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As the queer community assimilates, gayborhoods are becoming scarce, but the Castro District in San Francisco is still a rainbow-colored beacon and its best feature is its movie palace of the same name which opened in 1922 and whose sign is a city icon. See a camp classic, check out the leatherette ceiling and tap your feet along with the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
The fullest expression of gay Golden State bliss happens every time the sun beats down hard on Dolores Park in San Francisco and folks representing every letter of the queer alphabet congregate for an afternoon of idyll. Think Summer of Love, but rainbow colored.
San Francisco Pride: With over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation. Celebrations begin on a Saturday in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco the last full weekend of June each year. The Parade, which takes place the Sunday morning of the event, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.
The GLBT Historical Society is an archive museum holding an extensive collection of historic artefacts relating to the history of LGBT people in the United States, with a particular focus on San Francisco and Northern California. The first standalone museum of its kind, dedicated solely to LGBT history, the GLBT Historical Society, on 18th Street in the Castro neighborhood, allows visitors to learn more about the legendary political figure Harvey Milk while enjoying various temporary and permanent exhibits spanning archival materials and even graphic arts.
Walk San Francisco's Rainbow Honor Walk. With such a rich, rainbow-hued history, San Francisco has long been a stomping ground for famed members of the global queer community. Discover more with a walk along San Francisco's own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, known as the Rainbow Honor Walk. Concentrated along Castro Street around 18th, where even the crosswalks are rainbow-striped, you'll find numerous commemorative plaques honoring prominent gay artists, entertainers and activists throughout history, such as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and modern pop artist Keith Haring, as well as other minority figures such as the first female Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jane Addams.
Take a gay day trip to Napa Valley and Sonoma. Serving as the setting for many movies including Keanu Reeves' 1995 A Walk in the Clouds, Sideways and the more recent Netflix comedy Wine Country, are the winemaking regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma. Famed worldwide for their wines, these numerous vineyards, located back to back in the rolling hills of rural California, provide the perfect sun-soaked locale to indulge in a grape-heavy afternoon of wine tasting while observing winemaking processes first hand.
Liberate yourself on San Francisco's nude beaches. Back on the main island, towards the edges of northern San Francisco in the green Presidio area, the landscape is just as noteworthy. Here you'll discover crystal waters, with views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz Island, as well as naked beach-dwelling gays towards the north-west (although you'll have to get a little closer to fully appreciate these sights). If you'd like to do so, follow signs towards Baker Beach, an unofficial gay, clothing-optional beach, or Marshall's Beach, a gay-popular nudist area. Both sandy stretches offer great views of the famed bridge and are accessible via a bus journey to Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza (#30 for Marshall's, #38 and #29 for Baker) plus a 15-minute walk on the other side.