Rainbow banners, an enduring symbol of gay rights and San Francisco, may disappear from the streets of the Castro.
Preservationists contend that the banners could damage historical light posts because the fasteners used to attach the banners are prone to rust. The majority of lamp posts are ornate replicas of fixtures created in the late 19th century and are protected landmarks of San Francisco. But gay rights leaders in the area say the rainbow banners are as much a part of the city as the lights. Gay city supervisor Bevan Dufty is working on a compromise that would allow both the banners and lamp posts to remain on San Francisco's streets.