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Monday, October 22, 2012

San Francisco Has Some of the Gayest Buildings in America

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Compton's Cafeteria on Taylor Street
The site of a transgender and gay riot during 1966, this building was a hangout for the transgender community. When one transgender woman grew tired of being arrested, she threw a cup of coffee in a cop's face and the riot began.

PHOTO: GERARD KOSKOVICH
  • Photo: Gerard Koskovich
Photo: Gerard Koskovich
The Toolbox at Fourth and Harrison

The first leather bar in SOMA boasted a mural by Chuck Arnett. When the building was torn down the wall displaying the painting was left up and for two years passersby were able to see it.

COURTESY  GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY ; USED WITH PERMISSION
Courtesy GLBT Historical Society ; used with permission

"Although many of these people were financially motivated they were also brave," said Bowling. "These personal stories I thought were really powerful."

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