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San Francisco/us

By Ed Walsh

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San Francisco's gay evolution began in the flower-power days of the late 1960s. The hippies were concentrated in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Gays who were part of the hippie movement eventually migrated over the hill from the Haight and settled in what was then called Eureka Valley. Now, we all know and love it as the Castro.
For old-timers, the 2008 movie Milk, based on the life of out gay city supervisor Harvey Milk, brought back memories of how ugly the Castro used to be before the gays moved in. The neighborhood had low rents with low-rent businesses to match, vacant storefronts and handbills plastered everywhere.
The movie's producers de-gentrified the Castro for the film, then put it back better than ever. The filmmakers restored the front of the landmark Castro Theater to its glory days, replacing the burned-out neon and refurbishing its colorful facade. That means there's never been a better time to see this slice of San Francisco gay life.

Getting here
San Francisco International Airport is not in San Francisco but in San Mateo County, about 20 minutes south of downtown. In 2003, the Bay Area's inter-city transit system, BART, was extended to the airport, making connections to the city easier than ever.

Getting around
When you arrive at the airport, buy a one-, three- or seven-day transit passport for unlimited rides on San Francisco's Muni transit system, including the world-famous cable cars. Those passes cost $13, $20 and $26, respectively. Otherwise the fare is $2 for buses and trolleys and $5 for cable cars. Before you arrive, you can buy a CityPass, which includes a seven-day Passport plus admission to a number of attractions, for $59.

What to see
San Francisco's newest tourist attractions are the de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences, in the middle of Golden Gate Park, the city's largest green space. You can spot the de Young by its 144-foot tower, which offers panoramic views of the park. The Academy of Sciences houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest.
While you're in Golden Gate Park, stay a while. Must-sees include the Japanese Tea Garden and the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, which features a full-size windmill surrounded by tulips.

Neighborhoods
The Castro. Three miles west of downtown at the end of Market Street, there's a plaque honoring Harvey Milk. It's on the sidewalk in front of his old camera store at 575 Castro Street. A mural on the wall of the building gives the appearance of him looking out a window.
Chinatown. San Francisco lays claim to having the world's largest Chinatown outside Asia. It starts at Grant Avenue and Bush Street, on the edge of the Union Square shopping area. You can't miss the decorative archway over Grant.
North Beach. While in Chinatown, stroll over to North Beach, the city's Italian neighborhood. It's dotted with charming restaurants, many with outdoor seating.

Local media
The Bay Area Reporter and San Francisco Bay Times are the city's weekly gay newspapers. Gloss Magazine is an every-other-week entertainment magazine.

in focus
Where the (bare) boys are
Few tourists realize it's there, but San Francisco does have a gay nude beach. It's next to the city's most famous landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, and is mostly unknown to pedestrians, who usually stroll along the wider sidewalk on the eastern side of the bridge. The beach is on the west side, reached via a sidewalk reserved for bicyclists.
The beach has many nicknames, but its official name is Marshall's Beach. Getting there used to be a difficult and sometimes treacherous hike, but four years ago the federal government refurbished the area and added walking paths down to the water. That has been a bit of a mixed blessing, because although the beach is still as gay and as nude as ever, more unsuspecting non-gays end up there.
The parking lot (also very gay) is at the end of Langdon Court, off Lincoln Boulevard. Langdon Court, more like a driveway than a street, dead-ends into the beach parking lot. Finding the path at the western end of the parking lot is tricky for first timers, but follow the gay men. You will have a lot of company on warm, sunny days.
You can also reach the beach from the Golden Gate Bridge. From the western side of the bridge, where the employee parking lot is located, follow Merchant Road. It curves to the left onto Lincoln Boulevard. Make a right on Lincoln Boulevard to Langdon Court. Make a right on Langdon Court to the beach parking lot.
You will see a number of rock shelters built to shield sunbathers from the wind and also to provide a bit of privacy. The beach tends to be more cruisy at its eastern tip. Keep in mind that this is federal land, so United States Park Police, not the San Francisco Police Department, have jurisdiction. Officers don't patrol routinely, but they do respond to complaints and will issue citations if they find anyone engaging in sexual activity.
Hardly anyone swims at the beach. The water is usually too cold. But you will see some people jump in the waves and quickly jump out. The waves can be dangerous, so stay away when the surf is rough.

