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S.F.'s Castro district faces an identity crisis (Preserving gay districts?)
SF Gate ^ | February 25, 2007 | Wyatt Buchanan

Posted on 02/28/2007 10:48:26 PM PST by Lorianne

To walk down San Francisco's Castro Street -- where men casually embrace on sidewalks in the shadow of an enormous rainbow flag -- the neighborhood's status as "gay Mecca" seems obvious.

But up and down the enclave that has been a symbol of gay culture for more than three decades, heterosexuals are moving in. They have come to enjoy some of the same amenities that have attracted the neighborhood's many gay and lesbian residents: charming houses, convenient public transportation, safe streets and nice weather.

The integration of gay and straight is increasingly evident not only in the Castro District but across North America, from Chicago to New York City to Toronto, where urban revitalization is bringing new residents at the same time some gays are settling in other parts of cities or the suburbs -- such as the East Bay.

But some gay and lesbian residents of the Castro are worried that the culture and history of their world-famous neighborhood could be lost in the process, and they have started a campaign to preserve its character. The city, meanwhile, is spending $100,000 on a plan aimed at keeping the area's gay identity intact.

Heterosexuals "are welcome as long as they understand this is our community," said Adam Light, a leader in the Castro Coalition, a group formed eight months ago to address the shifts in the neighborhood in recent years.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: antibreeder; gaystapotactics; geeseandganders; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; perverts; sanfrancisco; sanfranciscovalues
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To: Lorianne

Please will some well informed Freeper tell me again, "Why is this news?"


21 posted on 03/01/2007 7:00:56 AM PST by Trueblackman (Terrorism and Liberalism never sleep and neither do I)
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To: Lorianne

[cue the Busboys-"There Goes The Neighborhood" (slightly adapted)]

"Oh, no, there goes the neighborhood
"The straights are movin' in,
"They'll bring their next of kin..."


22 posted on 03/01/2007 7:04:19 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: weegee
Gay Mecca? Do they bow on their knees to San Francisco 5 times a day?

Not everybody, just the submissives.

23 posted on 03/01/2007 7:07:37 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: basil
I was just wondering how they knew which babies were lesbian.

Flannel diapers, a baby mullet and a car seat in a Suburu?

24 posted on 03/01/2007 7:37:10 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: SmithL

And they're asking for government support, what a surprise.


25 posted on 03/01/2007 9:26:14 AM PST by I_Love_My_Husband (BAY AREA CONSERVATIVES - JOIN US http://community.livejournal.com/sf_conservative/profile)
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To: quietolong

Thanks for that tip.


26 posted on 03/01/2007 10:47:34 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: Carry_Okie

"Culture?? Since when is sodomy culture?"

"One quick swipe in a petri dish can make that quite evident."

Touché !


27 posted on 03/01/2007 10:40:57 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now
Glad you liked it.

It's a joke that grows on you.

I'll go hide now.

28 posted on 03/01/2007 10:46:42 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser: Debtor's fascism for Kaleefornia, one charade at a time.)
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To: whatisthetruth

Christians. I can't think of a better mission field than this one.


29 posted on 03/01/2007 10:53:56 PM PST by CANBFORGIVEN (! Corinthians 2:14)
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To: Trueblackman

Try replacing "heterosexuals" in that latter paragraph with "blacks," "gays" or "Muslims."


Heterosexuals "are welcome as long as they understand this is our community," ...


30 posted on 03/02/2007 11:37:17 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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