It’s that time of year again. Pride season has arrived, and it’s time to start making plans to take in your favorite. What started as a “sit-in” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1972 has morphed into a worldwide celebration drawing more than a million celebrants annually.
With its rich history of culture and liberationist politics, San Francisco is the quintessential pride mecca.
But let us show, rather than tell, the true meaning of San Francisco Pride.
Here are 17 of the cities sexiest pride moments.
1. Balloon Animals, 2017
Is he texting?
2. Butterflies are Free, 2009
The sunflower is a nice touch.
3. Easy Riders, 1986
Who doesn’t love a lady on a bike?
4. Ride a Colt, 2006
Basic red with white trim. We’re not complaining.
5. Dancin’ Daze, 1986
We’d complain about the cutoff shorts that were popular back in the day, but these fit too well!
6. I Do, 2009
We do too.
7. Towel Off, 2009
We suddenly feel inspired to hit the gym.
8. Local Heroes, 2013
Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier celebrating their pride. The couple sued over the legality of Proposition 8, winning the freedom to marry for thousands.
9. Public Servants, 1986
The police and fire departments have been integrated for decades. Thanks!
10. M-I-C-G-A-Y, 2012
Yes. Just, yes.
11. Eyes on the prize, 1986
Don’t forget your camera.
12. For the People, 1978
Harvey Milk, a reason to be proud.
13. He-Haw, 2009
Maybe we just have a thing for overalls.
14. Pride Car, 2016
San Francisco treat, indeed.
15. Stilted, 2014
Tall, bright and fabulous. And the view is good from up there, very good.
16. Center Stage City Hall, 2015
Where better to celebrate than where the fight for marriage equality began?
17. Gays a Go-Go, 2016
18. The party continues in the Castro, after the rally
19. The more things change, the more they stay the same
Photos courtesy of San Francisco Travel