Pride Day
San Francisco Pride
A two-day celebration held in downtown San Francisco. The parade follows Market Street from downtown to the Civic Center.
Last Sunday of June
sfpride.org

Frameline 34
The San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
Film lovers rub shoulders with the hottest directors and stars, discover new film favorites, both international and local gems.
June 17-27, 2010

Top experiences
Take a walk. Bring a good pair of shoes, as San Francisco is a walkable city. Be sure to take a stroll around Ocean Beach, where there's a great hike to the north side of the Cliff House.

Take a cruise. The Blue and Gold Fleet offers a variety of cruises that showcase the best views of the city: those from the water.

Pedal power. Despite all the hills, San Francisco is bicycle obsessed. Bike lanes are everywhere, and there are a number of places to rent bikes when you get into town. Be sure to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito, a quaint bayside city in Marin County.

Folsom Street Fair
Billed as the world's largest leather event, the fair is spread over 13 city blocks.
Last Sunday of September.
folsomstreetfair.com

Castro Street Fair
A community fair with food and entertainment founded by Harvey Milk.
First Sunday of October.
castrostreetfair.org

Up Your Alley
This street fair is a smaller, more intimate version of the Folsom Street Fair. It is on Dore Alley, off Folsom Street.
Last Sunday of July.

Bars: General

Bar on Church (198 Church St) cocktails nightly in retro glam video lounge setting, cruisey, mostly men.

Cinch (1723 Polk St) old style Polk neighborhood bar with pinball, pool, 80's music, old-fashion drag shows, and a busy patio.

Deco Lounge (510 Larkin St) every day Tenderloin bar from 10am, home to "The White Trash Party," with drag shows, underwear parties, open mic comedy Mondays, and very popular Sunday male amateur strip contests.

El Rio (3158 Mission St) Latino/Latina mixed gay/straight Mission neighborhood bar with sunny patio, stiff Margaritas, live music, and salsa lessons. Known best for big friendly Sunday afternoon bash.

Esta Noche (510 17th St) new home for the latino bar with two dance floors, drag shows galore, and hot go go dancers. Special events include a recent model talent search for Nakedpapis.com.

Harvey's (500 Castro St) the "Hard Rock Cafe of Queerdom" for burgers, drag shows, and great gay central location for people watching.

Last Call (3988 18th St) friendly and comfortable neighborhood bar in the Castro, open daily, formerly the Men's Room. No attitude and great juke box.

Lookout (3600 16th St) intimate video dance bar with munchies to full meal service, spectacular Castro views, patio, and special events from drag shows to porn stars and go-go shower shows.

Martuni (4 Valencia St) the City's only gay piano bar, at the quiet edge of Castro, but camp-lively and friendly within.

Midnight Sun (4067 18th St) packed with people stand-and-model video bar for TV crowd-pleasers or special events to enjoy among friends. Tuesday open-mic talent nights, Saturday comedy clips.

The Mix (4086 18th St) has sports on the tube, weekend barbeques and and outdoor patio for mostly local, no-attitude regular guys.

Moby Dick (4049 18th St) local men's hangout, packed most nights. "Drink, play pool and pinball, stare at the fish!" - with big salt-water tank, and unusual videos on their screens.

Pilsner on Church (225 Church St) famous for wide range of beers and peaceful garden patio ten minutes walk from the Castro. Mixed and relaxed crowd of gay men and women, pool games, special drinks.

Powerhouse (1357 Folsom St) roving hands leather, muscled, tattoo'd and pierced men's cruise bar with outdoor patio, back room, pecs-and-buns contests, nipple play nights, and underwear Thursdays.

Q Bar (456 Castro St) took over the old Bar on Castro. Wednesday Night "Booty Call" is a blast for aspiring models and onlookers, inspired by years of Juanita More's gay images from the Tenderloin, and top guest DJs playing ghetto disco house.

Stud (399 9th St) retro style harking to 1966 with dance floor, comedy nights, live music, theme parties and genial bar staff.

Swirl on Castro (572 Castro St) a general public wine bar at the center of the gay district with globe-spanning selections, and special tasting events.

Toad Hall (4146 18th St) modern swanky setting with nightly dancing, covered patio, similar young jeans and t-shirt crowd to Badlands, it's sibling bar across the street.

Trax (1437 Haight St) laid-back neighborhood bar with cheap beer, the only gay bar in the Haight.

