With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. Understandably then it can be a bit overwhelming knowing what to do or where to go during pride. This guide aims to break down the festival so you know where to go to catch the many cultural activities happening around the city.
The 36th edition of the Frameline Film Festival, the largest LGBT film fest in the Americas, opened yesterday with Vito, a tear-jerking doc about gay rights activist and pioneer of gay cinematic scholarship, Vito Russo. Thirty-two years after his death, the festival continues the work of his book "The Celluloid Closet" with an offering of docs, shorts and features broad enough to satisfy almost any taste, be it gay, straight, trans or yet-to-be discovered. Here are our 7 picks from the festival's two-week run, your results may vary!
Love Pride? There's still a chance for you to attend one of the swankiest events all month–PG&E's glitzy fifth annual Pride Party at the gorgeous Bently Reserve. Benefitting the Victory Institute, the evening will be hosted by Mark Rhoades, and comedienne Loni Love and Heather McDonald (from the hit show Chelsea Lately) will liven up the scene with their whipsmart performances.
Pride sees some of the best DJs from around the nation descend upon San Francisco for 2 full days of epic partying and debauchery. Here are some of the best DJ parties happening over the Pride weekend.
I have heard it said that San Francisco is “the land of fruits, nuts, and veggies.” And we like it that way, thank you very much. In a city that supports a live-and-let-live ethos, San Franciscans don’t just tolerate—we celebrate—diversity and forward thinking. Here, we are pioneers in sustainable living, technology, and culinary innovation. Women have prominent spots in politics and in business. We support medical marijuana and provide safe escort for naked cyclists. Many of our charities are even bolstered by fierce drag queen nuns.
It’s June, meaning the gay high holy days are upon us. For San Francisco queers, there are more homo-centric activities and parties than you can wave a rainbow flag at. For bike loving queers, there are an equal number of pedal-centric pride activities. From rainbow bike rides, to LGBTQ bike parties to queer bike education classes, here are just a few of the “byke” pride activities scheduled this month. Feel free to add more in the comments section below:
Crack out your best costume and prepare to celebrate. Pride is almost upon us and to kick things off, we've compiled our favorite drag shows in the city - plus one Pride only special of Sex and the City!
Join us for special private event, 7x7's Pride Celebration 2012 saluting Wells Fargo's 25 years of commitment to the LGBT community.
This high-spirited mid-week Pride kickoff will feature complimentary bites from Small Potatoes Catering, complimentary beverages with Karlsson's Vodka and Bud Light Platinum, and a fun raffle benefiting the Youth Program @ the Center.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
111 Minna Gallery
2nd Street between Mission/Howard