Let's roll back to the 60's,
But we all have to climb that hill,
Are you coming down from that high?
The movement is just starting up.
They call us the movement,
On the top of the hill,
Where Ashbury and Haight meet,
But it's more than that,
It's the whole city.
It's the whole fucking world dude,
But no one is doing a thing,
They never do shit,
Except watch our every move,
Cause they can't.
Maybe I do hate you,
Cause you don't have a spine,
Different than the reasons for why you hate me,
I've figured that out,
But let's get one last thing straight,
I don't Haight Ashbury,
I love San Francisco.
January 23, 2012
|The Castro District|
As I have spent the past few days in the city, I was overwhelmed by the beauty, the hills, the people, and everything about this unique escape from the mediocrity of average American cities. In college, I took a 1960s American History class and much time was devoted to the social and political movements; many which occurred in the bay area. We touched upon the gay rights movement, which began to take off in the early 1970s, and I wondered why this one particular city had the highest concentration of LGBT individuals in the United States, and quite possibly, the world. Outside of class, I did a bit of research, and although it's not "proven," my professor stated that the following is the most widespread belief when I presented my findings in class.
|View from the Farmers Market|
Most, given the oppressive social and political atmosphere of the time, stayed in San Francisco after their time fighting in the war, discharged or not. The next few decades would prove crucial for the LGBT movement in the United States and beyond, and as someone who is deeply interested in history, I thought it would be interesting to share this information with others.
Posted by Jeffrey Hartinger at Monday, January 23, 2012