Lavender Heights? I have always known it as just the gayborhood. I remember when it was just Faces and several (many) blocks away, the Townhouse. I loved the gay bars bc the crowds were festive and cool with outsiders like me, which i cant say the same for other bars and clubs in the area. And the gay bars had much better drink specials. I didnt realize how much the scene had expanded til Marcos invited me to go barhoping with his crowd. Since then, the Merc has become one of my fav drinking holes, with Badlands for festivities.
The pride community has always embraced inclusion and diversity, for as long as i remember. They have treated us the way we should be treating them, with love, acceptance and kindness. I wish more groups would treat strangers like friends that way.