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For the 31 days of October, LGBT History Month celebrates 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender icons. Each year these icons, living or dead, are nominated by regional, state, national, and international organizations, activists, and the public. This year’s icons include Caitlyn Jenner, Barry Manilow, and Johnny Mathis.
Widely perceived as a gay mecca, San Francisco offers numerous ways to learn about LGBT history and celebrate LGBT History Month.
The GLBT Historical Society was founded in 1985 and exhibits materials 2 to promote understanding of LGBTQ history and culture. A new exhibit is opening on October 6th highlighting the story of OUT/LOOK, a groundbreaking national queer magazine published in San Francisco from 1988 to 1992. And you can explore their main gallery, which will give you an look at San Francisco queer life from the Gold Rush to today using multimedia from the museum’s archives.
The mission of the SF LGBT Center is 2 connect the people of the city. Upcoming events include a LGBTQ-friendly Movement & Self-expression Workshop and LGBTQ Career Fair. On October 28th you can experience something brand new — the Queer-Street Marketplace. It will be a showcase of local LGBTQIA owned or operated small businesses. Brunch and mimosas will be provided at the event.
Enjoy a walking tour of The Castro, one of SF’s most unique and historic neighborhoods. In the 1960s and 1970s, The Castro was a center 4 LGBT activism and the intersection of 18th and Castro is where many historic events, marches, and protests have taken place.
The Castro was home 2 Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official. You can visit a special park in the neighborhood that’s named after him: Harvey Milk Plaza. Milk helped to pass new gay rights ordinances in the city. A bust of Milk is now part of San Francisco City hall. You can stop by to see it or book a one hour tour.
If you’re looking 4 a more relaxed time or perhaps an evening out — Twin Peaks Tavern is the first gay bar in the city, and possibly the entire United States. The iconic bar features huge windows for people watching incredible cocktails and beers on tap. Experience the place many call “the gay Cheers.”
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