San Francisco’s New “Rainbow Honor Walk” Littered With Offensive Typos And Misinformation

0901-2014-Castro-rainbow-walkIn a rushed effort to build and unveil San Francisco’s brand new Rainbow Honor Walk, it appears as though the project’s coordinators forgot to proofread or spell check the first 11 of 20 bronze plaques that were laid into the sidewalk early this morning.

The walk, an homage to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, is located on Castro Street between 18th and 19th, and will consist of 20 bronze plaques that honor now-deceased pioneers and icons of the LGBT movement, including Alan Turing, Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, and Allen Ginsberg.

The honorees were chosen by Rainbow Honor Walk’s volunteer staff, who apparently then hired a third-grader to do their copywriting.

At an unveiling ceremony of the plaques that took place in the Castro this morning, several onlookers noticed some very obvious and glaring spelling and grammatical errors etched in a few of the plaques.

The Castro Bubble was first on the scene, pointing out Oscar Wilde’s “bitting wit”:


Instagram user gayvideohistorian takes a look at Harry Hay, a “sexual revolutionary who defined LGBT as a cultural identity.” Huh?

And Sylvester, a “multi-gold record singer and songwriter”:

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And most offensively, Christine Jorgensen, the first “trangendered [sic] American publicly to announce her change of sexual identity.” What is trangendered [sic]? And since when do people “change” their sexual identity?


Rainbow Honor Walk “Board member” Benjamin Leong has reportedly said the horrific errors will be replaced by October. Until then, this mess will remain embedded in San Francisco’s sidewalks.