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2000 - 2004


Photo Gay Men's Chorus
This is the June 2001 S.F. Gay Men's Chorus concert in New York's Carnegie Hall. The Chorus first performed on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall Nov. 27, 1978, the night Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. Their first formal concert was Dec. 20, 1978, and they've since performed all around the world. The Chorus had its 25th anniversary concert Nov. 17, 2003, and a Harvey Milk memorial concert on the steps of City Hall Thanksgiving Day, 2003. Their web address is www.sfgmc.org.


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Wayne Woo greets customers at The South China Cafe on 18th Street west of Castro. His family operated the restaurant since 1963. In 2004 it's being remodeled as a fusion Asian restaurant under new management.


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Mayor Willie Brown in the 2003 Gay Pride Parade. He gave me the number of his aide to call for a photo of him in the Castro.


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Broadway star B.D. Wong in the 2003 Gay Pride Parade. He told me he'd been to the Castro, of course, but hadn't spent much time there.


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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence float, "You Gotta Give 'Em Pope," a takeoff on Harvey Milk's slogan which was the theme of the parade, "You Gotta Give 'Em Hope."


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Parade Grand Marshals (l to r) actress Laura Linney, comedian Marga Gomez and author Armistead Maupin.


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A 2003 shot of the Castro Theatre marquee. The International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival attracts 80,000 attendees annually.


On Valentine's Day weekend 2004, San Francisco, at the orders of new mayor Gavin Newsom, began allowing same-sex couples to marry. My friends Andrew and Jim were the fourth gay couple to wed. Here's the photo from the S.F. Chronicle. Click for the Chronicle story.


Photo Will Patterson

Here are our friends Derrick Tynan-Connolly (l) and James Patrick Kennedy (r) being married Feb. 16, 2004, by Supervisor Tom Ammiano at City Hall.


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San Francisco's Castro has been the #1 bestseller at A Different Light Bookstore on Castro Street since November 2003.


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Here was my PowerPoint presentation at Magnet in the Castro on 4/17/04.


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This is impressario Marc Huestis on 6/27/04 preparing for his Jane Russell show at the Castro Theatre.


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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom poses with San Francisco's Castro at the Pride Parade, 6/27/04. He's a hero in the Castro for having allowed 4,000 gay couples to marry.


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Here are two of the "Strange Dozen" who attended the opening of Dame Edna's Back With a Vengeance at the Curran Theatre 9/7/04. They are Estonian Consul Dr. John Newmeyer and Herb Caen's Assistant Carole Vernier.


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This October '04 shot shows Does Your Mother Know in a new location on 18th Street, and The South China Cafe being renovated as a new sort of Asian restaurant under new management. The Woo family had operated the South China since 1963.

Sit and Spin is a new laundromat on 18th Street that takes part fully in neighborhood activities. The dog out front looks so real people are always stopping to pet it.


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Here's the flashy interior of Sit and Spin, and the cafe.


A benefit was held 10/14/04 at the LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., to raise funds to place a statue of Harvey Milk in City Hall. On the left below is event organizer Dan Nicoletta. The group shot (l to r) shows actor James Patrick Kennedy, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, comedian Betsy Salkind, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and emcee Donna Sachet. For more information or to make a donation, click on www.milkmemorial.org.


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