Springtime is the Best Time
By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
I know lots of you will argueâ€”summerâ€™s the best, you say, and you cite lazy Sundays at Rooster Rock or sunny patios like Vendettaâ€™s. You have a point, but thereâ€™s nothing quite like the unfettered joy Spring bringsâ€”flowers bloom, everythingâ€™s a little greener, the days are getting longer. Thereâ€™s just so much promiseâ€”you canâ€™t shake the positivity and you feel like everything good is headed your way. Itâ€™s that way in our movement, tooâ€”weâ€™re probably looking at marriage sometime this year, and with that comes an evolving agenda with community on its mind. After marriage, then what? Weâ€™re about to find out, and weâ€™ll be there every step of the way, bringing you news, voices, and perspectives you wonâ€™t find anywhere else. Which brings me to the inspiration behind this issueâ€”the notion of â€œqueers in uniformâ€ drove much of the content, though due to scheduling issues weâ€™ve had to push back coverage of our veterans; youâ€™ll see them in one of our Pride issues. Weâ€™re looking forward to a long, fruitful partnership with Senator Wydenâ€™s office on that one. Inside this issue, youâ€™ll find a profile of local activist Robert Ball, a man we believe really epitomizes community and serviceâ€”we think youâ€™ll be inspired by his story. One of our writers takes a hard look at Chelsea Manning, and questions whether or not her community has been there for her. Agree or disagreeâ€”that piece will make you think. And thatâ€™s just the tip of the very gay iceberg. As we turn to talk of promise and activism, we encourage you to take a look at The Brilliant List just launched by our publisherâ€”you can find details on page 19. But, to briefly summarize: Headed by co-chairs John Halseth and Robin Castro (along with a handpicked selection committee), The Brilliant List will recognize individuals, nonprofits, and businessesâ€”evaluating their unique skills, qualities, and noteworthy accomplishments. Basically we want to know what makes them â€œbrilliant.â€ Nominees will need to promote diversity and social justice in their community, highlighting collaborative partnerships. Theyâ€™ll need to inspire, encourage, and mentor others to create positive social change. The Brilliant List will recognize people and organizations that have lasting effectsâ€”we need to see the tangible change in our community. Like I said, complete rules are on page 19â€”but weâ€™ll be recognizing candidates in Oregon and SW Washington in categories like anti-bulling, LGBT rights, trans justice, racial justice, immigrant rights, womenâ€™s rights, homelessness advocacy, political activism, and many more. Now perhaps you can see why weâ€™ve got such an eye toward the futureâ€”we believe we have a lot to look forward to. On a final Brilliant List noteâ€”mark Sept. 28 on your calendar; weâ€™ll be celebrating List winners with a glossy magazine and swanky soiree. Until then, weâ€™ll see you onlineâ€”and in print again April 17, when PQ will be all about marriage and weddings. And, as always, please thumb through these pages and support our advertisersâ€”theyâ€™re the ones who bring PQ to you month in and month out, and weâ€™re incredibly grateful for their support.