Trigger (2344 Market St) lavish, fashionable decor New York style dance club and lounge, with good music plus eye-candy barstaff and go-go boys; special events and guest performers too.

Truck (1900 Folsom St) longtime bartenders' labor-of-love neighborhood bar with Sunday drag shows, and busy Speakeasy Tuesdays when you need the password to enter. Make-it-your-way juicy hamburgers or veggie patties, weekday lunch, cute and friendly crowd, special events.

Twin Peaks (401 Castro St) classic decor with big glass windows overlooking Castro at Market intersection, and an older crowd who've come here for years. Affectionately called "the glass coffin" they have all the comforts of home and a warm welcome for newcomers too.

Bars: Trannys

Diva's (1081 Post St) tranny and drag bar with dancing, shows, costume contests, and special nights for every theme they can dream up.

Marlena's (488 Hayes St) tranny and drag talent HQ, with singers, syncers, dancers and more, for Follies each Saturday night in Hayes Valley.

Bars: Levi, leather, bears, and bikers

440 Castro (440 Castro St) the former Daddy's, a Levi/leather institution directly opposite the Castro Theater, is reaching out to all men, with a cruisy patio, Monday underwear nights, cheap beer all-hours Tuesdays, and Outlaw Wednesdays with go-go boys.

Eagle Tavern (398 12th St) big old-west style bar favorite of guys from leathermen to old hippies, bikers to bears, young and old. Capable, outgoing bartenders, live music Thursdays, big Sunday beer blast, expansive outdoor bar area, easy-going, often shirtless crowd.

Edge (4149 18th St) neighborhood bar with some leather, some bears, older crowd.

Chaps II (1225 Folsom St) fetish/kink, jock, skinhead, leather cruise bar in SOMA with loyal following; Sunday beer busts and cheap drinks for the shirtless each Monday.

The Hole in the Wall Saloon (1369 Folsom St) bigger and cleaner than the original place, the Hole still has men, gay bikers, dark corners, easy-going staff, cheap drinks and 4-7pm Saturday beer busts. The metal light installation spanning the ceiling has to be seen.

Lone Star Saloon (1354 Harrison St) "the original bear bar USA" they say, in SOMA with a popular patio, leather and shirt shop, and Thursday beer busts from 8pm to midnight.

Dance clubs

Badlands (4121 18th St) well-attended modern decor pop music dance club for younger blue jeans and A&F-dressed set, open daily from 2pm. Comfortable chill-out video lounge, and Sunday beer busts, 2-8pm.

Cafe (2367 Market St) newly renovated, high tech dance club at the epicenter of gay nightlife in the Castro. Weekly nights include: hip-hop Wednesdays, Pan Dulce Thursday Latin dancing and hot Papi dancers, and Boy Bar Fridays with a range of hotties and erotic dancers. First Sunday Tea Dances from 6pm and many special parties fill out the month.

The Crib (718 Harrison St) the City's 18+ gay Thursday night hip-hop, and rap dance club for a varied and youthful throng.

Club Eight (1151 Folsom St) has two dance floors at the heart of SOMA, hosting weekly parties such as Club Dragon the big Friday gay Asian event with go-go boys; and Club Nur on Saturdays with Middle Eastern dance mixes, and free hookahs.

Club Papi San Francisco is now at Space 550 (550 Barneveld Ave) each Thursday night for Latin music, Papi strippers, dancing and shows.

Endup (401 6th @ Harrison St) laid-back urban scene that's set and reflected music and cultural trends of 35 years in San Francisco; the epitome of it's funky, freaky diversity. Seven nights of music and dancing, most popular on weekends after other bars close. At Sunday Church, dance from 6am to 8pm, with surprise guest DJs from around the world.

Fresh@Ruby Skye (430 Mason St) big, packed monthly top quality dance party draws many of the hottest area men to go shirless and dance their asses off. Click the name for website for upcoming Sunday night dates beyond December 20, 2009; January 17 and February 14, 2010.

Hella Gay at the Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland) a montly dance party "for boys, girls, everything in between, queer, straight" with something for everyone.

Industry Saturdays at Mighty (119 Utah St) is a popular weekly dance event best after 1am.

