In 2004 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that the the City of San Francisco would grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The first same-sex wedding to take place at City Hall was between Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. The couple, who had lived together more than 50 years, were longtime activists in the San Francisco lesbian and gay community having formed the Daughters of Bilitis, one of the first national lesbian organizations in the US in 1955.
BROTHERS poster with the caption, "Concerned about HIV and AIDS? BROTHERS offers services for African-American gay/bisexual men and transgenders. For more information, please call: (415) 749-6714". The phone number is scratched out in blue ink and written below "356-8140" and the sub-caption reads, "The BROTHERS NETWORK, 625 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109"
Photographed by Lincoln Cushing for the GLBT Historical Society
Handwritten letter on lined yellow paper, stapled: "My name is Jesus Reyes and I've just been arrested by the INS. Now they want to deport me because I have AIDS. I came to this rally today because as a gay man and as a person with AIDS I wanted to support this struggle against death, this struggle for life. I didn't expect to find the immigration police here, but here they were. Now they're certain to send me back to Mexico where all that waits for me is an early death. Since I've come to this country in 1981 I worked very hard. For the first couple of years I worked two jobs where I still live, in the Mission. I've always tryed to send back as much money as I could to my family in Mexico, things are so bad there they're almost [...]"
Courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society Jorge Cortiñas Papers
Black and white photo by Cathy Cade of marchers in San Francisco carrying banner "Asian/Pacific Lesbians, for the love of women/bagi cinta pada wanita/sa pag-mahal ng babae/tình yêu của phụ nữ/kealoha o wahine/女への愛のために/[chinese characters]/for the love of ♀".
Black and white photograph by Cathy Cade of marchers in San Francisco carrying banner "Down with Apartheid: U.S. Out of Southern Africa, Victory to UNC and SWAPO, Southern Africa Freedoom Committee, All-Peoples Congress" "Fight Lesbian and Gay Oppression, All-Peoples Congress".
Janetta Johnson, Executive Director of the TGI Justice Project, a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom with members of El/La Para TransLatinas. San Francisco Trans March in 2016.
Proclamation 7203 by President Bill Clinton - Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (1999)
"Thirty years ago this month, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a courageous group of citizens resisted harassment and mistreatment, setting in motion a chain of events that would be known as the Stonewall Uprising ... Gays and lesbians, their families and friends, celebrate the anniversary of Stonewall every June in America as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month."
Color photograph of marchers in the Resistance contingent of the San Francisco Pride Parade carrying signs and wearing t-shirts reading "2nd Generation Immigrant! 1st Generation Proud Queer Activist! Resist" "Love Trumps Hate" "Protest Trans Lives" " Proud and cannot be intimidated" "No mad kings in America" "We the People RESIST".
Courtesy of Pax Ahimsa Gethen, Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 4.0]