The Bay Area Reporter
by Cynthia Laird
Kicking off Oakland Pride festivities will be TransVision’s Trans Pride Gala Friday, August 29 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.
TransVision is a program of the Tri-City Health Center in Fremont. Tiffany Woods, the program manager, said the gala is open to everyone.
There will be a special awards and appreciation ceremony at 7:45 p.m. Awardees include City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, the Oakland Police Department, and community member D’Anne Bruetsch.
McElhaney is a co-sponsor of the event, along with Mayor Jean Quan, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, and the Bodine Group. Quan and Kaplan are running against each other in this fall’s mayoral race.
In addition to the awards, there will be dancing, networking, and light refreshments.
The event is free.
Other Oakland Pride updates
Another Oakland Pride event is the second annual Pride Breakfast, which takes place Sunday, August 31 at 8 a.m. at the California Nurses Association offices at 2000 Franklin Street.
Sponsored by Oakland Mayor Quan and the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club, the event includes the presentation of the Oakland Pride Award to gay outgoing Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). As the breakfast takes place amid the city’s hotly contested mayoral race, attendees likely will see several candidates and local politicos in attendance.
The breakfast will also recognize the Oakland Pride grand marshals: entertainer Sheila E, community leader Joe Hawkins, and youth advocate Lirio Zepeda. There will be a special musical performance by vocalist and composer Derek Lassiter.
The event is free to attend and a continental breakfast will be served.
For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page, “2nd Annual Oakland Pride Breakfast.”
In other Oakland Pride news, the organization announced a partnership with one of its sponsors, online music streaming service Pandora.
According to an Oakland Pride news release, there will be an Oakland Pride radio station, hand-curated by Pandora. The station will feature a range of music, including 2014 Pride headliner Sheila E, along with past performers Chaka Khan and En Vogue. To listen, go to www.pandora.com/OaklandPride.
Pandora will also have a float in the inaugural Pride parade, set for August 31 at 10:30 a.m. at Broadway and 14th Street.
Another parade contingent will be from the Greenlining Institute. Members of the African American, Asian American, and Latino communities seeking to work together for racial and economic justice founded the organization in 1993.
“As an organization devoted to diversity in all its forms, we’re proud to be allies of the LGBTQ community and to stand with our LGBTQ staff members,” Greenlining Institute Chief Operating Officer Preeti Vissa said in a statement.
The institute, now located in Berkeley, plans to move to downtown Oakland next year. It has purchased a failed bank building at 360 14th Street and will transform it into a hub for what the organization envisions as an “equity ecosystem.” Vissa noted that the building will include affordable office space and meeting facilities available to Oakland nonprofits, as well as space to display the work of local artists. Information about the project can be found at www.greenlining.org/360.