Lavender Heights, Sacramento, California

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The Sacramento LGBT Community Center (formerly the Lambda Center), located in the Lavender Heights district.

Lavender Heights is a centrally located district in Midtown Sacramento centered within and around K & 20th streets.[1][2][3] The area owes its name to the high number of gay-owned homes and businesses residing there.[2][4]

Lavender Heights is a marketing name given to the hub of Sacramento's gay and lesbian community with many gay bars and restaurants.[5][6] It is considered Sacramento's equivalent to The Castro (San Francisco) and Dupont Circle (Washington D.C.) as the city's LGBT district.[7][8] Community resources for the LGBT community in the area include the Sacramento LGBT Community Center (formerly the Lambda Center) and the Lavender Library.[9] Most of the gay bars in Sacramento are located in the Lavender Heights area.[4][10] Hate crimes and gay bashing have been an issue since the early 1990s in the area.[11] A wave of "religious refugees" including "Slavic evangelicals" has added to the tensions, many were drawn to immigrate by Sacramento evangelical churches who sponsored them including the Assemblies of God Capital Christian Center.[12] In September 2009 a security guard hired by several gay nightclubs in Lavender Heights was killed by an accidental hit and run in a tragic accident.[13][14] The area is home to many of the city's music and arts festivals, including the Second Saturday Block Party from May to September.[15]


  1. ^ CBS 13: "The Scoop: Lavender Heights "[email protected][dead link]
  2. ^ a b Michael Andrew Claussen, Lavender Heights: the emerging gay community in downtown Sacramento, California, California State University, 1998.
  3. ^ Melanie Noel Light, "What’s New & What’s HappeningUnder the Lavender Heights Rainbow", Sacramento Visitors and Convention Bureau.
  4. ^ a b Andrew Collins. "A Guide to Gay Sacramento - Gay Travel in Sacramento". Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Gay Sacramento - A Capital Idea". 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  6. ^ Lanie Dills, Lynn West, Great gay & lesbian places to live: "the official guide", 1995, ISBN 0-916744-03-5, ISBN 978-0-916744-03-8.
  7. ^ Joyce Krieg, Slip Cue: A Talk Radio Mystery, Macmillan, 2004, ISBN 0-312-32736-6, ISBN 978-0-312-32736-1.
  8. ^ Michael Nalepa, Linda Cabasin, Erica Duecy editors, Fodor's 2010 Northern California: With Napa, Sonoma, Yosemite, San Francisco & Lake Tahoe, page 468-9, Random House, Inc., 2010, ISBN 1-4000-0900-6, ISBN 978-1-4000-0900-8.
  9. ^ Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (LLACE) (2013-11-29). "Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (LLACE)". Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  10. ^ Sara Benson, Lonely Planet California, page 424-6, ISBN 1-74104-739-0, ISBN 978-1-74104-739-4.
  11. ^ "Gays Will Patrol For Bashers, City Police Welcome 'Lavender Angels'", Sacramento Bee, April 19, 1991, Page B3.
  12. ^ Rone Tempest, For Gays, a Loud New Foe; Sacramento's large enclave of immigrant Slavic evangelicals is becoming a force on social issues. Their actions shock many. Los Angeles Times, Oct 13, 2006, A.1 Main News; Metro Desk.
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  14. ^ Matthew Keys, "Alleged Security Guard Killer Speaks On Facebook; Friends Blast Media Reports", FOX40 News, December 3, 2009.
  15. ^ Coats, Matthew. "2nd Saturday Block Party Series | OUT in Sacramento". Retrieved 2017-05-15.

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