San Francisco has been historical for LGBTQ culture, and as it continues to grow, there are countless LGBT establishments all over the city. We are giving you all of the best gay places to see during your visit.

Castro District
If you look down Castro, you will see the streets lined with rainbows. The Castro District is filled with rich LGBTQ culture as it was one of the first “gayborhoods” in the city. Take a walk across the infamous rainbow crosswalk, visit the Harvey Milk Memorial, visit the Castro Farmers’ Market on a Wednesday, or stay in a gay bed and breakfast.

Castro Theater
The Castro Theater is located in the Castro District as well, but it has its own rich history to note as well. The Castro is more than a cinema; it is a historical monument as well. It is one of the only cinemas in the country from the 1920s still operating. Depending on the day, you can catch an old classic or see a newer box office hit in the beautiful, Spanish-style auditorium.  

429 Castro St., San Francisco, CA 94114


GLBT Historical Society
Take a dive into LGBTQ History at the GLBT Historical Society. The archives include photographs, publications, posters and manuscripts from every era of the LGBTQ movement. Interactive displays allow visitors to interact with the installments as well. Some of the most popular exhibits include “The Evolution of Aids Activism”, “The Future of Leather: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going”, “Faces from the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930” and “Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride and Lust”.

4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114


LGBTQ Film Festival
If you are traveling to San Francisco in the summer, attending the LGBTQ Film Festival is highly recommended. The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the largest LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. The festival is exactly what is expected – amazing queer films shown in an interactive setting, giving creators and audiences the opportunity to have open discussions about the films. If you are not in town during the festival, the foundation also offers encore showings of films from the festival at theaters across the city.

Pink Triangle Park
Pink Triangle Park is a small, yet notable memorial hidden in the city. The posts represent tens of thousands of homosexuals who were persecuted and murdered during the Nazi era. There is more information about the pink triangle badges and the people who wore them at the memorial. This stunning installment is a great place to get a quick dose of lesser-known LGBTQ history.

2454 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114


Q Bar
Any night of the week is party night at Q Bar. With go-go dancers, drink specials every day and a fun crowd, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular bars in the city. Not only is this a great bar for gay men, but there are lesbian dance party Tuesdays. If girls aren’t your thing, check out Booty Call Wednesdays, Throwback Thursdays or Hard Fridays!

456 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114


Oasis
If you’re looking for an all-around kickass time, Oasis is the place to go. Oasis was opened in 2015 by drag legends, Heklina, and D’Arcy Drollinger, and they know how to throw one hell of a party. There is more to the bar than drag shows. With live music, DJs, cabaret performances and more, there isn’t much left to be desired after leaving.

298 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103


Whether you’re looking to learn more about LGBTQ history or go out and have a good time surrounded by your fellow queers, San Francisco is the best city to get lost in LGBTQ culture, history and art. Take advantage of all of the awesome and diverse experiences the city has to offer!

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