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PORTLAND, OREGON • Volume 28 • Number 19 • September 2, 2011

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page 3 BY MARTY DAVIS Now do you see why we’re talking about Today we’re going to be discussing Just Out’s advertising policies. After you read this, the publisher asks wearily? Just Out’s advertising policy, as published, the following letter I received on August 19 is basic and simple. Just Out reserves the you’ll see why. right to reject or edit any advertisement. “I’m a bit behind in my summer reading, That’s it, that’s the entire policy. Historically so I’ve just gotten to the August 5th issue. I’m any problems encountered with ads, from angered and disgusted by the Portland Lug- the perspective of the publisher, the advergage ad on page 7 - the one that opens with tiser or the reader has been due to sexual “Nobody likes an OLD Bag!” accompanied by content. There is no written policy that exa photo of a scowling grey-haired woman wearing glasses (who appears to be anywhere from 55 to 95 years old). For the store, there’s no excuse you folks obviously think your ad is funny and compelling. One result of your bad judgment, bad taste and bad attitude, however, is that I (a customer for almost 16 years who has bought a variety of excellent products at the downtown store and happily referred other shoppers) won’t be buying luggage from you anymore + will be telling my friends about this - angrily. plicitly states what will and what won’t be I’m guessing you don’t care, given your use of accepted. That’s my call. By and large, I will this ageist/sexist ad copy, but I do want you to not accept nudity of a sexual nature and/or ads depicting real or simulated sex acts. This know. For the paper, there may be an excuse - be- is not—not, I repeat—because I’m a bitcause PL is a regular advertiser/supporter, you ter old fat man-hating lesbian who thinks may not check their ad content carefully, if at no one should ever have sex, as generally all. So I hope you will consider this a serious spewed at me in the course of any disagreerequest from a regular reader who often goes ment. Of greatest importance to me is keepout of her way to shop at JO advertisers: You ing distribution locations strong and viable. have to do that checking - to help educate such Having the paper kicked out of distribution advertisers as well as save your readers from locations because someone finds an ad ofsudden disgust as we turn the pages of the pa- fensive has no reward. I value our locations per. JO should not be accepting ads that delib- in libraries, schools and retail outlets. To lose erately offend/insult any of us (eg, Old Lesbians this accessibility for a glimpse of pubic hair Organizing for Change) - or anybody else, for serves no one. This does not mean, however, that matter (except maybe well-known bad that I whimper, whine and beg forgiveness guys; it’s probably ok to insult people who are each and every time a distributor objects to the content of the paper. In June the Jolly vicious, violent queer-haters). I know the paper needs money, but accepting Roger Tavern in John’s Landing said “no” to ads without vetting them - simply printing further distribution after they found a cover whatever your advertisers choose - is, as this case objectionable. My reaction to that decision was, pretty much, “Screw it.” illustrates, bad practice.”



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inside: » NEWS & COMMUNITY 5 transitions 5 northwest news in brief 10 making connections

Gay Fair and LGBTQ Expo bring community resources together

12 youth uprising

Alazar Manning wants you to give big for CAP’s AIDS Walk 2011


Iris Pride Festival calls on superhero support



Second Annual Not Enough! Festival gives new art real legs

21 Out & About 26 YOU BETTA (NOT) WORK

WerqForce celebrates “Labor Gay” with eight parties in eight hours

28 Make time for tba:11

In its ninth year, Time-Based Art Festival ups the ante

30 crowd-esque

Portland’s burlesque scene is bursting at the seams

» COLUMNISTS 15 the sassy gardener 25 lady about town 32 LIVING OUT LOUD 34 ask a gay 35 REMEMBER TO BREATHE

on the cover: “Like a Virgin was Released in 1984” by Stephen Scott Smith Smith, who considers Portland his creative home, uses a wide range of media including video, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation to explore the intersection of nature with narcissism and identity in modern America. Turn to p. 21 or visit for more on this artist.



The basic fact is that nowhere in America is anyone ever guaranteed the right to not be offended. From our national politics right on down to the smallest LGBTQ newspaper, people will spout, express, preach, talk, write, sell, advertise and opine endlessly. Not all of this information overload will land on a receptive audience. Simply put, I am not going through the paper, page by page, ad by ad, word by word to clean up every possible circumstance that someone might find objectionable. I’m not distributing twice a month a shrink-wrapped lifeless publication that has been censored and parboiled to the point where it neither offends nor projects meaningful purpose for anyone. I’m a publisher, not a distributor of blank note pages. That said, we, I, will attempt to pay closer attention to having conversations with advertisers if/when we see content that might be overly troublesome to a segment of our community. This will not be for the express purpose of refusing ads but rather to give the advertiser the opportunity to make a more educated decision as to the possible impact of the ad. The advertiser, the business owner is responsible for choices made in bringing people to—or driving them away from—his business. By not caving in to the demands of the above letter writer, I have likely alienated one, if not many more readers. I want to make it very clear, however, that this is not a situation where I am choosing ad dollars over reader sensibilities. I respect the letter writer for feeling strongly about the image in the ad. I appreciate the fact that she put action to her feelings. I get that she sees the ad as more than failed humor.  I differ, though, with the approach to immediately be punitive toward the advertiser, and the paper publishing the ad. What if, what if, she and her group of older women had gone in with humor and jest to meet with the owner and bring the topic to the table with clarity and the supposed wisdom that comes with the age indicated in the letter? What if they’d baked some cookies and gone in to win an ally and make a friend? What if? What if they hadn’t set out to become the exact stereotype that they found objectionable in the ad in the first place? What if ?

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transitions Gregg Ruffin, who died Thursday, August 11, moved to Portland from the Emerald City in 1970. He worked for several years at the Organ Grinder, where his love of the food and beverage industry originated. From the beginning, Gregg was friendly and outgoing, forming many lifelong friendships. In the mid ‘70s he transferred to EarthQuake Ethel’s, the Disco Mecca, honing his skills working as an assistant manager. In 1979 he flipped from the straight to the gay world and debuted on Stark Street, combining his professionalism and provocative wit. A great example was during his first Stark St. Rose Festival, when he made T-shirts proclaiming, “I’ve never been in the Navy, but the Navy’s been in me!” When Gregg started bartending at CC Slaughters, he found his true calling, making every customer feel important and welcome. His complimentary style and unreserved personality became a big hit. Gregg was the consummate hostess, always greeting patrons with a smile, maintaining his work ethic and sense of humor while never missing a beat. Many people attributed their ease in “coming out” to sitting at Gregg’s bar. He was accommodating to his customers, who soon became regulars, often saving phantom places at the bar— knowing they would want to chat while enjoying their favorite cocktail. In 1990 Gregg was reunited with the owner of Ethel’s, working at both The Brig (now Red Cap Garage) and Boxxes. He remained an integral part of the staff for 21 years. He will be dearly missed.

nwnews Anti-Gay Seattle Church Expanding to Portland A controversial and anti-gay church based in Seattle is starting a new ministry in Southeast Portland. Mars Hill Church has purchased a castle-like building at 3210 SE Taylor Street, where it plans to start services September 10. Mars Hill was founded in 1996 and has since become a mega-church with eight locations in Washington and one in Albuquerque, N.M. In addition to the new location in Portland, two other locations are planned for Everett, Wash., and Orange County, Calif. The church is popular among young people. Its various media have a slick production value, and its pastor, Mark Driscoll, has been known to give sermons on such topics as “Biblical Oral Sex.” Nevertheless, Driscoll preaches that homosexuality, as well as any sex outside of heterosexual marriage, is a sin. “I will never say that homosexuality is okay because it’s not,” Driscoll said in a sermon posted on the church’s YouTube channel. “I will likewise never say that it is the only sin or it’s a sin that rises above the other sins and that the gay guy who comes to Mars Hill and sits next to the couple that is dating and sleeping together is any less or more righteous.” The belief is not uncommon among conservative evangelicals, but even among them, Driscoll is controversial for his hyper-masculine views of how Christian men should behave. “The problem with the church today,” Driscoll said in another YouTube video, “it’s just a bunch of nice, soft, tender, chick-i-fied, church boys.”

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LGBTQ religious leaders in Portland are wary of the church, but they say the community should have dialogue with the church’s members. “We don’t get anywhere by bouncing our rhetoric off of each other,” said the Rev. Tara Wilkins, executive director of the nonprofit Community of Welcoming Congregations, “because relationship matters. It’s hard to form a relationship with someone who believes the exact opposite of what you do, but that’s where transformation can happen.” At one of the largest LGBTQ-welcoming churches in Seattle, University Congregational United Church, administrator David Anderson said the LGBTQ community in Portland shouldn’t feel threatened by Mars Hill. “They have not made my life as a gay man more difficult, and I think they have challenged me to be more articulate in my faith,” he said. Representatives from Mars Hill did not return calls for comment by press time. Visit for updates on this breaking story. —Aaron Spencer


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“They are so tied to the established order in Washington that they sometimes seem mostly focused on not rocking the boat. Hopefully that can change.” The HRC board chairs said they will work with a search committee as well as a firm to identify Solmonese’s successor. —Erin Rook

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Christopher Senyonjo, a retired Anglican bishop from Uganda, makes his way to Portland September 6–13. The gay rights advocate and founder of St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre for LGBTQ/Straight Alliance will give a public talk at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (147 NW 19th Ave.) September 12 at 7 p.m. Bishop Senyonjo retired from his ministerial career in 1998, leaving behind a legacy of LGBTQ advocacy that continues today, specifically on behalf of LGBTQ Ugandans. His counseling services for LGBTQ people began in 2001, nine years prior to the founding of St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre for LGBTQ/Straight Alliance. In 2010, Bishop Senyonjo was a keynote speaker during two United Nations international human rights conferences, and he has been recognized by the California State Assembly for his leadership on LGBTQ issues. He was also named one of the Huffington Post’s 10 Most Influential Religious Leaders for 2010. Bishop Senyonjo and his wife, Mary, will be in the United States through October 24. For more information on Bishop Senyonjo’s tour, call the Rev. Canon Albert Ogle at 949-338-8830, or email —Ryan J. Prado

BRO Encourages LGBTQ Oregonians to Share Their Stories As Basic Rights Oregon prepares to make a decision on moving forward with a 2012 marriage equality ballot measure, the organization is encouraging LGBT Oregonians and their allies to share their stories about why marriage matters. “Research shows that people who’ve talked to LGBT folks and straight allies about marriage are twice as likely to support the freedom to marry,” said BRO executive director Jeana Frazzini. At an August 24 marriage strategy session, BRO field organizer Kyle White explained that while a near majority of Oregonians support full or partial rights for same-sex couples (whether or not they want to call it “marriage”), about 100,000 hearts and minds need to be changed to reach the 50 percent mark. That’s why, in addition to hitting the streets this summer and reaching out to 20,000 Oregonians via phone banks this fall, BRO is asking LGBTQ folks and their allies to share their personal stories with

nwnews friends and family. “If everyone reading this article commits to talking to five people about why marriage matters, it could make a difference in whether we’re able to go to the ballot,� Frazzini said. BRO has also launched Spanish-language radio ads in an effort to reach the approximately 100,000-person middle ground the organization is hoping to win over. “We hope these radio ads spark conversations within Hispanic communities and households about why marriage matters, and that our deepening partnership with Basic Rights Oregon will advance human rights for all Oregonians,� said Francisco Lopez, executive director of CAUSA. The ads, which emphasize the importance of family support of gay children, will run for four weeks. BRO also plans to relaunch a series of television ads. All this airtime comes at a cost, of course, but donors will have two festive opportunities to show their support in the coming months. First up, on September 17, is the inaugural UNITED: A Gaylabration, a party at Q Center celebrating same-sex relationships while raising money for BRO’s education fund. The event will include cabaret-style performances on the themes of love and loss, a special champagne toast and a dance party with DJ Grind. On October 7, BRO hosts its annual main event, themed “IGNITE�—now at the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Grand Ballroom—featuring food, dancing and entertainment from Bolivia Carmichaels, DJ LunchLady and more. For more details on upcoming BRO events, visit —Erin Rook

among others, and could mean the eradication of similar student clubs. Just Out contacted the Kennewick School Board for comment on the decision, but the board had not returned calls or emails as of press time. Kennewick School District communications director Lorraine Cooper emphasized that it is outside the district’s protocol to comment on the board’s decision. Cooper instead deferred to the district’s policy and practice around student safety, and an update to bullying and harassment policies to include language regarding sexual orientation and gender expression. “Our first priority is truly to the safety of all students,� said Cooper. Those who wish to voice their concerns over the Kennewick School Board’s decision can attend regular board meetings, which are generally scheduled for the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. They begin at 5:30 p.m. in the district’s Administration Building (1000 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick, Wash.). —Ryan J. Prado

