LGBT culture in Portland, Oregon

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LGBT culture in Portland, Oregon has a long and vast history with great relevance to those who fit the demographic in the urban area.


Portland's annual pride parade is primarily organized by Pride Northwest. Peacock in the Park is another annual event, running from 1987–2005 and again from 2014 – present. Blow Pony has been organized since 2007. The La Femme Magnifique International Pageant is an annual drag pageant.

In 2011, Hands Across Hawthorne was organized in response to an attack on two men who were holding hands on the Hawthorne Bridge.

Gay bathhouses[edit]

Gay bathhouses operating in Portland include Hawks PDX and Steam Portland (2003 – present). Club Portland operated from 1987 to 2007.


  • Portland vice scandal
  • Burnside Triangle
  • Jeannace June Freeman's murder of lesbian partner at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • "Lesbian Roommate" obscenity trial[1][2]
  • Resolution Number 31510
  • WomanShare and other lesbian land movements[3]
  • Ballot Measure 8 (1988), ruled unconstitutional in 1993
  • 1989 Hate Crimes Law
  • Tanner vs OHSU domestic partner lawsuit, 1991
  • 1992 Springfield anti-equal-rights ballot measure passes
  • 1992 statewide anti-gay Measure 9 rejected
  • 1994 statewide anti-gay Measure 13 rejected
  • 2000 statewide anti-gay Measure 9 rejected
  • 2004 gay marriages briefly take place in Multnomah County, ruled illegal 2005
  • 2004 Multnomah County Measure 36 gay marriage ban
  • 2007 statewide anti-discrimination bill



Currently operating LGBT drinking establishments and nightclubs include: Casey's, CC Slaughters, Eagle Portland, Escape Nightclub, Embers Avenue (1970s – present), Hobo's, Joq's, Scandals, Silverado, and Stag PDX (2015 – present). The latter two are also strip clubs.

Defunct establishments include Egyptian Club (1995–2010), Gail's Dirty Duck Tavern,[4] Red Cap Garage (1987–2012), Starky's, and Three Sisters Tavern (1964–2004), which also operated as a strip club.


Local LGBT-oriented organizations include: Cascade AIDS Project, Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Portland Lesbian Choir (1986 – present), Pride Northwest (principal organizer of the annual pride parade), and Q Center. The LGBT rights organization Basic Rights Oregon is based in Portland. Bradley Angle offers LGBTQ domestic violence services.




  1. ^ Whitney Strub. "Lavender, Menaced Lesbianism, Obscenity Law, and the Feminist Antipornography Movement" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  2. ^ "431 F.2d 272". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  3. ^ Heather Jo Burmeister. "Rural Revolution: Documenting the Lesbian Land Communities of Southern Oregon". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  4. ^ Segall, Eli (2009-12-21). "Trouble ahead for the Dirty Duck – Daily Journal of Commerce". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 

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