QUEER ISSUE: Our annual guide to the (actually!) coolest Pride events
Lexington Club Dyke March after-party Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF. www.lexingtonclub.com. 9pm-2am, free. DJ Ms. Pop presides over the heaving, hot masses at this no-cover, low-attitude dance banger. Grind with your "love" in the post-March endorphin rush.
No Way Back and Honey Soundsystem Soundsystem Monarch, 101Sixth St., SF. www.clubmonarch.net. 7pm-2am, $5. No Way, Honey! Two of our favorite intelligent house and techno crews join forces for two levels of stratospheric bliss. Hot hot hot dancing and very smart dancers.
Pink Triangle installation and commemoration Twin Peaks Vista Overlook, SF. www.thepinktriangle.com. 7:30am installation,10:30am ceremony, free. Volunteers needed for this awesome tradition: putting that huge-ass pink triangle up on Twin Peaks. Get some elevation and lend a hand.
Pride Festival Civic Center, SF. www.sfpride.com. Noon-6pm; Also Sun/24 $5 donation. For a glimpse at the commercial pull of the LGBT community, check out the vendor stalls at this mega-mass. Gay doggie sweaters galore. But it's not all commercial — BSDM and radical faerie areas give wandering attendees the chance to learn more about alternative sexualities from those who practice them in real life.
(p)RIDE Party Public Works, 161 Erie, SF. www.publicsf.com. 9pm-3am, $8–$10. A can't-miss combination for those looking to pop ass all night: the Stay Gold DJs are teaming up with their friends from Ships in the Night, Party Hole, and Queer Qumbia. Hip-hop served all night long with a side of vogue.
Continental breakfast at the Lex Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., SF. www.lexingtonclub.com. 3pm, free. Will there be food at this continental breakfast? Well... the press release didn't specify but know that the Mission's fave dyke dive will be hawking Pride-special mimosas and bloodies. DJ Katie Duck spins your hunger pangs away with sunny Sunday soul, blues, and rock 45s.
Hard French Hearts Los Homos SomArts Cultural Center, 4-11pm, $25–$60. hardfrenchpride2012.eventbrite.com. Eclectic electric! This year, the cruisey queer golden children pull out all the stops. Oakland soul legend (and Etta James' homegirl) Sugar Pie DeSanto headlines, with mustache-lipstick indie electricians SSION and PDX bounce soundsmith Beyondadoubt in supporting roles. Wave (your hips) goodbye to Pride with resident HF DJs Brown Amy and Carnita and their patented soul 45s sunshine.
Honey Soundsystem Holy Cow, 1535 Folsom, SF. www.honeysoundsystem.com. 6pm-3am, $5. The queer techno crew's weekly Sunday parties are absolute musts for sophisticated queers who love a transcendent musical and artistic mix of past-present-future sounds and sights. And then everyone makes out. (Special extended hours, y'all.)