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37 years since the assassination of Harvey Milk

Today marks 37 years since the assignation of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone at City Hall in San Francisco.
These photos are from the annual Harvey Milk Annual Candlelight March from Castro Street to City Hall, around 1990, not positive of the year.

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In pouring down rain, November 27, 1998, Harry Britt honoring Harvey Milk at the 20th Annual Candlelight March.

June 2015 will be 45 years of Pride

Trevor Hailey

“If we don’t write our own history, someone else will and we won’t like what they had to say.”
Trevor Hailey, the late Castro Street Historian

June is upon us and it’s Pride month; but I believe we celebrate our unique presence in the world everyday, Pride is also about history, I remember those early years the first “Gay” parade I marched in 1970, we marched unceremoniously through San Francisco’s Tenderloin (don’t remember the street) and down Polk St. many people on the street cheering, many booing at us and yelling “Queer” and “Faggot.” I’ve been a witness to our history and I’m a tired old queen now, but here we are 45 years later, I never thought I’d see the day of our realizing equality and acceptance.

The accomplishments of our struggles have spread throughout the world, making life easier for younger generations. However, our worldly acceptance comes at a price; LGBTQ culture is being assimilated and we are becoming too mainstream, so beware of the anti-gay backlash from those that hate us, you know who they are, they would not hesitate to take away our civil rights given the chance. As part of the defense in protecting our hard won struggle for equality, it’s important to celebrate our culture, keeping it alive and documenting our LGBTQ Heritage through; historical preservation, photography, art, literature, performance, film, political activism, government involvement and voting.

Preserving our history is probably the most valuable cultural asset we have.

Early Pride photos, 1980.

Happy Pride.

Honoring Harvey Milk’s Birthday – a tribute by Harry Britt

Harry Britt’s poignant words remembering Harvey Milk on a rainy night in The Castro during the 20th Candlelight Vigil, November 28, 1998.

Looking Back 2004 & 2005 images from The Castro

Reflecting back 10 years I found an assortment of photos that really depict The Castro. The photos speak for themselves: some from Folsom St, Dore Alley, Pink Saturday, The Twin Peaks and various street shots.

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Twin Peaks Bar, we were so disappointed at the election results that year.