San Francisco Set to Name Street After Trans Icon
San Francisco is set to name a street after a transgender icon, marking the first time the city has awarded such an honor to a member of the transgender community.
At its meeting Tuesday, April 22, the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve adding Vicki Marlane’s name to street signs along the 100 block of Turk Street in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Marlane, who died in 2011 at the age of 76 due to AIDS-related complications, hosted a popular drag revue show at gay bar Aunt Charlie’s located at 133 Turk.
The board’s land use and economic development community unanimously approved the proposal at its meeting Monday, April 14. District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the Tenderloin and is the main sponsor of the street-naming resolution, said this week she does not expect any opposition to the proposal when it reaches the full board.
"This is a historic vote and action," Kim said during the hearing before the committee on which she serves. "Vicki in particular was a mentor to many folks in this room, other performers, and transgender youth coming up in the scene. It is time to finally recognize this icon and activist. This block is the perfect place to memorialize her legacy."
Born Donald Sterger in Crookston, Minnesota, Marlane started out as a traveling circus performer before settling in San Francisco in 1966. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in the 1980s and moved to San Diego.
A decade later Marlane had returned to the city and her show "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" debuted in 1998 at Aunt Charlie’s. It evolved into popular weekly Friday and Saturday shows called "The Hot Boxxx Girls."