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 (approved by the board of supervisors June 17th, signed by Mayor London Breed in July.

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The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District is currently recruiting for our Advisory Board members. To learn more, click here. The current elected Advisory Board members are:

Executive Committies: 

Co-Chairs:

  • Mahsa Hakimi and A. Sparks

Treasuer:

  • Elizabeth Lanyon

Lanton

Secretary:

  • Stephen Torres

Torres

Non-Executive Committies: 

  • Ms Billie Cooper

Cooper

Goverancce:

  • Jesse Oliver Sanford

Sanford

Communications: 

Co-Chairs

  • Christopher R. Vasquez & Shaun Haines
  • Shannon Amitin

Amitin

  • Steven Bracco

Bracco

 

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 map of the district, as laid out in the ordinance, are as follows:

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  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.