June 29 and 30, 2013

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride

History of Pride

In the early hours of the morning of June 28, 1969, a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village sparked the Stonewall riots, one of the first well-known instances of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rebellion against government-sponsored oppression of LGBT people. One year later, on the one-year anniversary of Stonewall on June 28, 1970, the first Pride marches were held in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

2014 marks the 44th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade -- forty-four years of fighting for LGBT visibility, dignity, and equality.

Here you will find information about all past San Francisco Pride events, from Stonewall and our early days as a Gay-In in 1970 to our most recent events.

  • 2013

    Love Won
    • Theme:
      Embrace, Encourage Empower
    • Milestone:
      Biggest Year in Sponsorship
    • LGBT Rights:
      'Defense of Marriage Act' Ruled Unconstitutional,
      Proposition 8 Defeated
  • 2012

    2012 Parade Float
    • Theme:
      Global Equality
    • On Stage:
      Karmin
    • Milestone:
      Latin Stage Marks 15th Year
  • 2011

    Transgender
    • Theme:
      In Pride We Trust
    • Milestone:
      30 Years of HIV/AIDS Epidemic
    • LGBT Rights:
      'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal,
      New York Marriage Equality
  • 2010

    Waving a Gay Pride Flag
    • Theme:
      40 & Fabulous
    • On Stage:
      Backstreet Boys
    • Major Events:
      House Speaker Pelosi Video Message
  • 2009

    Stonewall Gay Liberation Front 40th Anniversary
    • Theme:
      "In Order to Form a
      More Perfect Union..."
    • On Stage:
      BoA, Solange Knowles
    • LGBT Rights:
      Question 1 passes in Maine
  • 2008

    Woman in the San Francisco Pride Parade
    • Theme:
      United by Pride,
      Bound for Equality
    • On Stage:
      Lady Gaga
    • LGBT Rights:
      CA Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage ban,
      Proposition 8 passes
  • 2007

    Mikes on Bikes in Gay Pride Parade
    • Theme:
      Pride, Not Prejudice
    • In the Parade:
      Cyndi Lauper
      Iraq War Veteran Eric Alva
    • Major Events:
  • 2006

    Waving a Gay Pride Flag
    • Theme:
      Commemorate, Educate, Liberate - Celebrate!
    • Celebrity Grand Marshals:
      Jennifer Beals
  • 2005

    Marching in the SF Pride Parade
    • Theme:
      Stand Up, Stand Out,
      Stand Proud
    • On Stage:
      En Vogue
    • Major Events:
  • 2004

    2004 SF Pride Parade
    • Theme:
      Out 4 Justice
    • On Stage:
      Chaka Khan
    • Major Events:
      Newlyweds in Pride Parade
  • 2003

    2003 Pride Parade Theme Float
    • Theme:
      You've Gotta Give Them Hope
    • On Stage:
      Jennifer Holliday
    • Major Events:
  • 2002

    2002 SF Pride Guide Poster
    • Theme:
      Be Yourself, Change the World
    • Celebrity Grand Marshals:
      Sharon Gless
      Sir Ian McKellen
    • Major Events:
  • 2001

    2001 SF Pride Poster
    • Theme:
      Queerific
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 2000

    2000 SF Pride Guide Cover
    • Theme:
      It's About Freedom
    • Grand Marshals:
      Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon
      Supervisor Tom Ammiano
    • Major Events:
  • 1999

    1999 SF Pride Poster
    • Theme:
      Proud Heritage, Powerful Future
    • Major Events:
      Official reception at City Hall during event
  • 1998

    Dykes on Bikes in 1998
    • Theme:
      Shakin' It Up
    • Major Events:
      President Clinton signs Pride statement for first time
    • LGBT Rights:
      Hawai'i's Amendment 2 creates constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
  • 1997

    1997 SF Pride Guide
    • Theme:
      One Community, Many Faces
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1996

    1996 SF Pride Guide
    • Theme:
      Equality & Justice for All
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1995

    1995 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      A World Without Borders
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1994

    1994 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      San Francisco to Stonewall:
      Pride & Protest
    • Major Events:
      1st year event name changed to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
  • 1993

    1993 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      Year of the Queer
    • LGBT Rights:
      Hawai'i State Supreme Court ruling in Baehr v. Lewin
  • 1992

    1992 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      A Simple Matter of Justice
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1991

    1991 Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Guide Cover
    • Theme:
      Hand in Hand Together
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1990

    1990 Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      The Future is Ours!
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1989

    1989 Stonewall 20 - A Generation of Pride
    • Theme:
      Stonewall 20:
      A Generation of Pride
    • Milestone:
      20th Anniversary of Stonewall
  • 1988

    1988 Logo Rightfully Proud
    • Theme:
      Rightfully Proud
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1987

    1987 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      Proud, Strong, United
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1986

    1986 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Program Guide Cover
    • Theme:
      Forward Together,
      No Turning Back
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1985

    1985 Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      Honor Our Past,
      Secure Our Future
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1984

    1984 International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Poster
    • Theme:
      Unity & More in '84
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
      15th Anniversary of Stonewall
  • 1983

    Sex and AIDS
    • Theme:
      Strengthen the Ties,
      Break the Chains
    • Major Events:
  • 1982

    1982 Gay Freedom Day Parade
    • Theme:
      Out of Many ... One
    • Major Events:
      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is defined by the CDC in September
  • 1981

    Marching in the SF Pride Parade
    • Theme:
      Front Line of Freedom
    • Major Events:
      Rare medical cases among a handful of young gay men in New York and California mark the beginning of the AIDS epidemic
  • 1980

    1980 Gay Freedom Day
    • Theme:
      Liberty and Justice for All
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1979

    Transgender
    • Theme:
      Our Time Has Come
    • Milestone:
      10th anniversary of Stonewall
    • Major Events:
      Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone assassinated
  • 1978

    San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk
    • Theme:
      Come Out with Joy,
      Speak Out for Justice
    • In the Parade:
      Supervisor Harvey Milk
    • Major Event:
      First-ever rainbow flag debuts in the Parade
  • 1977

    1977 Gay Freedom Day Parade
    • Theme:
      Gay Frontiers:
      Past, Present, Future
    • LGBT Rights:
      Anita Bryant 'Save the Children' Campaign
  • 1976

    1976 Gay Freedom Day
    • Theme:
      United for Freedom,
      Diversity is Our Strength
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1975

    The Castro
    • Theme:
      Join Us: The More Visible We Are, the Stronger We Become
    • Major Events:
  • 1974

    Harvey Milk Gay Freedom Day 1974
    • Theme:
      Gay Freedom by '76
    • In the Parade:
      Harvey Milk
    • LGBT Rights:
  • 1973

    Gay Freedom Day 1973
    • Theme:
      A Celebration of the
      Gay Experience
    • On Stage:
    • Major Events:
  • 1972

    1972 Gay Pride
    • Theme:
      Gay Pride
    • Major Events:
  • 1971

    Mikes on Bikes in Gay Pride Parade
    No Event
  • 1970

    San Francisco Gay-In 1970
    • Event:
      'Gay-In'
    • Venue:
      Golden Gate Park
    • Milestone:
      Beginning of the Pride Movement
  • 1969

    Marching in the SF Pride Parade
    Stonewall