Had we known that San Francisco had lesbians in it, we would have stopped there on our way to this weekend’s Sausalito Chili Cook-Off. But we must leave it to the intrepid Madison Young as she plumbs the depths, or somethings the something, of the Bay Area lesbian scene in “Lesbian Life: Real Sex San Francisco.”
“Everywhere I look in San Francisco I find hot lesbian sex,” says Madison Young, our Huell Howser of vagitarian culture. But it is a city of contrasts.
“San Francisco is known as a hotbed of lesbian and gay culture,” Young says. But lest you think Journey’s City by the Bay is heterogenous, “it’s also a city of lust, love, and random sexual encounters that lead to explosive orgasms.”
No doubt this tidbit will help San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in his bid to be California’s next governor.
Young’s first stop is Dolores Park, known as a “Dyke Park” and a perfect spot to show off one’s monkey bar skills and read Rilke (probably ironically, dead white male and all, but he gets a pass because of the “Maria”).
A helpful travelogue for tourists more interested in a Lombard Street of the Heart, “Lesbian Life” weaves its way through lesbian garages, coffee shops, and tattoo parlors, often connecting each scene with a character from the previous one.
And if residents sometimes complain of that 49-sq. mile thumb of land feeling claustrophobic, they can get some consolation they share the foggy peninsula with old friends like Lorelei Lee, Shawn and Jiz Lee from the Crash Pad, and Dylan Ryan from the Strap-on Motel.
Sadly, Young only appears as the narratrix, not as a perfomer. But have no fear: In addition to the hot lesbian sex going on everywhere in San Francisco, each resident seems to be reading Young’s cover story in Spread.