We’ll start at Harvey Milk Plaza and then stroll through The Castro. We’ll walk along the Rainbow Honor Walk where I’ll share stories about some of the heroes of the movement, like James Baldwin and Sylvester. We’ll stop at the hub for community organizing (before the internet, we had to organize in person!), Harvey Milk’s camera store, and two of the bars that were the site of historic and pivotal moments in the movement (and in my life). We’ll also stop at a few of The Castro’s major landmarks - the GLBT Historical Society, The Castro Theatre, and Jane Warner Plaza. By the end of the tour, you’ll know so much more about about the people, places, and events that have made The Castro what it is today.
I've been a San Francisco resident since 1972. My life as an activist started shortly after I arrived and has continued to this day. I lived in The Castro in the 70s and knew many of the leading figures in the movement. I demonstrated and organized and have intimate knowledge of the places and events the marked the struggle for gay rights. I was recently portrayed by Michael K. Williams in the ABC mini-series 'When We Rise'.
Harvey Milk Plaza Rainbow Honor Walk (will stop at several plaques of people I knew personally) Harvey Milk's Camera Shop (no longer there, but will provide a history of the place and its role in The Castro's history) The Pendulum (no longer there) and Midnight Sun - sites of two pivotal demonstrations GLBT Historical Society Castro Theater Castro and 18th - the site where we organized