At least an x-rated magazine store would keep the stroller brigades away.]]>
The storefront was abandoned and locked tight of course, but I could make out the mural of Harvey on the wall. Up and across the street I saw the current HRC retail store and ‘Action Center.’ It was also closed – empty of people but full of merchandise -and the lights inside were blazing.
I asked my host, Robert Moore of Affirmations (Mormon LGBT), what he thought of the HRC store in the Castro. He said that in all the years the store had stood on that corner, not a single community meeting had been held there. No San Francisco grassroots group had ever been invited or allowed to meet there. To his mind there was no ‘action’ at the Action Center; it was just a ‘tourist trap’ where HRC collected email addresses from customers and counted them as members.
That’s all I needed to know.]]>