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Castro rainbow flag draws controversy in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Controversy has erupted in San Francisco's LGBTQ Castro District over the management of its historic rainbow flag, igniting tensions throughout the district and questions about how to honor the many faces of the community.

The dispute began after a request to raise the transgender pride flag and fly it at half-mast on November 20, the Transgendered Day of Remembrance, was denied by the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC), the stewards of the flag.

According to SF Weekly, local trans woman Veronika Fimbres submitted the request, which was denied by the MUMC.

In the denial, board member Terry Bennett noted the board's policy to fly the rainbow flag at full-mast at all times with few exceptions, "symbolizing the strength and pride and the community, even in times of sadness, anniversaries of important events, etc." Bennett also noted the safety hazard of flying the flag at half-mast, potentially entangling its rigging with the city's Muni busses.

However, the flag has been lowered and replaced before, most specifically with a leather one during the Castro Street Fair. So not surprisingly, protests over the denial of the transgender flag ensued.

Read the full story in SDGLN media partner, HuffPost Gay Voices, HERE.