Pride in San Francisco is a daily occurrence; why should we relegate our joy, our power, our influence, to just 30 days? The Bay Area favors the bold and bright, and for generations, we’ve created homes, families and networks for anyone who needed one, no questions asked. 

In a year where trans students in some parts of the country risk the law to live their truth and reproductive rights continue to shrink, we must remember that none of these freedoms were handed to us. 

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Pride is not only a celebration — it is a fight we show up for every day, for those who came before us and those yet to come. Lucky for us, the fight is a fabulous one. 

Here are this year’s best ways to get in on the action. 

“Baloney,” a documentary on the gay male burlesque troupe (Available to stream on Apple TV and Amazon Prime): Joshua Guerci’s film “Baloney,” which made the film festival rounds last year, chronicles the highs and lows of a San Francisco-based erotic, kinky, gay burlesque troupe over an 18-month period of performance.

The “Baloney” documentary, available to stream as of this week, tells the story of San Francisco’s gay male burlesque troupe. (Photo courtesy Guerci Cinematic)

Sonoma County Pride (Through June 21, various venues around Sonoma County, prices vary):  The OutWatch Pride Film Series will screen “Poppy Fields” to benefit OutRight LGBTQI Ukraine Emergency Fund at 1 and 7 p.m. Thursday at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. Other Sonoma County Pride events this week include the SoCo Queer Prom for ages 14-18 at the Barlow, 6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol (6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday), “Celebrate Pride at McEvoy Ranch” at 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma (1-4 p.m. Sunday) and “Pride Night Village Sounds” concert at Montgomery Village, 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa (3-6 p.m. Sunday). Explore the website for further events happening in the next two weeks.

After Dark: “Pride — Unheard Stories” (6-10 p.m. June 9, Exploratorium, Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St., San Francisco, $20): LGBTQ+ history is a series of never ending reveals. The Exploratorium has curated some of the best, with a mix of music performance, films, talks and craft activities. 

Sonoma County goes all out for Pride Month, as seen in this photo of the 2019 parade in Santa Rosa. (Photo courtesy Loren Hansen)

18th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival (June 10-12, Presidio Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave., San Francisco, free): The ​​Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, a partner of the African American Art & Culture Complex, presents 35 films in five separate screenings to center the storytelling of queer women of color. These films tackle themes that reflect the breadth of their communities, from trans families, parenting, indigenous identity, civil rights and immigration, among many others. 

Historic AIDS Memorial Quilt Display” (10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11-12, Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 320 Bowling Green Dr., San Francisco, free): To honor the 35th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt, the largest number of quilt panels ever to be shown in San Francisco will be displayed for a two-days event. The quilt display comprises nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels honoring those lost to HIV and AIDS​​, many of which were made during pandemic lockdowns.

In this photo from 2021, the marquee at the iconic Castro Theatre advertises last year’s Frameline45 LGBT film festival. (Photo courtesy Barak Shrama/Frameline)

San Mateo County Pride 2022 (11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11, San Mateo Central Park, 50 E. Fifth St., free): Help San Mateo County celebrate 10 years of Pride on the peninsula with its “Still Here Still Proud” festival with music, vendors and food trucks.

David Eugene Perry at Fabulosa Books (7 p.m. June 14, Fabulosa Books, 489 Castro St., San Francisco, free): The award-winning author of “Upon This Rock” and founder of Rainbow Honor Walk talks about his queer, Italian-set thriller that traverses the dangers of faith and love. 

Frameline46: The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival (June 16-30, online and various venues in SF and Oakland, prices vary): The oldest and (we may be biased) best queer film festival is back with a hybrid model of films at theaters across the city and online. Subjects include genderqueer kids, B-movies, Fire Island and more.

Almanac “Summerfest” with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s drag show (2 p.m. June 18, Almanac Barrel House, Brewery & Taproom, 651B W. Tower Ave., Alameda, free) Amidst a weekend of festivities, allow the most salacious nuns in the world indulge you in a drag performance.

