San Francisco Preservation Panel Approves LGBT Historic Document

Harvey MilkSan Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission today (Wednesday, November 18) unanimously approved an LGBT historic document that’s meant to help hold on to gay spaces in the city.

Officially titled the “Citywide Historic Context Statement for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History in San Francisco,” the survey spans the centuries and features groups from Native American two-spirit tribe members and gender nonconforming Chinese immigrants to various artists and service members.

Once adopted as an official city document, the historic context statement will assist with efforts to landmark, either by the city or national programs, properties of historical significance to the LGBT community.

Members of the city panel had high praise today for the work of authors Donna Graves, a public historian based in Berkeley who is straight, and Shayne Watson, an architectural historian based in San Francisco who is lesbian.

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Authored By Seth Hemmelgarn
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