San Francisco – home of the country's first openly gay elected official (Harvey Milk), birthplace of the rainbow flag, the first city in the United States to legalize gay marriage and host of the best damn Pride parade in the country—remains a major LGBTQ+ epicenter. (They don't call it the 'gay capital of the world' for nothing.) And queerdos from all over the planet still flock to San Francisco's Castro neighborhood to explore the city while being their most eccentric, authentic selves.
As the city begins to reopen this summer (just in time for Pride month!) it's nearly businesses as usual in SF. Restaurants and bars are welcoming patrons again and the creative community of drag queens and artists has begun throwing impromptu events around the city. Plus, many of the local landmarks on this list remain steadfast symbols of the LGBTQ community's resilience and ability to bounce back from hardship. So whether you're here in June or not, honor SF's storied gay history at these museums, bars and cultural landmarks.