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City looks to reduce homeless congregations in Castro District

Guadalupe González April 6, 2013

San Francisco continues to struggle with its homeless, this time in the Castro, where the homeless have been congregating in plazas to the dismay of some residents. Community leaders in the neighborhood...

(Left to right) Kai Reynolds, Maurice Nichols and Kohei Shimamoto wave sparkers in the air on Castro Street to celebrate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ election victory on Nov. 7, 2020. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

The Castro celebrates Joe Biden’s presidential win (Photo Gallery)

Emily Curiel and Michael Montalvo November 8, 2020

The world was ablaze with celebration yesterday as Joe Biden was announced as the projected winner of the 2020 presidential race. The Castro District was no exception to the global celebration, as people...

Mace fills in the colors to the outline that he drew on plywood at Castro Theater in San Francisco. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

Photo of the Day: Positive messages through art on Castro St.

Emily Curiel, Photographer April 22, 2020

What is usually a busy, up roaring and crowded street is now a face mask covered road. Recently, Castro Theater boarded up its antique ticket booth to prevent any type of vandalism from occurring during...

Keith Brown, President of Oakland Education Association speaks at the Teachers Strike rally in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (AMANDA PETERSON/ SPECIAL TO GOLDEN GATE XPRESS)

Oakland teacher strike inspires other Bay Area school districts to follow

Audrey Esomonu March 22, 2019

Keith Brown, President of Oakland Education Association speaks at the Teachers Strike rally in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (AMANDA PETERSON/ SPECIAL TO GOLDEN GATE...

An empty storefront is photographed close to the intersection of Market and Castro Street in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2018. Many smaller-owned businesses are closing in the Castro because of high-rent costs. (Christian Urrutia/Golden Gate Xpress)

No push to fill empty storefronts in the Castro

Dimitri Bailey February 27, 2018

The Castro District has been collecting empty storefronts for the past couple of years. Known for its rainbow theme and historic contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, the Castro District has become...

Fair attendees walk over the Castro neighborhood's newly installed rainbow crosswalk during the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Castro’s new look is both opposed and welcomed at annual street fair

Reuben Deveras October 6, 2014

Rainbow-colored crosswalks, foul-mouthed puppet performers, people dressed in drag and live foreskin painting entertained many attendees in San Francisco’s Castro District last Sunday. The Castro...

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Castro Street Fair enlivens neighborhood's rich history

Ellie Loarca October 8, 2012

Beneath the iconic rainbow flag, positive vibes radiated around the Castro District as barbecues heated up and beer started flowing at the 38th annual Castro Street Fair. Always held on the first Sunday...

Castro 'Honor Walk' to pay tribute to LGBT icons

Brenda Reyes February 15, 2011

People touring the Castro district will soon have more than its iconic flag to photograph as the development of the San Francisco Rainbow Honor Walk – a proposed collection of influential lesbian,...

Peter Gentile, who is a bartender at Martuni’s, said that the SF Queer Night life is nonexistent now. “Well, I can speak for Martuni’s. I can’t speak for everybody, but what’s it like now? It’s nothing. We’re nothing. There’s no nightlife. We’re not taking nearly enough money, and there’s no community, which is what Martuni’s had because we are a piano bar.” (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

San Francisco’s queer nightlife grasps for a return to normalcy

Omar Morales, Contributing Staff March 9, 2021

Esta Noche, Trocerdo Transfer, Lexington, Universe, Pendulum — uttering these names of shuttered venues among queer circles in San Francisco is to uncan the history of a storied nightlife that began...

An American flag burns outside the home of Walnut Creek's Mayor, in Walnut Creek, Calif. on June 17, 2020. (Harika Maddala / Golden Gate Xpress)

2020 in Visuals

December 14, 2020


A pedestrian walks by Hot Cookie in the Castro district. (James Wyatt / Golden Gate Xpress / San Francisco, Calif. July 29, 2020)

Campus voices react to Hot Cookie clash

Omar Morales, Contributing Staff July 30, 2020

Workers of famed Castro bakery, Hot Cookie, went public last week via Instagram to accuse the shop’s owners of a pattern of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. According to the social media...

People walk across Castro Street in San Francisco, California. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

SF Pride cancels 50th Anniversary celebration due to COVID-19

Cierra Quintana and Felicia Hyde April 27, 2020

Every year people from all over the world come together to stroll along the rainbow honor walk, take pictures at the Harvey Milk Plaza and come together as a community to celebrate SF Pride, but now any...

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