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Castro Walking Tour - Explore the Heart of San Francisco's LGBT Communities

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The Most Holy Redeemer Church
Castro Walking Tour - Explore the Heart of San Francisco's LGBT Communities

Head west on Market, turn left onto Diamond Street and walk to 18th Street. On the corner of Diamond and 18th is the Most Holy Redeemer Church, built in 1901. When the area’s blue-collar immigrant families began moving to newer neighborhoods after World War II and single gay men trickled in, the Catholic church was hardly welcoming. Father Tony McGuire arrived in the early 1980s, preached tolerance and transformed the parish; some Castro residents dub Most Holy Redeemer “the gayest church west of the Vatican.”

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