Special Tour: Tenderloin LGBTQ History
This Event is Made Possible in Part Through the Generous Partnership of the Tenderloin MuseumSan Francisco is internationally recognized as a magnet and place of pilgrimage for LGBTQ people and a critical proving ground for advancements in queer culture, politics, and civil rights. The city has also pioneered efforts to identify, document, and preserve LGBTQ historic sites. In November 2015, the City of San Francisco adopted a citywide historic context statement for LGBTQ history—the most comprehensive research yet conducted on LGBTQ historic sites in an American city. One of the most important and complex chapters in San Francisco’s LGBTQ history unfolded in the Tenderloin—a neighborhood rife with properties that tell the story of nearly 80 years of police oppression, community development, activism, and civil rights. Highlights of the Tenderloin LGBTQ history tour include: Glide Memorial Methodist Church, one of the first churches in the country to support LGBTQ rights; Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, one of the few remaining LGBTQ bars in the neighborhood; the Club Turkish Baths, one of the city’s first exclusively gay bathhouses; and Compton’s Cafeteria, the site of a 1966 riot against police oppression—three years before New York’s Stonewall uprising. We will meet at the Tenderloin Museum and take some time to view the exhibits.