Suggested Identity & Language Groups near California
Palo Alto US-China Dialogue Meetup
Palo Alto, CA
Hello everyone! 大家好！This meetup is for everybody who wants to practice and improve their Chinese or just enjoy some fun conversations in Mandarin! We welcome native speakers of Mandarin Chinese as well as beginning learners and everyone in between. Come join us for some casual Mandarin practice and making new friends who share your interests! Also, U.S.-China Dialogue Meetup group established U.S.-China Dialogue as a platform for cultivating constructive dialogue and building mutual understanding between American and Chinese audiences. US-China Dialogue Meetup group brings together experts, participants in education, culture, philanthropy, arts, and media to discuss issues in a U.S.-China context. This group also exist to facilitate the practice of Chinese languages by fluent and non-fluent speakers in the Chinese languages, and to facilitate professional, business and cultural networking between its members If you are a native speaker, you will be of great assistance to those trying to learn and improve in the Chinese languages. A main purpose of this group is to facilitate business, professional and cultural relations among its members. You should join this group if you like to focus on improving your Chinese or helping someone with Chinese language through teamwork, and your objective is to help, contribute, share, learn with members of this group. You should join this group if you like to network for business, professional or for cultural reasons. Mutual respect is important in this group and it is required to stay in this group. We think that enjoying Chinese culture is a great way to learn the Chinese language. See you soon! 等会见！
Bay Area Black Lesbians 50+ and Having Fun
We are a group of mature (50+) Lesbians of African Descent who are looking for real connections with other mature Black Lesbians who are 50+. Our goal is to foster like-minded connections and develop a community to encourage gatherings which satisfy a diverse group of interests. We have an optional questionnaire which when completed, highlights individual group member’s interests to facilitate finding like-minded connections.
The group promotes Bay Area venues because it is our desire to do face-to-face Meetups and be a conduit for face-to-face connections which will (for now) predominantly originate in and around the Bay Area. Come join us and let’s get out there and create community with other Sistahs of African Descent.
Book Club Dropouts
Palo Alto, CA
ABOUT US: <br>This is a multifaceted social club. Preferential recruitment is extended to LGBTQ people of any gender, but STR8's may be permitted with a chaperone.¹ Those who are keenly in tune with the humor and cultural milieu of Gay Twitter receive additional consideration. We read voraciously (ask us for great queer YA recommendations),² we love to learn, we play bar trivia and mostly lose, we hang out at the park and other outdoor locations, we like board games, we like meeting new people. And, we're very nice.
ABOUT YOU: <br>LGBTQ-identifying or straight but nice about it. Probably (but not necessarily) in your 20's in the SF peninsula area. Looking for friends and things to do. Likes good, wholesome fun. Could be convinced to go for a hike maybe.
STRICTLY FORBIDDEN: <br>- harassment of any kind <br>- homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, derogatory language, or any other behavior that compromises our ability to create a safe and welcoming space for all members <br>
--------------------- <br>The Fine Print
¹You can come if you're straight, you don't actually need a chaperone. It was just a joke. Also, we won't grill anyone about their sexual orientation or gender identity, so you don't have to disclose anything you don't want to share. Let us know your pronouns though. <br>²You may be wondering, "If you love to read so much, why are you Book Club Dropouts?" It's because we actually read way too fast for the pacing of a normal book club, plus we like hanging out more regularly than a normal book club does. It's kinda like an Anti-Book Club-Book Club. Something like that. Plus we do other stuff. And we got really tired of trying to pick a cooler name.
Lesbian-Friendly Hikers Over 50
San Francisco, CA
While this group is primarily intended for lesbians over fifty, it is open to all friendly women-identified hikers regardless of age and sexual orientation. Our goal is to bring open-minded people together to appreciate the amazing outdoor environment that surrounds us in the Bay Area. Our focus is on moderate hikes, both in terms of distance and elevation gain. Most are in the 5-8 mile range, with an occasional 10-miler. We stop for lunch unless otherwise noted. Join us and make new friends while enjoying nature.
Please include a recognizable and recent photo of you in your profile, and review the Hiking Preparation Guide before signing up for a hike (under More > Discussions).
For the safety of hikers and to protect the environment, RSVP’s are limited for each event. Parking is limited at some locations and carpooling is encouraged. A limited number of well-behaved dogs are welcome in parks that allow them; please contact event organizer if you would like to bring your furry friend.
The organizers and leaders of this group are volunteers, not professional guides. When joining, you agree to attend all events at your own risk. You and your guests will hold no one liable in case of injury or mishap. Hiking, other outdoor activities, and travel to/from events are not risk-free. You are solely responsible for your preparedness and well-being.
