June 23 and 24, 2012

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride

8th

Come Out with Joy,
Speak Out for Justice

June 25, 1978

Gay Freedom Day Magazine Cover 1978
Name of Event:   Gay Freedom Day
Celebration Site: Civic Center
Parade Route: On Market St. from Spear St. to Grove St. and UN Plaza
Temp: 69°
Crowd Estimate: 240,000
Board President: Celest Newbrough, Chris Ferry
Mayoral Proclamation: Mayor George Moscone
Chronicle Cover: The Serious Side of Gay
Examiner Cover: Gay Freedom Day Marching Band
1st to Appear: Gay Freedom Day Marching Band. Rainbow Flags. Dykes on Bikes leads the parade.
Major Events:
  • The first rainbow flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, makes its debut in the Gay Freedom Day Parade
  • Harvey Milk rides in Parade as openly gay City Supervisor
  • Briggs Initiative
  • 1st year of City funding
City Grants: $10,000
Economic Impact: Unknown
Grand Marshals:

Harvey Milk in the 1978 Parade

Supervisor Harvey Milk rode in the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade holding a sign that reads, "I'm from Woodmere N.Y." It was just a few short months later in November that Milk was assassinated along with then-Mayor George Moscone. Milk spoke to the crowds at the 1978 Gay Freedom Day Celebration in San Francisco's Civic Center in a scene that was famously depcited in The MILK Movie featuring Sean Penn. The full text of Milk's original speech is available here:

Supervisor Harvey Milk's Speech
at San Francisco Gay Freedom Day 1978

Harvey Milk in the 1978 Gay Freedom Day Parade

'No Briggotry': Fighting the Briggs Initiative

Harvey Milk's Message in the 1978 Official Program

1978 Parade Route

1978 Gay Freedom Day Parade Route

1978 Gay Freedom Day Event Schedule

1978 Gay Freedom Day Event Schedule