Hola. Having lived in San Francisco since the Gay Mecca Days, I didn’t think I would ever see the day where there would be a project called, “Queering The Castro.” When I moved here, if someone had told me there would be a need for such a project at a future date, my response would have been: What drugs are you on?
But that should tell you how bad things have gotten here in San Francisco as the “straight” basura take over our little Queer area known as The Castro, where thousands and thousands of Queers moved to decades ago. We quit our jobs to move (in my case) three-thousand miles away to San Francisco. Most of us didn’t have any dinero/money other than what we had saved up to make the trip here and get an apartment as quickly as possible and then find a job. It was very risky for us, but we did it. And now, the “straights” want The Castro. Why? Those greedy assholes are never satisfied, are they? They could live anywhere in the world, but they’re hell-bent on living right here. They want it all! To them I say: Fuck off, I’m sick of you! If I wanted to live in Straightsville I would have stayed in the District of Columbia. I don’t go into “straight” areas with a partner and put on a make-out show for everyone to see, so why the fuck do these “straight” assholes feel the need to come to The Castro and do that here? And I see this nowhere else. One of my nice commenters (E in Sunnyvale) doesn’t see this down there in Silicon Valley either. This is a Castro phenomenon. Or are these so-called “straight” couples in The Castro really closet cases and using him or her as “cover” as they figure someway of coming out of that closet? Or are they deliberately coming over here to cheat on their partner and they think this is the last place the person they’re cheating on would come looking for them? Mi amigo/my friend goes to his gym on Market Street near Church Street. Every time I see him he comments on the herds and herds of “straight” young white couples holding hands on Market Street between Church and Castro and the same blocks look like a nursery and clogging up the sidewalks with baby strollers. The same goes for Upper Market. Upper Market today is a Baby Factory. Yes, judging by the number of babies and baby strollers around here, these “straight” couples breed like mosquitoes. Overpopulation and birth control is unknown to them. Today was Halloween 2015, and when I saw mi amigo he said: I have never seen as many children around here for Halloween as I saw today. Upper Market was constantly packed with children throughout the day.
It’s as if there is a very deliberate attempt or a campaign by the “straights” to come to The Castro. It’s as if some conservative radio station told their listeners or some conservative church told their congregation, “We want all of you to go to The Castro frequently and hold hands, while walking he should grab her butt, and make out under the Rainbow Flags over there and on street corners to help convert ‘the gays’ to becoming “straight.” It wouldn’t surprise me if that is what’s going on because it looks suspiciously deliberate. And of course, the “straights” act as if they are completely oblivious to anyone watching them.
Under the current conservative Ed Lee/Ron Conway Regime, thousands of Queers have been evicted from this city due to techie gentrification. And some people have finally noticed — it took them awhile; maybe they finally looked up from that
smartstupidphone (related: smartphones are transforming society into a sea of stupid) glued to their hand 24 hours a day to see what’s going on around here — that San Francisco’s Castro has essentially become Walnut Creek, California, complete with “Oklahoma” (how radical!) and other musicals playing at the local theatre for the sheeple’s “sing alongs” with silly crown hats.
Yes, today, the sanitised and conservative Castro resembles Walnut Creek, California much of the time. And especially near the end of the week the “straights” start showing up in force. Many of us locals have no idea what that’s about other than what I mentioned earlier. Why the end of the week? Or is that to get drunk in the Queer bars (with their drink specials) and then have a major dysfunction outside of the bar on the way out? (Yes, we’re seeing more of that). There’s nothing proudly radical or even radical about The Castro today. The Castro often looks like Straightsville with (mostly) young white and some Asian couples (dominant him = tall, and submissive her = short…yes they do have those height requirements, and feminism is dead in San Francisco by all indications). These “straight” couples come in here with their mandatory hand-holding, with her gazing up at him with limpid eyes and with one foot up in the back while standing perched on the other foot begging him desperately for constant attention. (Needy-assed/high-maintenance females! Constantly needing attention, jesus fucking christ you’re embarrassing, get some therapy, perra.) Then again, there’s the obnoxious “straight” make-out sessions on street corners and/or under a Rainbow Flag or in front of (what’s left of) the Queer boys. Note to clueless “straight” people: Queer boys are not into watching you make out. Nor are Queer boys into watching her swish her ass at them while walking down the sidewalk. All of that and more you will see in today’s Castro. Scenes that I remember from the Gay Mecca Days you won’t see here today.
