Sep 8, 2021

Out in Force: Support Oakland Pride with mind, body and wallet

Oakland Pride, formerly East Bay Pride, was founded in 2008 with the goal of creating “a vibrant and viable organization worthy of the LGBTQ+ community in the East Bay.". To get ready to celebrate, shop the following queer-owned businesses that are making change in our community year-round.
Aug 28, 2019

A Center of Our Own

Aug 29, 2018

A Queer Hair Salon Where Beauty Is an Act of Resistance

Olivia Bianco-Chaidez describes her purpose as “community taking care of community.” Credits: Photo by Richard Lomibao Olivia Bianco-Chaidez has been transforming people's hair for the past 11 years. But for the hair artist, opening her hair salon...
Aug 29, 2018

A Transgender Asylum Seeker Finds Her New Home in Richmond

Neal Davis, “Jade,” and Esther Ehrlich. Credits: Photo by Lance Yamamoto On a Sunday night in Richmond, Esther Ehrlich and Neal Davis are spending the evening with family. Pictures and portraits adorn the walls in...
Aug 29, 2018

Queer-Friendly Gyms Grow in the East Bay

Nathalie Huerta opened the Queer Gym in response to the lack of queer-friendly fitness spaces. Credits: Photo by Richard Lomibao Gyms are places of transformation, but not always of acceptance. Queer individuals looking to...
Aug 29, 2018

The Rebel Kings Invite You to the Stage

The drag show has been softening the lines between genders for nearly a decade. Credits: Photo by Melati Citrawireja Evening prep for a Rebel Kings of Oakland show tends to include...
Aug 30, 2017

Helping Trans Youth Blossom

Setting a positive example for transgender youth is an important part of Andrew "AK" Kramer's job at Rainbow Day Camp, the El Cerrito summer camp he co-founded three years ago with Sandra Collins...
Aug 30, 2017

Cannabis for the People

Eight years ago, Christine De La Rosa (aka Miz Chris) almost died. The San Leandro resident's blood had kept clotting, and doctors couldn't figure out why. On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, she was...
Aug 30, 2017

Queer Nightlife as Radical Resistance

Anita "Durt" O'Shea, Paolo Flores Chico, and Ali Scott of Ships in the Night. Credits: photo by SantanA Bellas In 2006, close friends Paolo Flores Chico and Durt O'Shea were taking shots of a mysterious...
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