Adding the Rainbow Layer to History: Results of San Francisco's LGBTQ Context Statement

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In recent years there have been efforts to preserve, research, and celebrate San Francisco's LGBTQ history using a variety of approaches that deviate from standard preservation practice. From adopting a citywide historic context statement, to establishing the Ringold Alley Artwalk, and creating a LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy, San Francisco is getting creative in incorporating the rainbow layer within its history. This session will explore the more tangible aspects of San Francisco's LGBTQ history but will also examine how the more ephemeral aspects of history are being interpreted.
Palo Alto, CA
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Historic Preservation
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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Learn about the LGBTQ history of San Francisco as it relates to some specific sites in San Francisco. Places to explore include a country western bar in SOMA, a center for sexuality studies on Van Ness, and a famous bath house in the Tenderloin

Understand how the LGBTQ Cultural Heritage Strategy can be a tool for providing resources to specific community based on the needs of that community

Discuss the ways in which the field of preservation can move towards documenting, understanding, and interpreting intangible heritage

Examine how integrity evaluation differs for certain resources that are associated with cultural or social history
Shayne Watson, TBD; Frances McMillen, Preservation Planner, City and County of San Francisco; Shayne Watson, Architectural Historian, Watson Heritage Consulting; Gayle Rubin, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
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California Preservation Foundation

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