Oakland Pride photos

Downtown Oakland draws hundreds to East Bay’s largest Pride festival

By Sarah Carpenter

Karma Electra, head mistress of Unity House at UC Berkeley, leads her group in a rainbow dress with a sheer rainbow cape. Unity House is a pioneer living-learning community for LGBTQ+ identified students and their allies.
A couple observes the parade near the entrance to the Pride Festival on 20th Street in Oakland, holding a homemade sign that reads “No pride in racist borders.” The Oakland Pride Parade was on Sept. 10, in the midst of nation-wide concern for the growing number of hate crimes since President Trump’s inauguration.
A parade participant wearing a beaded rainbow wig waves from the top of the colorful Impulse Group Global bus as it approaches the end of the parade strip, across the street from the I. Magnin building in Downtown Oakland. Impulse Group Global is an organization run by gay men around the world in association with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).
A young girl carries a sign that reads, “Unite Here!” at 1440 Broadway. A Children’s Fairyland train carrying many families with young children rode down Broadway early in the parade lineup. The parade participants included many young folks representing their schools, or riding bikes alongside family members.
A member of Somos Familia holds a sign that reads “Immigrant rights are LGBTQ+ rights” at the Oakland Pride parade. Somos Familia is a Bay Area organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ acceptance within families. Oakland Pride paraded along Broadway the day after the street was filled with thousands of ralliers in defense of DACA and the rights of undocumented immigrants.
Horn player Ricky Holtz of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band marches along Broadway at 17th Street for Oakland Pride. The Freedom Band was the first ever openly LGBTQ-oriented musical organization in the world, founded in 1978. The band is now known as the Official Band of San Francisco, given that honor after its 20th anniversary.
Owen Skeete from Feelmore Adult Gallery poses at the entrance of the Pride festival on 20th and Broadway in Oakland.
A parade participant rides her electric wheelchair up Broadway displaying a sign that read “Never Give Up.”