The liberal bastion that is San Francisco has outdone itself, establishing the world’s first ever transgender cultural district.
According to a report from The Daily Beast, San Francisco’s Tenderloin district is now home to Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, near the famous Compton’s Cafeteria, known for the riots that broke out in August 1966 in response to the San Francisco Police Department’s targeting of the LGBT community.
Compton’s district manager, Honey Mahogany, a former contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” told The Daily Beast the newly minted district will be a place for people to learn about transgenderism and its history.
“The Tenderloin has always held a really special place in my heart as a trans person with the way the community is accepting of gender variant and trans people of color,” Mahogany explained. “There’s friendliness and an energy to the Tenderloin. People say, ‘Hello,’ and, ‘Good morning,’ and, ‘How are you?’ and check in with each other, which I think often gets lost in a big city.”
Mahogany went on to say many transgender “traditions are passed down through queer bars because those are the places where our elders interact with younger generations.”
Interestingly, the logic that explains away the need to embrace transgenderism — rather than treating gender dysphoria — should also afford people like 69-year-old Emile Ratelband the right to change his age and former civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, who is white, the freedom to identify as a black woman.
For what it’s worth, there aren’t yet districts devoted to trans-agism or trans-racialism.
In any event, the land developer agreed to pay $300,000 to establish a community center, the former site of a gay bathhouse, in Tenderloin. The district has so far received $215,000 from the city of San Francisco as the result of a proposition that passed in November, requiring a percentage of an existing hotel tax to go to the arts. The statute calls for $3 million to go specifically to cultural districts.
Jane Kim, a supervisor whose area includes the Tenderloin district, introduced legislation in June 2017 to establish a cultural district for the transgender community.
“We don’t often think of nightclubs as safe spaces, but for the LQBTQ community, they’re a place people can be free to love and dance with the people they want,” Kim said. “That’s why we’re working so hard to have an intentional strategy to keep our small businesses here so they can grow and thrive.”