San Francisco’s Rainbow Honor Walk Unveiled
December 23, 2013 by HRC staff
Photo: Dan Nicoletta
Post submitted by Colton Windsor, SF ACS senior associate and Rainbow Honor Walk board member.
In a ceremony attended by San Francisco city officials, politicians, HRC supporters and more, the first plaque for the Rainbow Walk of Fame was unveiled on Dec. 20.
The RHW is a new art installation planned for the sidewalks of San Francisco’s historic Castro district. Similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the RHW will serve as an international monument that recognizes the contributions of LGBT individuals and their supporters from all time periods and around the world. The 3-foot-by-3-foot bronze plaques feature the honoree’s image, a brief bio describing their contribution to the LGBT community, the signature and their dates of birth and death. The walk will eventually contain 500 plaques.
As the song “Mighty Real” came to a triumphant crescendo at the ceremony, San Francisco’s openly gay City Supervisor Scott Wiener and the Rainbow Honor Walk’s plaque designer, Carlos Casuso, proudly unveiled the rainbow-draped plaque of its first honoree, singer Sylvester James. Attendance for the event exceeded more than 70 guests.
James' plaque, along with an additional 19 plaques, will be installed into the sidewalks before pride in June 2014.
HRC’s Creative Director Don Kiser and SF ACS General Manager Shane Martin and his team did an amazing job in presenting the RHW’s first plaque and the Human Rights Campaign’s support of the project. RHW Board President, David Perry, gave a brief account of the 19-year history of the development of the walk and thanked the many individuals, city organizations and institutions that help bring this dream to fruition. The catalyst for engaging HRC in this project was RHW board member and SFAC Senior Associate Colton Windsor. During the celebration, Windsor presented the HRC-produced RHW logo lapel pin and a coffee mug which features images of the first 20 honorees. HRC will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the RHW from each product sold.
To learn more about the Rainbow Honor Walk, including a list of the first 20 honorees and their biographies, visit, http://www.rainbowhonorwalk.org