California has witnessed an intense battle over the equalization of gay marriage in recent years. Hardly introduced after many years of fighting for it, gay marriage next found itself prohibited again by a surprisingly successful referendum Proposition 8. The Supreme Court's decision in June upheld the verdict of the Californian court so that gay marriage is once again legal in California. Hardly any other city is as closely associated with the gay movement in people's minds as San Francisco. The famous Castro district with its expansive, lively gay scene attracts many younger homosexuals again today.
Castro San Francisco District Gay
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Being one of the gay capitals of the world, San Francisco is one of the most European-like cities in the US. Enjoy SF, the culture, the famous prison island Alcatraz and the authentic trams. Staying in or near Castro district is most fun, however there are not so many options there. Fortunately San Francisco has a very good public transport system, including their famous old trams that are still running. Check our hotel and apartment recommendations pages, or have a look on the hotel map. The Castro is the largest of the United States' gay neighborhoods.
Castro District, San Francisco
The Castro was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States. San Francisco's gay village is mostly concentrated in the business district that is located on Castro Street from Market Street to 19th Street. Although the greater gay community was, and is, concentrated in the Castro, many gay people live in the surrounding residential areas bordered by Corona Heights , the Mission District , Noe Valley , Twin Peaks , and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods. Castro Street, which originates a few blocks north at the intersection of Divisadero and Waller Streets, runs south through Noe Valley, crossing the 24th Street business district and ending as a continuous street a few blocks farther south as it moves toward the Glen Park neighborhood.