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Gay San Francisco

San Francisco is a city ruled by love and celebration of diversity, where the Castro neighbourhood is one of the original LGBTQ neighbourhoods in the USA and the queer hub of the city. Shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs cater welcome everyone, and any place that isn’t explicitly queer is bound to be accepting. Visitors can explore LGBTQ history, visit the Rainbow Honor Walk, and experience a huge drag and nightlife scene. San Francisco’s annual pride is also the biggest gathering of LGBTQ people in the country, and the city is widely regarded as the queer capital of the USA.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in San Francisco

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San Francisco Gay Scene

San Francisco’s gay nightlife scene has come a long way from the first dark and secretive club that opened in 1908. This was the start of a boom in queer culture, which is now centred on the Castro neighbourhood and its varied venues. You can find dozens of nightlife spots packed together in Castro, newer clubs and festivals in SoMa, a huge leather scene, and an iconic drag club owned by the best-known queen in the city. For a loud and camp night out or a more relaxed hangout, you can find your place in San Francisco.

Tours & Experiences in San Francisco

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