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A Gay Village Called Castro

Castro, a gay villagSan Francisco CityPass 250 x 250e, in San Francisco is the birthplace of America’s gay civil rights movement. It’s synonymous to Harvey Milk, one of the pioneers of the gay rights movement that is still alive until today.

Last summer, I had the chance to explore the stretch of the gay village from the Castro subway stop all the way up to the hill and on to Mission District where hundreds of interesting murals are all over the place.

I’m not going to talk about the gay bars and gay restaurants here but I’d like to show you part-history and part sightseeing in and around Castro.

How to get there: Take the metro and get off at Castro, of course.

As soon as you exit the subway, you’ll see a gigantic Pride flag waving like the world’s most fabulous flag of all! I just wish the flagpole was covered in glitter and feather boas! LOL…

Across the street, you’ll see the Pink Triangle, a tribute to the known and unknown gay men who perished in Nazi Germany.

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The Pink Triangle at Castro Gay Village

The Pink Triangle at Castro Gay Village in San Francisco

The Harvey Milk Plaza is just a steps down. This is where Harvey used to speak and hold protests until their voices were heard.

Castro Gay Village Harvey Milk Plaza

A humble Harvey Milk Plaza is dedicated to the one who famously said, “You gotta give ’em hope!”

l see Twin Peaks, a bar frequented by all ages in the LGBT community. Go inside and have a drink. Gay bars used to be closed, windowless and underground. Twin  Peaks is the first in the country to break that rule by putting a wall glass, unafraid to be seen by the passersby. Enough was enough—and they’re tired of hiding. “We’re queer. We’re here. Get used to it!”

Castro Gay Village Twin Peaks San Francisco California

The Twin Peaks in The Castro is an institution in itself.

Walk few steps down the road and see the grandiose lobby of the iconic Castro Theatre.

The Castro Theater

The Castro Theater

Castro Theatre is a host to hundreds of shows, fundraising events, parties and celebrations of the gay community. It’s a piece of history, a living witness to the ups and downs as the community struggled its rightful place in the society.

Castro Theater 1 San Francisco California

The Castro Theater in Gay Village of San Francisco

Move along and pay your respect to the members of the community who have gone ahead of us. Some of them are victims of hate crimes.

Castro Theater 1 San Francisco California

People just leave flowers and stuff outside a building. I’m not sure how the owner of the building feels about it.

Or to those who have become an outspoken allies of the LGBT Family. Like Robin Williams..

A tribute to the late superstar, Robin Williams.

A tribute to the late superstar, Robin Williams.

Visit the first LGBT Museum, too. Learn and be awed how far we have come.

LGBT Museum in Castro

LGBT Museum in Castro

On your way up the hill, you’ll find the house where Harvey Milk used to live. He lived on the second floor of the building.

Castro Gay Village Harvey Milk House San Francisco California

The house where harvel Milk used to live.

His camera business was on the first floor. Nowadays, it’s a Human Rights office and shop where you can buy sorts of souvenirs.

The Human Rights Campaign House

The Human Rights Campaign House used to be Harvey Milk’s Castro Camera.

In front of Harvey’s house is a plague. Under it is a small part of his ashes.

Castro Gay Village Harvey Milk House San Francisco California

A plague for the gay right hero.

As you are getting uphill, you’ll find a residence with glass windows, showing dolls that represent every members of the LGBT community, their fights and fetishes. 🙂

The Doll House in Castro

The Doll House in Castro.

The Doll House in Castro

The Doll House in Castro.

Another window from the “Doll House.”

The Doll House in Castro

The Doll House in Castro

And another.

The Doll House in Castro

Say it loud, bitches! 🙂

As you walk up the hill, the houses are getting more fancy and diverse in architectural design. Like these.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

Like these.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

Or these.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

When you reach the top, sweeping view of both sides of the street is awaiting for your appreciative eyes.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

Castro Street from the hilltop.

This is the view on one side.

The houses in Castro Street in San Francisco.

Views of the houses on the other side of the hill from Castro Street hill.

Continue walking down a few blocks and take a bus to Mission District. The colourful murals are waiting for your selfies! 🙂

The Murals in Mission District, San Francisco, California

The Murals in Mission District, San Francisco, California

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