Best Morbid Display of Gay Pride - 2007
Rainbow flags have waved over so many aspects of city life that it's not surprising to find them in a final resting place; still, it's a nice sight. The Columbarium is an exquisite, 110-year-old building in the Richmond where the cremated remains of thousands of San Franciscans are tucked away in niches or "apartments," as caretaker Emmitt Watson calls them. The more modern niches hold not just urns, but mementos and souvenirs from lives well lived. Thus, the rainbow flags, the teddy bear dressed like a leather daddy, the handcuffs. Harvey Milk's remains are here, in a sedate niche that showcases a photograph of the smiling martyr. The rainbow-heavy ranks are also a result of a grim reaping during the worst of the AIDS epidemic many gay men who were felled by the disease chose to leave their dust in the city they loved so well.