Most people might assume that the Castro has always been San Francisco’s main gayborhood, but that wasn’t always the case. Before the 1970s, San Francisco’s gay community hung out on in the Polk Gulch district, and to this day Polk Street is home to the oldest operating gay bar in the city.
San Francisco has changed radically since 1970, going from sleepy, artistic backwater to international powerhouse, but one thing remains the same: each June, we celebrate loud and proud. The City by the Bay will host its 49th Pride celebration on Sat., June 29 and Sun., June 30.
From June 29-30, more than one million people will descend on San Francisco for Pride. With the population of the city doubling in size it can be, well, a challenge to navigate the maze of streets, hills, routes and events.
San Francisco's hidden 'hood south of the downtown area promises steady sunshine. Bayview is, in fact, the best neighborhood to soak up the sun, with its alfresco restaurants, undiscovered parks and repurposed shipyards. The gays, of course, are moving in.