 014 (occupied by the San Francisco LGBT Center as of 2019) and by Block 3562, Lot 015;
  3. Laguna Street between Market Street and Waller Street, including the public right-of-way only;
  4. The footprint of the 65 Laguna Street building (historically known as Richardson  Hall, San Francisco Landmark No. 256) and the footprint of 95 Laguna Street (known as Marcy Adelman & Jeanette Gurevitch Openhouse Community building as of 2019), both located at the northwest corner of Laguna and Hermann Streets in the southeast portion of Block 0857, Lot 002;
  5. Block 3502, Lot 013 located on the west side of Valencia Street between Market Street and Duboce Avenue;
  6. Pink Triangle Park located to the west of the juncture of 17th and Market Streets, immediately adjacent to Block 2648, Lot 001 on the east; and
  7. The triangular area bounded by Market Street to the north; 15th Street to the south; and, Church Street to the east.

How will the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District be supported? Will the city be providing funds?

img_7085-1The new Cultural District ordinance creates a bucket into which money for these districts can eventually be placed, but there is currently no funding from the city available. Once money starts to arrive, after successful completion of an RFP Process, we’ll be at an advantage if we are already established and have some projects lined up that meet the goals outlined in the Cultural History, Housing, and Economic Sustainability Strategy (CHHESS) report. Other Cultural Districts, however, have already been able to negotiate with developers to receive funding for cultural history and improvement projects. A recent article in the Chronicle gives a bit more background, and some of the ways other Cultural Districts have been able to use the designation to their advantage.

What is happening now with the district?

We are now an official Cultural District of San Francisco!

What are the next steps?

  • img_7087-1Continue getting support from neighborhood associations, residents, and visitors (sign our support letter here).
  • Passage of the ordinance by various committees and eventually the full Board of Supervisors.
  • Formalizing the district with the creation of an advisory board or another governing body to monitor projects and advise on the distribution of funds.

How can I get involved?

Follow us on Facebook for meeting announcements and updates from the committee, or join our mailing list here. You can send us a message on our contact form or to