Queer Ballroom (151 Potero Ave) promotes same-sex Swing, Jitterbug, Salsa and Ballroom dancing. Outside venues for their events include Magnet (4122 18th St at Castro) each second Saturday.

Sundance Saloon has Country-western dancing and lessons Thursdays, and Sundays at Space 550 (550 Barneveld Av). On third Saturdays they do the same at Magnet (4122 18th St) in the Castro.

Underground SF (424 Haight St) eclectic-mix crowd with small dance area at the end of a long bar, happy and rambunctious go-go boys atop the bar some nights, gayest on Saturdays.

Adult theatre/saunas/sex clubs

Blow Buddies (933 Harrison St) large warehouse sex club in SOMA with backyard patio, glory holes, slings, cells, water sports facilities, that attracts hundreds of men each night from among their over 180,000 members worldwide. Open 24 hours Thursdays through Sundays, also the Wednesday theme events include leather, bear, and naked nights.

Eros (2051 Market St) 18+ sex club has sauna, steam, showers and professional massage, on Fridays and Saturdays until 3am. Indulge, their day spa, is open from noon, on weekdays.

Mack Folsom Prison (1285 Folsom St) membership-only sex club, mostly for leather guys, with five prison-lofts and a "gas chamber" (for smokers). Their "sweatbox" with infra-red heating is unique. Free internet and high-definition plasma screen porn provide inspiration.

Nob Hill Theatre (729 Bush St) features nude male strippers on stage and in showers, porn videos, and a cruisy video arcade. Amateurs strip here every Sunday at 9pm for $200 cash prizes. A retail store sells adult DVDs, sex toys and accessories.

Steamworks (2107 4th St, Berkeley) the Bay Area's favorite bathhouse, has full gym, eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool, lockers and fetish and sling private room options. A 16-channel DVD video system, public play-spaces with hexagonal booths, and maze, plus snacks, live DJs, and free wi-fi are additional attractions for the many hotties who come here.

SF Citadel (1277 Mission St) is a duel level community dungeon playspace for weekend sex parties and relaxation, equipped with everything required for bondage, fetish, and play, and home to the sexiest kinky BDSM men and women in the region.

Restaurant s

2223 (2223 Market St) tablecloth dining and an eclectic cuisine that combines Californi American with Asian and Mediterranean influences, plus an excellent wine list. They also boast "the best brunch in the Castro."

Asia SF (201 9th St) Asian-influenced tapas- style dishes with service and performances by pretty-as-women transgender Asians.

Chilanga (235 Church St) replaces Azteca Taqueria at this location, with good quality Mexican burritos, tacos and guacamole made to order, for eat-in or take-out.

Bagdad Cafe (2295 Market St) an inexpensive 24-hour diner has tofu burgers as well as the traditional ones, soups, salads, sandwiches, munchies and old-fashioned meatload, turkey breast or BBQ chicken. A wide choice of breakfasts from Benedicts and omelets to Chorizo, Eggs and bagels are served all day long.

Blue (2337 Market St) has comfort foods like burgers, mac and cheese, meatloaf, tuna casseroles plus entress such as grilled salmon and pork shanks; also salads and sandwiches.

Cafe Flore (2298 Market St) also known as Cafe Hairdo, has great views, colorful San Francisco patrons, a full bar and they serve tasty Californian food every day of the year from 7am to 10pm. They also have free Wi-Fi.

Catch SF (2362 Market St) serves fresh, affordable, scrumptious seafoood with subtle preparation to preserve natural flavor, in a casual and cozy location in the Castro. Lunch, brunch and dinner is served on the heated patio or inside with nightly live piano jazz.

Chow (215 Church St), one of four locations, has breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in bright and airy surroundings; with hearty American fare and old-fashioned deserts like ginger cake and pumpkin ice cream.

Chutney (511 Jones St) casual and authentic Pakistani and Indian food, combining traditional recipes with their unique combinations of spices, in the Tenderloin district.

Harvey's (500 Castro St) bar and restaurant with tasty daily brunch items until 3pm; then snacks, salads and sandwiches; followed by dinner service until 11pm (2am on weekends). Known as Elephant Walk when Harvey Milk did community work over meals here, the restaurant was renamed to honor him in 1996.

Home (2100 Market St) large diner with simple classic comfort food to dazzle your taste buds in home-cooked ways, with outdoor covered patio warmed by a roaring fireplace. Weekend bruch from 10am, dinner nightly 5pm to midnight.

