Best places to meet trans in Sacramento

If you’re trying to connect with Sacramento’s trans community then you’ve come to the right place.

This guide will hook you up with all the info that you need – and I’m not just talking about the nightspots.

We’ve got cozy cafes, community events, and even some savvy online dating sites to cover.

So buckle up as I take you through the best ways to meet trans people in Sacramento.

List of TG Friendly Venues in Sacramento

1. Bars and Clubs

Tranny friendly bars and clubs in Sacramento

Sacramento’s LGBTQ+ nightlife is incredible, especially around the Lavender Heights in Midtown. It has the most queer-owned businesses in the city. 

But we can’t count out other areas like K Street in Downtown, home to some popular bars and clubs.

Here’s a list of some spots that potentially attract TGs.

Faces Nightclub – Located at 2000 K St, came here for the drag night on Saturday where you can also meet many trans women.

But a quick heads up that there are growing complaints about the security not being accommodating towards people with medical issues.

Badlands Club – Located at 2003 K St, a good spot for entertainment, they alternate between drag and karaoke nights. There’s a large queer crowd every night and everyone is very friendly.

The Mercantile Saloon – Located at 1928 L St, Friday nights are a blast, and the place is buzzing with energy. The crowd is a mix of trans and nb people.

Just a heads up, though—when it’s packed, the drinks might take a little longer but the bartenders still do their best.

The Depot – Located at 2001 K St, this is one of the few places in the city that isn’t taken over by cis people. Pretty much everyone in the crowd was LGBTQ.

Keep in mind, it is a cash-only spot, so swing by the ATM before making your way there.

The Bolt – Located at 2560 Boxwood St, this is a gay leather bar but everyone is welcoming.

Weekends are especially packed so it isn’t uncommon to bump into trans people.

2. Community Centers and Organizations

Sacramento has a bunch of other ways to connect with trans people for non-drinkers.

For starters, you can visit its LGBT Community Center located at 20th Street.

They have many support groups and events such as Q-Prom and drag brunches where you’re almost guaranteed to find trans individuals.

And every month, PFLAG organizes a get-together that’s perfect for trans folks and their families. I’ve personally made some great friendships there.

It starts with a support group discussion, and then we all hang out and chat. They also often invite trans women as guest speakers.

Even if you drop in just once, you’re bound to bump into some cool people and get the lowdown on various LGBTQ events happening around town.

3. Trans Dating Sites

Shemales online in Sacramento

The trans crowd in Sacramento is kind of all over the place, that’s the reason many people turn to online dating sites.

Whether you’re trying to make friends or looking for dates, OkCupid is my personal favorite.

No matter what city I’m in, including Sacramento, it just works.

The cool thing about the app is that most of its users are seeking something real and serious.

But I know, some of you might be interested in a more friends-with-benefits kind of arrangement.

So if you’re in the mood for something on the casual side, Grindr’s your go-to.

It has a large trans user base nowadays it’s widely used for T4M casual dating.

4. Online Groups and Pages

Sacramento’s online scene is buzzing with communities perfect for meeting trans folks.

If you’re just starting to explore, the Sacramento Queer Exchange Facebook group is a must-join.

Think of it as Craigslist but for the LGBTQ+ community. Members there share all sorts of useful stuff, including event info.

Then, for the sports enthusiasts, there’s an Instagram page called Queer Sportz.

They organize sports events one Sunday a month at McKinley Park. Definitely worth following their page for the latest updates on these events.

Another cool online spot is the Lesbian Takeover page. They’re known for organizing bar takeovers, and these events are a great opportunity to meet trans women.

Keep tabs on their page for where and when the next takeover is happening.

5. Other LGBT+ Spaces

Trans men at Lavendar Library Sacramento

Sacramento has a bit of a shortage of ‘third spaces’ beyond bars and apps, but there are still some noteworthy LGBT+ spots to check out.

The Lavender Library on 21st and N Street is a standout.

It’s a community space and library created and managed by queer folks, offering a variety of clubs and events.

Besides, if you’re into the coffee scene, Sacramento’s got its share of super hipster coffee joints.

Places like Temple Coffee and Naked Coffee, are not just about your caffeine fix.

They’re cool spots where you might just bump into some trans people down to have a chat.

What It’s Like to Be Transgender in Sacramento

Sacramento has this ‘live and let live’ vibe that sets it apart, especially when you compare it to many smaller towns across the U.S.

Most people don’t care about your gender identity so it’s pretty easy to blend in.

Sure, you might encounter some transphobes, as you would anywhere, but overall, it’s a pretty accepting city.

If there’s a hiccup, it’s the gender-neutral restroom situation. Sacramento is ahead of some cities (yeah, I’m looking at you, San Francisco) in making restrooms more inclusive.

However, the catch is there aren’t many public restrooms around to begin with. So, while the intent is there, the execution still has some way to go.

Wrapping Up: Enjoy Meeting Trans in Sacramento

What I like about Sacramento is its trans-resources. The events hosted by its LGBT center are a great way to connect with the community.

The nightspots aren’t bad either, but some of my trans friends have their reservations about them because they’re often swamped with cis folks.

I personally don’t have a problem with that as I’m open to dating cis men, but I understand why other people would.

Luckily, there are many other avenues to connect with trans men and women in this city, it’s all about what works for you.

So that’s all from my side – I hope you enjoy meeting trans individuals in Sacramento!

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