The Castro is a historic gay village with iconic status in LGBT history. It became one of the first gay neighborhoods in the US mid-century as gays moved into what was then known as Eureka Valley, a working-class neighborhood emptied by white flight to the suburbs. Missouri Mule, The Castro's first gay bar, opened in 1963 for a 10-year run, replaced by a series of bars and clubs, the latest being Beaux. Harvey Milk opened his camera shop at 575 Castro Street in 1972 and began the activism that would lead to his becoming California's first openly gay elected official and his assassination in 1978. Today the shop is The Human Rights Campaign Store around the corner from the GLBT History Museum. Named after a landmark movie theater near the corner of Castro and Market Streets, The Castro has grown increasingly upscale and fashionable and has become a major tourist destination for shopping, nightlife and culture. Its attractions include the annual Castro Street Fair, the LGBT Walk of Fame and the Pink Triangle Park. Public nudity, long a hallmark of the neighborhood, was banned in 2014.
The Castro, San Francisco, CA, United States
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