Kasa Indian Eatery (4001 18th St) delightfully simple and inexpensive homestyle Indian food using natural and local ingredients. Local delivery after 6pm.

La Mediterranee (288 Noe St) delicious Greek, Armenian and Middle- Eastern meat or vegetarian fare for dining in, or take-out.

Millennium (580 Geary St, within Hotel California) gourmet vegan heaven using only fresh daily produce, organic when possible, with recipes to seduce most anyone.

Orphan Andy's (3991 17th St) classic American diner with big portions, "fishbowl" windows, good and fresh food, and playful waitstaff, open 24 hours a day. Playboy named it among America's top ten of it's kind.

Safeway (2020 Market St) often referred to as the Gayway, the queerest supermarket around. Great cheap wine selections

Sparky's 24 Hour Diner (242 Church St) with breakfast at any time they're very crowded after the bars close. Lunch and dinner include not only usual diner fare, but also a variety of pizzas, NY Steak, or Chicken Scallopine.

Squat and Gobble (3600 16th St) cafe and creperie, one of five area locations, is a casual place with crepes, omelets, burgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta; also more substantial chicken, beef, pork or curry entrees.

Tangerine (3499 16th St) has marvelous breakfasts and dishes of meat, seafood, vegetables and spices, blending the flavors and styles of countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.

For more San Francisco restaurant options click here.

Shopping & Services

Different Light Bookstore (489 Castro St) gay- interest fiction, erotica, comics, photo books, magazines, movies, clothing, movies, music, guest authors and more. Also online for those who no longer have a local gay bookstore.

Taste of Leather - SoMa District (1285 Folsom St) "Where the Bad Boys Shop" for leather and bondage items, toys, cockrings, lubes, party supplies and other adult stuff.

Auto Erotica (4077-A 18th St) for lubes and sex toys, vintage porn and physique magazines, dvd videos, 8mm films, books, photos, and more.

Chaps (4057 18th St) taking over the old Jaquar bookstore location, Chaps has added leather garments, uniforms, underwear, combat boots, flight jackets and accessories.

Does Your Mother Know? (4141 18th St) once just a stationary store, now with adult toys, lube and erotic party favors too.

Kenneth Wingard (2319 Market St) with wall art, vases, lamps, candle holders, frames, clocks, mirrors and other household wares.

Mr. S Leather & Fetish (385 8th St) "world's largest" collection of quality leather, and latex clothing, plus all kinds of bondage and fetish gear and sex toys.

Rock Hard (518 Castro St) adult retail and DVD movies.

Stormy Leather (1158 Howard St) leather/fetish boutique with a woman's touch.

Gyms

Gold's Gym (2301 Market St) co-ed muscle factory with all the gear and cruisy locker-room area.

The Gym SF (2275 Market St) men-only gym with reasonable rates.

Accommodations

Gay Friendly Hotels

Beck's Motor Lodge (2222 Market St; 415-621- 8212) rooms with a wraparound balcony, convenient location.

Best Western Americania (121 7th St; 415-626- 0200) nice amenities, free wi-fi, heated pool, central South of Market location.

Hotel Diva (440 Geary St; 415-885-0200) cutting- edge boutique hotel in Union Square.

Hotel Mark Twain (345 Taylor St; 415-673- 2332) bear-friendly downtown boutique hotel, affordable rates.

Hotel Monaco San Francisco (501 Geary St; 415- 292-0100) four-star comfort, near Union Square, part of Kimpton Hotels chain.

Renoir Hotel (45 McAllister St; 415- 626-5200) historic boutique hotel,trendy bar and lounge.

Travelodge (1707 Market St; 415-621-6775) between downtown and the Castro,free wi-fi, continental breakfast.

The Westin (50 Third St; 415-974-6400) swanky four- star digs by Union Square.

Bed & breakfasts/apartments

24 Henry (24 Henry St; 415-864-5686) long- standing gay B&B.

Belvedere House (598 Belvedere St; 415- 731-6654) Cole Valley gay B&B, some rooms with full private baths, some with shared showers, short walk to Castro.

Castro Suites (927 14th St; 415-437- 1783) apartment rental service.

Chateau Tivoli (1057 Steiner St; 415- 776-5462) gay-friendly Victorian mansion, lavish rooms and suites.

