This article was originally published on GayCities.com.
It was love at first sight, but with a twist.
Cleve Jones has seen and done it all. Having hitchhiked from Phoenix to the gay promised land of San Francisco in 1972, he witnessed the rise of the Castro as a worldwide destination, the life and death of his great friend, Harvey Milk, the decimation of HIV/AIDS, and the birth of marriage equality on the steps of city hall. Despite the accolades, Cleve can be seen hanging out at various spots in the Castro and around the city just like a regular gay guy. GayCities talked to San Francisco's patron saint of the movement about his love for his hometown and where he plans to hang out this Pride season.