The front steps of San Francisco City Hall were packed Monday, with politicians and a marching band, all there to mark the start of Pride Month, days late, with a flag raising ceremony. It was standard fare: The Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band – the town’s official band – sang classics, like Abba’s “Dancing Queen”, while someone in the crowd handed out mini pride flags. and that politicians were making speeches.
But it also marked a turning point – San Francisco City Hall was finally opened to the public for the first time since shelter-in-place orders were issued in March 2020. After more than a year spent in home and on Zoom, a group had gathered in joy looking a lot to the future while acknowledging the past.