In the early morning of June 28, 1969, the police officers raided in to the Stonewall Inn arresting 13 people including employees and people who violated the state’s gender appropriate clothing statue. Patrons and neighborhood residents who got fed up with constant harassment and discrimination, gathered outside the bar which instantly led to a riot when an officer hit a lesbian woman. To honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, people across the nation celebrate and support LGBTQ community every June. Many events occur during June, however renowned parade is held on the last Sunday to commemorate anniversary of Stonewall Riots.
Fast forward, in June 2015, same sex marriage became legal. Furthermore, Pride month is a great opportunity to peacefully advocate current issues that the community faces as well as memorials to those members who have been lost to hate crimes of HIV/AIDS.
Although Stonewall Riots was the turning point of modern LGBTQ rights movement, San Francisco has a longer history of LGBTQ community. It dates as far back as 1908 when the first gay bar opened. In 1951, the California Supreme Court permitted gays the right to assemble social and political groups in the San Francisco. 10 years later, Jose Sarria runs for supervisor as the first openly gay candidate for public officer in the United States. In 1964 LIFE magazine announces San Francisco as the “Gay Capital of America”. Several years later, San Francisco held its first Pride Parade with 2,000 merchers and 15,000 speculators. The rainbow flag debuts at the San Francisco in 1978 which still is the symbol of the movement. In the early 2000’s, San Francisco mayor authorizing marriage license to same sex couples.
To demonstrate the awareness, various events across the country are held by joining parades and advocating local events. Here are some iconic events in SF to look out for:
Boat party for LGBT women who love to dance.
Rooftop Yoga 13th
Yoga at the westfield rooftop and hangout after class for refreshments and a beautiful view
StartOut Pride 19th
Fun and high quality networking at Yelp
San Francisco’s international LGBTQ film festival
Fresh Meat Festival 20th-22nd
Acts from opera to boyband to show inclusiveness.
Celebrate Pride with Gong.io
Networking with LGBTQ + Tech communities. Panel discussion on diversity and inclusion
Of course, San Francisco Pride Parade 29th-30th
Highlight event of the Pride month. At the Market street from Beale to 8th.
And of course, we are very excited to celebrate the grit, strength, and determination of the community at our LGBTQ Pride Coworking Day!