It was a sad day when we heard the San Francisco Pride celebration was cancelled this year due to coronavirus. Over a million people pack the city annually for the parade and festivities, bars and clubs are lit and there is music and dancing EVERYWHERE. But not this year. When you stop and think about it though, Pride is something we carry with us everyday of the year in the Bay Area. Few cities have the rich, exciting and inclusive LGBT+ history like San Francisco. From the Compton’s Cafeteria riots in 1966 to the first same sex marriage licenses in the country granted in 2004, this city was, and remains, front and center for so many pivotal events in the advancement of queer people.
Recently I was asked to lend my voice for a new travel video promoting tourism in San Francisco specifically at Pride. As a gay man who fell in love with San Francisco from the moment I arrived and then flourished with the introduction of the first openly gay morning radio show in the country, I am more than happy to be a part of a project that shows off how amazing this place is and offer hope for anyone that wants to visit or find their success here. At this unusual time in our history, I hope it brings a smile to your face and lifts your sprits as we all look forward to the future when we can travel, gather and celebrate life together again. Watch the video from SFTravel HERE!