the arts

LGBT Mural Blocked From Non-Gay District Of San Francisco

“A proposed mural depicting the LGBT history of Polk Street may never be painted due to objections from neighbors,” the Bay Area Reporter relays. “The mural is a joint project of the Lower Polk Neighbors and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, intended to instill local pride while beautifying a blank wall on the side of Hemlock Alley. … [Neighborhood artists Helen Bayly and Aaron Bo Heimlich] consulted with the GLBT Historical Society, and incorporated actual incidents of police harassment, as well as tributes to social service organizations and their clients. … Reaction from LPN members was decidedly hostile.” What was wrong with the mural? They were trying to put it somewhere besides the Castro, the city’s historical gay district. “The Castro has such a monopoly on being ‘the gay neighborhood’ when really, there are gay and straight people in … neighborhoods throughout the city,” says Heimlich. “Polk Street was a hub for people being able to go someplace where they were accepted before the Castro.”