June 23 and 24, 2012

Photo Credit: Rick Gerharter

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride


Front Line of Freedom

June 28, 1981

Front Line of Freedom Gay Freedom Day 1981
Name of Event:   International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day
Celebration Site: Civic Center Plaza
Parade Route: Along Market St. from Spear to Grove/8th St.
Temp: 62°
Crowd Est.: 250,000
Board Co-Chairs: Barbara Cameron and Greg Day
Mayoral Proclamation: Mayor Dianne Feinstein
Chronicle Cover: "Huge Gay Parade"
Examiner Cover: "Utah Gay's Coming out Party in SF"
1st to Appear: 5 of 11 City Supervisors ride in Parade. No marching fee.
Major Events:
  • Event name changed to International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade, adding "Lesbian" to the event name for the first time.
  • Weeks earlier on June 5, 1981, a CDC report entitled "Pneumocystis Pneumonia --- Los Angeles" notes the rare rise in California and New York of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) in young gay men. The article was later acknowledged as the beginning of general awareness about the AIDS epidemic.
  • Largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the world at the time.
City Grants: $9,325
Economic Impact: Unknown
Grand Marshals: N/A

Rainbow Deaf Society Message in the 1981 Pride Guide

Excerpt from the 1981 Pride Guide

Boycott Coors Beer 1981