Bike through queer history

San Francisco, California, United States

Experience hosted by Jack

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English
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What you'll do

Learn about San Francisco’s hidden queer history by biking through some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods. From the Gold Rush and Prohibition to World War II and the AIDS crisis, hear seldom-told stories of the people and places that gave San Francisco its reputation as the gayest city in the world.

Other things to note
If you need to rent a bike, the Ferry Building Bike Rental inside the Ferry Building costs $24 for a day; or you can rent a bike for free with a purchase at Sports Basement in Fisherman’s Wharf.

What's included

  • Food
  • Drinks
    We will provide snacks and water for the group!

Meet your Host, Jack

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 62 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Jack has worked with LGBTQ+ organizations fighting for queer rights around the world for the past 10 years. He is the founder of TurnOut, a local nonprofit that connects volunteers with LGBTQ+ causes.
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From $75/ person

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About the organization: TurnOut

TurnOut connects LGBTQ+ groups at high schools, colleges, and businesses with volunteer opportunities at LGBTQ+ nonprofits. TurnOut's mission is both to support local LGBTQ+ nonprofits with volunteers, and to promote volunteerism and community engagement among LGBTQ+ people and allies.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to TurnOut.

Where you'll be

We start with a scenic ride up the Embarcadero, tracing the city's queer history chronologically with stops at Fort Mason, North Beach, and the Tenderloin. We end in the Castro, where we'll get off our bikes and take a stroll through the city's most vibrant gay neighborhood.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 62 reviews.

September 2019
Insightful and informative tour! Jack is a fun person and a fantastic tour guide. He is a treasure trove of interesting knowledge! Regardless of how many times you've visited SF or lived here, you will learn something new about the history of the city, the gay/trans movement, and why SF is such a special place for the LGBTQ community.
September 2019
Had an amazing time on Jack’s bike tour. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but we still had a blast. Loved learning the long history of SF’s LGBT community. Biking was easy too because Jack picked great, flat routes.
March 2019
My highlight was our visit to Compton's Cafeteria Riot place. I stayed at Warfield Hotel located just opposite side of Compton's Cafeteria the day before the tour. The reviews of the hotel were terrible and I was very much worried when I arrived in San Francisco. It was not as bad as reviewers described. Then I now realize that I stayed in the place which is socially significant. The tour made my stay in SF very special in which I as a nonprofit worker was able to see one of the realities of community in SF!
September 2018
Jack’s tour was amazing. He is very knowledgeable and a great story teller. He knows so much about the history and about the small and big stories of the LGBT history. He’s also just a great and fun person to be around!
September 2018
Jack’s tour was a really fun day out. I highly recommend it. He is really knowledgeable and delivers the history and content in an engaging, fun, story driven way. It was also really fun to just bike around and see more of the city.
September 2018
Jack is a great guide, with an obvious passion and knowledge about the LGBTQ history of the city. The tour is well structured, combining historical facts to fun insights into the important characters that made the history (with added pictures). He's also very open to questions and very patient, a must do in San Francisco!

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 16 and up can attend, up to 20 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.
The skill level for this experience is beginner.

What to bring

A bicycle and helmet
Water (optional)
Snack (optional)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.