SF’s oldest gay bar closes, should historical LGBTQ places be protected?

Matt Dunne, left, and Kris Bhat, right, hang a rainbow flag outside Marcella’s Pizza shop in the Castro district after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Host Chip Franklin, Nikki Medoro and Heather Hamann reacted to the news that the oldest continuously operating gay bar in San Francisco, The Gangway, is closing its doors.

The topic led to a larger discussion of whether places of historical significance to LGBTQ culture should be protected, especially in light of the city’s Castro district, a long-standing refuge for the LGBTQ community, becoming more “straight” due to gentrification in recent years.

Listen to the full segment below to find out where Franklin, Medoro and Hamann stand. Skip directly to the 7:50 mark to hear from a caller who personally frequented the The Gangway in its early days.

 

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