Celebrating the historic impact of LGBTQ+ pioneers with commemorative plaques in the heart of the Castro District

About Us

The Rainbow Honor Walk, located in San Francisco’s world-famous neighborhood Castro district, features bronze sidewalk plaques that honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer individuals who have made a significant impact in global history. The board, formed in 2008 by local community members and allies, is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. It's main objective is to recognize and highlight the achievements and contributions to humankind made by LGBTQ people. Now spanning many city blocks, the Rainbow Honor Walk public art installation is an educational and inspirational walk among some of the world's greatest LGBTQ pioneers. Discover how these brave individuals persevered while facing immense oppression and adversity. Learn more about each honoree here.


Criteria for Selection

The criteria for all nominations to be honored with a RHW sidewalk plaque are as follows: self-expressed LGBTQ individuals, now deceased, who made significant contributions in their fields. Criteria for additional names to be added to the Walk over the years may change. subject to the wishes of the community working in concert with the Rainbow Honor Walk Board of Directors. Now spanning several blocks, the Rainbow Honor Walk installation is educational and inspirational for all who walk with some of the greatest and bravest pioneers in modern history.

The Rainbow Honor Walk has installed 44 plaques honoring LGBTQ pioneers throughout our history. We are currently working on plans to fabricate and install plaques for our next 24 honorees.