Inn On Castro (321 Castro St; 415-861- 0321) upscale gay B&B, closest tothe action on Castro.

Parker Guest House (520 Church St; 415-621- 3222) primarily gay, conveniently located, Edwardian style.

Willows (710 14th St; 415-431-4770) 12 rooms with shared bathrooms, all-gay clientele, convenient location.

For more places to stay in the Bay Area click here

Resources

SF Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center (1800 Market St; Sfcenter.org) has a little something for everyone.

SanFrancisco.com Sanfrancisco.travel/gaytravel and information.

Russian River Chamber of Commerce (Gayrussianriver.com) Sonoma County's gay playground.

Walking tours

City Pass San Francisco (Citypass.com) admission to five famous attractions plus unlimited cable car access for $59.

Come OUT to the Castro with Foottours.com and
Cruisin' The Castro Cruisinthecastro.com

Attractions

California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium (55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park; Calacademy.org) aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and its own rainforest.

Castro Theatre (429 Castro St; Castrotheatre.com): not-to- be-missed historic landmark.

Chinatown (Sanfranciscochinatown.com) they claim the largest Chinatown in the western world. Get your Goji Berries here!

Beach Blanket Babylon (678 Beach Blanket Babylon Bd; Beachblanketbabylon.com) longest-running musical spoof in theater history with extravagant costumes and huge hats.

Fisherman's Wharf (Fishermanswharf.org) waterfront tourist trap full of fastfood and free entertainment.

Harvey Milk Plaza (corner of Castro and Market) a small brick plaza and plaque dedicated to a very big man. Also check out 575 Castro, the site of his camera store.

Museum of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender History (657 Mission St, Suite 300; 415-777-5455) is a project of the GLBT History Society.

National AIDS Memorial Grove (Bowling Green Dr at Middle Drive E, Golden Gate Park) the only federally sanctioned memorial to the struggle against AIDS.

Pink Triangle Park (near intersection of Market and Castro, behind City Athletic Club) the first of its kind in the US, dedicated to remembering the many gays and lesbians killed in the Holocaust.

San Francisco City Hall (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl; Sfgov.org/cityhall)look for the Harvey Milk memorial inside.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (151 Third St; Sfmoma.org) the West Coast's premier modern and contemporary art museum.

San Francisco Public Library Civic Center (100 Larkin St, 3rd floor;415-557-) holds the fabulous James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center.

Theater Rhinoceros (2926 16th St; Therhino.org) is America's oldest gaytheater.

Among other stages of gay interest is the New Conservatory Theatre Center (25 Van Ness Ave).

Day Trips

Golden Gate Bridge (Goldengatebridge.org) a world-class marvel.

Gay Napa Getaways (Napavalley.com) vineyards and wine tasting.

Sonoma Valley (Sonomavalley.com) like Napa, but without the attitude.

Stinson Beach (Stinsonbeachonline.com) romantic getaway by the sea near Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais.

Tip
Don't call The City "Frisco."

Memorable quotes

"San Francisco has only one drawback.'Tis hard to leave."
-- Rudyard Kipling

"San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home."
-- Benjamin F Taylor

Events planner

June
San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
The world's longest running and largest gay film festival.
June 17-27, 2010
frameline.org

San Francisco Pride
A two-day celebration and parade
June 26 and 27, 2010
sfpride.org

July
Up Your Alley Fair
Smaller version of Folsom Street Fair
July 25, 2010
Folsomstreetfair.com/alley

September
Folson Street Fair
World's largest leather event, part of Leather Pride Week.
September 26, 2010
Folsomstreetfair.com

October
Castro Street Fair
A community fair with food and entertainment founded by Harvey Milk.
Sunday October 3, 2010.
castrostreetfair.org

About San Jose

About an hour south of San Francisco, San Jose is more than a world center for the software industry. There's plenty for gays here in Silicon Alley.

Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center (938 The Alameda;Defrank.org) San Jose's community space.

Hunters (349 South First St) bar franchise with siblings in Palm Springs and the Chicago area.

Leather Masters (969 Park Av) boutique for leather apparel and SM goodies. Another store in Dallas Texas.

Out Now Mag (Outnowmag.com) resource for Silicon Valley, with online PDF magazines.

The Watergarden (1010 The Alameda) spotless "not-shame- based" destination bathhouse with sex educators on hand.

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