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LGBTQ+ Castro Walking Tour: The Fight for Human Rights

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1 hour

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Why take this tour?

Discover the history of one of the key neighborhoods in the campaign for LGBTQ+ rights on this local-led tour of the Castro area. Focusing on the ongoing struggle of the gay community to promote visibility, and equality for all Americans, this tour takes you to the heart of a movement that defined a city, and a nation.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Hear the real stories behind one of the neighborhoods integral to the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the U.S.
  • Created with Sketch.Learn about the effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the Castro area
  • Created with Sketch.Take in landmarks including Twin Peaks Tavern, Harvey Milk Plaza and the Castro Theatre
  • Created with Sketch.Discover more about the lives of some of the area’s most famous inhabitants and have a donation made in your name to the Human Rights Campaign Center

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Cross the rainbow and break taboos as you delve into LGBTQ+ history

On this immersive hour-long tour, we’ll visit some of the most important landmarks in the campaign for LGBTQ+ rights as we uncover the history of the gay rights movement in San Francisco and the USA.

Our tour begins near the Twin Peaks Tavern; the first gay bar in the city to install floor-to-ceiling windows, highlighting the fact that its patrons were not ashamed of their identities. From there, we’ll head into the heart of the Castro area, while examining the highs and lows of the fight for equality residents have endured over the years.

Crossing the route of the Pride Parade, we’ll step on rainbow-colored crosswalks, before making ...

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On this immersive hour-long tour, we’ll visit some of the most important landmarks in the campaign for LGBTQ+ rights as we uncover the history of the gay rights movement in San Francisco and the USA.

Our tour begins near the Twin Peaks Tavern; the first gay bar in the city to install floor-to-ceiling windows, highlighting the fact that its patrons were not ashamed of their identities. From there, we’ll head into the heart of the Castro area, while examining the highs and lows of the fight for equality residents have endured over the years.

Crossing the route of the Pride Parade, we’ll step on rainbow-colored crosswalks, before making our way to sites most associated with California’s first openly gay elected official; Harvey Milk. At the Harvey Milk Plaza, we’ll discuss the details of Milk’s journey into politics, and his fight for marriage equality in San Francisco and beyond.

As we journey further into the Castro area, we’ll take in sites such as the notorius ‘Hot Cookie’ bakery - selling all manner of erotic treat - and the iconic Castro Theatre - San Francisco’s historic movie ‘palace’. We’ll talk about AIDS activist Bobbi Campbell and the Castro’s health and wellness center ‘Strut’, and delve into some illuminating stories surrounding the famously inclusive Most Holy Redeemer Church.

Breaking long-running taboos, we’ll openly explore the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and learn how a community banded together to fight it. It’s by breaking these taboos that this tour endeavors to shine a light on every aspect of the Gayborhood - from the unsung local heroes to current ideas around inclusivity - to analyze the impact it continues to have on American culture.

Finally, we’ll finish our tour at the Human Rights Campaign Action Center, a nonprofit store based in Harvey Milk's old home, where a donation will be made in your name.

  • Sites Visited
  • Twin Peaks Tavern (outside)
  • Harvey Milk Plaza
  • Castro Theatre (outside)
  • Rainbow Honor Walk
  • Most Holy Redeemer Church (outside)
  • Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
  • Tour Includes
  • Walks guide
  • Donation to the Human Rights Campaign Center
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Frank and Annie teamed up for this tour. Frank's passion and experience as a tour guide made this one of the best walking tours ever. My husband and I each got verklempt throughout the tour as we listened to the stories of Harvey Milk, the AIDS epidemic, the discrimination, and the rise of understanding and acceptance for the LGBT+ community. Annie is a new guide and will be wonderful as she grows more comfortable with the stories and as she becomes more conversational with telling them (meaning at times I felt she was trying hard to recall facts which made for more of a speech vs story walk!). All good, though!

Katie was very engaging and fun to listen to. She was ready to answer any additional questions we had and engage in conversations in between the stops. It was a great way to experience the neighborhood. You could tell she loves the city and she's excited to share that love.