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Opinion: A Hillcrest historic district would honor LGBTQ+ history. A plaque isn’t enough.

Opinion: A Hillcrest historic district would honor LGBTQ+ history. A plaque isn’t enough.

Faderman is curator of San Diego History Center’s LGBTQ+ exhibit and former historian-in-residence at Lambda Archives, and lives in La Jolla. Kaminski is an architect, historic preservation activist and Lambda Archives board member emeritus, and lives in Talmadge. Coons is executive director of Save Our Heritage Organisation, and lives in Point Loma.

LGBTQ+ history, like the history of other underrepresented communities, has been frequently overlooked. To many, that history has not been considered worthy of consideration or important in the development of our nation and our city. This is because historically, “homosexuals” were deemed criminals and deviants to the law, sinners to the church, mentally ill to the medical profession and often rejected by our own families.

But in LGBTQ+ spaces, the LGBTQ+ community not only found a home and a new family, but also formed a community that made it possible for us to wage our successful fight for the civil rights due to all Americans.

In San Diego, multiple spaces played a major role in this city’s LGBTQ+ civil rights struggle. Many of these sites are located in the Hillcrest area. They have served all of our community — the L, the G, the B, the T, the Q and the +. Notably, one of the first LGBTQ+ centers in the country began in San Diego in 1973; it has long been housed in Hillcrest.

Read the full commentary on the San Diego Union-Tribune here.