There’s a project called “Queering The Castro.” Good idea, but they have their work cut out for them I can tell them that before they start. That’s because there’s been a very deliberate attempt by the conservatives — including the GLBTQ conservatives (related: The Anti-Gay Agenda in San Francisco), the merchants and those self-entitled homeowners who think they have special rights just because they own some old moldy home in The Castro — to make The Castro “straight” and conservative. That’s the crowd that says there’s no longer a need for gay meccas and they spew the lie that “gays can now live anywhere.” The Castro has been made the way it is today on purpose, deliberately so. And these useless, conservative, busy-bodied neighbourhood associations around here refuse to tell it like it is so they use sanitised code language to describe how The Castro has changed. They say, “it’s evolving.” Well WTF does that mean? They refuse to say that it’s becoming more and more “straight.” Even sex store windows have been sanitised. I’m not making this up. The best sex store in The Castro, Rock Hard, has to put white stickers over their sex video covers to cover up a dick or ass pic — because of busy-bodied prudes who call la policía on the store because the prudes don’t want their little niño/child to see any sex pics. Sigh. Well, unless you’re holding your little child in your arms asshole, s/he won’t even see the sex pics because your child’s head will be below the store window. If you’re walking by the sex store quickly, your child wouldn’t even have a chance to see what’s in the window, OR CARE! S/he may be looking off somewhere else! Who really has the problem here? It’s the fucked up so-called “adult” who shouldn’t even be a parent to begin with! And you knew what The Castro was before you moved here, asshole, so why the fuck did you move here? Again, you “straight” assholes can live anywhere, yet you’re hell-bent on living here, in a traditionally Queer area? Do you always move to a place so you can change it to the way you want it? I can’t stand basura like that. Can’t stand them! An intelligent person would move to a place that’s already like the way they want it. Duh. I can’t stupid-assed trash. And at that age, the child wouldn’t even know what s/he was seeing anyway. Again, it’s the so-called “adult”/parent that’s completely fucked up with the problem/the hang-up. I swear, I’ve seen this over and over. Many people should never be parents because they don’t have a fucking clue. All they do is pass down their prudish, conservative and dysfunctional “upbringing” that they learned from their parents/guardians and pass it on to their child. Ugh. I heard one parent on Castro say to amigos: “I do a lot of spelling these days.” Oh lord. Don’t you think your child will be more curious as to what you’re spelling (d-i-c-k.) and ask, “Daddy, what are you spelling?”) than if you just said the word dick that your child doesn’t even know the meaning of? Fucked up people parenting children. No wonder we have such a fucked up/dysfunctional society.
The “Queering The Castro” project started en septiembre 2015 and will run for a year:
“Queering the Castro will use literature and performance to wake up and reinvigorate the area, reminding us of the Castro’s joyfully radical roots, inspiring a commitment to exploring the wild, weird potential of queer culture.”
These events are being held at 4122 18th Street, San Francisco.
I wish them well, because it really saddens me how The Castro has been so deliberately changed, so sanitised, removed of its culture, it’s radical-ness. Today, The Castro is the opposite of the way it was when I moved here. Most of the merchants are conservatives/prudes and they are directly responsible for the present state of The Castro. Other than Rock Hard, I don’t support any of them, including the theatre. They can all fuck off and go out of business as far as I’m concerned! Every time I see a business closing around here, I think to myself: Good! Got rid of you. They’re part of the problem here. I remember what the theatre manager — he’s a prudish piece of work — did to the few naked guys in front of the theatre. Ugh. Then there’s that local piece of conservative work – that politician with the enormous head whom his rabid and conservative disciples see and bow down to as if he were “The Holy and Indivisible Trinity.” Unfortunately, that piece of basura still has four more years here to fuck things up even more. He’s now running for state senator. Yes, he wants to go fuck things up at the state level too. These power hungry corporatist trash are never satisfied.
Good luck with your project, “Queering The Castro.” Chau.–el barrio rosa