Kennewick School Board Restricts Access for GSAs in the District

The Rose City Softball Association lost its bid to host the 2013 North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance World Series (NAGAAA). Instead, the 2013 NAGAAA World Series will be held in Washington, D.C. RCSA commissioner Jake Packer reported to Just Out that while he wasn’t at liberty to discuss most of the details of the proceedings, “In an unprecedented move, NAGAAA removed Portland’s bid from consideration moments before official voting was to take place.� Packer said that more information would be available on this move following the conclusion of the current NAGAAA World Series, which runs through September 3 in Chicago. NAGAAA has had its share of controversy in the past three years, most notably with the impending federal trial over the disqualification of a San Francisco softball team during the 2008 Gay Softball World Series for including more than the limit of “non-gay� players on their roster. That trial is scheduled for November. RCSA has also put in a bid to host the women’s division of the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America’s 2013 tournament. That bid is between Portland and Austin, Texas. Results won’t be known until early

The Kennewick School District in Washington state unanimously approved a new policy creating limits for all non-curricular school clubs. The decision, announced August 17, limits Gay-Straight Alliances and all other non-curricular student clubs from access to school bulletin boards, recognition in the yearbook or in student newspapers, and use of public-address systems to announce club meetings or events. The board previously voted in April to allow GSAs the same access to school resources as it gives other clubs in response to violations of the Federal Equal Access law, which requires federally funded schools to provide equal access to all extracurricular clubs by granting different access levels to non-curricular student clubs. Per information generated from a petition posted August 23, in the school board’s decision to disallow access to GSAs in the district, board members decided to restrict access to all non-curricular clubs to avoid being in violation of the Equal Access law. This restricted access includes Christian student organizations and the Key Club,

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nwnews 2012. In the meantime, RCSA has its sights set on the Fall Ball season, running September 11-October 2. This LGBTQ-inclusive fall schedule is for both men and women, spread across four to six teams. The smaller pool of players provides a singular social mix, with four doubleheaders making up the eight total games. All games are held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farragut Park Softball Field (N. Kerby and N. Farragut). The cost to register is $25 per person and includes a T-shirt. Registered players do not meet their team until the first day of games. More information about RCSA’s Fall Ball schedule can be found by visiting —Ryan J. Prado

Oregon Universities Get High Marks on 2011 LGBTFriendly Campus Index Three Oregon universities have ranked among the best campuses in the country for LGBT students. Oregon State University, Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon all received five out of five possible stars on the 2011 Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, which lists reports on nearly 300 campuses. The three schools are among 33 American colleges and universities to receive the highest ranking from the index, which uses detailed, voluntary questionnaires from participating universities and evaluates them on everything from LGBT support and institutional commitment to campus safety and academic life. Each summer, colleges and universities update their Campus Climate Index with new data that reflect their institutions’ continuing efforts to create more inclusive campuses. The 33 schools scoring a perfect, fivestar rating in 2011 nearly double that of the August 2010 report. OSU and U of O also placed on last year’s ranking. For more information, visit —Amanda Schurr

Ellis Announces Departure from SMYRC After three years, Favor Ellis has announced her decision to leave her position as program director of the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC). In an August 23 email to Just Out publisher Marty Davis, Ellis said “an amazing opportunity” had been presented to her and “after a great deal of soul searching and evaluation of the needs of the community,” she was resigning, effective October 3. Ellis continued: “It has been my pleasure and honor to have been with SMYRC these last three years. I am deeply grateful to have had this opportunity to nurture innovative and joyful programs with LGBTQ youth, and to be a witness to the power of LGBTQ

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The Geezer Gallery Generating Buzz, Identity Thieves Returns With the growing visibility of The Geezer Gallery comes a unique late summer bash. On September 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., the gallery—comprised of artists aged 60 and over—will present an evening of food, entertainment and visual art from LGBTQ artists at the Frank Estates (7510 SW Aloma Way). Attendees to this free public event will enjoy vino by Hip Chicks Do Wine and delicious food created by Chef Tyler from West Hills Village. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will be in attendance, and Kate Sullivan will supply the live music. In more LGBTQ art news, Pivot (209 SW Fourth Ave.) hosts the multimedia presentation Identity Thieves throughout the month of September. The piece, created by local artist and gay activist Jason T. Ingram, focuses on surviving the “ex-gay” movement through fine art, photos, sculpture, live music and more. The current installation includes a series of stuffed bears and their “stories” about varying life experiences in the “ex-gay” movement. Also showing through September are the evocative pencil drawings of ‘80s popular culture, politics, art and AIDS icons by Stephen Scott Smith. The artist presents BURLAP 2B as a large-scale installation with video and more through October 1 at Breeze Block Gallery (323 NW Sixth Ave.). For more information on the exhibit, turn to p. 21. For more information on The Geezer Gallery, visit For more on Jason T. Ingram, contact him at, or visit —Ryan J. Prado

nwnews Zeller Announced as PGMC Soloist, Portland Lesbian Choir Turns 25 The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus’ Flight to Freedom Concert is receiving a boost in the form of world-renowned baritone Richard Zeller. Zeller joins PGMC as they head to New York City to take part in the memorial events for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The chorus will perform “Brave Souls and Dreamers” during the Flight for Freedom-sponsored Peace & Unity Concert at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine Sunday, September 11. Zeller will sing in the role of the Sage, who embodies the voice of peacemakers such as Isaiah, Jesus, the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Jimmy Carter. Jennifer Gill will reprise her role of the Mother. Cellist Gideon Freudmann will provide accompaniment. The chorus has little time to rest upon its return to Portland. On Sunday, September 18, PGMC hosts the third annual Gay Fair on the Square at Pioneer Courthouse Square. The fair runs from 12:30 to 5 p.m., and will feature performances by the PGMC, as well as the Portland Lesbian Choir, the Portland Gay Symphonic Band and local group Confluence. For more on this event, turn to p. 10. In more Portland Lesbian Choir news, the group is gearing up for its 25th season this fall. Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Michael Hall at the Ainsworth United Church of Christ (2941 NE Ainsworth St.). The rehearsals will then commence weekly from 6:45 to 9 p.m. The non-audition women’s choir is open to all, and PLC welcomes singers of all experience levels to participate by emailing or calling 503-877-4812. —Ryan J. Prado

tember. If you’ve never square danced, Saturday, September 3 is a great chance to check out the Ramblers in action during their First Saturday Square Dance at the Milwaukie Grange (12015 SE 22nd Ave.). The free event, running 6-9:30 p.m., includes food, dance lessons and socializing. The Ramblers also host two more free lesson sessions—September 7 and 14—from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church (3915 SE Steele St.). For more information, visit rosetownramblers. • The fifth annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes: The Men’s March to End Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence will be held Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m. at Beaverton City Park, adjacent to the Beaverton Farmers Market. Men are invited to put on high-heel shoes and march with women, children and families in a show of solidarity and commitment to ending sexual violence, to benefit the Sexual Assault Resource Center (4900 SW Griffith Drive, Ste. 100). For more information, visit sarcwalkamile. org, or call 503-626-9100. • Gaymaleiam, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Portland, is sponsoring a relief fund for victims of Hurricane Irene, specifically those in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. Founded as a support network for gay men, Gaymaleiam has established a fund with OnPoint Community Credit Union at the Mall 205 branch in SE Portland. You can contribute to the OnPoint Community Credit Union Hurricane Relief Fund by calling 800527-5400. Donations will also be accepted in person at 12601 SE Market St. For more information, call 503-719-7793, email or visit or

Community News and Reminders • The Oregon Bears kick off Labor Day weekend with a charitable dance party at The Saratoga (6910 N. Interstate Ave.) Friday, September 2. All proceeds will benefit Q Patrol. “Gay Bash: A Party to Help Stop Hate Crimes” busts a move from 9 p.m. to close with Colorado’s DJ Bub manning the faders. There is a $5 cover, and the party is for those 21 and over. • Locally produced indie film The Adults in the Room screens at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st) for one week starting Friday, September 2. Directed by Andy Blubaugh, the acclaimed feature tells the story of a teenaged boy and his older male lover. Showtimes are nightly at 7 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. • The Rosetown Ramblers, a Portland gay square dancing club now in its 27th year, begin their latest round of lessons in Sep-

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Curious Comedy Showcase and Jack’s Bad Habit to provide musical interludes. The performances will be interspersed with speakers on transgender issues, domestic violence and other important topics. The LGBTQ Expo will also donate a portion of ticket sales to Cascade AIDS Project. “We really wanted to put that as a focal point,” Culver says. “[CAP is] something near and dear to our community.” For those who want all the community love without the sales pitch, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is putting on its Gay Fair on the Square the following Sunday, September 18. “It’s really an outgrowth of the chorus’ overall mission to uplift the gay community and affirm the worth of all people,” says fair founder and PGMC board president Seth Miller. “We wanted to bring our outreach concerts that we typically do in rural communities to Portland and use our performances as a spotlight for all the programs in the LGBT community.” Helping focus that light on nonprofits, athletic groups and health care providers are event sponsors Pride NW, Nike and Provi-

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The waterfront Pride Festival may be but a fond summer memory, but two upcoming events give the LGBTQ community another chance to connect with local resources and businesses while taking in performances by local artists—the first annual Portland LGBTQ Expo and the third annual Gay Fair on the Square. “The Pride Festival is the only other real place [LGBT folks] can see businesses that are catered to or friendly to them all in one place,” says Noah Culver, Portland LGBTQ Expo organizer and member of the Portland Area Business Association. Though CW Productions president Culver and his business partner are straight, both have friends and family in the LGBTQ community and simply saw a need that their tradeshow company could fill. “We had been a PABA member and in the community as a networking group. We had promoted other events we had at Pride and around town,” Culver explains. “So we thought, ‘Why is there not a more businessto-consumer show out there?’” Culver says he initially got some push back about his motives and qualifications for putting on an LGBTQ event, but that it eventually worked out. “I produce a car show but I don’t own a hot rod. I know people who do,” Culver explains, adding that he’s been around the LGBTQ community in some capacity for most of his life. In addition to connecting LGBTQ consumers with friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations, the September 10-11 event will also bring LGBTQ performances and speakers to the Portland Expo Center. “Tradeshows can become kind of boring,” Culver admits. That’s why he’s invited the Alley Cats Band, the Shannon Tower Band, the

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The sights and sounds of Gay Fair on the Square 2010

dence Health and Services. New to the mix this year is the Domestic Violence Resource Center/Domestic Violence Safe Discussion. “It’s a really neat thing for people who are considering coming out, just coming out, new to town or looking to make new connections,” Miller says. “It’s in Portland’s Living Room. There are no fences and no admission fees. Everyone is welcome.” The fair, prominently situated in Pioneer Courthouse Square, will feature performances by the PGMC, the Portland Gay Symphonic Band, the Portland Lesbian Choir and Confluence. For the first time, the PGMC will perform in collaboration with the Portland Gay Symphonic Band on the piece “Testament of Freedom.” The chorus will also perform pieces from “Brave Souls and Dreamers”—the show they’re taking to New York for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11—and other popular works from its repertoire. Because the fair is so centrally located, and

occurs just after the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure wraps up, it also creates visibility for the LGBTQ community. Depending on the weather, Miller says he expects up to 4,000 people to stop by. “One of the wonderful things about the fair are the people who weren’t expecting to find it,” Miller says. “We get great joy looking at the pictures afterward and looking at the expressions on people’s faces.” Portland LGBTQ Expo, Sat., Sept. 10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun., Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive; $7, $2 off with two cans of food for Sunshine Pantry; 866571-2916 or Gay Fair on the Square, Sun., Sept. 18, 12:30-5 p.m.; Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Sixth Ave. and SW Morrison St.; free; 503-226-2588 or

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Youth Uprising Alazar Manning wants you to give big for CAP’s AIDS Walk 2011 By Ryan J. Prado

