You have probably come to this website because you
are either curious about or share our interest in
the preservation of San Franciscos cultural
resources. Since the success of saving the Fallon
Building, the Friends of 1800 has taken on several
projects, as you can see reflected on this website.
We are now asking for your support with our current
project: advocating for a Cultural Resource Survey
of the city that will explicitly recognize of the
contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered
peoples to the history and culture of San Francisco.
The Friends of 1800 is leading the effort towards
this comprehensive and inclusive Cultural Resource
Survey in two ways. First, we are engaged in lobbying
the City to conduct the Survey, by promoting the idea
with neighborhood groups and city officials like the
Board of Supervisors. Secondly, to initiate a survey
of sites important to LGBT history, the Friends have
commissioned a Context Statement regarding Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in San Francisco.
A Context Statement is "an organizing structure
for interpreting history that groups information about
historic resources that share a common theme, geographical
area and time period" and is the first step in
doing a survey.
This LGBT History context statement, when completed,
will provide a philosophic and documentary basis for
preserving historic sites of significance to LGBT
history. Additionally, if adopted by the City, it
will represent significant and official recognition
by the City of the important part LGBT culture has
played in the culture and history of the City, and
recognition of the central role San Francisco has
played in LGBT history and the history of gender identity.
For these reasons we feel strongly that the LGBT History
Context Statement project is an important first step
in the recognition of this important aspect of the
citys history. Click
here to download or view the report available as an
Acrobat pdf file. We encourage you to comment
on the report and ask that you forward comments to
The Friends needs your financial help in covering
the cost of this project. We appreciate contributions
of any amount. To make
a donation by check or through PayPal, please click
here. Thank you for your continued support.
Alan Martinez, Co-Chair
Mark Paez, Co-Chair