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How would you react? Second graders tour San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 05-04-2011

Well, this is an interesting debate, especially for San Francisco where gay couples with kids are certainly not at all rare, and where many schools have a Lesbian, Gay and Transgender subcommittee of the local PTA. A recent second grade field trip has created a stir. The field trip from Town School took a deep dive tour of the neighborhood with a Castro historian. The tour focused on diversity and civil rights, but some parents complained that the kids walked by stores where the windows were PG-rated if not worse. As reported by SFGate.com, one parent said, “I don’t think this is a gay issue.” It sounds more like an old fashioned debate about what is appropriate for a child to see and when, and who gets to decide.

Last week, second-graders from San Francisco’s private all-boys Town School strolled through the Castro, the city’s world-renowned gay district where a huge rainbow flag flies gloriously above Harvey Milk Plaza.

Is San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood appropriate for young kids?