G+L_300x250-SFSOME call it the San Francisco Bay Area, while many of those of the pink persuasion call it the San Francisco Gay Area. The gay roots of Pride might be based in New York, but San Francisco remains a pivotal city in the global fight for LGBT equality.

From the birth of the Castro District after World War II when gay Pacific Theatre troops came back stateside and stayed there to build new lives, to the election of Harvey Milk, to same-sex weddings on the steps of the iconic City Hall, few cities rival its LGBT resume.

San Francisco Pride is on the same weekend as that of New York, meaning the parade will also be on Sunday, June 28 and kicking off at 10.30am. With the theme “Equality Without Exception”, it will start at Market and Beale streets in the downtown district close to the Embarcadero, ending near the Civic Center which surrounds the famous City Hall. Here, there will be a massive celebration at various venues. You’ll find themed celebrations from Sundance Country Western Dance Corral to the Soul of Pride African American Village to the Trans Thrive Pavilion, demonstrating the incredible diversity of San Francisco’s LGBT community.

San Francisco is also plush with sites of gay interest, from Harvey Milk Park at the intersection of Market and Castro streets, and of course, Castro St itself. Visit Twin Peaks Tavern at 401 Castro, one of the first gay bars in the US to have windows open onto the street. Meanwhile the actual Twin Peaks, on a hill high above the city, will be home to a Pink Triangle display during Gay Pride Week.

If you have been to San Francisco before and want to spend a few days outside of town, head north to the Russian River resort town in Sonoma County’s Guerneville.

For details on San Francisco Pride, visit sfpride.org

Alternatively, you can attend FOLSOM STREET FAIR – San Fran’s infamous annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair. September 27, 2015.

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SAN FRANCISCO: HOTEL INFORMATION

Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf

Inclusions: Four nights accommodation at the three-star Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf in a Standard Room. Return seat in vehicle transfers San Francisco Airport to hotel. Plus Grand City Tour.

Price: $1179 per person

Travel Dates: September 18–October 20, 2015

Details: Click here

For other gay and lesbian-friendly holidays, visit flightcentre.com.au/holidays/gay-and-lesbian

Flight Centre also has the US covered. Visit flightcentre.com.au/holidays/united-states

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(Image supplied by San Fan Pride)

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The crowd gathers in front of City Hall for San Fran Pride. (Image supplied by San Fan Pride)

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