SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Members of the city’s LGBTQ community are up in arms over redistricting, and will be holding a rally today at 5 p.m.
The rally will be at City Hall at 5 p.m., on the Polk Street side, according to Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in a tweet Tuesday evening.
The “rally to save our communities from being divided” is urging people to show up to try to “stop the SF Redistricting Task Force from dividing our communities.”
Advocates for affected neighborhoods such as the tenderloin and soma are rallying against the proposals.
There are 11 districts in San Francisco, each represented by a single supervisor. Every 10 years, these districts are re-drawn based on census results.
Community organizer Curtis Bradford says current plans hurt the city’s most vulnerable communities while also splitting up neighborhoods with shared interests and deep relationships.
“They just feel like this is the last punch in the stomach or kick in the teeth,” Bradford said. “People feel betrayed. I feel pretty betrayed.”
LGBTQ advocates have echoed those sentiments saying cultural districts including queer and trans communities need to be protected not separated.
“it’s been kind of a sham to be honest,” Bradford said. “I’m frustrated beyond belief. Our community, the residents in the tenderloin are in shock.”
The re-districting task force has until April 14 to submit a final map. As KRON4 previously reported, LGBTQ groups are protesting that the map splits up two heavily LGBTQ neighborhoods of San Francisco, namely south of Market and the Tenderloin.
Ditka Reiner, vice chair of the task force, told KRON4 last week that “it’s a really hard map to square.”
“We are trying to do a really good job,” Reiner said. “Nobody is trying to map anyone out of any of their districts.”
The task force will be meeting tonight at City Hall at 5:30 p.m.