San Francisco, CA
Looking to meet queer womxn in the Bay Area? Look no further! We are a group of queer womxn (trans-womxn, non-binary inclusive) seeking to foster connections with others in the Bay Area.\*\* Our primary goals will be to support queer/BIPOC/womxn owned businesses and events throughout the area while fostering connections with other queer womxn leaning folx. (\*\*currently we are not a group focused on connecting queer folx who identify as men, there are plenty of active meet-ups who do though!) We are going to be hosting a variety of events including bar socials, hiking, dancing, live music, roller skating, karaoke, picnics, potlucks, crafting parties, game nights and so much more! Please post events or businesses you would like to see us support! Hope to meet you soon!! We also have a Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1013661652743956/?ref=share \*\*\* please make sure you have a current profile photo of your own face (not your animal's) and your real name before requesting to join or you will be denied.
QUEER FEAR! AN LGBTQ+ HORROR MOVIE DISCUSSION GROUP
San Francisco, CA
Join our online community every other Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. (California time) as we discuss horror films that engage with LGBTQ+ themes, characters, and styles. We choose movies from various eras, cultures and sub-genres to examine and describe all the different ways queerness exists in the wide world of horror cinema. Anyone and everyone from anywhere is invited to participate. This is a discussion group, but you're welcome to just come and listen, whether you've seen the film or not.
ESL Meetup Group
San Jose, CA
We are the people who long to improve our English including speaking skills, listening skills, communication skills, soft skills, whatever skills. We are also the people who like making friends and learning more about American culture. Besides, in our group, there could be native speakers who are doctors, lawyers, teachers, mathematicians, engineers, students...and would love to share and help each other. Our ultimate goal is that English will not be our barriers any more and that we can enjoy American things like the way real Americans do.
Silicon Valley Polyglots and Language Lovers
Palo Alto, CA
This group is for all who love to speak or learn foreign languages. There is a similar meetup group in San Diego which I was active in, which has been around since 2015 and often draws 30-40 attendees in their events, and I'm hoping to get a similar group going here.
Events will include coffee, lunch/dinner or other gatherings where we can do language exchanges or just chat about anything we like. We'll try to post suggested topics ahead of events, so that you can look up words and sentence structures ahead of time and use them during the meet-up in your target languages. But you're free to talk about anything you like, in English if you want (though the use of other languages is encouraged.)
Check out the message board for various topics such as language learning resources!
NorCal Asian American
San Mateo, CA
Welcome to the NorCal Asian American group!
We were originally formed back in 2011 and have now grown to 6700+ members! Our group is for men and women of Asian descent or for those are would like to be exposed to Asian culture.
The concentration of our activities are in Northern California, ranging from Monterey to Sacramento and Tahoe. We have wide range of activities, including dinners (casual to fine dining), adventures (hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking), sports (skiing/snowboarding, tennis, softball, golf, badminton, rock climbing), cultural (musicals, museums, art exhibits, wine tasting), travel (Yosemite, Bryce, Zion, Crater Lake National Parks) and so much more.
We hope you'll join us in our activities and adventures where the possibilities of building long lasting memories with genuinely great folks are endless!
The Sacramento LGBT Board Game Group
Do you love board games, video games, party games, and everything gaming related? If yes, then this is the group for you! Meet new people, make new friends, and learn new games at each of our gaming events. All members of the LGBT community, including allies, are encouraged to join our welcoming and friendly gaming community. Note: We require that all members have a clear face picture and introduction prior to being approved for our group, as our group is about meeting real people and making friendships.
SF German Stammtisch
San Francisco, CA
Amiable group who enjoy speaking German and good company! This group is open to anyone who would like to further their German language exposure. Varying levels of proficiency exist among the members. Hope to see you all soon at the next meetup. We are a very friendly group and welcome anyone with an interest in the German language :) If you are a beginner, please make an attempt to converse in German and you will find that others are very helpful.
Please include a profile photo that shows your face, so that people can recognize you at meetups.
Event organizers are needed. If you would like to host an event please write the organizer to discuss it.
Want to listen to news in German? Deutsche Welle is available on https://www.youtube.com/c/dwdeutsch
This is a conversation group and may not be used for marketing or promotional purposes. Unhosted in-person meetups will not be approved either. <br>
Two or more no-shows within a twelve month period will be grounds for a one year ban from the group. For events with limited seating, one no-show will result in removal, as noted in the event announcement. The locales which have hosted us in the past are beginning to re-open. Every no-show impacts their bottom line.
Saheli - Desi girls get together
Saheli is a women's group that primarily connects women of Indian and South Asian origin. It's main goal is to engage and support women; and provide a safe place for them to socialize, build and grow deep, meaningful friendships. We also welcome women of other ethnic backgrounds who are interested in South Asian culture. We strive to be a strong, supportive and inclusive community.
