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Kick Off Pride In The Lower Haight With A Peaches Christ-Hosted Photo Show

Lower Haighters looking to kick off their Pride festivities a few days early have a fabulous option right in their backyard.

This Saturday, local drag legend Peaches Christ is hosting the opening party for "Don't Dream It — Be It!", a new exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center that’s billed as “a celebration of drag, theatre, music and love of life.” The party will feature DJs, dancing, a photo booth and live entertainment from several drag queens, as well as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

While the festivities are sure to spill out into Duboce Park, don't miss the photography show inside. It captures some of San Francisco’s most unique historical moments, like these pictures of San Francisco icons Harvey Milk and José Sarria (a.k.a. Absolute Empress I de San Francisco), and drag queen Divine:

José Sarria (Absolute Empress I de San Francisco) with Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mavis at the Empress Coronation on October 28, 1978. Photo: Daniel Nicoletta.

Divine at Trocadero Transfer Dance Club, October 28, 1978. Photo: Daniel Nicoletta.

"There are historical photos in the exhibit, as well as current images," Harvey Milk Photo Center director Dave Christiansen told Hoodline in an email. "The core of the exhibit is to embrace and celebrate who everyone is." 

Christiansen says the Pride kickoff party was inspired by Harvey Milk himself, "who was all about creating and supporting community, and moving equality forward, collectively, as well as embracing and celebrating who we are as individuals.”

The "Don't Dream It — Be It!" opening party goes down this Saturday, June 20th, from 5-10pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be up through July 18th.

The Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott St.) is accessible via Duboce Park. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 4-9pm; Saturday, 10am-4:30pm; and Sunday, 12-5:30pm.

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