The LGBTQIA community has been fighting for visibility and equality for a very long time, but not long ago, many did not dare to do so publicly as being gay was strictly against the law. The community once used a secret network of tunnels beneath San Francisco as a way to flee police raids on LGBTQIA bars in the 1940s. The tunnels were discovered during development on Market Street where a hotel is to be built, but now activists are fighting to save this historical site from destruction.
Although it may look like any underground site, activists claim to have found evidence that these tunnels were once used as an escape route from outlawed gay bars during police raids in the 1940s.
Bars like the Old Crow Bar were often broken into by the police, but the tunnels allowed the public to escape. Campaigners are trying to stop the development to preserve the tunnels that hold this history.