Pride

A rainbow flag flies at half-mast above Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro on June 12, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Reflecting on Orlando

The tragedy earlier this month in Orlando was not an outlier, not…

A rainbow flag flies at half-mast above Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro on June 12, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The Inferno softball team, along with their husky mascot Miles, celebrates a win in the SFGSL end of season tournament on Sunday. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)

One of first gay sports leagues in nation offers competition, inclusion

The San Francisco Gay Softball League held its annual end of season…

The Inferno softball team, along with their husky mascot Miles, celebrates a win in the SFGSL end of season tournament on Sunday. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mayor Ed Lee raises the LGBT Pride flag from his balcony at San Francisco City Hall on Friday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Theresa Sparks to serve as Mayor Lee ’s senior transgender adviser

Theresa Sparks has advocated for transgender rights and services for nearly two…

Mayor Ed Lee raises the LGBT Pride flag from his balcony at San Francisco City Hall on Friday. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A San Francisco police officer walks down Market Street wearing a rainbow-colored sash while patrolling the Pride Parade. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Police to beef up security for SF Pride parade in wake of mass shooting

Officials plan to beef up law enforcement presence at San Francisco’s 46th…

A San Francisco police officer walks down Market Street wearing a rainbow-colored sash while patrolling the Pride Parade. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)
From left, Bayview residents Julius Crane, Tyra Fennell and Xan DeVoss are working

Reconciling Gayview and Bayview pride

A nation with same-sex marriage and a South Carolina without a Confederate…

From left, Bayview residents Julius Crane, Tyra Fennell and Xan DeVoss are working
Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco's City Hall Friday, June 26, 2015 in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Damn it feels good to be a San Franciscan

The West Coast woke up to something monumental on Friday. The Supreme…

Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco's City Hall Friday, June 26, 2015 in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Artist Miguel Paul's mural "Por Vida", as it originally looked before being defaced on Sunday, June 14, 2015, next to the Galeria de la Raza on 2857 24th Street. COURTESY PHOTO

LGBT mural in La Mission draws hate – but why?

Is there such a thing as a gay Mission homie? Well of…

Artist Miguel Paul's mural "Por Vida", as it originally looked before being defaced on Sunday, June 14, 2015, next to the Galeria de la Raza on 2857 24th Street. COURTESY PHOTO
People rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco City Hall on Friday to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic ruling that the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco bounds with joy as same-sex marriage decision and Pride collide

More than 1 million people are anticipated to swell into San Francisco…

People rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco City Hall on Friday to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic ruling that the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco's 45th annual LGBT Pride parade and celebration this

Pride celebration this weekend to draw thousands

San Francisco's 45th annual LGBT Pride parade and celebration this weekend is…

San Francisco's 45th annual LGBT Pride parade and celebration this
Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco's City Hall Friday, June 26, 2015 in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Pride Photo Gallery: Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage legal

Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from…

Folks rejoice at the foot of a massive rainbow flag hung from the balcony of San Francisco's City Hall Friday, June 26, 2015 in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic decision on Obergefell v. Hodges today ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
A contingent of "Dykes of Bikes" kicks off San Francisco's gay pride parade in 2012. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A guide to Pride parties

The celebration doesn't stop when the parade ends. These events will keep…

A contingent of "Dykes of Bikes" kicks off San Francisco's gay pride parade in 2012. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
ACT UP protesters shout on the floor of the Moscone Center on June 25, 1990 to disrupt the keynote speech of then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan at the 6th International AIDS Conference. AP Photo/Bill Beattie

AIDS protesters of 1990s see parallels with modern black civil rights struggles

Peaceful resistance. Police clashes. Accusations of riots. A struggle for civil rights.…

ACT UP protesters shout on the floor of the Moscone Center on June 25, 1990 to disrupt the keynote speech of then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan at the 6th International AIDS Conference. AP Photo/Bill Beattie
In the 1990s, ESG expanded to include the band members' daughters and nieces. (S.F. Examiner File Photo)

Legendary band ESG’s career finale at Hard French’s Pride weekend blowout

ESG, the rhythmic no wave band that formed in 1977 in the…

In the 1990s, ESG expanded to include the band members' daughters and nieces. (S.F. Examiner File Photo)
The Q-Sides is a photo gallery at the Galeria de la Raza that shows a variety of LGBT Latino women. Courtesy the Q-Sides

Lowriders and the LGBT community come together in ‘Q-Sides’

“Searching, searching for my baby, I’m searching, searching for my love,” croons…

The Q-Sides is a photo gallery at the Galeria de la Raza that shows a variety of LGBT Latino women. Courtesy the Q-Sides
Alicia Garza, right, joins others during the Black Friday 14 protest that shut down BART service on Nov. 28 during the shopping bonanza that follows Thanksgiving every year. Courtesy Julia Carrie Wong

Meet Alicia Garza, Pride’s community grand marshal who helped coin ‘Black Lives Matter’

At the center of the tensions among police and black communities nationwide…

Alicia Garza, right, joins others during the Black Friday 14 protest that shut down BART service on Nov. 28 during the shopping bonanza that follows Thanksgiving every year. Courtesy Julia Carrie Wong
Chuck Arnett's painting show a scene in the Ambush leather bar in South of Market.

New exhibit tells SF gay, lesbian, leather history through art

Diaries, news clippings and personal artifacts are the traditional elements of some…

Chuck Arnett's painting show a scene in the Ambush leather bar in South of Market.
Kris Hayashi

Transgender Law Center staff fight for civil rights

This year high-profile transgender stars Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are blazing…

Kris Hayashi
Mandy Shafer (29), left, and George Bousley (30) both work at the San Francisco SPCA. The couple were married during Pride week 2014 (S.F. Examiner/Mike Koozmin)

SF SPCA wants you, and your pets, to march with them at Pride

Pride 2015: This story is part of a Thursday series leading up to…

Mandy Shafer (29), left, and George Bousley (30) both work at the San Francisco SPCA. The couple were married during Pride week 2014 (S.F. Examiner/Mike Koozmin)
COURTESY JOHN WINTERS

ACT UP protesters reflect on AIDS demonstrations 25 years ago

Pride 2015 This story is part of a Thursday series leading up…

COURTESY JOHN WINTERS
John WintersDemonstrators march in the ACT UP protests in June 1990 in response to the AIDS epidemic that swept the country at the time.

ACT UP protesters reflect on AIDS demonstrations 25 years ago

Pride 2015 This story is part of a Thursday series leading up…

John WintersDemonstrators march in the ACT UP protests in June 1990 in response to the AIDS epidemic that swept the country at the time.