Hundreds Gather In SF's Castro District To Mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Hundreds of people gathered in San Francisco’s Castro District Friday night to mourn the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and pay homage to her impact on the LGBTQ community.

Within hours of the justice’s death, people took to the street in the heart of the Castro.

Hundreds gathered in San Francisco's Castro District to mourn the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Photo credit Scott Wiener

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman helped put the vigil together.

“That spot at Castro and Market is a place where the community gathers in good times and bad,” Mandelman said. “Anything of significance that happens tends to generate some kind of vigil, rally, march or celebration at Castro and Market.”

Mandelman told KCBS Radio that the gender equality work Ginsburg did led to stronger rights for LGBTQ people.

“She changed the world, and did about as much as a lawyer possibly could do to change conditions for the better,” he added.

State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco also helped organize the event.

“She was an honorary member of the LGBTQ community, and we mourn for her,” said Wiener. “And now, we’re prepared to fight to make sure that her legacy continues.”

Ginsburg died of complications related to pancreatic cancer.

President Trump is said to be narrowing a list of potential nominees to replace her on the high court, with an announcement expected next week.