More than any other city in the world, San Francisco is known for its LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and others) activism and culture.
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate this community’s difficult and extraordinary past and present. It is also a time to come together as a community to support each other and diversity in all of its many wonderful forms.
The month of June is recognized as Pride Month to pay homage to the Stonewall Riots of June 28th, 1969. The riots began when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular queer bar in New York City. These raids were frequent and savage, but what set this raid apart was that this time the patrons of the Stonewall fought back, sparking what is considered to be the first major LGBTQ+ rights demonstration in the United States.
Less than 10 years later, San Francisco elected Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California, who sat on the Board of Supervisors in 1978 until his assassination the same year, along with Mayor George Moscone. He nickname was the “Mayor of Castro Street,” and the Harvey Milk Plaza at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets is named in honor of him.
This year marks San Francisco’s 47th Pride celebration, and the theme is 'A Celebration of Diversity.' There will be many events throughout the month and the city will host a free Pride event on June 24th in the Civic Center Plaza and massive parade on June 25th, which will run down Market Street from Beale to 8th Streets starting at 10:30am.