Khaled Sayed San Francisco Police Officer C. Stokes, right, takes a
A rally in the Castro to affirm and celebrate black LGBTQs briefly
turned ugly when some of the demonstrators went to a bar and said they
were met with hostility.
Organizers with Queer #BlackLivesMatter held the February 28 rally to
mark the end of Black History Month and call attention to violence
against trans women of color. One of those women, Taja DeJesus, was
stabbed to death in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood last month.
The rally, which started at Jane Warner Plaza at Castro and
Market streets at 2 p.m., was mostly peaceful, and the crowd
enjoyed music by Bayard Rustin Coalition members and a
performance by drag queen Bebe Sweetbriar.
Afterward, some of the participants decided to pay a visit to Toad Hall bar, 4146 18th Street.
They said they were met with hostility and were asked to leave. A
similar experience occurred there in December during a Queer
“We demonstrated in front of Toad Hall for 10 minutes, until one of the
establishment employees allegedly assaulted one of our trans
participants,” said Bayard Rustin Coalition member Shaun Haines.
The victim of the alleged assault was later identified by organizers as