Science has proven that Women who have close female friends are healthier and happier. At Saheli women can come together , build connections through 3 distinct categories of activities.
1. Fun Activities:
We organize many activities such as potlucks, picnics, camping trips, coffee/lunch/dinner meets, movie nights, Girls night outs, sleepovers, karaokes, musical gatherings, ticketed parties, road trips. We celebrate global festivals together. The larger scale ticketed events in this category helps us raise funds for the Support and empowerment activities listed below.
2. Support Activities:
*Saheli has started a "Friends in Need" Support group that regularly meets in an intimate , confidential setting (5-10 ladies per session) where women can freely discuss their challenges and share anything weighing heavy on their hearts. They can seek support, help and connections to help them deal with their issues.
*We also volunteer together to support the needy via soup kitchens, donation drives, food and hygiene supply distributions to homeless and many such group activities.
3. Empowerment Activities
*Saheli organizes various workshops such as personality development, meditations, retreats, emotional fitness to help women build inner strength and peace
*Saheli offers emotional fitness and clarity coaching to women.
*Book Clubs - Women interested in reading and sharing knowledge can join our book club sessions.
We strive to be a strong, supportive and inclusive community.
About The members:
Some of us love to dress up, some of us are happy with just a pair of jeans and a pony tail. Some of us love to cook, some of us only like to eat! :) some of us are from north, some of us from south. Some of us like to dance, some of us would rather be invisible when dancing starts! So you got it! You will always fit in! We accept and love everyone the way they are!
The only rule we follow is : No drama please! We laugh (a lot!!) and most importantly we stick together for the ones in need.
Do not worry if if it is your first time joining us at a meetup and you don't know anyone here. We will make sure that you feel welcome and are comfortable. So join us for any of the meetups without any hesitation. We are a very inclusive group.
Running a meetup has a significant recurring monetary cost to the organizers, apart from efforts and time investment. However we are able to keep it a free experience for members to be a part of this community. How? Thanks to our sponsors, who chip in to make this happen for you. Let's be grateful to them for bringing wonderful connections, opportunities to have fun and support in our lives.
Here's a list of Saheli sponsors:
EthnicThread app - Desi girl's app to buy/sell fashion closet to closet.
Realtor, Heena Joshi Bhagwat
LP Party - Event decorators
Revive Body MD - Body Sculpting & Slim Spa
Neepa G Photography
Hamsa - The mind Spa (Emotional Fitness and clarity Coaching)
Note: If you want to promote your business or events to Saheli members, you will need to become a sponsor for Saheli. Contact organizer for details.
Out and About Lesbians
Active Sacramento Lesbians was established in 2010 and is a safe space for lesbian women to come together and socialize.
This past fall I became the new organizer of Active Sacramento Lesbians. I welcome your contribution for new event ideas. Want to host an event? Let me know!
What activities should you expect? Kayaking, Bike rides, Firepit Socials, Picnics in the Park, Hikes and more!
Look forward to new activities in 2021 as we become Out and About Lesbians!
San Francisco French Language and Culture Lovers
San Francisco, CA
You love French language or culture.
Vous parlez français? or You are learning French or just interested in French or French speaking cultures.... Join us! We offer 2 events weekly and 1 big event each month! Every Tuesday : movie in french with english subtitles @7:00pm
Every Thursday : Apero conversation from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
One event (or more) each month : conference, concert,...
San Francisco Lipstick Lesbians
San Francisco, CA
Eyeliner, drawn. Mascara, done. & Lastly, Lipstick added. The San Francisco Lipstick Lesbians meet-up is for the Bay Area lipstick lesbian, femme, and "chapstick" femme community.
This meet-up is for Bay Area/ NorCal femme women identified ONLY looking to make new friends, network, or date other femme identifying women. It's great for femme women new to the Bay Area looking to make friends and get involved in the community. We are a diverse group of fun, loving femmes ranging from mid-20s to mid-50s that enjoy everything this city offers. Bisexual and Trans-identifying women are welcomed. This space does include single women and women in relationships (committed or open) so please respect that this space is all encompassing for our femme queer women's community. All event's reserved space are strictly for women identified only, this includes guest(s).
For all you femme identifying women interested in joining our group please send a request. To be considered for approval ensure you have these requirements: 1- a clear head-shot photo of yourself (photo should only be of you) so we can recognize you during our events, and 2- your actual first name or nickname; these are required to join and remain in the group.
The official organizers have a monthly cocktail/ mocktail event in various bar locations in San Francisco, these events are a great way to meet and get to know the amazing ladies of this meetup, so make sure to RSVP and come to those events (usually on Friday or Saturday 6-9 PM); these are especially great for 1st timers.
