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49 pictures to take you on a tour around The Castro

Steep hills, Victorian homes and plenty of rainbow flags galore!

49 pictures to take you on a tour around The Castro
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The Castro Theater is one of the district's most iconic landmarks

The Castro is one of the most, if not the most, famous gay neighborhood in the world.

What started out as a working class neighborhood became one of the United States’ first gayborhoods from the late 1950s onwards.

When the so-called white flight happened, and hundreds of families moved out to the suburbs, the gay community swooped in and made the Castro their own.

But it wasn’t until 1967 and the Summer of Love that the Castro truly took off as a gay mecca.

Between the iconic Victorian houses and steep hills, they created a fashionable, colorful district, with a growing nightlife.

The Castro’s most famous resident? Harvey Milk, who owned a camera store which later doubled as his campaign headquarters.

Today, it is one of the LGBTI community’s most prominent symbols, with thousands of tourists from around the globe flocking to the Castro Theatre and beyond.

So take a look into (more or less) everyday life between Market Street and 19th Street:

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