Just who do you think you are? Thanks to San Francisco’s long history of cherishing outrageous self-expression, you can dress up as just about anyone you like. There’s no surer sign of a typical day in the City by the Bay than people-watching in a sidewalk cafe and seeing someone stroll down the street in a strange, gorgeous and/or sexy outfit.
What could possibly be more radical than a faerie? Especially when that faerie is part of a worldwide movement to elevate queer consciousness and liberation through spiritual exploration, which was the whole message of San Francisco's Summer of Love. For decades, San Francisco has been home to a life-changing movement known as the Radical Faeries, a loosely-organized group of free spirits who prize creativity, freedom and spirituality.
From gay liberation to non-monogamy and same-sex marriage, America’s sexual revolution came to the forefront in the 1960s, with much of it taking place within San Francisco. Since then, the city has solidified its standing as the world’s freedom pioneer, showing the power in simply getting naked and being unashamed.
How did paisley, bell bottoms, and flower-headbands become the uniform of the sixties hippie? Well, you can thank San Francisco and the Summer of Love for that. To this day, the look is endlessly recreated everywhere from fashion runways to Hollywood films. How did that look emerge, evolve and influence the hipsters of today? Check out this list of inspirations that helped define an era. See if you can capture the spirit on your next visit to San Francisco.
San Francisco Pride is a colossal celebration that has the entire city decked out in glitter. As long as it’s biodegradable, of course.
In its 46th year, San Francisco Pride is expected to draw at least one million people into the city to cheer for 200 different parade contingents on Sunday, June 26. But as any San Franciscan will tell you, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to start waiving those rainbow flags.