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Pride approved: The Kissel Uptown Oakland

Oakland, in California’s Bay Area, has long been the home and destination for queer women, queer women of color, and diverse LGBTQ+ folks. With the Oakland Black Pride Festival coming up in July, The Kissel hotel lifestyle has thrown its support behind the event and has a special offer for visitors!

The Kissel Uptown Oakland is the official sponsor and host hotel for the Oakland Black Pride Festival with its week-long series of events (June 28 – July 2) centered on celebrating the many crucial contributions to the Gay Rights Movement made by Black activists.

Events include the Black Queer Expo, Pride panels and workshops, the Black Pride Brunch, a Queer Pub Crawl, a kickball tournament, a fabulous closing night gala, and more. 

Attendees can take advantage of a special promo code saving them $50 off the best available rate at Kissel Uptown Oakland. 

Ways to join the celebration and party at the Kissel

  • High 5ive, the hotel’s lively rooftop bar & lounge, and whose name pays tribute to Glenn Burke the first, openly gay professional baseball player, is the first stop on the Queer Bar Crawl. 
  • The hotel will also be hosting the Black Pride Sunday Brunch in the newly revamped, Otto’s Uptown Kitchen. 

Additionally, while in Oakland, help celebrate Pride in a genuine way by patronizing LGBTQ+ and Black-owned businesses. For a list of local Black and LGBTQ-owned businesses and restaurants within easy distance of the Kissel, please go here. For more ideas on how to explore the area, go to

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