San Francisco Pride is poised to get the biggest infusion of movement, outlandish style and fabulosity, with two of the most enduring men of color in LGBTQ culture, Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Camacho Xtravaganza.
"I want to see the Donna Summer musical," says Martha Wash who performs in San Francisco for the first time in four years next weekend at Feinstein's at the Nikko.
Our full-on rainbowlicious Pride week commences, vibrates, jostles, jiggles, sings, dances and fibrillates. Celebrate.
Popular Castro eatery Flore, formerly known as Café Flore, has launched an evening entertainment series called Flore at Night, with an array of music, comedy and drag shows.
There's a lot going on for Pride weekend before and after the parade. Here's a select list of just some of the weekend's events for those who want to party, dance and enjoy some nightlife talents.
From 1975 to 1988 Frank Banks was both defined by and helped define The Mint (1942 Market) in San Francisco. He would go on to play other bars before he left and his presence here was felt all the way to City Hall, but The Mint was his home.
Nicole Murray-Ramirez, aka Empress Nicole the Great (center), celebrates with other Imperial Court royals, and the film's producers and director, after the Castro Theatre premiere of 50 Years of Fabulous, at Twin Peaks Tavern.
This year's LGBT Pride celebration in Civic Center, held June 23 and 24, is more than just a gathering. Dozens of performers and DJs will bring music to the main stage and multiple themed DJ areas. Some of the performers offered their opinions on the upco
"My mum really liked George Michael," says Olly Alexander, the gamin lead singer of British pop act Years & Years. "He was the first performer I was aware of as being openly gay when I was growing up."
Just in time for Pride, a small bouquet of eateries has bloomed in the Castro. Whether you're a local who's not often in the gayborhood, or you've got out-of-town visitors stoked to see the sites, swing on by and bring your appetite for something new.
This year's recent International Mr. Leather (IML) weekend was its 40th anniversary. 40 years since Chuck Renslow decided to have a leather contest, a contest and weekend that in large part helped form the foundation of the modern leather experience.
Getting out, being out is all what June's about. Spill the LGBTea and tell your tales, or listen to others' stories. Dance, celebrate; nightlife awaits.
There's always a lot going on in the San Francisco Bay Area for leather and other kinksters, including Pride events.