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Brimming with pride: SF closes out June with many more events celebrating the LGBTQ+ community

Josh Barnabei and Ilyès Loutfi dance under the Castro's signature flag. Camille Cohen/The Standard

This weekend marks the return of the 52nd annual Pride Parade, which is back on Sunday, June 26, after a two-year hiatus. In advance of the big party—and in its wake—the city has many more LGBTQ+ celebrations in store.

Read on for the rundown on the Pride Run, the Trans March, a black light disco party and other Pride-adjacent cultural events.

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Legends of Drag 

Oasis, 298 11th St.
Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m. | $15 - $35

Celebrate 81 spectacular drag queens from 16 cities, including 15 SF local legends. Drag artists Glamamore, Donna Personna, Renita Valdez, Collette LeGrande, Carla Gay and Joan Jett Blakk grace the stage with their presences in a showcase emceed by Sister Roma and Kochina Rude. Authors Devin Antheus and Harry James Hanson kick off the night with a book signing at 7:30 p.m. followed by performances by the all-star cast. (CJC) 

Trans March 2022

Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th St.
Friday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. | March begins at 6 p.m. | Free

SF’s biggest trans pride event begins with a brunch and continues with a resource fair and community stage. The march begins at 6 p.m. at Dolores and 18th St. and concludes with speakers before heading to El Rio for the afterparty. Click here for more details. (MJT)

San Francisco Pride Run

Middle Drive West and Metson Road, Golden Gate Park
Saturday, June 25, 7:30 - 11 a.m. | $45

Run for a good cause in Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco FrontRunners 42nd annual Pride Run features 5K and 10K loops through the park and a Kids’ Dash, this year benefitting the Lyric Center for LGBTQQ+ Youth. (CJC)

San Francisco Dyke March

Dolores and 18th Sts.
Saturday, June 25, 5 p.m. | Free

Celebrating a love for women and queerness in all its manifestations, dykes of all stripes are welcome to join the 30th Dyke March around Dolores Park. Find out more and get the FAQs for participation here. (MJT)

Afterglow 2022: Blacklight Discotheque

Space 550, 550 Barneveld Ave.
Saturday, June 25, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. | $25-$150 

After a three-year hiatus, don ye all your dayglo apparel and take to the dance floor at this beloved Pink Saturday party hosted by Comfort & Joy. With central dance floors, outdoor silent discos, debaucherous upstairs areas, pole dancers, local queens and Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Raja Gemini—this will be a neon-soaked night to remember. (BF)

Books on the Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave.
Saturday, June 25, 1-2:30 p.m. | Free for SF Residents 

Looking to celebrate pride with some leafy friends? Consider swinging by the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for a themed reading hosted by Green Apple Books. Six writers will be featured, including Claire Calderón, Amanda Hawkins, Trey Keeve III, Brandon Logans, Emily Pinkerton and Shelley Wong. This is the perfect pre-Pride reading for those looking to celebrate the intersection between nature and queer identity. (BF)

Dyke March After Party

3158 Mission St. 
Saturday, June 25, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. | $25 at the doo

As the Bay Area’s longest running party for women, friends, and allies, the Dyke March After Party at El Rio is a special time to gather as a community. Come hang out under the lemon trees on the back patio for a night of dancing and live percussion. ​​Olga T, Lady Lu, and La Coquí will DJ the event and backyard treats will be whipped up outside by Chef Jackie. (BF) 

SF Pride Celebration and Rally 

Civic Center Plaza, 335 McAllister St.
Saturday, June 25, 12 - 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Free

The largest Pride gathering in the U.S. officially gets rolling on Saturday afternoon, with two afternoons of music, activism and entertainment hosted by Per Sia and Yves Saint Croissant on Saturday and Honey Mahogany and Sister Roma on Sunday. Get more info on community events all month on (MJT)

San Francisco Pride Parade

Market St. from Beale St. to 8th St.
Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. | Free

Actor Sherry Cola and “Jeopardy” champion Amy Schneider will serve as celebrity Grand Marshals in the 52nd Pride Parade up Market St. The sidelines are almost as much fun as the participants but it’s not too late to ride with Dykes on Bikes, volunteer or get grandstand seats! (MJT) 

Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet’s Pride Brunch

Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell St.
Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. | $150

The 24th year of the famed morning party honors the Pride Grand Marshals and benefits the PRC (formerly the Positive Resource Center), provider of legal, social and behavioral health services for the LGBTQ+ community. Gary and Donna serve a three-course brunch and hosted bar with Tito’s Vodka and Korbel sparkling wine. (MJT)

Author Malinda Lo in Conversation

Wednesday, June 29, 12 p.m. | Free

In honor of AANHPI Month and Pride, the SF Public Library presents a conversation with Malinda Lo, the New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award Winner, Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Teen librarian Rachel Fiege, will discuss the impact of Lo’s story, which takes place in the 1950s at Galileo High School during an era of racism and homophobia. (MJT)

Queer & Well: Expressive Arts with Bridget Bertrand

SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St.
Thursday, June 30, 5 p.m. | Free

Find an item that says “Pride” to you and head to the SF LGBT Center on the last day of Pride Month. Artists Bridget Bertrand and Willi Farrales will lead a restorative art practice aimed at healing and reflection. The session part of the monthly Center Community Program focused on nourishing the mind, body and spirit as it relates to the community. (MJT)

Blue Fay, Maryann Jones Thompson, Christina Campodonico and Rosalie Tapavalu contributed additional reporting for this story.