Pride In The Bay: The Must Go-To Parties, Talks, And Exhibits In San Francisco

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Refugees Without Refuge: Stories of LGBTQ Refugees Stranded in the Middle East

The fight for LGBT equality is never over, Subhi Nahas, founder and board chair of Spectra Project and a Syrian refugee who gained asylum in the U.S. in 2015, will describe his experiences as a refugee as well as his efforts to help others and advocate for minorities of different sexual orientations and genders in the Middle East and North Africa. // 555 Post St., Union Square, 5:30 p.m., July 27th, Tickets are available now; $0 — $20,

The Gay Bar in American History

Get the real real info on the history of gay bars in America, for more than 100 years, gay clubs and bars have served as havens and sanctuaries as well as party spots and hookup sites. They’ve been the centers of solidarity, community and education. They’ve also been the sites of violence and persecution that ultimately led to great advancements in pride, rights and freedoms. Unger’s richly illustrated talk highlights the history of a long and colorful American tradition central to the LGBTQ community: the gay bar—from jook joints to the Stonewall Inn to Orlando’s Pulse and beyond. // 555 Post St., Union Square, 5:30 p.m., June 22nd, Tickets available now, $7 — $20,

LGBT Activist Cleve Jones: When We Rise

In an emotional roller coaster of real experiences, Cleve Jones will take you through the gay liberation movement and AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Jones will share how Harvey Milk became the first largely outspoken gay elected official—as well as Jones’ mentor. Jones keeps Milk’s legacy and the gay liberation movement alive, aspiring to have a similar impact on young adults as Milk had on Jones. You’ve got to hear Jones’ inspiring words on the political movement. // 555 Post St., Union Square, 5:30 p.m., June 20th, Tickets available now, $7 — $20,

Bi Pride: Potluck Bi-BBQ

Eat among all walks of life with a first even Bi-BBQ, we recommend cooking before hand and bringing your dish as Dolores Park does not allow open fires or BBQ’ing. And for those who want to keep the party going, the Roxie Theater will be screening Bi Candy: Bisexual Short Cinema, part of Frameline 40 — A movie you don’t want to miss. // Dolores Park, 3:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m., June 21st, free,

Photo courtesy of the  Harvey Milk Photo CenterPhoto courtesy of the  Harvey Milk Photo Center

Photo courtesy of the Harvey Milk Photo Center

2017 LGBTQ Pride Photo Exhibit Fabulous Celebration

Join Harvey Milk Photography Center for the 2017 Pride weekend celebration show. This year’s exhibit is in collaboration with the wishes of Gilbert Baker, designer of the international symbol to the world of gay pride, the iconic Rainbow flag. In addition to Gilbert’s choices, they have invited artists, writers, and photographers from throughout the community to share their diverse talents for this special show. // 50 Scott St., Castro, 10:00 a.m., June 24th, free,

Dyke March 2017

An obvious no-brainer, the Dyke March celebrates the unrepresented Lesbian populi that’s not so shown in Pride’s past. The San Francisco Dyke March is an annual rally and march of upwards of 50,000 members of the LGBTQ community  on Pride weekend to bring SF’s dyke communities together with a strength of voice and remain politically conscious and visible. Dyke March programming will begin at Dolores Park around 11am. Typically will hear from local community activists, dance to the grooves of local DJs, sing along with some cool musical artists, and snap along with local poets. Afterwards a march takes places through the Mission and the Castro. // 19th St. and Dolores St., Castro, 1:00 p.m., June 24th, free,

Live in the Castro: The ManDance Company

Celebrate the power of dance with a Pride special that’s bound to get you on your feet. Through the month’s of May up until October, The ManDance Company have prepared mini performances at Jane Warner Plaza for all to watch, participate, and celebrate. You will also get to hear from local community leaders and other visual artists as you celebrate all things gay! // Jane Warner Plaza, Castro, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m., July 24th, free,

Pride Safe Zone Open Space Conference

This united front in times of peril, the conference is participant driven and responsive with workshops, clinics and speakers providing legal and movement building resources and participant driven discussions in a safe and supportive environment. If you’re looking to further your LGBT communities in a political, spiritual, or workshop type of way—we recommend this as your first stop. // 88 5th St., The San Francisco Mint, SoMa, 10:30 a.m., June 24th, Tickets available now, $10 — $20,

“Summer of Love” Dance Party

How could we not talk about the Summer Of Love and not relate it to Pride, both share the same sentiment so why not dance it out? Come to Grace Cathedral to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love by dancing in the aisles to classics from 1967 and modern tunes inspired by the artistic spirit of that era—courtesy of the Make It Funky DJs and Mad Alchemy’s liquid light show. Be sure to wear flowers in your hair. // 1100 California St., Grace Cathedral, Russian Hill, 7:30 p.m., June 22nd, Tickets available now, $5,

San Francisco City Hall Gorgeous Rainbow LightsSan Francisco City Hall Gorgeous Rainbow Lights

San Francisco City Hall’s Gorgeous Rainbow Lights

Let the spirit of Pride light up your world with San Francisco’s annual light show aimed and directed at City Hall. Of course, it’s a fabulous photo-op to support your Instagram’s San Francisco presence, but imagine this as the kick-off party for the weekend of festivities. (i.e don’t miss this.) // City Hall, Civic Center, 8:00 p.m., June 22nd, free,

Jardinière’s Love is Love themed dinner

The Jardiniere’s Monday supper dinners are not one to miss in general but this extra special feast is one for the house. The team opens up their doors to celebrate national gay pride with a Love is Love themed dinner. Of course, the menu is rainbow themed: rainbow carrots, rainbow trout, and for dessert, rainbow sherbet. // 300 Grove St., Hayes Valley, reservations must be made for this dinner,

Pride In The Bay: The Must Go-To Parties, Talks, And Exhibits In San Francisco
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