LGBT culture in Portland, Oregon
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LGBT culture in Portland, Oregon is an important part of Pacific Northwest culture.
Portland's annual pride parade is primarily organized by Pride Northwest. Peacock in the Park is another annual event, running from 1987 to 2005, and, again, from 2014 to the present. The La Femme Magnifique International Pageant is an annual drag pageant.
- Portland vice scandal
- Burnside Triangle
- Jeannace June Freeman's murder of lesbian partner at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint (1961)
- "Lesbian Roommate" obscenity trial
- Resolution Number 31510
- WomanShare and other lesbian land movements
- 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 statewide constitutional Measure 36 gay marriage ban
- 2007 statewide anti-discrimination bill
- 2018 The City of Portland renames a 13-block stretch of Southwest Stark Street to commemorate Harvey Milk
Notable LGBT individuals include:
- Sam Adams, first openly gay mayor of a top-30 U.S. city
- Terry Bean, political fundraiser
- Kate Brown, 38th Governor of Oregon
- Carrie Brownstein, musician (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag); actress, writer and producer (Portlandia)
- Darcelle XV, drag queen
- Sarah Dougher, musician (The Crabs)
- Marie Equi, medical doctor, family planning advocate
- Alan L. Hart, one of the first trans men to undergo hysterectomy and gonadectomy in the U.S.
- Todd Haynes, film director
- Simon Max Hill, casting director and casting agency owner (Portlandia)
- Rives Kistler, first and, then, only openly LGBT state supreme court justice in the U.S.
- Tina Kotek, openly gay member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly
- Thomas Lauderdale, musician
- Lynn Nakamoto, Oregon Supreme Court judge, succeeded Virginia Linder
- Chuck Palahniuk, author
- Gail Shibley, first openly gay person to serve in the Oregon State Legislature
- Gus Van Sant, filmmaker
- Corin Tucker, musician (Sleater-Kinney)
- Kaia Wilson, musician (The Butchies); founder of Mr. Lady Records
- Peter Zuckerman, journalist
Currently operating LGBT drinking establishments and nightclubs include:CC Slaughters, Crush Bar, Eagle Portland, Hobo's, Scandals (1979–present), Silverado, and Stag PDX (2015–present) (formerly known as Joq's Tavern, or simply Joq's). Silverado and Stag are also strip clubs.
Monthly Blow Pony dances were established in Portland by Airick Redwolf in 2007. Inferno monthly dance parties hosted by Hot Flash Productions owner/operators DJ Wildfire (Jenn Davis) and Armida Hanlon that first began in Portland in 2004 and are now held regularly in Portland and Seattle.
Defunct establishments include Egyptian Club (1995–2010), Gail's Dirty Duck Tavern, Red Cap Garage (1987–2012), Starky's, and Three Sisters Tavern (1964–2004), which also operated as a strip club. Embers Avenue, established during the 1970s, and Escape Nightclub both closed in 2017.
Queer Horror is an ongoing bi-monthly film festival that is shown at the Hollywood Theatre. The Portland Queer Film Festival, formerly known as the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, has been running for more than twenty years and takes place at Cinema 21. The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival screens LGBTQ documentaries.
LGBT rights organization Basic Rights Oregon is based in Portland. Local LGBT-oriented organizations include Cascade AIDS Project, Q Center, and Bradley Angle which offers LGBTQ domestic violence services. Others include:
- Amazon Dragons, a lesbian competitive dragon boat team, founded in 1992.
- A Woman's Place bookstore
- Black Lesbians and Gays United
- Dykes On Bikes PDX
- Equity Foundation (merged with Pride Foundation)
- Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest
- In Other Words Feminist Community Center
- Lesbian Community Project (1986–2008)
- Love Makes a Family (1992–?), closed
- Metropolitan Community Church
- Northwest Gender Alliance
- Oregon Bears
- Portland Association of Gay Equality
- Portland Gay Men's Chorus
- Portland Lesbian Choir
- Q Center
- Right to Privacy / Right to Pride
- Second Foundation (1970–1972)
- Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Pride Northwest, annual pride parade organizers
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