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Out In Oakland

Meet Oakland, San Francisco’s hip and happening sister.


The Bay Area is a beacon for LGBTQ women and Northern California’s queer epicenter is arguably Oakland, voted the 9th gayest city in America by The Advocate. On my first visit to Oakland I was charmed by its diversity— did you know that 125 languages are spoken in Oakland and the LGBT community is visible all year round, not just at Pride?

I was lucky to stay in the nautical- themed Waterfront Hotel in the trendy yet historic district of Jack London Square, named after the 19th century American writer and adventurer. This modern hotel has a pool, views of the Oakland Estuary, and is located right on the action for restaurants and weekend markets ( Grab a coffee at the original Blue Bottle Coffee before heading out on your own adventure in any of Oakland’s many unique neighborhoods. The Oakland Visitor Center is also located right by the hotel so drop in and gather ideas and options for your local adventure.

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S ummer is synonymous with Pride, as destinations all around the globe hold LGBTQ celebrations from June through September in a time of sunshine, self-expression, and socializing. It’s the season when we bask in the feeling of coming into our own, together. This issue, with rumors that beloved lesbian TV show The L Word will be revived by Showtime, we caught up with Kate Moennig, who played the iconic character of Shane. We also spoke with liberal political commentator Sally Kohn about her book The Opposite of Hate, which urges us to emphasize what connects us rather than what divides us. And, as your soundtrack for the pleasant weeks ahead, we recommend putting the unstoppable out musician Hayley Kiyoko on your playlist. We also put Montreal and Oakland on your map, and we hope you’ll feel inspired to join other women in life-changing adventures with Olivia Travel. Finally, I would like to send a sincere thank you to the many readers who contacted us about Curve’s relaunch. We’re as delighted as you are with the new direction!