Michael Wheeler: Portland’s Pride Guru

For nine months out of the year Portland is inside. Once summer is here the city transforms. Everything opens up to the outside. I love that transformation and appreciation of the sun. Growing up I never understood how amazing sunshine is, but here the appreciation runs deep and it is great to see that. -- Michael Wheeler

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Meet Your Meet-ups: Jen Roberton of LesBiOUT!

Pride is about being proud of who we are in our sexuality, so it only seems natural to celebrate that concept at this Portland Pride. Yes, we love rainbows, unicorns, and equal rights, everyone knows that, but we also love kissing each other. Also, a sexy party is a fun one, and something that people will talk about for years to come. -- Jen Roberton

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 week ago

Letter from the Publisher

Are we as brave as ABC president Channing Dungey a woman of color, who put aside all monetary benefits, and her job on the line to check her moral compass and canceled their number one program ‘Roseanne’ losing over $10 million instantly? In her words: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."

by PQ Staff
schedule 2 weeks ago

Part Two: Umpqua’s Last Resort

Fire was so close and so big. It was incredible. As it came up and over the mountain I was thinking, “It’s all over. It’s all gone.” The fire came up to the very first building right up to the corner post of the deck. The firefighters, and my brother who volunteered to stay behins, would not leave. So I took all the family & the pets--paintings, keepsakes, etc.--and we evacuated. So for the first three days I was trying to come back. I ran against, through, the blockades until the sheriff told me I couldn’t do this anymore. So, we watched the fire in the forest, up on the mountain, across the river. - Dustin Ashleigh

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Fire On the Mountain Supports Medical Bills of Local Student

Unfortunately, embracing Pride isn't always a celebration such as we are treated to in June. Sometimes, it means having to deal with discrimination we experience as a community. Fortunately however, the LGBTQ+ community has always taken care of our own. In the spirit of Pride Month, if you’re in the mood for a meal out tonight in the Fremont district, or if you just want to eat there to support the cause, head to Fire On the Mountain on Fremont, where your purchase fosters a much-needed, charitable cause.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 5 days ago

Happy Pride 2018: Am I Queer Enough?

As I sat there, in a fairly fitted, short-sleeved buttondown, patterned shirt, a brown 1960s YSL tie, wearing tortoise Rayban Wayfarers I wonder, “Am I dressing, am I presenting, ‘queer enough’ to be a member of my own community? Am I taking enough fashion risks?” -- Sebastian Fortino

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Pride Northwest Discusses the 2018 Festival

There are a couple things in the festival that I think people wil be highly interested in. We partnered with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus to put together an LGBTQ+ arts pavillion. That’ll be near the Morrison Bridge. It’s a collection of nine LGBTQ+ arts organizations partnered together in one space. They have never partnered together before at this level. There will be performances, art, all kinds of interaction happening. And even some seating, so it’ll probably be a pretty busy part of the festival. It’ll be almost like a whole other event. -- Debra Porta

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Gail Frederick, eBay, General Manager of Portland Office

As Gloria Steinem wrote in Nov 2016, the old hierarchies re-asserted themselves, and we need to remember that the majority of Americans support equality. It’s even more important to be out at work. Even today, in America we LGBTQ+ folk live far more safely and freely than others around the world. We must use our freedom and privilege to help our global queer family.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 week ago

Two Spirit Nation rejects Supreme Court decision, Citing Sovereignty rights

The Supreme Court recently ruled 7-2 in favor of a Colorado bakery to discriminate against  LGBTQ2S couples, citing an exemption due to religious freedom. This is one of many attacks against the Two Spirit community who stays resilient in the face of racism, homophobia, and transphobia every day. -- Two Spirit Nation

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Big Gay Boat Ride Sets Sail for the Sixth Year in a Row

We have always tried to make this a community event. Our focus has been on local drag performers with one or two national names mixed in. This year we have Bendelacreme who was the fan favorite for RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3, and also wanted to focus on the music so we brought Joslyn Fox to DJ the lower deck that has been ignored in the past. - Samuel Thomas

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Gay Gardens: Easy Patio Plants, Carnivorous Beauties

Stunning, easy and not remotely vegan. Meat eating plants are an easy addition to your patio garden. -- Dan Lynch, GayGardensPDX

by PQ Staff
schedule 2 weeks ago

Peacock in the Park Celebrates 31 Years of LGBTQ+ Visibility, Diversity, & Inclusion

Portland's favorite summertime spectacular takes place on Sunday, June 24th, from noon until 6PM in the Washington Park Amphitheater. "No use of sitting alone in your room. Come to the cabaret!"

