Compton’s Transgender Cultural District

Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

The world's first legally recognized transgender district was created to commemorate historical sites and preserve existing non-profits, businesses and nightlife venues to help the community remain vibrant. Boundaries include Market St between Taylor St and Jones St, to the south side of Ellis St between Mason St and Taylor St, and the north side of Ellis St between Taylor St and Jones St, as well as the 6th St corridor between Market St and Howard St.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa attractions

1. Luggage Store Gallery

0.09 MILES

Like a dandelion pushing through sidewalk cracks, this plucky nonprofit gallery has brought signs of life to one of the Tenderloin's toughest blocks for…

2. SF Camerawork


Since 1974, this nonprofit art organization has championed experimental photo-based imagery beyond classic B&W prints and casual digital snapshots. Since…

4. Powell St Cable Car Turnaround

0.19 MILES

Peek through the passenger queue at Powell and Market Sts to spot cable-car operators leaping out, gripping the chassis of each trolley and slooowly…

5. James Flood Building

0.21 MILES

This 1904 stone building survived the 1906 earthquake and retains its original character, notwithstanding the Gap flagship downstairs. Upstairs,…

6. Tenderloin National Forest

0.25 MILES

Urban blight is interrupted by bucolic splendor on one of the Tenderloin's grittiest blocks. Once littered with hypodermic needles and garbage, dead-end…

7. Federal Building

0.26 MILES

The groundbreaking green design of this government-office building by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne means major savings in energy –…

8. United Nations Plaza

0.28 MILES

This brick-paved triangle with an often-dry fountain awkwardly commemorates the signing of the UN charter in San Francisco. Most days, UN Plaza offers…