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Why is San Francisco So Gay?

Posted November 24, 2008 to photo album "Why is San Francisco So Gay?"

Slide 1: How gay is San Francisco?
Slide 2: Sodomy by the Bay
Slide 3: Queerness Sewn into the City's Social Fabric
Slide 4: When it Started
Slide 5: The Really Wild West
Slide 6: A City out of Control
Slide 7: Vice Cracks Down
Slide 8: Heaven or Hell?
Slide 9: Gays in the Golden Gate
Slide 10: A
Slide 11: That Lady is a Dude!
Slide 12: Wickedest Town on the Continent
Slide 13: Open Arms Policy
Slide 14: The Black Cat
Slide 15: Greatest Gay Bar in America
Slide 16: Telling the Story
Slide 17: The City in Fiction
Slide 18: Why So Queer?
Slide 19: The Gay Bar as Center
Slide 20: Out of the Bars, into the Streets
Slide 21: Lowering the Bar
Slide 22: Complete Haven for Undesirables
Slide 23: After the War
Slide 24: Men Everywhere
Slide 25: Making it Public
Slide 26: Time to Move to San Francisco
Slide 27: Everyone Went There
Slide 28: The Crime is Getting Caught
Slide 29: God Save the Queen
Slide 30: Can't Arrest Us All
Slide 31: Very Bold Queens
Slide 32: Gays Fight Back
Slide 33: Religion and the Homosexual
Slide 34: Gays March On
Slide 35: Taking the City Back
Slide 30: Can't Arrest Us All

Slide 30: Can't Arrest Us All

Journalist George Mendenhall told historian D’Emilio that listening to Sarria was the "beginning of my awareness of my rights as a gay person." In the 1977 documentary, "Word is Out", he recalled: "[The vice squad] used to come in and stand around and just generally intimidate people and make them feel that they were less than human. It was a frightening period. ... But Jose would make these political comments about our rights as homosexuals. ... It sounds silly, but if you lived at that time and had the oppression coming down from the police department and from society, there was no where to turn ... and to be able to put your arms around other gay men and to be able to stand up and sing 'God Save Us Nelly Queens.'...We were really not saying 'God Save Us Nelly Queens.' We were saying, 'We have our rights too.'"