The Harvey Milk Tour with Cruisin’ the Castro

Published Date Author: , December 3rd, 2011

Cruisin' the Castro

One of our favorite things to do when we visit The City is to take a walking tour. San Francisco has to be one of the most walkable of the major cities in the United States – hills notwithstanding – so why not soak up a little history while you walk?

Trevor Haley initiated the Crusin’ the Castro tour many years ago, and a couple years back, she handed the reins over to Kathy Amandola, who now offers a general Castro walking tour most days of the week and a special Harvey Milk tour from 10 am-1 pm on Wednesdays.

Castro Rainbow FlagThe tour kicks off at (of course) Harvey Milk Plaza, beneath the rainbow flag at Market and Castro.

Kathy’s a walking encyclopedia about Milk and the Castro, but she loves to hear her guests’ stories as well – especially from folks who loved part of the amazing events during Milk’s era.

Castro Muni StationThe tour includes a MUNI trip down to the Civic center, and a great guided tour of City Hall. For those who may not know, Milk was San Francisco’s first gay supervisor, and he worked with Mayor George Moscone (who the convention center is named for) to pass some of the city’s first gay rights legislation.

SF City HallMilk and Moscone were tragically shot and killed by the homophobic Dan White, a former supervisor who resigned and then begged for his job back, with a gun. The killings sent shock waves throughout SF and the gay community at the time, and paradoxically propelled Dianne Feinstein’s career into the spotlight.

City Hall at NightThe City Hall portion of the tour retraces White’s passage on that fateful day, and also showcases some of the building’s great architecture, art, and hidden treasures.

At night on December 1st, city hall was lit in red for World AIDS Day (photo at right).

After City Hall, the tour returns to the Castro, taking in the Harvey Milk School, where kids are taught to celebrate diversity, and then to the HRC store, the site of Harvey Milk’s old camera shop and home.

Rainbow Honor Walk - The CastroShe’ll also tell you about the planned Rainbow Honor Walk – a walk of fame for LGBT folks throughout history, modeled on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

The tour ends up at the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender History Museum, where you can find some amazing pieces of gay history – the price of admission is included in the tour.

Kathy’s passion for LGBT history is infectious – you’ll have a great time on her tours, and will probably learn something new too!

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[…] The Harvey Milk Tour with Cruisin’ the Castro by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs One of our favorite things to do when we visit The City is to take a walking tour. San Francisco has to be one of the most walkable of the major cities in the United States – hills notwithstanding – so why not soak up a little history while you walk? Trevor Haley initiated the Crusin’ the Castro tour many years ago, and a couple years back, she handed the reins over to Kathy Amandola, who now offers a general Castro walking tour most days of the week and a special Harvey Milk tour from 10 am-1 pm on Wednesdays.http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2011/12/the-harvey-milk-tour-with-cruisn-the-castro.html […]

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