Andrew Levine-Murray Humanities and Social Science
Community and Exclusion in the Gay Mecca
The Castro District in San Francisco, California is frequently referred to as the Gay Mecca, a home for those of us who have been pushed to the margins because of our sexual orientation. However, demographics of and race relations within the Castro tell quite a different story, as people of color are largely absent or excluded from the community. Thus, my research question asks how queer people of color who congregate in the Castro neighborhood perceive their membership within the community. To answer this, I will conduct participant observation within the Castro, both in areas where queer people of color congregate as well as in a community organization, and I will interview queer people of color who congregate in the community. Ultimately, I hope to better illuminate the mechanisms through which queer people of color are either included or excluded in queer enclave communities such as the Castro.