San Francisco Castro Plans Gay Walk Of Fame

20 noted LGBT figures have been selected for the Castro’s Rainbow Honor Walk. a project similar to the Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.

Fourteen men and six women have been chosen to be the first group of 20 LGBT luminaries to be honored with plaques along the sidewalks of the Castro, San Francisco’s gay neighborhood, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. The list includes the famous, such as the poet Allen Ginsberg and pop artist Keith Haring, to unsung heroes few people may know, such as Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and Japanese playwright Yukio Mishima. Known as the Rainbow Honor Walk, the project is aimed at showcasing the extraordinary achievements LGBT people have made toward human society despite the hatred and lack of rights they faced due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In addition to the names above, honorees also include disco star Sylvester James, civil rights hero Bayard Rustin, computing pioneer Alan Turing, AIDS activist George Choy, playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Harry Hay, James Baldwin, Frida Kahlo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Randy Shilts, Tom Waddell, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Wolfe, Del Martin, and Christine Jorgensen.

While there is no timeline for when that might happen It may be possible to lay the first plaque by gay Pride in June.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about the project should e-mail:  :rainbowhonorwalk@gmail.com.

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