“[Alazar] came to me a couple days later and With AIDS Walk Portland just around the corner, the race is on to continue awareness said, ‘I’m a kid, but if we get a whole bunch of and education of HIV/AIDS-related stigma, people, to have one voice, it could slow [the and to generate money for Cascade AIDS spread of HIV] down,’” Robert recalls. In 2009, Project. But there’s another arm of the lead- the “kid” raised $800 for AIDS Walk Portland. up to CAP’s annual walk worth noting: fund- He aims to raise $9,000 this year. With a more streamlined approach for raising bragging rights. A glimpse at the top five earners for 2011 2011, Alazar started a blog to keep potential reveals a familiar name in the CAP hierarchy. donors updated about his fundraising efforts, Michael Kaplan, CAP’s executive director, and to educate readers with statistics on the holds his traditional lead in fundraising ef- spread of HIV in the black community. He also mounted a highly forts, with some $5,600 as ambitious campaign of of press time. Nipping at contacting black celebrihis heels, though, is ties to solicit their support 11-year-old Alazar Manby either donating money ning, a Portland boy who’s or joining his team on Ocmade it his mission not tober 2. only to unseat Kaplan “Michael Jackson from his spot atop the brought together a bunch standings, but more imof famous singers and portantly, to ensure that made a lot of money for the community gets his Africa, especially Ethiothreefold message: Be pia,” Alazar explains. “So I smart, get tested, and pracsaid, ‘I can do that!’” tice safe behaviors. The letter-writing camAlazar was the top “People don’t want to talk AIDS Walk youth fund- about [HIV] with each other, paign began with a 13-page missive to Oprah Winfrey raiser in 2010, tallying and they especially don’t in hopes that she’d lend $2,100 individually and high-profile awareness to $3,100 overall via his group, want to talk about it with Alazar’s cause. He has not “The A-Team.” Born in kids because there’s so heard back from her. Ethiopia, Alazar came to much bad stigma with it.” Actress Angela Bassett live with his father, Robert -alazar manning was the first star to respond, Manning, five years ago. Alazar learned an extended family member contributing $100 and posting the A–Team had HIV and decided he wanted to do some- blog link on her Facebook page. Bill Cosby thing to help. After Robert showed Alazar the replied by telling Alazar that he would grow up music video for the 1985 charity single “We to “be a fine young man!” but that he could not Are the World,” the boy decided he wanted to commit to walking due to a prior engagement. Cosby did not donate any money. do something big. marty davis




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Alazar has penned approximately 100 letters to famous black figures, but thus far has heard little in response. He remains optimistic that this aspect of his fundraising efforts will yield results before AIDS Walk, but says getting adults to listen—let alone talk to him about HIV—has been a frustrating undertaking. “People don’t want to talk about [HIV] with each other, and they especially don’t want to talk about it with kids because there’s so much bad stigma with it,” Alazar says. At a recent trip to the barbershop, he tried to persuade the barber to let him leave a flier about his campaign, but the conversation was quickly waved off. “When Alazar got back to the car he was asking, ‘Why can’t we talk about it? Why can’t we talk about HIV in the black community?’ Everybody at the barbershop was black, and we were asked not to bring it up,” Robert explains. Robert helps Alazar with the typing for his blog, along with email correspondence. Still, he’s quick to note that his assistance with the project is minimal. Upon meeting father and son in their Southwest condo, it’s immediately apparent that though the typical guidance and support from Robert is strong, Alazar is an independent, remarkably bright 11-year-old. His goofy personality contrasts a serious focus on his goals. Alazar is often told to temper vocalizing to his peers what he knows about HIV— which is more than most adults know. “My dad tells me not to talk about it at school because I don’t know what they know,” Alazar says. “If you talk about HIV, you have to talk about how you can get it, so you have to talk about means of transmission, and I don’t know if they know about that.”

Alazar rattles off data on individuals infected with HIV in the world, and their relation to statewide and citywide percentages, the same way other kids might discuss unearthing secret levels in a video game. “It certainly is rare to find someone as young as Alazar that is such a strong force in raising awareness and funds,” says Kaplan. “He’s really quite incredible.” Kaplan’s partner Sean Sasser, who became a mentor to Alazar in 2008, spends time each week with the youth, engaging him in conversations about growing up, being responsible, having fun, and HIV. “It has been a joy having Alazar in my life,” says Sasser, who is HIV positive. “I feel honored that he thinks of me as his mentor.” Just a month before the AIDS Walk Portland fundraising deadline, Alazar has already surpassed his 2010 mark with $2,770 as of press time. His A-Team is currently in sixth place. In the meantime, he continues to spread his message to “be smart, get tested, and have safe behaviors” to anyone who will listen. “I hope people take after me and do what I did. Follow my example, and talk!” 
Alazar says. “One out of five people infected with HIV don’t know they have it. By the time they do, they have AIDS. If we talked about it, everybody would know how to do the right things.” For more information about Alazar Manning, or to sponsor, pledge or help him raise money for AIDS Walk Portland 2011, visit ateamfund. AIDS Walk Portland takes place Sunday, October 2. For more information, visit, and pick up the September 16 issue of Just Out.

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 the sassy gardener BY LEANN LOCHER

A spider web awaits me along our garden path

I’ve been walking through our garden waving a broom as I go. Spider webs and their owners are everywhere come late summer and into fall—gardens are busy places for these spinning ladies. I’ve come to expect them in August and September, but not everyone welcomes them as much as I do. AndI have to say, people who scream at the sight of a bug get on my last nerve. People, you do not need to have your yard sprayed at the first sight of an insect. Unless you know what kind of bug it is, it’s quite likely it’s a good one—the kind that eats the bad bugs—so let it be and take a few deep breaths. Just had to get that off my chest… Here’s the scoop on spiders: They’re arachnids, not insects. The creatures actively spinning webs in my garden right now are most

likely garden spiders, or orb weavers. They like to spin elaborate webs and often wait right in the center for their next victim—I mean, dinner. Hopefully it’s not my face, but even if I do walk into their webs unknowingly, they don’t bother me: I just like to make sure the little guy isn’t somewhere in my hair. They’re spinning like mad this time of year, doing a little nesting as the females prepare to lay their eggs in the fall. So there are bugs who do damage in your garden, and there are bugs who eat those damaging bugs. Our job is to know which are good and which are bad, and help to encourage the good ones to stick around. Here’s a primer.

Good bugs in the garden: Ladybugs—They’re not just pretty, they’re also great eaters of those dreaded aphids. The best way to promote ladybugs in your garden, as well as other beneficial insects, is to not use pesticides. Pesticides can’t tell the difference between pesky and beneficial insects and will simply kill them all. Once we stopped using pesticides in our garden, the ladybug hotline passed along the message there was a nice, big

aphid buffet at our place and the ladies came with empty stomachs. You can buy ladybugs at garden centers, but there’s no guarantee they’ll stick around once you open that bag. Hoverflies—Often mistaken for bees, adult hoverflies fly more quickly (or hover) than bees, but their larvae like to eat aphids and scale insects. Munch, munch, munch: Should you see hoverflies, be a happy gardener. Green and Brown Lacewings—Both the larvae and adult lacewings prey on aphids, mealybugs and other small insects: bonus score! Lacewings are about a half-inch long with large, light green or brown wings and antennae. Plant to attract beneficial bugs. OSU’s Department of Horticulture has researched what plants attract predators to pests in Oregon. They include cilantro, yarrow, tansy, sweet alyssum, spearmint, crimson clover and flowering buckwheat. In fact, if you have a bad case of aphids, planting cilantro and sweet alyssum can help to lure hoverflies. Speaking of bad bugs, let’s talk Wicked Bugs. There aren’t many books that make me mutter out loud as I read them, but Wicked

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Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects did just that. “Good god,” “Oh my lord” and “Wow” could be heard as I turned the pages of Amy Stewart’s latest jaunt with wicked things. (She’s also the author of Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities.) I’ve now been schooled in many a gross bug habit, including the likes of the filth fly, death-watch beetle and the scabies mite. If their names make your skin crawl, their habits will really get you going, or fascinate you, especially when it comes to sex. Did you know a female praying mantid will often bite off the head of the male she’s copulating with? Or that the male Australian golden orb-weaver spider can find himself unable to detangle from his mate and will break off a part of his own sexual organ, leaving it inside the female? I can hear you from here: “Wow” is right. Besides the amazing sex stories of bugs, the book is full of gross-out tales perfect to share with your preteen niece, which is precisely what I did recently. Stewart has a wry voice and style, making this a great page-turner. I’m still a defender of bugs, but this Wicked tome has me never wanting to come in contact with a Brazilian caterpillar. Ever. Never. Ever. LeAnn Locher is an OSU Extension Master Gardener and gardens with plenty of bugs and at least 2,472 spiders in her North Portland garden. Read more about her explorations at lelonopo. com or connect at


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Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, is festivals,” Conrad says. “Lincoln City spends no damsel in distress, but that’s not stopping many dollars on tourism and planning our the Portland contingent of Dykes on Bikes events. Because this is his first year as mayor, from riding into Lincoln City to show sup- his only concern is that the dollars are well port for the superhero-themed Fourth An- spent. Mayor Anderson supports diversity in Lincoln City’s community.” nual Iris Pride Festival. Whether or not the festival is on anyone’s Rumors that the coastal town might be cooling on the city-sponsored Pride weekend chopping block, locals agree that the event have been circulating but remain unsubstan- could benefit from an extra burst of support. “We have been encouraging people outside tiated. Still, organizers figure it can’t hurt to go big and remind the city that the Pride the area to write letters to the editor of the [News Guard] thanking the city for creating a festival isn’t going anywhere. “This year, everybody wants to make a very welcoming atmosphere by sponsoring the Iris big splash to show the mayor there is a strong Pride Festival,” says Dan Beck, who owns the gay alliance in Lincoln City so funding and Little Red Antique Shop with his partner. Local businesses have been showing conopportunity aren’t taken away,” says Gabriela Kandziora, co-coordinator for Portland’s siderable support as well. Rebecca Barnhart, a Dykes on Bikes tribe. “This year, everybody wants Lincoln City member of Dykes on Bikes and board The funding of events member for gay social like Iris Pride was a hot to make a very big splash to group The Green Broche topic at a July 25 city show the mayor there is a council meeting. Accord- strong gay alliance in Lincoln Society, says that although the city has no gay bars, ing to the News Guard, concerns were raised City so funding and opportu- sports bar BK Mulligan’s stepped up to host two of about whether the city is nity aren’t taken away.” getting enough of a mar-gabriela kandziora, the weekend’s events. co-coordinator, portland Although Iris Pride keting return on the dykes on bikes does not have a parade, events it sponsors. Mayor Dick Anderson did not respond to Dykes on Bikes will depart from a Saturday multiple requests for comment, but Maggie morning breakfast to escort emcee Lily ArConrad,  special events coordinator for the mani’s car to the street fair and will take a Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, seven-mile ride through the city. “We’re really excited about the Dykes on says there is no reason to worry about the Bikes ride through town, to wake up the festival’s future. “I have not heard any comments about this whole city with roaring motorcycles and a festival in particular from the mayor. His ma- gorgeous drag queen in a convertible,” Barnjor concern is that we have a good return on hart says. Barnhart and her partner Franci Miller— investment  for our community with all our



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whom she met through Dykes on Bikes at Portland Prideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not only helped organize Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drag-U-Licious show and Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dykes on Bikes breakfast, but are also opening their property to traveling bikers. That spirit of support permeates through the entire festival, which, in line with the superhero theme, will come to the rescue of vulnerable youth by donating funds for the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of peace. She was someone who protected and defended people who had been shunned by society,â&#x20AC;? Conrad explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping the community and giving back is a part of Iris Pride. So naturally Iris Pride and superheroes seem to go hand in hand.â&#x20AC;? The festival kicks off Friday, September 16 with a clambake at the Surftides Resort followed by Drag-U-Licious at BK Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a show in which â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyday womenâ&#x20AC;? are transformed from â&#x20AC;&#x153;ordinaryâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;fabulousâ&#x20AC;? with the help of local drag royalty. Saturday begins with a breakfast hosted by Dykes on Bikes at BK Mulliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and continues with the motorcycle escort of Emmynominated emcee Armani (So You Think You Can Host), aka â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flower of Couture,â&#x20AC;? to the Beachside Street Fair. The superhero theme really soars at the street fair, with an Arco Flight Jumper Bungee and Batman Bounce House, phone booth photo ops with Superman and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;quick changeâ&#x20AC;? contest. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite superheroes as they enjoy drag performances by Glamazonia and The Superstar St Johns / Pier Park *Y\[iffd#fe\Yfelj iffd#e`Z\b`kZ_\e# Ă&#x201D;i\gcXZ\#[\Zb#^i\XkpXi[% CXd`eXk\Ă&#x2022;ffi`e^fek_\ dX`e%E\n\i`ejlcXk\[ n`e[fnj%

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FRI SEPT 2 Oregon Bears Happy Hour. (5-7:00 p.m., Fox & Hounds, 217 NW 2nd, 21+, No cover!)

