History in the Castro

Day 68

We had an amazing day today. As I’ve mentioned before, I love history, especially queer history. So before we left San Francisco, I had to head over to the Castro and check out the exhibit at the GLBT Historical Society. We got a tour from Tom Burtch, who allowed us to film the collection.

The exhibit includes many treasures from San Francisco queer history. The most striking piece is the actual suit that Harvey Milk was wearing when he was shot. You can see the bullet holes in the suit. It is a touching tribute to our slain martyr.

Other great pieces of the collection include the shoe from a former Chief of Police that accompanied his men into the Castro to make sure there were not protests after the governor vetoed domestic partnership legislation. The gays came out of the bars and chased the police down the street and out of the Castro. While running away, the Police Chief lost his shoe. Someone picked it up and donated it to the Historical Society.

Another great item is the actual sewing machine used to sew the first gay pride flag. It is awesome that the Historical Society has all of these incredible pieces of our community’s past.

Check out the video below. It is a behind-the-scenes look at our shoot at the GLBT Historical Society. You can watch the tour and see some of the amazing items. You can also see the photos from the GLBT Historical Society here.

Special shout out to my new friend Luke, who showed me around the city and accompanied me to Pixar Animation Studios. We got an incredible tour of Pixar Studios. My Uncle, Dan, is an animator for Pixar and took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the studio. I’m not allowed to talk about anything I saw, but it was incredible.

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(This video was taken with the ‘behind-the-scenes’ blog camera and is not the actual footage for the documentary.)


The suit Harvey Milk was wearing the day he was shot


The plaque in the sidewalk in front of Harvey Milk’s old camera store


The sewing machine used to sew the first gay pride flag


Luke and Chris in front of Harvey Milk’s old camera store


Chris and his uncle Dan at Pixar Animation Studios

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