Oakland, CA's nightlife warmly embraces the LGBT community
Years ago, I was bemoaning my dearth of a dating life in San Francisco to an Oakland friend. Not long after, I met my girlfriend Kelsey, the girl I would cross the damn bridge for, and have been a proud Oaklander ever since. Women-loving women who want to get moving, should strap on their boots and try tapping their toes at Texas Rose, a queer women and trans-inclusive country two-step and line dancing night that happens on the second Saturday of the month at Lake Merritt Dance Center. At Hella Gay, the onus is on music—organizers and DJs strive to incorporate new tunes into each set. Each party is also a community fundraiser, with funds going to a different social justice organization or recipient each month.
The White Horse bar is iconic. Possibly dating back to the s, this place is the oldest continuously operating gay-and-lesbian bar in the United States. Casual, unassuming, and diverse, the White Horse revels in its lack of trendiness. Tip: Tuesday Karaoke nights are a must. Known as Contra Costa's oldest gay and lesbian establishment, Club 's Walnut Creek location is queer-oriented, but welcomes all walks of life.
Valencia St. They even have their own farm in nearby Sonoma. Another great option is Dolores Park Cafe , another lesbian-owned establishment that in addition to serving up fresh organic local fare, also delivers female-centric art shows and the occasional live acoustic set.