Free Rapid HIV Testing for guys into guys. (5-8:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,

SWAGGER all-inclusive body-positive dance class! (6:00 p.m., Center Space Studio, 420 SE 6th, $8 drop-in, $35 5 classes, Come join the Gay Pride 7s for a Community Dinner. (6-8:00 p.m., FOE #2158, 107 E 7th St., Vancouver, $6 spaghetti dinner)

Join the Rosetown Ramblers for the First Saturday Square Dance. Come early for dinner and to learn the moves, then it’s time to dance! (6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:00 p.m. lessons, 8:00 p.m. dance, Milwaukie Grange, 12015 SE 22nd, Milwaukie, Free,

Portland Black Pride presents Blackbuster Movie & Game Night. This month’s feature is Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom. (7-11:00 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th)

Join the The Adventure Group and visitors from outdoors groups from Salem and Vancouver BC in a meet-and-greet. (6:30 p.m., Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby,

Oregon Bears presents GAY BASH, a party to help stop hate crimes. (9:00 p.m., Saratoga, 6710 N Interstate, 21+, $3 cover,

Drumcore hotties STLS perform live with Yellow Fever and Nucular Aminals. (7:30 p.m., Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 21+, $6 adv/$8 dos)

MANTRAP, with DJ Lunchlady. (9:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+)

Come As You Were: Riot Grrrl Karaoke! (8:00 p.m., The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard, 21+)

DJ Brandon. (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!)

Mattachine Social plays Burgerville (!) at a benefit for Defunkt Theatre. (8:00 p.m., Burgerville, 1122 SE Hawthorne)

Burlesque S’il Vous Plait, a classic burlesque show with a contemporary variety twist! (8:30 p.m., Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison, 21+, $5, Anime gnerds, your time is here with SPEED UP!! + Kumoricon 2011 Official Pre-Party! Initial P spins happy hardcore and anime remix tunes to get you psyched up for Kumoricon 2011. Cosplay encouraged! (8:00 p.m., Pop Culture, 1929 Main St., Vancouver, All ages, $5, Drinking with the Divas! Join Godiva Devine, Honey Bea Hart, and Allie McQueen (along with weekly guest performers) for a night of drinking and debauchery! (10:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!)

SAT SEPT 3 Team Portland Tennis hosts the 21st Annual Rose City Open. Visit for more info. The Adventure Group goes on a moderate hike to Elk Cove via Vista Ridge. Meet outside Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer. (8:00 a.m., 3030 NE Weidler, RSVP to Jack at 503-413-0831) The Adventure Group joins the Portland Frontrunners on an Esplanade walk with optional brunch afterwards. Meet by Vera Katz’ statue (9:00 a.m., 1 SE Main,

Brand New DJ Brad spins with the best lights and sound the Local has had yet! (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!) Belinda Carroll Hosts Hilarious! (9:00 p.m., Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 21+, $5) XXXotica, hosted by Sasha Scarlett, features the hottest drag, burlesque, and fetish performance. (10:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!) Maricon @ Matador, a night for homos and their homeys. (10:00 p.m., Matador, 1967 W Burnside, 21+) Who are you calling “Miss”? MRS. is back, with a vengeance, for all of your queer dance party needs. (10:00 p.m., Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 21+, $5)

SUN SEPT 4 Team Portland Tennis hosts the 21st Annual Rose City Open. Visit for more info. The Adventure Group goes on a moderate hike to Horsetail-Ponytail-Triple Falls. Meet outside Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer. (9:30 a.m., 3030 NE Weidler, call Ron at 503-737-4177)

Bears at the Beach. (Noon, Collins Beach, Sauvie Island,

The Adventure Group goes kayaking on Scappoose Bay. First-time kayakers welcome. Meet at the Montgomery Park parking log. (10:00 a.m., 2701 NW Vaughn, call Evan at 503-701-7922)

Men’s Gardening & Food Sustainability Team. Learn practical skills and tips for fall gardening. (1-3:30 p.m.,

Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! Get ready for that hang-over medicine, Mary! (10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th)

Art in the Pearl Fine Arts & Crafts Festival. (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., North Park Blocks, NW 8th between Burnside and NW Glisan) Pacific NW Lesbian Author Reading & Chat Session. Come meet seven incredible lesbian Pacific Northwest authors at this reading and Q&A! (2-4:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, Swimsuit Sundays. A drink tastes better when the bartender is wearing his sexiest swimwear. (3-8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+) Bear Paw Bust! (4-7:00 p.m., Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+, Queerlandia presents WERQ FORCE: 8 Parties in 8 Hours. With DJ sets from Blow Pony, Cafeteria, Gaycation, BENT, Queerlandia, MRS., Maricon, and more! (4:00 p.m., Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 21+, Free!) The Church of the Poison Mind welcomes all sinners with free food, $1 shots, and a healthy dose of your favorite Silverado dancers. (4-9:00 p.m., Silverado, 308 SW 3rd, 21+, No cover!) You won’t want to miss the 30th Annual La Femme Magnifique International & La Femme Magnifique Plus International Pageants! (5:00 p.m., The Portland Ballroom, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK) The Capitol Forum presents Remembering Our Pride in Salem, a reunion show of all LGBTQ businesses and organizations since Salem’s first gay bar Tara’s Pub opened in 1975. (7-10:00 p.m., Southside Speakeasy, 3529 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, 21+, No cover!) La Femme Magnifique After-Party Champagne Reception! (7:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+, No cover!) Superstar Divas Mega Show! (8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+, No cover!) An Evening with Fred Armisen & Friends. One of those “friends” being Corin Tucker, it would pain me to miss it! (8:00 p.m., The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, 21+, $20 adv/$25 dos) Peaches is back in town, and she’s dirrrtier than ever! (9:00 p.m., Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th, $19, Gaay Aalto Sundays. (10:00 p.m., Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont, 21+, No cover!)

MON SEPT 5 The Adventure Group goes on a difficult hike up Cooper Spur’s cinder shoulder to Tie-In Rock. Meet outside Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer. (9:30 a.m., 3030 NE Weidler, call Aaron at 971-221-0937)

2B Or Not 2B Portland artist takes a nostalgic look at coming of age in the ‘80s With BURLAP, Stephen Scott Smith’s November 2010 show, the artist examined modern society’s relationship with nature. For his follow-up exhibition, BURLAP 2B, the Philadelphia native turns to his own nature, seen through the eyes of an adolescent circa the 1980s. Smith, who’s called Portland his “creative home base” for the past seven years, is known for his explorations of identity—sexual and otherwise, and his latest is no exception. Working with wood from the 25-foot, dying Copper Beech tree used in last year’s show, he mines similar themes, along with the seven original colors, flashing back through family, pop culture, art, politics and AIDS. Instead of photographic and internet images of sex, fame, consumerism and privacy—stacked into a sculptural mass—here Smith has rendered seven graphite drawings in 2B pencil. The drawings are accompanied by carved objects from the aforementioned tree, video and large-scale installation, in what makes for a coming-of-age journey—an explicitly time-specific one. There’s a coy whimsy to the juxtaposition of visual textures and generational icons. Army tanks conjure up G.I. Joe-era patriotism (“Matty & Stevie”). Ronald Reagan dons a “Star Wars” button (“Ronnie”). A bear— yes, a bear—has a vintage Madonna moment, clad in a “BOY TOY” belt (cover image “Like a Virgin was Released in 1984”). In short, BURLAP 2B is the nostalgic counterpart to its predecessor’s all-grown-up treatise on disconnection—and a provocative inward glimpse at the heart of the Me Generation. Runs through Sat., Oct. 1, Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m.; the Mark Woolley Gallery sponsors the show at Breeze Block Gallery, 323 NW Sixth Ave.; 503-318-6228 or —Amanda Schurr

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Free Bowling for the Community! Enjoy a fun night with prizes and food and drink specials all evening long. (7-9:30 p.m., AMF Pro 300 Lanes, 3031 SE Powell) Urban Tellers. (8:00 p.m., Hipbone Studio, 1847 E Burnside, $10, Glass Candy performs with Purple & Green, Super Melody, and Reporter as part of MusicFest NW. (8:00 p.m., Branx, 320 SE 2nd, All ages, $13 or free with MFNW wrist band)

tEEth performs Home Made as part of the TBA Festival, September 10-14. For more information, visit Burger night at Starky’s! (6-9:00 p.m., Starky’s 2913 SE Stark, 21+) Quizzy! (7-9:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+, No cover!) Atari Teenage Riot performs live with Otto Van Schirach, Rabbit Junk, and blowupnihilist. (7:00 p.m., Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 21+, $18 adv/$20 dos) OUT Dancing Beginners Swing Lessons. (7:30 p.m., Ankeny Street Studio, 975 SE Sandy, $10, Come to the Bisexual Social to discuss issues of bisexuality in an informal and supportive setting. Call Laury for more information at 503-285-4848. (7:30 p.m., The Deli, 441 N Killingsworth)

Girlyman performs live with Lucy Wainwright Roche. (8:00 p.m., Unity of the Valley, 3912 Dillard Rd., Eugene, $16,

Join the Rosetown Ramblers for a Taste of Square Dancing. (7-9:30 p.m., Trinity UMC Basement, 3915 SE Steele, Free, rosetownramblers) Quizzy! (7-9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, All ages) The Lady Killer Tour: 4 hot girl bands, 1 hot night, with Sick of Sarah, Hunter Valentine, Vanity Theft, and Danger Thieves. (9:00 p.m., Backspace, 115 NW 5th, All ages, $10) The Corin Tucker Band performs live with Hungry Ghost and Hurry Up as part of MusicFest NW. (9:00 p.m., Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, $12 or free with MFNW wrist band)

Film Noir night with Samuel Thomas. (8:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!)

Queens of the Night, hosted by Alexis Campbell Starr! (10:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, $3 cover)

Mmmm bop! Hanson is back in business! (8:00 p.m., Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, $30)

Karaoke with Theo. (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!)

MaryOke! Hamburger Mary’s has more songs than you can shake a high heel at (and a cash prize for the best performance). (9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!)


TUES SEPT 6 Towel Tuesdays. Come on down for happy hour and let the boys serve you in nothing but their towels. (5-7:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+, No cover!) Free Rapid HIV testing & STD screening for guys into guys. (5-8:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th, Trans-Spiritual Gathering. An opportunity for Portland’s trans community to enter into deep, authentic dialog surrounding their spiritual journeys. (6-9:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, Men’s Naked Yoga. (6:15 p.m., It’s game night! Who doesn’t love board games? (7-9:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Free, Bears Coffee. (7-9:00 p.m., Cooper’s Coffee, 6409 SE Stark, Mary’s Charity Bingo. Hosted by drag diva Lee Lee, this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo.” (7-9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, All ages, $20 buy-in)

WED SEPT 7 LBGTQI Seniors Lunch, free to seniors age 60 and over. (Noon-1:00 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 2400 NE Broadway, 503-3672220, PABA Business Builders Lunch. (Noon, Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Free Rapid HIV testing & STD screening for guys into guys. (1-3:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th, Inter-Personal Violence Support Group. (6-8:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi) Anawim Christian Fellowship. (6:30-8:30 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi)

Gay & Grey Second Thursday Social for GLBTQI elders, their families, friends, and allies. (1-3:00 p.m., Village Inn, 1621 NE 10th, contact Kara at 503-224-2640 for more information)

Get BENT... DJs Jodi Bon Jodi and Roy G Biv pump out the beats for this hot, sweaty, queer-asfun dance party. Bonus: Kaj-anne Pepper will be there to unveil a sneak preview of Genderfantasy! (9:00 p.m., The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard, 21+, $3 cover, MANTRAP, with DJ Lunchlady. (9:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+) Party Zodiac: Virgo. (9:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+, No cover!, DJ Brandon. (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!)

