Although the Gay Rights Movement started with Stonewall in New York, San Francisco has made LGBT Pride Month something special. The city starts to buzz in June in anticipation of the explosion of celebrations at the end of the month. This year, the events run through the entire month online and in person.
As a kid, I would go with my mom to see her friends dressed in drag blowing kisses at the crowds along Market Street. It was magical.
When the motorcycles line up in the shadow of the Ferry Building, you can meet women from all around the world. The floats around the corner are finishing up final details and the cheerleaders practice amazing performance maneuvers.
The initiative SFPride365 launched in 2020, to help continue the celebration, education and joy throughout the year. The result is new collaborations for the June event. Movie nights will be help at Oracle Park, home of our baseball team, the SF Giants. A virtual fitness series will encourage health and wellness. The Marsha P. Johnson Rally last year coinciding with Juneteenth, an African American holiday celebrating the true emancipation of enslaved people in the US, is the inspiration for more events that highlight the intersection of Black and LGBTQ+ history in the fight for justice.
June is full of events and celebrations for Pride. It’s about living free and fearless. Wear your rainbow socks and hold your head high!