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Oakland Pride: No Nudity but Leather Community is More Than Welcome

 LGBT Pride Parades usually consist of lots of nudity and glitter, but we have a feeling that only the crafting supplies will be in attendance at Oakland’s parade on Sunday.

Organizers for the event are looking for amore family-oriented event, as the city has the third highest concentration of same-sex couples with children in the nation.

The parade will host pony rides, Jolly Trolly from Children’s Fairyland and singer/drummer Sheila E. Instead of Dykes on Bikes, they are kicking off with Tykes on Trikes.

Carlos Uribe, Oakland Pride Board Member, was quoted as saying, "We had some leather groups from San Francisco who wanted to come, and we politely declined. We want to keep this G-rated. We don't want to compete with San Francisco Pride; we just want to offer a more family-friendly, diverse celebration. Sort of an end-of-summer bookend to SF Pride."

The leather community was not pleased to hear that they would be excluded from the event, leading to a correction and apology released late Saturday from Oakland Pride saying that Uribe was misquoted in the article and that although there will be "no nudity or sexually explicit material at the Parade or Festival, this in no way denies the leather community from participating."

Uribe continued, "First off, let me apologize to anyone who was offended by the quote in the article. Those are not my sentiments and not my words. What the article should have said is that we are not allowing nudity, which I can only assume that the reporter made the jump to leather, which is not acceptable."

Oakland Pride has made a request to have the quote removed from the  SF Chronicle, and also acknowledges everything, from charity work to front lines activism, that the leather community has done for LGBT rights.

The city has a diverse population and ranks second highest in the country for number of same-sex couples. With more affordable housing than neighboring San Francisco, the area seems to have a more family friendly climate.

“We've always been a little less pretentious in Oakland, but that doesn't mean we don't have a lot to celebrate. We're diverse, we're welcoming, and let's face it, it's a lot cheaper to raise kids in the East Bay than in San Francisco," Uribe said.

The parade begins at 10:30 am, Sunday, at 14th Street and Broadway, with an all day music festival that includes four stages at 20th and Broadway.

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