The Adventure Group joins the Portland Frontrunners on an Esplanade walk with optional brunch afterwards. Meet by Vera Katz’ statue (9:00 a.m., 1 SE Main, Q Center hosts Storytime with Maria, a monthly event for kids and their families. Maria Lowe reads stories, sings songs, and brings activities to storytime to match the ages and attention spans of your future bookworm. (9:30-10:30 a.m., 4115 N Mississippi, Men’s Eco-Hike to Cape Falcon with the fine folks of the Manifest Men’s Wellness Community. (10:00 a.m., Dance, Kiss, Protest, Embrace and Shout Upon the Anti-Gay Megachurch! (10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m., Mars Hill Church, 3210 SE Taylor) Kinship House Appreciation Event. (1-4:00 p.m., Kinship House, 1823 NE 8th, Northwest Gender Alliance monthly meeting. (2-6:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Pinot in the City. 1 block. 100+ wineries. (2-6:00 p.m., NW 9th and Marshall, 21+, $60 one-day ticket, $90 two-days, THIS! Fest. (3:00 p.m., The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, No cover!, Embers presents L4L.PDX for lesbians 35 and older. Dance, laugh, relax, enjoy! (5:00 p.m., Embers, 110 NW Broadway, 21+ $5 cover) Free Rapid HIV Testing for guys into guys. (5-8:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,

Drinking with the Divas! Join Godiva Devine, Honey Bea Hart, and Allie McQueen (along with weekly guest performers) for a night of drinking and debauchery! (10:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!)

Tsunami Foxx presents the 4th Annual Foxxy Birthday Bash, a celebration of the Virgo birthdays of the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court. (6-9:00 p.m., Embers, 110 NW Broadway, 21+, $5 cover)

SAT SEPT 10 Muddy Boot Festival! For more information, visit

John Prine performs with Ani Difranco on the Edgefield Lawn! (6:30 p.m., McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, $42-74,

The Amazon Dragons Paddling Club competes in the Portland Race. All day at Tom McCall waterfront park.

AIDS Walk Portland presents the 2nd Annual AIDS Walk Bar Challenge Bar Crawl. Start at Hobo’s, decked out in

support of the AIDS Walk, and see where the challenge takes you. (7:00 p.m., Hobo’s, SW 3rd and Couch, 21+, Q Poetry. (7:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, Thank Goddess it’s 2nd Friday. TGI(2)F is a alternative for woman-identified persons to meet and connect in a playful, sensual environment. RSVP strongly encouraged. (7-11:00 p.m., $5-10, for location, visit, join the tribe and find TGIF on the calendar.) The Portland Cello Project performs with Lifesavas and Emily Wells as part of MusicFest NW. (8:00 p.m., Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, $16) Take Your Ass Back to Class: A Love Hurts Party. (8:00 p.m., no one admitted after 10:30 p.m., Twisted Cedar Estate, 18+, $25 adv/$30 dos, RSVP is mandatory, visit White Party X: 10th Anniversary! The NW’s largest and longest running White Party kicks it out with male AND female GO-GO dancers, $2 Jell-O shots and hot dance remixes by DJ Robb! (9:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+, No cover!) Giddy up! It’s a Gay Rodeo Party! (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, Bring donations for Esther’s Pantry) XXXotica, hosted by Sasha Scarlett, features the hottest drag, burlesque, and fetish performance. (10:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!) NOTORIOUS, with ChiChi & Chonga. (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+) Maricon @ Matador, a night for homos and their homeys. (10:00 p.m., Matador, 1967 W Burnside, 21+)

Winning Trans Health Care: Behind the Scenes at the City of Portland Victory. (6-8:00 p.m., Portland City Hall Atrium, 1221 SW 4th) Men’s Erotic Energetics. (7:45 p.m., DJ Challenge and Gaga Look-aLike Contest, a benefit for AIDS Walk 2011. We’re rooting for Mr. Charming in the DJ Contest. And isn’t one Gaga enough?! (8-11:00 p.m., Cuda Beach Club, 9 NW 2nd, 21+) Costume MaryOke! Arrive in costume or dig through our box of props (and win a cash prize for the best performance). (9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!) Rocky Rhodes karaoke. (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!) Red Cap Garage presents HOTT MESS, a mashup of Portland Drag Race and Miss Thing. Who’s the hottest mess in town? (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!)

FRI SEPT 9 Oregon Bears Happy Hour. (5-7:00 p.m., Fox & Hounds, 217 NW 2nd, 21+, No cover!) THIS! Fest. (5:00 p.m., The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie, No cover!, SWAGGER all-inclusive body-positive dance class! (6:00 p.m., Center Space Studio, 420 SE 6th, $8 drop-in, $35 5 classes, The Geezer Gallery presents Transforming Art: Elder Emergence, an evening of food and visual art, live music, and poetry. (6-9:00 p.m., The Frank Estates, 7510 SW Aloma Way, Free, Dirty Queer, Portland’s favorite X-rated open mic, is a haven for queer erotic entertainers of all sorts. Come early to get a good seat! (6:30-8:30 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth, 18+, $1-$5 suggested donation,

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 Showgirls: The Peaches Christ Experience camps out for PDX Edition Who can forget the timeless tale of Nomi Malone, a simple, cheeseburger-scarfing, pole-licking dancer with a dream? There’s no getting around the enduring cinematic train wreck that is 1995’s Showgirls, and our beloved Jessie Spano—née Elizabeth Berkley—transformed from caffeine pill-popping scholar to coke-snorting dingbat. Yep, this All About Eve for the Gen X set—notorious for its bad just about everything (acting, dialogue, taste)— simply begs for the communal audience experience. Cue Nico Bella and Fleur de Lethal, who will present the PDX Edition alongside a very special guest host, San Francisco midnight movie maven Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell). For one night only, audiences can heckle the screen whoring and much more, from a Nomi vs. Cristal costume contest to drag performances and—extra bonus alert!—a free lap dance with every large popcorn.

Stumptown staples ChiChi and Chonga and Carla Rossi will join Peaches for gloriously tacky preshow action, and fiercer still, the bravest of participants have a chance to compete in the Ultimate Nomi-thon, a five-level obstacle course that involves pulling switchblades, “angry fries,” floor thrusts, the critical lip gloss application and, of course, lap dancing. Sabotage and interference aren’t only allowed, they’re encouraged. You really can’t go wrong with this one—which is to say, you really can’t go right. To paraphrase our poor girl-gone-wild Jessie, we’re so excited… and maybe just a teensy bit scared. Sat., Sept. 17, 10:15 p.m. preshow, 11 p.m. screening; Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St.; $8; 21+; mcmenamins. com or —Amanda Schurr

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WEEKLY DANCE NIGHTS MONDAYS Maniac Mondays @ CCs (9:00 p.m., 219 NW 3rd, 21+)

TUESDAYS GIRLTOPIA @ CCs (9:00 p.m., 219 NW 3rd, 21+) ToN Def Tuesdays @ Scandals (9:00 p.m., 1125 SW Stark, 21+)

WEDNESDAYS TRICK @ CCs (9:00 p.m., 219 NW 3rd, 21+)

THURSDAYS Queer Night @ Beauty Bar (10:00 p.m., 111 SW Ash, 21+) THE FIX @ Someday Lounge (9:00 p.m., 125 NW 5th, 21+) Hip Hop Heaven @ CCs (9:00 p.m., 219 NW 3rd, 21+)

FRIDAYS ALL AGES @ Escape (10:00 p.m., 333 SW Park, all ages, $8 cover) DJ Crumbs @ Scandals (9:00 p.m., 1125 SW Stark, 21+) Flamin’ Fridays @ CCs (9:00 p.m., 219 NW 3rd, 21+) Fuego @ Boxxes (10:00 p.m., 1035 SW Stark, 21+)

SATURDAYS ALL AGES @ Escape (10:00 p.m., 333 SW Park, all ages, $12 cover) REVOLUTION @ CCs (9:00 p.m., 219 NW 3rd, 21+) Loungey Hip-Hop @ Boxxes (10:00 p.m., 1035 SW Stark, 21+)

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Pinot in the City. 1 block. 100+ wineries. (2-6:00 p.m., NW 9th and Marshall, 21+, $60 one-day ticket, $90 two-days, Butch Crew PDX social group. (3-5:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Swimsuit Sundays. A drink tastes better when the bartender is wearing his sexiest swimwear. (3-8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+)

Men’s Naked Yoga. (6:15 p.m., Bella Boys Bingo Night! (6:30 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, $20 buy-in) Anastatica, Olympia’s queer melodic black metal/psychedelic doom band, performs live with Aranya and Gloomweaver. (7:00 p.m., Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th)

The Oregon Bears present Trailer Trash Underwear Bash, celebrating Mr. Oregon Bear 2011 John Mead’s Birthday. (4-9:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+,


The Church of the Poison Mind welcomes all sinners with free food, $1 shots, and a healthy dose of your favorite Silverado dancers. (4-9:00 p.m., Silverado, 308 SW 3rd, 21+, No cover!)

LBGTQI Seniors Lunch, free to seniors age 60 and over. (Noon-1:00 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 2400 NE Broadway, 503-3672220,

KBOO presents Michael C. Ruppert, speaking the anniversary of 9/11, on the collapse of human industrial civilization, relocalization and a new species he calls Post-Petroleum Human. (6:00 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 13th, $10 adv/$15 dos,

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change. (1-3:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, for more information, call 503-286-3575)

Canadian singer-songwriter Kate Reid comes to town! (7:00 p.m., Nirvana Cafe, 519 SE Morrison, 21+, $10) Phoenix Variety Revue presents the Bridgetown Bombshells. Portland’s original burlesque ‘revue’ and longest running monthly burlesque show is back! (7:30 p.m., Kelly’s Olympian Knifeshop, 426 SW Washington, 21+, $7, KE$HA brings her Get $leazy Tour to town, with LMFAO and Spank Rock. (7:30 p.m., Rose Garden, 1 Center Court, $40-50) Superstar Divas Mega Show: Ginger Lee’s Birthday Celebration! (8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+, No cover!) Gaay Aalto Sundays. (10:00 p.m., Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont, 21+, No cover!)

Free Rapid HIV testing & STD screening for guys into guys. (1-3:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th, The Link, a social networking group for HIV+ GLBT men, meets for Pizza Talk. Come for free pizza (yum) and a presentation on topics relevant to HIV+ men. (6:00 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th, Inter-Personal Violence Support Group. (6-8:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi) Anawim Christian Fellowship. (6:30-8:30 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi) Portland Lesbian Choir Open Rehearsal. (6:30 p.m., Ainsworth UCC, 2941 NE Ainsworth, Join the Rosetown Ramblers for a Taste of Square Dancing. (7-9:30 p.m., Trinity UMC Basement, 3915 SE Steele, Free, rosetownramblers)

MON SEPT 12 Oregon Bears Happy Hour. (5:30-8:30 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!) Burger night at Starky’s! (6-9:00 p.m., Starky’s 2913 SE Stark, 21+) Totally F*cked: A Queer Safer Sex Educational Series presents Front Hole Fisting, presented by Ignacio Rivera. (6:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, 18+, $10)

Muddy Boot Festival! For more information, visit The Amazon Dragons Paddling Club competes in the Portland Race. All day at Tom McCall waterfront park. The Adventure Group goes on a moderate hike in Mt Jefferson Park. Meet outside Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer. (8:00 a.m., 3030 NE Weidler, RSVP to Jack 503-413-0831) Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! Get ready for that hang-over medicine, Mary! (10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th)

Christopher Senyonjo, a retired Anglican bishop from Uganda and courageous advocate for LGBTQ rights, speaks in Portland. (7:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th)

Thievery Corporation performs at the Schnitz Sept. 14.

LGBT affirming Pentecostals: express your charismatic style of prayer and worship in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. (7:00 p.m., Caldwell’s Colonial Chapel, 20 NE 14th, please enter from the parking lot doors)

Queer gaming nerds! Come to Magic: the Queer Gathering. (7-9:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth)

OUT Dancing Beginners Swing Lessons. (7:30 p.m., Ankeny Street Studio, 975 SE Sandy, $10, Film Noir night with Samuel Thomas. (8:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!) MaryOke! Hamburger Mary’s has more songs than you can shake a high heel at (and a cash prize for the best performance). (9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!)


Serendipity Jones hosts the all-new Disco Brunch! Beat the late summer heat with disco beats, sexy peeps, and orgasmic treats. The dream of the ‘70s is alive in Portland. (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Billy Ray’s Tavern, 2216 NE MLK, 21+)

LGBTQI & Disabled support group. (1:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi,

It’s a Big Queer Potluck! Bring a dish or two, a friend or ten, and come out to make new friends and allies. (2-5:00 p.m., Irving City Park, NE 7th and Fremont)

Free Rapid HIV testing & STD screening for guys into guys. (5-8:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,

Towel Tuesdays. Come on down for happy hour and let the boys serve you in nothing but their towels. (5-7:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+, No cover!)

