Oakland Celebrates LGBT Community With Pride Festival

OAKLAND (KCBS)— Once Sunday’s grey skies parted, supporters of the Bay Area’s LGBT community started to arrive by the thousands to celebrate Oakland’s gay pride festival. Organizers said 50,000 attended last year and they’re hoping to double that figure this year.

Oakland Pride Spokesman Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor said it was the city’s day to shine.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

“A lot of people don’t realize that people find solace in Oakland. It’s a little less expensive to live here. In fact we have a lot more lesbian couples,” DeShazor said.

He referred to a statistic that makes the East Bay city the third highest ranking in the U.S. in the number of same-sex couples.

“We have a lot more families. We’re tamer than other pride festivals. You don’t see a lot of the nudity you would at other pride festivals. Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” he clarified.

A day full of food and four stages of entertainment, including booths for custom leather and reproductive services overtook the Uptown Oakland area at 19th and Franklin Street.

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