The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District aims to highlight the importance of LGBTQ people to 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, signed by Mayor London Breed in July.
The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District is currently transitioning from a volunteer working group to an elected Advisory Board, which will be elected in three rounds of voting. To learn more, click here. The current elected Advisory Board members are:
- Shannon Amitin
- Steven Bracco
- Ms Billie Cooper
- Shaun Haines
- Mahsa Hakimi
- Elizabeth Lanyon
- Stephen Torres
- Jesse Oliver Sanford
- A. Sparks
- Christopher R. Vasquez
The temporary working group is composed of various committees that meet regularly to share updates and engage with the Castro community.
- Shaun Haines, Co-Chair
- Andrew Shaffer, Co-Chair
- Shaun Haines, Co-Chair
- Jesse Oliver Sanford, Chair
Legislation | Retired Committee
- Moisés García, Co-Chair
- Brad Joseph Chapin, Co-Chair
Map | Retired Committee
Nominations |Sign Up!
The map of the district, as laid out in the ordinance, are as follows:
- 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;
- 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;
- Laguna Street between Market Street and Waller Street, including the public right-of-way only;
- 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;
- Block 3502, Lot 013 located on the west side of Valencia Street between Market Street and Duboce Avenue;
- 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
- The triangular area bounded by Market Street to the north; 15th Street to the south; and, Church Street to the east.