The Return Of The King MusicfestNW reigns supreme It may be a chicken/egg scenario, but without MusicfestNW, it’s not as if Portland would be relegated to a trivial cultural wasteland. The MFNW umbrella certainly rallies us together for the reunion sets of seminal acts, to catch up-and-coming locals on larger stages, or to have the words “Butthole Surfers” on the tips of our tongues for months. But when you think about it, MFNW is just a bunch of shows at a bunch of different venues for a few days in a row—which, you ought not to be reminded, is pretty commonplace around here. Still, what better chance do you have to see nearly 200 very good bands across every venue in the city for four days? And with last year’s decision to stage performances at Pioneer Courthouse Square—which this time around will feature the breathy folk of Iron and Wine, the excellently reverb-y rock jams of Band of Horses and the prog-metal dirge of Explosions in the Sky—MFNW is easily the highlight of the summer music calendar. But it doesn’t begin and end with the headliners, or the rock ‘n’ roll set. The Corin Tucker Band brings its buzz saw punk-lite to Mississippi Studios September 7; Portland indie-folk darling Holcombe Waller lights up Jimmy Mak’s September 9; and dragtastic tranny-pop divas CJ and the Dolls take to the Dante’s stage September 10, followed by the block-rockin’ beats of chameleonic DJ Beyondadoubt, and New Orleans Sissy Bounce diva Big Freedia the following night. It’s like Choose Your Own Audio Adventure!

—Ryan J. Prado

Quizzy! (7-9:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+, No cover!)

Influence Music Hall presents Ten Years After: 9/11 Memorial, a community memorial and barbecue. (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Washington County Courthouse Lawn, 145 NE 2nd, Hillsboro)

Holcombe Waller plays Jimmy Mak’s Sept. 9 as part of MusicFestNW

Wed., Sept. 7-Sun., Sept. 11; times and venues vary; individual tickets available, wristbands run $70–$250; box office at Willamette Week, 2220 NW Quimby St., TicketsWest or

Imperial Sovereign Rose Court Meeting & Potluck. (7:00 p.m., Embers, 110 NW Broadway, 21+,



Quizzy! (7-9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, All ages) Def Leppard comes to town, with Heart. (7:30 p.m., Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA, $80-100) Thievery Corporation performs live! (8:00 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, $32-59, Karaoke with Theo. (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!)

THURS SEPT 15 The Sweethearts of Portland present the Mr. Nude Portland Contest! (6:00 p.m., Embers, 110 NW Broadway, 21+, $15 cover to benefit Pivot) Adult Young Adult Book Club discusses The Outsiders and Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang. (7-9:00 p.m., In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth) Men’s Erotic Energetics. (7:45 p.m.,

I’ve Got a Hole in my Soul, soul night with DJ Beyonda. (9:00 p.m., Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+, $3) Costume MaryOke! Arrive in costume or dig through our box of props (and win a cash prize for the best performance). (9:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!) Rocky Rhodes karaoke. (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!) Red Cap Garage presents HOTT MESS, a mashup of Portland Drag Race and Miss Thing. Who’s the hottest mess in town? (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!)

FRI SEPT 16 Oregon Bears Happy Hour. (5-7:00 p.m., Fox & Hounds, 217 NW 2nd, 21+, No cover!) SWAGGER all-inclusive body-positive dance class! (6:00 p.m., Center Space Studio, 420 SE 6th, $8 drop-in, $35 5 classes, Cake performs live on the Edgefield Lawn! (6:30 p.m., McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, $40, Gay Bowling League! F*** It, Tomorrow’s Saturday is a short season fun alternative LGBTQ bowling league. Reserve your spot today! (7:00 p.m., AMF Pro 300, 3031 SE Powell, 503-234-0237)

Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts Festival! Friday night kick off, featuring live music and performances by Bitter Fruit, Forever, Yosefine Tinkelman & Friends, and Tyler Holmes. (8:00 p.m., Cathedral Park Place, 6635 N Baltimore, Warehouse N, All Ages, $6-10 sliding scale, The Happening performs live with Old Wars and Hairspray Blues. (8:00 p.m., Sloan’s Tavern, 36 N Russell, 21+, No cover!) DJ Brandon. (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!) MANTRAP, with DJ Lunchlady. (9:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+) Carmen Carrera hosts PEEP SHOW, a monthly queer cabaret variety show. Stick around to dance the night away! (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+) Drinking with the Divas! Join Godiva Devine, Honey Bea Hart, and Allie McQueen (along with weekly guest performers) for a night of drinking and debauchery! (10:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!)

SAT SEPT 17 Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts Festival. Read Just Out’s full coverage of this festival on p. 18. For more information, visit


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If it’s not in Just Out, The Adventure Group gives back to the community in a trail maintenance project on Trail 433 Eagle Tanner Traverse. Meet outside Starbucks at Hollywood Fred Meyer. (8:00 a.m., 3030 NE Weidler, RSVP to Fred at 503-545-6217)

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The Adventure Group joins the Portland Frontrunners on an Esplanade walk with optional brunch afterwards. Meet by Vera Katz’ statue (9:00 a.m., 1 SE Main,

United: A Gaylabration. Socialize and dance while raising money for BRO’s Education Fund. (7:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi,

Climb for Cats, a two-mile scenic walk to raise money and awareness for the Feral Cat Coalition. (9:00 a.m., Chapman Elementary School, 1445 NW 26th, $35-75,

KOCKtoberfest. CC’s annual fundraiser for the AIDS Walk Portland, with spectacular raffle prizes and your hostess with the mostest, Ms. Toasty Brown. (8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+, No cover!)

Daddies and Papas is a social group for GLBT men raising young children. (10:00 a.m.-Noon, Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Gay & Grey sponsors Your Last Gift: Mindful Memorials, a workshop for end-of-life preparation. (10:00 a.m., Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th) PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Meetup. (Noon, SMYRC, 3024 NE MLK, pflag.portlandblackchapter) PDX Bad Girls New Member Orientation and BDSM Safety & Etiquette Class. (2-5:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Authors Marianne Klekacz, Dionisia Morales, Lois Rosen, and Penelope Scambly Schott—all featured in CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women—will read from their poetry and prose. (2:00 p.m., Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis,

GAYCATION! DJ Mr. Charming and special guests invite you to Portland’s premier all-inclusive homo dance party, with special guest DJ Girlfriends/Boy Joy. (9:00 p.m., Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 21+, $3, Bearracuda returns to Rotture with scruffy guys, chunky visuals, tasty treats, and go-go bears. (9:00 p.m., Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+, $5, Burlescape! A tantalizing taste of the burlesque and boylesque world! (11:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!) Brand New DJ Brad spins with the best lights and sound the Local has had yet! (9:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, No cover!)

Showgirls: The Peaches Christ Experience. Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque welcomes SF’s Midnight Movie Maven Peaches Christ for the Portland edition of her legendary interactive, heckle-a-long screening of this classic piece of cinema. (10:00 p.m., Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, 21+, $8) XXXotica, hosted by Sasha Scarlett, features the hottest drag, burlesque, and fetish performance. (10:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th, 21+, No cover!) Maricon @ Matador, a night for homos and their homeys. (10:00 p.m., Matador, 1967 W Burnside, 21+) Surftides presents the 2nd Annual After The Festival Show. Join La Femme Magnifique Plus International 2010 Adrienne Alexander, ISRC Decade Celebrant H.I.M Rose Emperor XXVIII Shelley, and The Legendary Marcy Kraft for the perfect end to Iris Pride. (10:00 p.m., Surftides, 2945 NW Jetty Ave., Lincoln City)

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Bear Paw Beer Bust! (9:00 p.m., Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+,

Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! Get ready for that hang-over medicine, Mary! (10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th)

Just Out and Red Cap Garage present Portland’s hottest ‘90s dance party, Ecstasy Inferno’s CANDY SHOP, a sticky, sweet night of bumping and grinding. (10:00 p.m., Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 21+, No cover!)

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus presents Gay Fair on the Square! (Noon-5:00 p.m., Pioneer Courthouse Square,

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One Bond, One World: Framing the Connection, a fund raiser, auction, and dance to support the work of Delta Society and the Pet Partners program. (5:00 p.m. VIP reception, 6:00 p.m. dinner, The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Mor-

Free Rapid HIV Testing for guys into guys. (5-8:30 p.m., Pivot, 209 SW 4th,

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Swimsuit Sundays. A drink tastes better when the bartender is wearing his sexiest swimwear. (3-8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW 3rd, 21+) The Church of the Poison Mind welcomes all sinners with free food, $1 shots, and a healthy dose of your favorite Silverado dancers. (4-9:00 p.m., Silverado, 308 SW 3rd, 21+, No cover!) Imperial Sovereign Rose Court Announcement of Candidates Show. (5:00 p.m., Darcelle XV, 208 NW 3rd, 21+, $5, Femmes Unite! social group. Please bring food you can eat and a bit more to share. (5:30 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Tranz Guyz discussion group. (6:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, Superstar Divas Mega Show! (8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+, No cover!) Robin Bacior, live in concert. (8:00 p.m., Ella St. Social Club, 714 SW 20th, 21+, $5) Gaay Aalto Sundays. (10:00 p.m., Aalto Lounge, 3356 SE Belmont, 21+, No cover!)

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The Rose Garden is about to get its $leaze on, y’all! And it doe$n’t get much $leazier than a Ke$ha concert, right? Not $ure? (Uh, whoops?) That’s likely because the first leg of the “Get $leazy” tour sold out in mere minutes. But on the heels of recent releases Cannibal and remix album I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance, Ke$ha is promising to pull out “an ass-ton more glitter with blue lipstick to spare” for the second leg. Ke$ha, for the uninitiated—a group I long to devolve back to—is essentially the pop-queen antithesis of Katy Perry. Whereas Perry’s saccharine-sweet tunes focus on fireworks and candy shops, Ke$ha concerns herself primarily with brushing her teeth with Jack Daniel’s and wanting to hang out with errrybody before the po-po comes to shut things down. In short, it’s totally derivative, uninspired dance club music, which completely explains why it’s sold 18 million combined tracks and ringtones in the United States alone, and 23 million worldwide to date. Her album Animal is certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in seven markets and was the biggest-selling debut album from an international female artist in 2010 in the United Kingdom. With a few hundred thousand pounds of glitter, lip balm and party-all-night pomp, Ke$ha’s music videos (“TiK ToK,” “We R Who We R”) have acquired somewhere in the vicinity of 100 million YouTube views—and that’s just before I stopped adding. Lesson learned: Errrybody gotta dance, right? With LMFAO, Spank Rock; Sun., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Rose Garden, 1 Center Court; $39.50-$49.50; 877-789-7673, or —Ryan J. Prado

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A couple of weekends ago, an old friend decided on a spur-of-the-moment visit to Portland. That’s what’s great about our summers— for as many people taking flight for more intriguing locales, an equal number cycle through here, helping us feel not quite so abandoned during times we’re not indulging in our own summer vacations. Zach, a Portland alum, spent the better part of his college and post-college years here before choosing more exotic adventures abroad. Our friendship spans the better part of a decade—enduring the usual revolving door of relationships, (many) men, and customary life changes. We spent many formative gay years together, pre-Gay Triangle extinction. During one of his first nights back, I marched him down to the McMenamins empire’s fancy new digs— Zeus Café, which swallowed up the old Silverado space—that seedy, sweaty, always packed strip bar, a destination for pretty much anyone with a penis and a sex drive. As we consumed our thoroughly mediocre, pricey meals, we recalled many a hijink: fishing cell phones out of troughs, unwelcome gropes by predatory passers-by, more welcome ones, too—the list ran the gamut. (Though Zeus seems aimed at the bridge and tunnel denizens of happy hour, it hasn’t lost its gay charm—an older, lanky gentleman took to showing off his business a little too eagerly while standing at a urinal in the restroom.) That Silverado isn’t there anymore (obviously), nor are many other dark, sometimes

voices To Sir, With Love
 lady about town BY DANIEL BORGEN There’s really not a moment of my sentient gay Portland adulthood that doesn’t somehow involve Gregg’s presence. dirty dives. Zach and I lamented the disappearance of our big gay street and its ritualistic sauntering and one-stop shopping. Realizing quite suddenly we were becoming the old people we swore we’d never be (Listen here, son, I remember when I could find all the gay I needed in just a few blocks’ radius), we tried futilely to change the subject—that night, it kept returning to legacy. One of its mammoths, the complex housing Boxxes and Red Cap, still stands. From my earliest memories there, I remember Gregg Ruffin. There’s really not a moment of my sentient gay Portland adulthood that doesn’t somehow involve Gregg’s presence. Introverted and shy in the beginning, I used to exchange only wadded-up bills and drink specifications with him. As time passed and my social circles expanded, I found a kindred spirit and friend in that occasionally cranky, gruff (but ever sensi-

