Andrew Levine-Murray

Community and Exclusion in the "Gay Mecca"

The Castro District in San Francisco, CA is frequently referred to as the “gay Mecca,” a home for those of us who have been disowned and pushed to the margins because of our sexual orientation. However, the majority of sociological literature holds that queer enclaves such as the Castro are typically marked by whiteness, male dominance, and class privilege. My research project asks how queer low-income men and women of color, specifically those who hang out on the corner of Market and Castro St. during weekend nights, make sense of their position in the Castro given white, male, and middle-class dominance in the community.