Oakland's ninth annual Pride celebration kicks off Sunday, and while San Francisco Pride might be more well-known, Oakland Pride is becoming the go-to event for queer families.
They include people like Sacramento native Noelle Kaplan, who moved back to Oakland with her then-pregnant wife Stacey back in 2016 after a stint on the East Coast. Kaplan says the couple considered San Francisco, the historic hub of gay life, but quickly settled on Oakland.
Cost was the main factor, but Kaplan also says, "We knew we would be happy here, and we knew there would be other queer families."
But connecting with other LGBTQ families was harder than Kaplan expected.
Once her now two-year old was born, Kaplan says she tried to start a meetup group for queer families with newborns. No one came. She took to slipping her number to other cool moms at birthday parties, something she laughingly refers to as platonic "mom dating." She eventually started her own blog, called Queer Tribe.