San Francisco has designated a gay and leather cultural district in the city’s South of Market neighborhood following a unanimous vote on Tuesday.
The neighborhood, which is already home to many gay businesses and the world famous leather festival Folsom Street Fair, has faced hiking rent prices from recent gentrification. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to preserve the neighborhood’s history from the ’70s and ’80s, a stark contrast to the technology business hub it has become.
“It was a lot easier to run into people on the street, if you will, and it had sort of a neighborhood feel even though not a lot of people lived in the area,” Bob Goldfarb, chairman of a community group that supported the resolution, told the Associated Press. “This is an opportunity for us to revitalize the area.”
The resolution still has to make it through another vote next week but campaigners are “confident” it will pass.
Another recently added LGBT cultural district is in the Tenderloin neighborhood in honor of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in 1966.