Passionate Struggle
Dynamics of San Francisco's GLBT History

An audio walking tour about Harvey Milk and the rise of gay power
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DIRECTIONS: The tour starts at the site of Harvey Milk's old camera shop, 575 Castro St. (near 19th St.) in San Francisco. The building is now a gift shop called “Given.” Press play on your audio player when you!re ready to start. The audio program will give you directions, but this map serves as a backup. The tour is a mostly flat 1.75 miles, makes several stops along the way, and takes about 70 minutes. As indicated in the audio program, walk at a very slow pace from the beginning until Market and Sanchez; the pace picks up from there until the end. The route is the same as that of Harvey's walk to his inauguration, the candlelight march after he was killed, and the protest after his killer's sentencing. See the map below, and read the stops from the bottom up (times of stops on the tour are in parentheses). If you want a shorter tour, start the program at 50:20 at the northeast corner of Van Ness and Market; this shorter tour covers Harvey's assassination and the aftermath, and lasts 20 minutes. Bring a snack in case you get hungry.

CREDITS: Tour created by Paul VanDeCarr © 2008. Many thanks to interviewees Anne Kronenberg, Cleve Jones, Daniel Nicoletta, and narrator Jewelle Gomez. Big thanks for archival and other audio to Pacifica Radio Archives, KRON4 News Archives, Walter Caplan, David Lamble, Randy Shilts Papers at the San Francisco History Center, Michael Kirchberger, David Hegarty, Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, CheerSF, Bebe Sweetbriar. Thanks also to San Francisco Arts Commission,, George Rodgers, Photo of Harvey's march to his inauguration, ©Daniel Nicoletta.