Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Tenderloin Tour

(from the San Francisco Gay History Tour App)

In 1911, the neighborhood was part of "Happy Valley" (along with downtown and the contemporary SOMA district), in the 60's it was called Central City, today this gritty part of the city is known as the Tenderloin.  This neighborhood is home to many of the cities services for homeless and hungry individuals, because a group of urban ministers and neighbors were able to get the neighborhood  federal poverty dollars, by arguing that seniors and LGBTQ individuals experience similar prejudices and biases as neighborhoods of color.  This declaration, makes it the first federally recognized gay poverty district in the country.  This tour will highlight some of the LGBTQ locations of note.

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