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The Story Of The Castro makes for compelling viewing

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  This must-see documentary from 1997  was produced by San Francisco’ s KQED-TV as part of a series “Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco”. It’s a fascinating investigation on how The Castro became the gay holy grail. The area was originally known as the  Eureka Valley  when it was full of dairy farms until … Continue reading



AUNT CHARLIES the last drag bar in San Francisco’s Tenderloin has been saved

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  Thanks to a tenacious devoted group of fundraisers, AUNT CHARLIES the last drag bar in San Francisco’s Tenderloin has been saved and lives to fight another day. This  historical landmark, and a symbol of the city’s vital queer and trans culture closed its doors in March due to COVID-19 and because its owner William … Continue reading



Will San Francisco allow Gay Bathhouses to Re-Open?

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  After being closed 40 years ago in the height of the AIDS pandemic, there is now a suggestion that it is time to allow gay bathhouses to reopen in San Francisco City Supervisor Rafael Mandelman who represents District 8 – including the Castro  has made a proposal that would update existing bans on adult … Continue reading



50 Years of Fabulous

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  For his documentary feature debut filmmaker, Jethro Patalinghug has turned his cameras on one of the oldest LGBT organizations in the country, the Imperial Council also known as the Imperial Court System.  Patalinghug takes a look at its glorious history as it celebrates its 50 year anniversary and now starts to question if there is still place for it in … Continue reading



Beautiful By Night : the tale of 3 veteran Drag Queens

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  James Hosking’s illuminating documentary follows three veteran drag entertainers at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge, one of the very last gay bars left in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.  His camera silently follows Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, and Donna Personna as they prepare for another night shift performing at the dive bar that has become quite a haunt for tourists … Continue reading



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