The City of Sydney is to unveil a plaque commemorating our links with the gay and lesbian community of San Francisco.

To be unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday, February 18, the plaque will be placed in a corner of Harmony Park in Surry Hills, dedicating that area as San Francisco Place.

“We really aren’t marking our sister cities in a strong way, as a city,” City of Sydney councillor Phillip Black said. “We needed somewhere in the City of Sydney where we could mark our oldest, and longest-standing sister city, San Francisco.

“In the future we could develop it — there could be tree planting, or other options.

“It’s to mark that longstanding connection between the two cities, which very strongly links to our GLBT communities, which we’re trying to boost.”

The idea emerged from a delegation’s trip to San Francisco, which saw Black and fellow gay councillor Shayne Mallard meet with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and leaders from the gay and lesbian community.

info: San Francisco Place will be officially named on Thursday, February 18, at 2.30pm. Harmony Park, Goulburn St, Surry Hills.

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