Retrieved on September 1, So I set out to explore the current and past gay Polk Gulch, getting to know the spots that were and those that remain vibrant still. Bronner's CEO gets into the clean cannabis game. On New Year's Daypolice raided a gay fundraising party for the newly founded Council on Religion and the Homosexual in California Hall on Polk Street, an incident that, according to some, marked the beginning of a more formally organized gay rights movement in San Francisco. From Our Partners.
Three gay lawyers were arrested, prompting quick reaction from the city government.
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Sure, gay bars quietly existed in other parts of the city—in the Tenderloin and North Beach—but Polk Gulch was the first neighborhood where gay-owned daytime establishments, such as restaurants and clothing stores, opened and catered directly to the LGBT community.