924 Gilman Street is a place of universal value due to the fact that it is a site of significant cultural heritage for the counter-culture associated with punk rock. Both as it relates to the Bay Area as well as attributing to a musical legacy on a global scale, the venue holds substantial human meaning for the following reasons:
● As an all-ages community based venue, it does work to keep the punk music scene viable by allowing non-discriminatory access.
● As a not-for-profit institution, Gilman is inherently community orientated. The
venue functions in the ways it does because of the collective will of its community. There is no single leader or owner, but rather every decision that is made is deliberated and voted on within the membership meetings held on the first and third Saturday of every month.
● Gilman works to remain open and accessible to the widest range of cultural gradient possible, while holding firm to its zero tolerance policy concerning “bullshit behavior” such as that related to homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny.
● Gilman represents a safe haven from normative culture wherein people are allowed and encouraged to express themselves freely. They are always concerned with the ways in which they can support the people in the community and allow them access to the help, assistance, or protection which they need.