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Gay Nightlife in San Diego: Bars, Clubs, & More
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Gay bars once served as the centre of gay culture and were one of the few places people with same-sex orientations and gender-variant identities could openly socialize. Other names used to describe these establishments include boy bar , girl bar , gay club , gay pub , queer bar , lesbian bar , drag bar , and dyke bar , depending on the niche communities that they served. Gathering places favoured by homosexuals have operated for centuries. Reports from as early as the 17th century record the existence of bars and clubs that catered to, or at least tolerated, openly gay clientele in several major European cities.
San Francisco LGBTQ Resources
The Tenderloin is a neighborhood in downtown San Francisco , in the flatlands on the southern slope of Nob Hill , situated between the Union Square shopping district to the northeast and the Civic Center office district to the southwest. The eastern extent, near Union Square, overlaps with the Theater District. The Tenderloin took its name from an older neighborhood in New York with similar characteristics. There are several explanations of how that neighborhood was named. Some said it was a reference to the neighborhood as the "soft underbelly" analogous to the cut of meat of the city, with allusions to vice and corruption , especially graft.
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. It reappears in several discontinuous sections before ultimately terminating at Chenery Street, in the heart of Glen Park.