Pride in Oakland

LGBTQ+ Things To Do

Oakland embraces the original and the creative- the more outlandish, the better. Visitors and residents alike feel free to be themselves here and immerse themselves in our diverse city. Our inclusive community will make you feel safe to explore as you wish, but here are a few businesses that are owned, or well-respected, by our friends in the LGBTQ community to help get your planning started! Want to learn more about Oakland? Check our these stories on Oakland's LGBTQ Nightlife and Creative Scene.

Oakland Museum of CA  April 13–August 11, 2019

OMCA will present a major exhibition exploring California’s LGBTQ+ history and culture. Going beyond mainstream narratives, Queer California: Untold Stories will deepen and expand our understanding of this history through a multifaceted exhibition. Visitors will experience powerful examples of social activism through contemporary artwork and historical materials and view rarely-seen artifacts, archival documents, photographs, costumes, and ephemera such as zines, stickers, and flyers. The exhibition aligns important milestones in LGBTQ+ culture with lesser-known stories, focusing on a diversity of queer identities, civil rights, and resistance to oppression.

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PC: OMCA - Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

PC: OMCA - Courtesy of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

We welcome you to come in, check out our service offerings on our calendar, and get involved—this is YOUR Center! Dedicated to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of Oakland’s LGBTQ individuals, our families and allies. The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center's model of service delivery is "wellness first" and provides social, educational, and holistic health-related programs, services and activities.

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Oakland LGBTQ Community Center


Where to Eat

Shakewell is a casual neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant with a Spanish twist. The vibrant bar is the center of the restaurant where our guests meet to share food and drinks from our seasonal menus. Diners looking for great food in a warm, fun atmosphere will find it in our beautiful Oakland restaurant.

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Featuring regional Vietnamese dishes such as Bun Cha Hanoi (Hanoi Trio of Pork), Hanoi Turmeric Fish with Dill (Cha Ca La Vong) and the Crispy Crepe (Banh Xeo) to name a few. All of Tay Ho’s dishes display exquisite flavors of traditional Vietnamese cooking but display the “happy marriage” of the California and Bay Area influence on this already exceptional cuisine.

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Tay Ho Oakland

Fun and friendly diner decor sets the stage for fried chicken with flair. Oakland Soul food hot spot Home of Chicken and Waffles was created with Family, Home Cooking and the city of Oakland in mind and at heart. Located in Jack London Square an area known for great dinning and nightlife. Originally a franchise of Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles this family-owned HCW, opened since May of 2004, offers guests down-home southern soul food with a warm and welcoming demeanor.

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Home of Chicken and Waffles

Organic espresso and coffee bar serving Blue Bottle coffee, sandwiches, salads and other treats. Their Pulled Pork Adobo Sandwich is a hit

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Cafe Gabriela

Where to Drink

After years of living, working and loving in Oakland, their team noticed a common complaint among the diverse, yet ever growing LGBT community in Oakland. Despite the fact that every day Oakland seemed to get better, safer and open the doors of another fun place, there was no seven day a week gathering place for the LGBT community in our thriving downtown. Their team, armed with background in small business entrepreneurship, economic development and community service sought to change that. The...

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Port Bar

Northern California’s Premier Gay and Lesbian Latin Nightclub. The location features 6 full bars, multiple dance floors, smoking patio, state of the art sound and lighting systems, ample street/garage parking and less than ½ block from BART. Download the Club 21 Oakland APP for info on upcoming events at the Club and Pride Events in Bay Area.

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Club 21

Northern California’s Largest Gay and Lesbian Hip Hop Nightclub has newly been renovated and features multiple dance floors, full bar on each level, smoking room, state of the art sound and lighting systems, ample street parking and less than ½ block from BART. Download the Club 21 Oakland APP for info on upcoming events at the Club and Pride Events in Bay Area.

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Club BNB (Bench & Bar)

Minimo is a neighborhood wine store that focuses on small-production, independently owned wineries that follow sustainable practices. We offer thematic wine tastings every Wednesday from 5-7pm, and Saturday from 12-7pm. We also have a large selection on wines from Bay Area winemakers, many of whom don't have tasting rooms. We also have two wine clubs. One of the clubs is called the "Home Team" and is exclusive to winemakers who either live in the Bay Area or make wine here.

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Minimo Wine

Where to Shop

Show & Tell is a concept shop, gallery, and gathering space located in vibrant downtown Oakland that serves as a platform for sustainable and socially responsible apparel, accessories, and gift items.

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Show and Tell

Adult Retail Establishment specializing in mature products as well as vintage pieces, fine erotic art, vintage magazines, albums and Antiquarian books.

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Where to Work It

They are the First and Only LGBTQ Gym in the nation! They are owned and managed by members of the LGBTQ community to serve members of the LGBTQ community. The Queer Gym is not only a gym but it is a place where people from all different backgrounds can come a feel accepted while they work to get a happier and healthier lifestyle with outgoing and supportive people!

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The Queer Gym

The Bay Area's body positive community gym for all queer, trans, POC, big bodied and fat identified folx and their allies, regardless of experience or ability.

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