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An Exhaustive Collection 2018 SF Pride Photos

Updated: Jul 02, 2018 16:51
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Another Pride has come and gone in a year that felt little of celebration.  The fight continues, however, and visibility is the strongest message one can send.  And if there are folk  that knows how to show off the fight with fabulousness and ferocity, they are the babes of the Barbary Coast.

Much gratitude to my collaborator, Anna Heredia, for contributing to BAS Pride in Pictures again this year.  You can follow her on Instagram @choctawdiva

So, as per our tradition, we offer you, sweet San Francisco….yourself, Proud in Pictures.- S.J.T.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

48 Hills- Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club Pullin’ Pork for Pride

The Harvey Milk Dems and 48 Hills joined forces again to kick-off Pride in the ol’ Bay Guardian tradition with mouths full of meat and guerrilla drag courtesy of Persia.  The Milk Club also debuted their annual run of shirts in a spectrum of colours to celebrate Gilbert Baker’s iconic flag’s debut at the 1978 pride parade 40 years ago.  Vintage Guardian and Milk tees can still be found online.  Photos by Stephen Torres and Anna Heredia.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Queer Latinx Happy Hour Pride Edition

Brainchild of local activist Lito Sandoval, the Queer Latinx Happy Hour is meets at the Eagle Tavern monthly.  This pre-Pride turn-up found brown queers admiring the offering of local flora and fauna.  Photos by Stephen Torres.

This Strelitzia nicolai or “wild banana” is bursting with Pride.


Pride Nitelife at the California Academy of Sciences

Heklina reigned once again over flowers and fish at this year’s Pride NiteLife.  In her coterie were House of Glitter, Militia Towers, Landa Lakes, and Sue Casa.  Sadly, a surprise performance from José & Luís Xtravaganza was dashed by the travel gods, but Heklina made due with what she does best..convincing people to get naked on stage (with consent, of course.)  Photos by Stephen Torres.

When boring and drunk happen.



The evening’s “Magic Mike” contest winner of a bag full of dildos.


Crazy, Sexy, Queer: Pride Kick-off Party at Virgil’s

The Lexington Club now returns but once a year, but the chaos is crazy, sexy, queer and beautiful. Photos by Stephen Torres.

P.s.- be kind to your door people.  Like Heklina, they never forget an asshole.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Trans March 2018

This year’s Trans March found itself dappled in sun and picnickers who took in the entertainment on stage until the march took its course to the hsitoric corner of  Turk & Taylor, or rather Vicki Mar Lane & Gene Compton’s Cafeteria Way.  Photos by Stephen Torres.

Love is in the air.


Harvey Milk Club Co-President, DCCC Committee Member and RPDR alumnus Honey Mahogany. 


Hijinx with Brad Chapin and Tab Buckner of the HMDC at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

San Francisco Pride- Generations of Strength, Main Stage

Emceeing this year’s Saturday main stage were crowd favourites Persia and Yves St.Croissant.  On the roster were some of the city’s most talented in SFSU’s Children’s After School Arts program, the Tenderloin Museum’s production of  “The Compton Cafeteria Riot”, Trangela Lansbury’s Grrrl Gang, Cheer SF, and many, many more…power outages be damned.  Video by Anna Heredia with photos by Stephen Torres.

The cast of “The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” with real-life riot alumnus Donna Personna, center.


Dear Sparkling Ice, this might have been the year to re-think having ICE emblazoned on the backs of your product ambassadors.


2018 San Francisco Dyke March/ Pink Saturday in Mission Dolores Park

Dolores Park was jammed from the morning onward, but it was the dykes who called the shots in the inner Mission that day.  Photos by Stephen Torres.

Three straight dudes beating the tar out of each other on an otherwise peaceful day, while surrounding attendees try to get the attention of the typically unresponsive SFPD.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

2018 San Francisco LGBTQ Pride Parade- Generations of Strength

This year’s pride parade, like years before, was a long procession of local activists,  community groups, and contingents, but by far the parade was heavily populated by business interest, most of it corporate.  In the lead however, were the Resistance Contingent.  Among the contingent were the HMDC and U.S. Senate hopeful Kevin de León.  Photos by Stephen Torres.


Hard French ∇’s Los Homos VIII with Evelyn Champagne King

Scintillating and sweet, Hard French took over the Mezzanine again this year with equally sweet and effervescent Evelyn Champagne King.  Opening for her were the crowd-pleasing Shopping, with Dulce de Leche and Lil’ Miss Hot Mess holding court and handing down sentences all the while.  Photos by Anna Heredia.

Every season’s look is Glamamore.

Well, that’s a wrap, San Francisco.  If there is one take away from Pride it’s that the first on was a riot and the fight continues more than ever. Stay strong, San Pancho. ♥



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Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.