At the end of this month, a San Francisco LGBTQ+ rights activist says he will move out of his apartment, ending a well-publicized feud with his landlord. He says the incident is an example of how members of his community find themselves pushed out of neighborhoods they have enriched.
The saga involving activist Cleve Jones’ flat in the Castro neighborhood has been covered by many outlets, most comprehensively by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Jones, who was behind the AIDS Memorial Quilt, told me his rent was increased from $2,393 to $5,200 — which is “pretty steep, even in San Francisco.” At first, he was set on remaining in his apartment. But his home no longer feels welcome, he told me.