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attitude—on those occasions Gregg became the razor-tongued champion of the service industry. He tolerated very little tomfoolery— a station I strive for (and emulate in my own service position). I heard about Gregg’s passing the night Zach and I dined at Zeus—we visited Boxxes on our way home. The moment we entered, the somber pall was unmistakable—employees (many knew him for years) walked around like zombies, glazed-over eyes and stiff, deliberate gestures. I can’t even sit through that damn Sarah McLachlan commercial about saving animals, so imagine how I hold up under human circumstances—a wet, blubbering mess. I wished, as I often do in those scenarios, for the entire world to stop, for every living person to take heed and pay homage to lost life—in moments of grief, I expect a moratorium on advancement. Doesn’t anyone realize what’s gone? An impossible request, of course. Time moves forward, taking all its casualties with it. So in lieu of the unattainable, we settle for the tried and true—remembering, sharing, living, finding our own comfort and solace. Me? I’m grateful for Gregg’s unmistakable imprint on my life, my identity—and I take heart in the fact that he will always be an immovable, unforgettable fixture in the community he cared so much about.

tive) bartender. More than merely an animated fixture and landmark, he was synonymous with much of what I love about this city: complicated, sophisticated interior beneath a quaint exterior. It certainly didn’t hurt that he never feared calling people on their shit—a trait I admire. To offer up the requisite laundry list of his good qualities feels inadequate—kind, caring, witty, sassy as hell, of course, all those. Instead, a few anecdotes: This past April, I threw my birthday party at Boxxes, a deliberate nod to many of our glory days. In all the commotion and sea of faces, he sought me out, offered a hug and kiss, and tucked the snarkiest of birthday cards in my back pocket. A few months before that, I met with Gregg to discuss a story I was writing about the new Crystal Hotel and its restaurant, Zeus. Visibly charged, Gregg rattled off about 40 years of queer history, speaking with childhood enthusiasm about the company’s plans to acknowledge Portland’s heritage. And I can’t recount the number of times Ed Hardy or skirt-to-her-vagina loudmouth (bridge, meet And Gregg made me laugh. A lot. Email dantunnel) mistakenly ambled in, pitching him


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WerqForce celebrates “Labor Gay” with eight parties in eight hours revelers will be treated to the beat-driving forces behind Blow Pony!, Cafeteria, Gaycation, Bent, Queerlandia, MRS., Maricon and Old Boys Club. That’s right, y’all: There’s no rest for DJs LunchLady, Moisti, Ill Camino, Trans Fat, Mr. Charming, Airick, Beyonda, Jodi Bon Jodi and crew this weekend—and that means no rest for you, in turn. Performances by Sweat/Shine, Jeau Breed-

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for chitchat when the next “party” is mere minutes away. WerqForce promises more than just an unholy amalgam of the best deck masters around, more than just a holiday dance-and-drink-athon. It’s an epic mash-up of every queer crowd in town—and without a cover, to boot. Power up, funkaqueers. There’s a party or eight to be had. 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 4-2 a.m. Mon., Sept. 5; Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar, 3939/3943 N. Mississippi Ave.; 21+; no cover; 503-288-3895 or, “Queerlandia presents: WerqForce - 8 Parties in 8 Hours” on Facebook.



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As the summer event calendar winds down and the clouds begin to creep back over Portland, a flurry of global artists descends on the Rose City. While for some folks September means MusicfestNW, or that tingly feeling of an impending Trail Blazers season—providing there even is an NBA season this year—for many more the month means three letters: TBA. No, not the acronym for “to be announced.” The Time-Based Art Festival, now in its ninth outing, has secured its place in the art world, thankyouverymuch. Curated by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and headquartered once again at Washington High School, TBA is a whirlwind of anything-goes art installations, stage and screen disciplines, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances, comedy, movement and anything—and likely everything—in between. Running September 8–18, TBA:11 opens up a crucial avenue for unique, genre-defying artists from around the world. Cathy Edwards, the festival’s outgoing artistic director, explains that it remains critical for Portland to be part of a national and international conversation about contemporary art and performance. “TBA Festival is still the only significant contemporary, multidisciplinary arts festival happening in the United States,” says Edwards. “It’s a point of entry to the [United States] for important international work.” As the first festival of its kind in the country, TBA organizers considered how artists test boundaries in many different ways. To Kristan Kennedy, the event’s visual art curator,

what has kept the festival fresh is the swell of Sugarmann’s Lido (the pride is back)—a slownew and exciting artists willing to go where motion car crash monument executed by way few dare, as well as the level of engagement of positioning three Chrysler minivans atop 42 inflatable air beds. The performance can be from increasingly larger audiences. “In its ninth year, the audience is so edu- seen at TBA:11’s free opening reception cated, they are even more curious, they push Thursday, September 8 at THE WORKS on us to bring more, to do more, and they push the Washington High campus. And we’d be the artists too,” Kennedy says. “I always have remiss if we didn’t mention Patrick J. Rock’s loved this line our founder Kristy Edmunds Oscar’s Delirium Tremens—an homage to Oscame up with: ‘PICA is about a community car Wilde in the form of an air-inflated, interusing its energy.’ TBA feels like that to me, active jump room shaped like a giant pink elephant, on view for the run of the festival. and that is why it is such a force.” Yes, it’s a jam-packed lineup, one you likely With no consistent, driving theme behind won’t be able to take all in. the event, audiences are in “TBA Festival is still the But for those who’ve never for a merry-go-round of only significant contempo- experienced the monster swirling, often heady but that is TBA, rest assured never dull exhibitions. rary, multidisciplinary arts that it’s possibly the most Outside of performances festival happening in the engaging affair in Portland’s by post-drag dynamo TayUnited States.” already rich arts scene. lor Mac, or the explosive -cathy edwards, “It is fun, it is out of the dance vignettes of Kyle artistic director, TBA:11 ordinary, and the artists Abraham (see profiles), TBA’s got a bit of everything covered. Andrew showing their work will make you sit up Dinwiddie’s one-man performance piece Get straight and feel alive to new ideas!” says Mad at Sin! channels a 1971 Jimmy Swaggart Edwards. “Plus people tend to fall in love at TBA, it sermon, and will take place in a revival tent on the Washington High lawn (September 13– is just a fact,” Kennedy adds. “Love and art go 17, 6:30 p.m.). Following in the one-man mi- hand in hand.” lieu will be Mike Daisey and his 24-hour monologue—yes, you read that correctly—All TBA:11 takes place Sept. 8–18 at Washington the Hours in the Day, an epic saga that weaves High School (SE Stark and 12th Ave.). Visual together “stories from every time zone into an art galleries and installations are free and open to electric road movie for our time.” The daylong the public through Oct. 30. For ticket prices, show effort starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 17. times, venues and more, call 503-224-7422 or Other must-see installments include Jesse visit

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Taylor Mac is one-of-a-kind performer. But if you feel you must compare Mac to other artists, be prepared for him to turn that comparison on its head and feed it back to you. That’s exactly what he does in Comparison is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook, the cabaret performance he has lined up for the 2011 Time-Based Art Festival. More than 20 international publications have described Mac’s flamboyant pastiche of theater, music and drag as “Ziggy Stardust meets Tiny Tim”—a comparison whose virility Mac attributes to the copyand-pasting of one reviewer’s “reductive” analysis.

In reality, Mac is no more like David Bowie or the ukulele-playing Herbert Khaury than are most members of Portland’s own Drag Mansion. “[Tiny Tim] always performed on a ukulele, and because I perform on a ukulele sometimes that’s why [it happened]. It had nothing to do with performance style,” Mac explains. “And then David Bowie, I don’t sound like David Bowie, but I put glitter on my face, and anyone that’s genderbending and puts glitter on their face [is] described as David Bowie or, nowadays, Lady Gaga.” The last comparison seems particularly backward given that Gaga used to attend Mac’s shows in New York. Still, the whole

mess provided the inspiration for Comparison is Violence, Mac’s first true cabaret show. “[It] made me think a lot about comparison, and why we compare and how we compare and I realized that comparison is such a big part of our culture, how we define things nowadays and nobody really talks about it,” Mac says. “What I’m more interested in is being part of a lineage and using comparison to talk about context. But not necessarily to frame the conversation.” So he created a show that features the majority of the songs from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Tiny Tim songs and perhaps a few of Mac’s own. He’ll be joined on stage in Portland by musical director Matt Ray and local folk prince Holcombe Waller. Mac won’t (and honestly, can’t) say exactly what the show will entail since it is likely to change with each of his three TBA performances—one of the perks of performing more or less solo. “It will be different each night. I do talk a lot. It’s part performance art, part concert, part lecture, part wackadoodle extravaganza. It’s

thearts just everything,” Mac says. Mac’s eclectic approach to performance art was born out of a desire for greater creativity and impact. Though he had no trouble getting commercial theater roles in Broadway revivals, he soon found himself bored. “It wasn’t that exciting. I wanted to be an actor because I thought I would live a creative life and then I found that it wasn’t all that creative, at least the system that was in place for me,” Mac says. “So I stopped doing that and kind of fell into the performance art club world and got really intrigued by that.” He was also looking for an outlet for his activist energy. Though he did plenty of protesting in his youth, Mac says being on the stage has proven a more powerful experience. “I realized I was having more effect by standing on a stage and sharing some kind of humanity with an audience,” Mac says. “For me, it felt like the way that I can communicate these issues is by standing up in front of people and creating some art and trying to be a little vulnerable for them. So that’s what I try to do now. And I think it works.”

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He communicates that humanity and vulnerability by championing heterogeneity. Growing up in Stockton, Calif., Mac witnessed firsthand the “horror” of suburban sameness. “I definitely think my art has been influenced a lot by my life by the sense that homogeneity is what suburbia is all about,” Mac says. “So my work is about the celebration of heterogeneity, it’s about range and variance and whatnot. And how to celebrate that and support that more.” If heterogeneity had a march, Mac would be its grand marshal, prancing through the suburban streets with a call to glitter-fueled arms. “I’m not trying to change opinion so much as it’s about trying to remind people that they’re human,” Mac says. And sometimes, finding that humanity requires the kind of magic only a faerie dragmother can provide. Comparison is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook, Sept. 9-11, 8:30-10 p.m.; Washington High School, SE Stark and 12th; $20 PICA members, $25 general; 503224-7422, or steven schreiber