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 days ago

Progress: A Pride Flag for Today

I was seeing the adjustments being made around the country in the last couple years, from Philly's flag last year to Seattle's flag this year. They came with wonderful messages and I wanted to see if I could redesign the flag to bring more emphasis to those messages. Obviously, whether a design is good or not is subjective but my intention was to bring more design into what was already being done. -- Daniel Quasar

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 6 days ago

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Artists

by PQ Staff
schedule 6 days ago

Category Is: POSE—The New Ryan Murphy Series on FX

Set in the 1980s, Pose is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, and the downtown social and literary scene.

by PQ Staff
schedule 2 weeks ago

Pride Journeys: Philadelphia

After dinner, head to the Gayborhood. Yes, that’s the actual name of their gay neighborhood. There are dozens of gay nightlife venues in this part of town so and it’s almost impossible to visit them all. Usually I like to highlight a few venues that I enjoyed, but Philadelphia’s Gayborhood really offers so many nightlife options that it’s hard to focus on just one or two. There really is something for everyone. -- Joey Amato

by PQ Staff
schedule 4 days ago

A Word from Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation, Harper’s Playground, Portland Public Schools Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC), and the MLC PTSA’s Friends of Couch Playgroundwelcome you to a celebration ahead of construction on the Couch Park playground project, Portland’s newest inclusive play area. The event will celebrate the impending start of this Parks Replacement Bond project construction, the partnerships which made it possible, and to share memories of the old play area, which served Portland kids for more than 40 years. The Couch Park playground and other improvements are expected to be complete for an opening celebration in the spring of 2019.

by PQ Staff
schedule 2 weeks ago

Wet, Wild, Summer: A Word from Portland Parks & Recreation

We can't get to Rooster Rock, Sauvie Island, the Coast, or out to the suburban home of that lucky friend who has the house with the pool every time we want to take a dip. Right? Here's a list of family-friendly pools & splash pads throughout town. Stay cool! It's gettin' hot!

by PQ Staff
schedule 5 days ago

Collide-O-Scope Pride Edition at the Hollywood Theatre

It’s Pride Month, and we know what that means! Lots of events celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride will be popping up all over the place. On Monday, June 4th, Shane Shane Wahlund and Michael Anderson, partners in business and in life, bring Collide-O-Scope back to the Hollywood Theatre from its home in Seattle. Wahlund and Anderson have been presenting the show publicly for eight years now. He kindly took the time to speak to PQ about the show.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 2 weeks ago

Open Letter to Portland Media: Recent Coverage of Transgender Woman Killed

One after the other, in first reporting (and in continued coverage for some) on the death of Gigi, a well-known and beloved member of the inner-Portland community, Portland media made thechoice to share Gigi’s birth name, not only directly denying Gigi her own identity but also reinforcing the false narrative that transgender people aren’t using their “real name.”

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 4 weeks ago

Walk Through Fire: Umpqua’s Last Resort

We still had a good time, although often we didn't know if our homes were standing, or if Dustin's brother John who stayed to protect the park with an army of firefighters was OK. It was lost on none of us that the smoke of the burning forest is the one that we live in and love. - J.L. Sullivan

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 month ago

Celebrating or Co-opting Queer Spaces

The definition of a gentleman is not purely Downton Abbey. It doesn’t mean a family name, or a great deal of inherited money. If you look up the word it’s defined by Google’s dictionary as being “a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man.” Some people go farther and say a true lady or gentleman makes sure everyone around them feels comfortable. So, in not wanting to make anyone uncomfortable in their own queer space, Duke researched the topic like a proper gentleman.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 3 weeks ago

HumpDay Calendar, Weekend of May 18th through 20th

We are one weekend away from Memorial Day Weekend, Portland Queers & Allies! So, you while you may wanna chill to save money and energy...you still have to do something, right?

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 month ago

Pride Week Vote for Harvey Milk Street

June 14th! The late Mr. Milk would surely have approved the date. That’s the Thursday before Portland’s Pride Celebration. But, what will this mean for SW Stark? Since most of the “gay businesses” in that district have either shuttered completely, or moved. Scandal's is still there, and adult store Spartacus is right around the corner. So, what will the renaming of the street mean?

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 month ago

Gay Gardens: You’re in the Rose City—here’s how to give roses a try

This is probably the first gardening column on roses to include the phrase "backstabbing slut."

by PQ Staff
schedule 1 month ago

Rev. Jeromy Carpenter & the Church of Gay

The Church of Gay, Carpenter points out, differs from other gay friendly sects or congregations in that the celebration of queer diversity is a core tenet of the religion. It is the very heart of what the Church of Gay is founded on. Namely, gayness and the celebration of it is what makes his group the Church of Gay.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 month ago

Bill Fennelly and Billie Holiday

Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grille comes to the Portland Center Stage at the Armory. Please visit PCS.org for tickets and available showtimes. The show runs through July 1st, with evening and matinee performances.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 3 weeks ago

Prism Health Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The result is a full-service medical model, with integrated primary care. In fact, there are more than a dozen types of medical insurance accepted. Although they do offer STI screening through Pivot, to patients who might wish to make an appointment just for sexual health. Or, to check out their eligibility for PrEP.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 month ago

"Us Against You” by Fredrik Backman

But, though Theo demanded it, could a lesbian coach, a few uncontrollable players, and some “hooligans” finish what Peter had been unable to do?  What price was he willing to pay for himself, his family, and his town to get his club back?

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 1 week ago

Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-to-The-Land Life

Growing up in rural South Dakota, Dianna Hunter learned what “queer” was long before she understood her own sexuality. She was “seventeen, cosseted, closeted, and clueless” then but, once enrolled in college and living in Minneapolis in an atmosphere of early-1970s feminism and LGBT activism, she “surprised” herself by coming out.

by Sebastian Fortino
schedule 4 weeks ago