OUT IN THE CASTRO
Desire, Promise, Activism
Edited by Winston Leyland
$24.95 large sized paperback (0-943595-88-6), 352 pp.
$49.95 signed limited hardcover in dustjacket
(0-943595-87-8), 352 pp.
The focus of this groundbreaking book is on historical and present day
events, activism and personalities, associated with San Francisco's
Castro, America's most famous gay neighborhood.
The book consists of articles, essays, photos, drawings, fiction by
some 35 LGBTQ writers chronicling The Castro during the past fifty years,
especially the decades since 1970 when it emerged as a queer neighborhood
with national recognition. Over 150 photos by different photographers
(Rink Foto, Greg Day, Crawford Barton, Rick Gerharter....) are included,
the earliest from the 1930s, the most recent from the present year,
and document the vibrant life/activism of The Castro and the LGBTQ people
who have made it what it is.
OUT IN THE CASTRO is divided into 5 main sections:
I. THE CREATION OF THE CASTRO: AN OVERVIEW
How the Eureka Valley district of San Francisco metamorphosed into The
Castro, beginning with the entry into The City of many gay servicemen
after World War II. Indepth illustrated articles.
II. THE 1970S: HARVEY MILK AND GAY POWER
The focus here is on three articles by people who worked closely with
Harvey Milk in his Castro activism and campaigns for supervisor: Anne
Kronenberg, Frank M. Robinson, Harry Britt. Also includes an indepth
photo essay on The Castro Street Fair from 1974 to the present, and
two other photo essays.
III. THE 1980S-1990S: AIDS, ACTIVISM, INNOVATION
Includes indepth piece on how The Castro came together supportively
on the issue of AIDS. Also Rev. Jim Mitulski's "The Castro is a
Sacred Place," Gilbert Baker's history of the Gay Flag, two articles
by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, profiles of The Gay Games and Freddie
Niem's "Shanghai West Studio," Richard Labonte's history of
A Different Light Bookstore, Laura Siegel's "Giving the Castro
a Chance," (on the "coming-out" of her gay son), article
on the Castro Police Sweep of 1989, Castro photo essays by Rink Foto
and Rick Gerharter and much more.....
IV. CASTRO LITERARY ESSAYS, POETRY, EROTIC FICTION, CARTOONS
A melange of various Castro material, including Jewelle Gomez' poignant
essay "Mighty Real," plus fiction, poetry, Donelan cartoons,
and a one page photo tribute to the singer, Sylvester.
V. A NEIGHBORHOOD IN TRANSITION: THE CASTRO IN THE EARLY 21ST CENTURY
Includes "Shadows of Our Souls: Young and Homeless in The Castro"
by Bruce Mirken, two articles by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca: on San Francisco's
famous gay politician, Tom Ammiano; and a second one on the issues around
evictions, gentrification and sky high prices. Also essay "A Castro
Family," plus an indepth walking tour of The Castro which will
be invaluable to any LGBTQ visitor to San Francisco.
Read in-depth online review of OUT
IN THE CASTRO.