Castro rally for black LGBTs met with anger at bar

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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

#BlackLivesMatter rally.

“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

Danielle Castro.

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