About Oakland Pride

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Oakland Pride to celebrate the cultures and diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Oakland and the East Bay. We are dedicated to educating the greater community, promoting equality, civic involvement and responsibility within Oakland and neighboring communities.

History & Goals

East Bay Pride was celebrated in Oakland from 1997 to 2004. Led by the efforts of former Oakland City Councilmember Danny Wan and the Oakland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Roundtable. “Oakland Out In Oakland” commenced with a celebration of LGBT life in 2005 and 2006. Pride had not taken place in Oakland since that time.

In 2008, Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and others led efforts to re-organize an LGBT Roundtable in the City of Oakland. Since then, members of the Roundtable and the LGBT community representing all walks of life decided that it was time to resuscitate Oakland Pride for the long term and advocate for LGBT rights and interests, including the development of the first LGBTQ community center in Oakland for everyone.

Since the renewal of this effort, Oakland Pride has been busy networking with allies and partners. Our goal is to create a vibrant and viable organization worthy of the LGBT community in the East Bay.

Oakland Pride is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. We are presently applying for sponsorship support from foundations and corporations. The funding will serve to not only help in the organizing of an event, but also eventually provide funding for the support of services at a future Community Center. Oakland Pride wants to be of assistance in providing a sustainable solution to implement or support needed services for challenges in our community—especially in low-income, multi-cultural elder and young LGBT communities.

Oakland Pride is collaborating with a host of organizations that help our community and include Our Family Coalition, Lavender Seniors of the East Bay, Pacific Center, East Bay AIDS Advocacy Foundation and many other organizations that represent the breadth and depth of LGBT people in our community.

FAQ

When is Oakland Pride?

A: Sunday, September 6th-September 13th, 2020 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Oakland Pride will be going fully virtual this year, with a weeklong Virtual Pride Celebration, loaded with diverse LGBTQ+ programming, a Virtual Vendor Village, and much more.

Where is Oakland Pride?

A:  This year, Oakland Pride will be a week-long virtual event hosted across various platforms including YouTube, EventHub, and Zoom.

Typically, Oakland Pride PARADE starts at Broadway & 14th Street (Oakland City Hall) and ends at Broadway & 20th Street (Oakland Pride Festival Main Entrance).

Oakland Pride FESTIVAL main entrance is located at Broadway & 20th Street. Secondary entrance located at Webster and 21st Street.

Do I need a ticket to get into Oakland Pride?

A: Not this year! Due to our move to a fully virtual event this year, Oakland Pride’s weeklong celebration will be entirely free of charge and open to the public. If you can get online, you can join the celebration!

Is there an age limit for entry into Oakland Pride?

A: Oakland Pride PARADE and FESTIVAL are open to people of all ages. In face, Oakland Pride has been reported as the most diverse and family friendly PRIDE in the country. A Family & Children’s Garden within the FESTIVAL focuses on providing a fun and safe area for children and their parents/guardians with free programs and activities. All children must be accompanied by adults at all time. Our Virtual Programming this year will include various options of family-friendly content and opportunities for engagement.

Who will be performing at Pride?

A: Each year we have headlining performers on the Main/Pride Stage, and some of our past performers included Amara La Negra, Chaka Khan, Martha Wash, Jennifer Holliday, Yo-Yo, Rah Digga, LaToya London, CeCe Peniston, JC Jones, and En Vogue. For this year’s performers, please check under our FESTIVAL section to find out the most up-to-date information.

How can I be considered to perform at the event?

A: Anyone is welcome to submit an application to perform at Oakland Pride’s events — https://forms.gle/to65GJtEsBfSRHjR7

How can I volunteer for Oakland Pride?

A: Oakland Pride would not be possible without the help of volunteers who lend their time before and during our event. There are volunteer opportunities for people of almost all skills, backgrounds and abilities. Please Sign Up to become a volunteer, or e-mail volunteer@oaklandpride.org for any questions.


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