Hey Castro Fans! This is going to be my last post…for now. Sounds like my time to entertain and inform you on the Castro District has come to an end.
But let’s recap on our journey through the Castro as I leave some advise and last notes that I may not have mentioned before.
My lasting impression of the Castro is a cultural melting pot, where many different people come to the neighborhood and explore. I will always remember reporting news from January to May that happened around the Castro.
The Castro taught me a lot about diversity and change. There were many different viewpoints on the LGBT community where it would relate to the debate over the Castro flag
and how gender comes into play and how others views them.
There are crimes in every district, even in the Castro! You may think gay men seem harmless compared to heterosexual men because we are given the stereotype as feminine but that’s definitely not true. Some gay men are still under the suspicion of drugging other gay men to steal from them. Never underestimate anyone.
From a journalistic view, it was very tough getting all the information I needed. Some were so helpful in answering my questions, some just looked at me like a crazy person with a recorder. This was a good learning experience to break out of my shell and really report as a true reporter.
I respect everyone who was there to help me get some sources for my stories and from the conversations I had with police officers, residents and merchants, I was able to read their body language, which led me to ask the right questions at the right moment.
The reporting process was easy after I got used to it. I started to find contact information on the internet and started making some calls. I setted up interview dates and brought a recorder with me in case I wasnt able to write everything down. After a while, I had plenty of information that I needed to narrow down in order to find the perfect quote.
The Castro District had community organizations such as Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC), Supervisors like Scott Wiener to reach out to in case of any community issue that needs to be resolved and reports to get past information on.
As a reporter, I definitely have a different perspective on the Castro. It isn’t just a gay street where all you see is drag queens roaming the streets almost half naked or leather bears carrying whips and leashes around, it’s how they function as a community and can express who they are as a small tight group. I learned that it’s tough to keep business open and running for a long time. It’s scary out there when you know you’re not secure on running a successful business that can potentially destroy financially.
As my learning experience has definitely grown, I will continue to carry the knowledge and experience I have from the Castro. I hope some of you got something out of reading my blog on “The Stro” and enjoyed it.