Sister Vish-Knew, a cofounder of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, dances to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” during the Sisters’ Easter. For Pride, the Sisters will be putting on a drag show in Alameda. (Harika Maddala/Bay City News)

National Center for Lesbian Rights’ “Pride in the Park” (3 p.m. June 18, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi and Bowling Green drives, Golden Gate Park, tickets start at $60) It’s been 50 years since Title IX was passed and with it, the federal prohibition of sex-based discrimination. Celebrate and honor the protections won since with land acknowledgements, art shows, food, drag storytelling and musical performances. 

Oakland Black Pride Celebration (June 22-26, multiple venues across Oakland, prices vary): Oakland and the East Bay have their own queer legacy to celebrate, now more than ever. These events include masquerades, curated dinners and parties to connect with celebrate queer people of color who make Oakland the cultural nucleus it remains today. 

A group of friends enjoys the celebration at the “Skate for Pride” roller-skating party at 7th West during last year’s inaugural Oakland Black Pride. (Photo courtesy Beth Laberge/Oakland Black Pride)

Hannah Gadsby: “Body of Work” (7 p.m. June 22-23, Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco, $39-$99): Queer and autistic comedian Hannah Gadsby is coming from down under to entertain us with her unique brand of physical comedy.

The El-Salomons: “Still Married” (8-9 p.m. June 23, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City, $23): Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini are an unlikely lesbian couple, both in comedy. They bring the nuances of their experiences as a Canadian Jewish woman and Palestinian Muslim woman to the stage for your entertainment, and will have to in perpetuity, because “they can’t let people be right.”  

Queer supergroup COMMANDO features, from left, Van Jackson-Weaver, Honey Mahogany (standing), Principal Dammit, Andy Meyerson, Drew Arriola-Sands, Juba Kalamka (in truck), Lynnee Breedlove and Krylon Superstar. (Photo courtesy Devlin Shand)

COMMANDO live (8 p.m. June 23, The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, $20): The all-queer nü metal supergroup COMMANDO — which features Bay Area icons Lynnee Breedlove (Tribe 8, The Homobiles), Juba Kalamka (Deep Dickollective) and Honey Mahogany (San Francisco Democratic Party) — headlines a concert with queercore band MAN ON MAN, featuring Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and leather band Plack Blague. Drag queen VivvyAnne ForeverMORE hosts.

“I Need Space: In-the-Flesh,” a queer music festival (8-11 p.m. June 23, The Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany, $20-30): Producers Genesis Fermin, Willa Mamet and Briget Boyle bring you a bevy of queer musical talent live. The 2020 lockdowns effectively severed many queer musicians from their livelihoods. The virtual “I Need Space” festival was a way to get them back to work, through monthly online shows. Now that it’s safer to gather in-person, the organizers present a lineup of crooners doing the damn thing.  

Oakland rock trio Easy Queen — from left, Veronica Savage, Audrey Howard and Genesis Fermin — will perform live at the “I Need Space: In-the-Flesh” queer music festival at the Ivy Room in Albany. (Photo courtesy Mona Reed)

Trans March 2022 (All day June 24, event starts at 10:30 a.m. at Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th streets, San Francisco; the march and rally takes place from 6-8:30 p.m., free): Anti-trans legislation continues to plague communities across the country. Stand up for trans rights and join trans-centric organizations for an intergenerational brunch, music, march and afterparty.     

30th San Francisco Dyke March (5 p.m. June 25, Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th streets, San Francisco, free): A pillar for those “who are questioning and challenging gender constructs and the social definitions of women” is back. While the daytime party-slash-rally hasn’t been confirmed, you can best believe the march is on.

52nd annual San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration (All day June 25-26, multiple venues across San Francisco, prices vary. SF Pride Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. June, travels down Market Street between Beale and Eighth streets and is free to watch): Can you say, finally?! After two remote years, one of the pioneering Pride parades is making a comeback. With events running all month long, Pride weekend is looking like a bevy of queer joy, culminating in the Sunday parade.