Gay and Lesbian San Francisco
San Francisco has long been renowned for its temperate climate and socially progressive citizenry. From the bawdy days of the Gold Rush to the birthdays of the first gay bars during the ‘20s and ‘30s to the disco days of the late 70s, San Francisco, a peninsular island of indulgence, has played hostess and provided haven for those outside the mainstream. San Francisco has been the home and liberal stomping grounds for GLBT notables like Harvey Milk, Elsa Gidlow, Margaret Cho, Gladys Bently and Talullah Bankhead, at one point being home to the largest number of gay people per capita than any other American city.
While San Francisco's sunny Castro district is home to many of the city's gay-owned business and households, LGBT culture has become a distinct part of the San Francisco's identity as a whole and there is hardly a street in the city where a rainbow flag isn't flying. San Francisco has a homogenous tolerance for the gay community, but there are also many places that resonate particularly deeply with the gay community. For example, hotels like the Village House and 24 Henry and dining spots like Asia SF, Lime, Kuleto’s and the Sausage Factory have been known to attract or cater to GLBT crowds.
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San Francisco has a homogenous tolerance for the gay community, but these gay San Francisco night spots and points of interest have a particular appeal for gay and lesbian San Francisco visitors.
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that San Francisco doesn’t run short on fun and wild attractions that remain perennially popular among members of the GLBT community. From shows like Beach Blanket Babylon, Fauxgirls and the Follies at Marlena’s to notable destinations like the Castro Theatre, Dolores Gulch and Baker Beach, there are plenty of ways for locals and visitors to stay entertained.
Sure, the Castro is the heavyweight champ of the scene with the most gay-centric bars in one area, but there’s way more to the scene than just the poster-child street. San Francisco is actually filled with places for the GLBT crowd, and SanFrancisco.com gives you the skinny on the gay nightlife scene.