By Javaria Khan
The 44th annual Castro Street Fair took place last Sunday, October 1, in what I consider to be the most welcoming and lively neighborhood in all of San Francisco, The Castro District. I’m thrilled to say that this has been my second year volunteering at this event through The Family Link, a non-profit guesthouse located within the area.
Founded in 1974 by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the U.S and an icon of San Francisco’s LGBTQ movement, the fair is a reminder and celebration of battles that have been fought to keep the Castro diverse and thriving. Proceeds are almost entirely directed towards maintaining the giant rainbow flag that flies high above the neighborhood as well as funding local organizations.
This year especially, there were dozens of vendors, artists, businesses, and musicians from around the area present with a wide variety of informational booths, food stalls, entertainment, and much more. Among the participating organizations were The Family Link, Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group, and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. The involvement of thousands of people made it even more enjoyable and inclusive.
The fair itself was a sight worth seeing! I’m glad that I had the chance to attend and participate in a community gathering that has very much been a part of local history. Here’s hoping that this tradition stays strong for years to come.