It’s tough to name a city more instantly associated with LGBTQ+ rights and living than the grand-daddy of the counterculture scene: San Francisco.

From flourishing transgender and lesbian communities to strong bear and geared-up leather crowds, you’ll be comfortable here no matter how you identify.

In the City by the Bay, the queer community makes up a full 15% of the population—so we’ve got plenty of choices for both day and nightlife. The heart of it all is the Castro, with runners-up SoMa and The Mission. The bars and clubs all around the city are well-known for their incredible diversity, and there’s a place for every age, race, gender, and taste.

When you’re feeling the tourist vibe, first make sure you’ve got shoes made for walking the hills (So. Many. Hills). Then, head to awesome sites like the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, Alcatraz Island, and The Presidio. Ready to relax? Try laying out at Dolores Park in the late summer and fall. The City also plays host to incredible parties and events like San Francisco Gay Pride, Folsom Street Fair, Up Your Alley (formerly Dore Alley), and dozens more each year. Just remember summers tend to be cold so bring a jacket!

With an accepting spirit that’s second to none, San Francisco holds a serious piece of our hearts. Treat yourself to a visit—and a chance to fall in love with this queer icon.

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