MUST BE 21+ AND FEMME-WOMAN-IDENTIFYING AND LOCAL (in Bay Area or Northern California)
This meetup group is set on private settings; only members can see pictures or other member’s profiles. Profile pictures must be of you and real first name or nickname.
Please do not send unsolicited private messages to members, this platform is created for people to meet in-person at events.
Most events on this meetup allows you to invite one women identified guest*, some events may allow more or none. Please be considerate of this especially given restriction of reserved space. *women identified guests do not need to be femme queer identified, however please respect that this space is created for femme 4 femme connections.
Please RSVP YES if you plan to attend an event to help us keep a true count of the number of attendees (including women identified guests); we normally work with the venue to ensure they have sufficient staff. You will be removed if you show up and do not RSVP as a YES. It is simple - just be courteous.
~~If you have 3 no shows you will be removed, so please update your RSVP to NO if you are not able to attend. A “no show” is when you RSVP YES and not show up or not message the organizer (use comment section or private message) to let them know you can’t make it prior to the event starting. We normally go up to all that attend at each event and introduce ourselves, especially with 1st timers and we do keep track no shows.~~
Please let us know if you want to host an event and we can work with you; you can review the message board which has a posting on how to and rules for hosting events; we have a strict rule for only allowing one post per date. Please DO NOT promote your events on this meetup without checking 1st w/ the organizers.
Keep your membership active by checking out the site periodically, meetup automatically deletes inactive members. You can also be remove at any point at the organizers discretion, we do not tolerate hate or any form of xenophobia in this meetup or drama!
Looking forward to meeting you all!
Sophia A (Organizer)
Cindy K (Co-Organizer)
The Turtles - Backpacking for Women
This group is for women only and this includes CIS, Trans and non-binary Women. Turtles are about slowing down and enjoying the sights along the way. Our trips will generally be easy to moderate and usually under 8 miles per day.
All levels of experience welcome. The basics of backpacking require that you carry your own sources of food and shelter with you into (and out of) the wilderness. If you are new to backpacking, our group is a great place to ask for advice on gear and find out what other women like to have in their packs.
You should also familiarize yourself with the 7 LEAVE NO TRACE principles (https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/) and follow them. Your trip host and the group organizers are happy to answer any questions you may have!
Finally, if you are interested in leading a trip, please message Chris, Sylvia, or talk to a trip host when you’re out on the trail together. We are excited to grow and nurture this amazing community of women backpackers.
SF Lesbians 50+ Getting Together
San Francisco, CA
This group is for women interested in joining open-minded lesbians in a variety of cultural and social activities in San Francisco and the Bay Area. While primarily designed for lesbians over fifty, it is open to all queer women. Our goal is to provide a fun, easy-going, embracing climate to meet and socialize with other women. We are looking forward to shared good times and thoughtful conversations.
Events may include theater, kayaking, movies, dances, dining, dog walks, art making, lectures, protest marches, bike rides, picnics, and anything else of interest to the community.
Disclaimer: The organizers and leaders of this group are volunteers. When joining, you agree to attend all events at your own risk. You and your guests will hold no one liable in case of injury or mishap.
Learn and Practice Massage for Gay/Bi Men
San Francisco, CA
Are you a gay/bi man who loves giving and receiving massage from other men? Do you wish you knew more massage technique so you could give an even better massage? Wish there was a way to take some classes without having to do the 500 hour professional massage course? Well, your wishes have been granted! Come learn basic Swedish and Deep Tissue with two friendly and enthusiastic CMTs, Kirk and Donny. We are a married couple and teach massage techniques for a different body area each month, e.g. chest, neck, arms. Over time, you'll learn the whole body! In addition, join us for practice sessions, massage exchanges and more! Come be part of this healing touch and massage community!
SpanFran: Spanish and/or French Language Practice
San Francisco, CA
Practicing is the best way to learn a language. Join us for free, weekly language exchanges. All levels are welcome. You'll have conversations with native speakers and other language learners. It's a social event where you can meet new people and discover other cultures. Events will be held over Zoom and in-person. Please check the event page to verify. ZOOM Meetups Come to practice French, and/or Spanish. It's not necessary to speak all three languages or be interested in learning all three. The host will create Zoom rooms divided by language and level (Ex: Beginner French, Advanced Spanish). You are free to spend all your time in the French or Spanish room or hop between rooms. If the connection fails, please rejoin and the host will readmit you. We also accept tips to cover a few hundred dollars in annual expenses that the group incurs for Zoom and Meetup. IN-PERSON Meetups Come to practice French, and/or Spanish. It's not necessary to speak all three languages or be interested in learning all three. The host will give you name tags to write your name and which language(s) you speak and want to practice. You are free to spend all your time with the French or Spanish group or hop between.