how did s.f. become known as "the place for gays"? : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

how did this area become know nationwide as the place for gay people? I heard that it had something to do with the navy and something to do with a city council member. thanks.

-- curt kimball (, June 17, 2001


San Francisco has always been known as a wide open town. You have to remember that homosexuality was ILLEGAL until the 70s. I remember that in about 1964, LIFE magazine ran a spread about the gay scene in San Francisco!

-- ziggy (, June 18, 2001.

There are a couple of rip-snorting histories of San Francisco's gay history in Mike Weiss' "Double Play" and Randy Shilt's "The Mayor of Castro Street." The Shilts book is a biography of Harvey Milk; the Weiss book is about the Milk and Moscone assassinations and has really good biographies of both men and of the community as a whole.

Shilt's "And The Band Played On" is more global than local.


-- Rosa Debonneheure (, June 27, 2001.

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