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Kyle Abraham’s art, like his life, makes its home at the intersection of diverging styles and identities. The 34-year-old choreographer unfurls layers of poignant commentary from a foundation of masterful musicality, telling the stories of his reality in movements that are as artfully refined as they are emotionally evocative. “[Dance and identity] are one and the same,” Abraham says. “People will ask me a question about being a black man and do I make black dance and things like that. My response to that is I’m a black gay man from Pittsburgh, Penn. Whatever I’m making, it’s my perspective.” Abraham’s identity permeates the two pieces he will perform at the Time-Based Art Festival—The Radio Show and Live! The Realest MC—as he ponders questions of community, voice and authenticity. The style that emerges from that identity is likewise multifaceted. His choreography reveals hints of hip hop posturing interpreted with a balletic grace and form. The fluidity and constant motion of rave dancing is punctuated with poses that feel natural without looking pedestrian. “When I first started dancing, I just loved everything. I first started during the rave era,” Abraham says. “The great thing about rave culture is that even though there were a couple trends where people would do these kind of dances I thought were kind of ridiculous, most people were just dancing. You weren’t thinking about ‘this is the Running Man, this is the Kid ‘n Play, this is the Roger Rabbit.’” But it’s clear Abraham is doing something more than “just dancing.” In addition to win-


ning the 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award for Radio Show, he was recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2009. Out magazine, which listed Abraham among its 100 Most Eligible Gay Bachelors for 2011, has called him “the best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” Bessie Award-winner Radio Show explores the personal and communal loss of voice and memory through the disappearance of two urban radio stations and the Alzheimer’s and aphasia that afflicted Abraham’s late father. The now defunct Pittsburgh sister stations, WAMO 860 AM and 106.7 FM, provided not only a vital source of community news, but also a forum for personal expression. 
 “If you aren’t having access to counseling and therapy, where are you getting those things out? How are you really speaking about feelings?” Abraham explains. “So for me [The Radio Show] was kind of drawing those two things together while also thinking about the music I grew up listening to with my father and how people tend to associate music with memory.” Abraham mines these memories to lend levity to sobering subject matter. “I tried to put in some moments where there are some memories for me that I associate with songs,” Abraham says. For example, everyone in his family but him wore a Jheri curl at some point. “Anytime someone had a Jheri curl you had to put a towel down, otherwise you were going to get Jheri juice all over everything,” he says. “We made a little reference to that… a really small nod to it.” These nods to shared cultural experiences

play an even larger role in Abraham’s newest work, Live! The Realest MC, which uses a classic fairy tale to explore ideas of “realness.” “It definitely has a social message to it and it comes from a deeply personal place,” Abraham says. “It’s a project inspired by Pinocchio, but put in an urban gay context and making his quest to be a real boy to be one more of realness as seen in pop culture as a mask for masculinity, and as a way of seeking out respect from society.” Live!, which Abraham will perform solo for the first time at TBA, looks at the role of performance in surviving adolescence as a black gay male in Pittsburgh. “It’s like these tells, these lights that would flash off,” Abraham says, explaining how he adopted a slower gait and a “chill kind of bravado” to avoid being outed by his mannerisms. “I knew I had to watch so many things to get by. The piece is really looking at those moments.” The Radio Show, Sept. 9-11, 6:30-8 p.m.; Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway; $15 PICA members, $20 general; Live! The Realest MC, Tues., Sept. 13, 8:30-9:15 p.m.; Washington High School, SE Stark and 12th; $10 PICA members, $15 general; 503-224-7422, tba or



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When burlesque first hit the Portland stage in 2006, the city had only a handful of performers. That number has since exploded to more than 50. The glut of acts is encouraging for a scene that still has room for growth, but local producers and performers say that burlesque has blossomed more quickly than its audience. This disparity is spreading crowds too thin and hurting new shows’ chances for survival. “Sometimes we’re just performing in front of each other,” says Isaiah Tillman, a performer with the boylesque troupe Burlesquire. Burlesque in Portland has close ties to the LGBTQ community. The first troupe of the city’s burlesque revival, the Rose City Sirens, played to the lesbian community at the former Egyptian Room in Northeast Portland. Acts have also popped up at Red Cap, CC Slaughters, Crush and other gay haunts. “Burlesque and the gay community, it’s just a natural crossover—the rhinestones, the glitter,” says Rayleen Courtney, owner of SinnSavvy Productions, which produces several Portland burlesque shows. “A lot of girls will tell you they’re bio queens [women who perform as drag queens].” The LGBTQ community has played a large part in burlesque’s growth, with contingents both on stage and in the audience. Seven monthly shows are scheduled now in Portland, as well as weekly performances and several shows that are produced on a less frequent or ad hoc basis. “I think the scene is getting a bit saturated,” says Frankie Tease, a performer and producer

of whom are still active in the scene, Dai says. She admits audiences haven’t kept up with the growth but doesn’t believe that should hamper her students’ desires to perform. “The competition will be—and it has to be,” she says. Dai says the real battle is finding a new audience, not targeting the people who are already interested in burlesque. Take one new producer, the Mad Marquis de Maltease. He and his wife, Sophie Maltease, a graduate of the Rose City School of Burlesque, created a stir this summer with their show Geeklesque, an event themed around all things nerdy—performers dressed as characters like Sailor Moon and Batgirl. “Geeklesque tapped into a completely unaware market,” says producer Zora Phoenix. “The geek community didn’t even know they liked burlesque.” De Maltease used the buzz from Geeklesque to create two new shows: Marquis’ Mad Agenda and Burlynomicon, both debuting this month. The new shows are giving new performers a venue to gain experience, de Maltease says. “Lots of people I didn’t know Charlotte Treuse performs in Viva anything about were asking to Las Vegas be in our show,” he explains, “so I thought I could take a risk on a performer on a smaller show.” And these risks are what could make or break the future of burlesque in Portland. “If the performers don’t get an opportunity to go on stage,” Phoenix says, “they’re going to find something else.”

who canceled two events because of dwindling audiences. “Other shows had to raise rates, but I decided to take a break.” The shows are springing up largely because of the increased number of performers. As the scene becomes more popular, more people leave their chairs for the stage, and more people from neighboring cities—even Seattle, one of the biggest burlesque locales in the country—venture to Portland. Courtney jokes that it’s “the stripper exchange program.” But the biggest catalyst for growth is a school, the Rose City School for Burlesque, that’s been churning out performers since 2008, when the scene was still fledgling. “I felt kind of alone in the scene when there were only seven girls,” says Holly Dai, the founder of the school and a three-year burlesque performer. “So I thought we’d not only create performers, but we’d create an audience because the performers’ friends and family would become burlesque fans.” The school charges $200 tuition for a seven-week class in hair and makeup, costuming, dancing and persona creation. The school has graduated more than 60 performers, 40

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ration from the famous dancer Miss Zorita, who made a name for herself in the 1940s dancing with boas and pythons (Treuse, however, prefers feather boas). She also has a mentor in Toni Elling, one of the first black burlesque performers in Portland in the 1960s. “I love the time period, that golden age of burlesque,” she explains. “I love the vintage glamour, the feather fans and the gloves and gown teases rather than going a little more modern and edgier.” She also admits that she is not the best dancer, despite doing theater and Middle Eastern dance when she was younger. Instead, during her performances, she just sells it. “If you watch me on stage, I basically just strut around,” Treuse says. “I think that’s why people relate to me as well as they do. I really

make a connection with the audience.” Treuse has been booked to perform twice at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival and will perform there again this year. She was also chosen to compete at the 2011 Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas, along with fellow Portland performer Angelique DeVil. Treuse hopes to soon get enough work performing and making costumes that she can quit bartending and do burlesque full time, describing herself as “obsessed” and “addicted.” “If you’re giving yourself to the crowd, they’ll love you, and they’ll give it right back,” she says. Charlotte Treuse performs with Orchestre L’Pow! Fri., Oct. 14, 9:30 p.m., and every three months; Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St.; $10-$15, VIP available; find Charlotte’s full performance calendar at

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Isaiah Tillman: The Strong, Sultry Type You wouldn’t know from watching him— he’s a sensual powerhouse on stage and often dressed in what amounts to a yard of ripped fabric—but Isaiah Esquire, 25, is actually pretty shy. That borderline bashful, 6-foot-5 glass of water is Isaiah Tillman, at least when he’s off the stage. He’s a founding member of Burlesquire, the boylesque troupe that started in Portland four years ago. “What separates me from some is that I’m not always the outgoing, big personality,” says Tillman. “I’m actually the guy in the background the majority of the time.” Tillman and troupe partner Esequiel Cortez often perform together in acts that have sexual overtones, but aren’t what most would call raunchy. The idea is more nuanced, usually revolving around themes of trust, faith, protection and love. Other productions are grittier and showcase the performers’ dance abilities. Tillman is a local boy who started dancing with the Parkrose High School dance team. Now he’s


with Polaris Dance Theatre, where he is a teacher and choreographer. He’s also the current Mr. Gay Oregon United States, and the former Mr. Gay Pride XIII. “I’m actually shy, introverted and insecure,” Tillman says, “but dance and movement and character allow me to become a stronger person. “It’s kind of like playing dress up. That song can change me for the next 45 seconds.” Not that Burlesquire is often dressed up— quite the contrary. The troupe is known more

for its dancing than its theatrics. But the minimal presentation underscores the quiet simplicity of the performances. “My goal for a performance is to make people feel something, to entertain them and get them out of their everyday lives for a second,” Tillman says. “Most importantly, I want to evoke some thought or emotion.” And like his work, Tillman is serious, but lighthearted. “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking when I’m up there on stage,” he shares. “I prepare before, but whenever I’m up there, I just enjoy myself and make the crowd enjoy themselves.” He adds, “It gets me in touch with my confident side.”

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earned her, along with Portland’s Charlotte Treuse, a coveted spot performing at this year’s Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas, the biggest neo-burlesque event in the world. At the pageant, DeVil performed one of her signature numbers, in which she portrays a robot-like ballerina atop a mechanical turntable. “I like there to be a story. I like to surprise people,” she says. “Different pieces get inspired by different things. I wish it was a formula, but most of the time it falls out of the sky and hits me on the head.” Her performances also have a powerful energy, thanks in part to her strong dance background, but also to her towering stage presence. She’s very tall. “I have a tendency not to blend in,” DeVil says. “When the 6-foot platinum blonde comes out on your dance floor and cuts a rug,

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While pregnant with my first child, a gentleman asked what I planned to do after my baby was born. At the time, I was certain I’d return to work as a restaurant manager following the perfunctory three-month maternity leave allowed by my employer. “Who will take care of your baby?” the man asked. I had yet to discern the question. As it turned out, I didn’t return to my fulltime job, instead negotiating a three-fifths position. When the second baby came along, my husband and I decided it was more cost-effective for me to stay home—and it was best for our children and family. Although it wasn’t a capricious decision, I couldn’t understand its impact on my future. I was choosing a path that would ultimately limit my lifetime earning ability and would devalue me as a woman, a partner and a contributing member of society. It is estimated that a college-educated woman will lose more than a million dollars in income over her lifetime, simply by having a child. Women who choose to “opt out” of their careers will, in most cases, not fully opt back in and won’t recoup the loss of benefits, pension and career status they’d have enjoyed had they not focused on motherhood. Women still make 25 percent less than men at the same education level, and a recent study by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that women need a Ph.D. to earn the same as men who hold a bachelor’s. We are already behind, even before making the decision to give up our careers, even temporarily.

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cause they haven’t experienced it. Parents who are divorced may think it’s not possible for any couple to survive in the long run. If parents have seen their child in an opposite-sex relationship, either because the child came out late in life, or because they are bisexual, those parents might be holding on to that image, believing that their child’s samesex relationships are just a “phase,” and that they’ll end up in a heterosexual relationship. None of those things has to do with you. What you can do is be a good partner as your girlfriend navigates introducing you to her family. Take some time beforehand to understand what she's feeling and to give your perspective as well. Share your hopes and fears, commit to supporting each other, and recognize that you’re on the same team. If you can pair that with some of the other things that any couple would do when visiting family, you should be able to work through it. Make time to spend alone together—schedule it if need be. And just keep communicating. When all is said and done, it is the relationship between the two of you that matters most.

her boyfriend, she wanted me to serve as a kind of political statement. To his knowledge, he’d never known a gay person, and he didn’t want that to change. In the end, he agreed to meet me. I spent a week stressing out about the introduction, but when I got there we got along pretty much immediately. When I spoke at their wedding, I told the story of how, from that first, begrudging moment, he had grown to become my brother. So it’s hard to know how that first family meeting will turn out. It’s good that you want to be fair and honor your partner by sharing the holidays with your parents and hers. Do try to keep an open mind. It’s completely possible that her parents don’t really have an issue with her sexuality. They might not have ever really thought about it, or had the opportunity to get to know one of her partners. It’s possible they might react the same way if she brought home a guy. Any issues they may have with your relationship have little, if anything, to do with you. Some parents might believe that it’s not possible for Want to introduce Kristin to your parents? a gay couple to stay together long term, be- Send them over to,

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I stand in the middle of my apartment, the ceiling fan blowing sultry summer air onto my bare shoulders. In the corner of the room sits a table that my Buddhist altar once occupied; I look beneath it at a box containing the bell, incense and images that I considered sacred. Seeing these things, once so central to my life and now boxed up, strengthens my resolve—I pick up my phone, dial the number of the local organizer for the international Buddhist group that counts me as a member. Or, rather, will count me as a member until today. I was recently given a very constructive criticism of my writing: It wasn’t believable. People simply didn’t talk the way I wrote, situations didn’t unfold with such clear lessons. Even things that actually happened to me didn’t read as true. “But this is how I remember it happening!” I replied. Certainly, as a writer of creative nonfiction, I reserve the right to shape stories to make a point. However, the criticism alerted me to the real problem: I am so strongly compelled to crystallize the facts into a neat, meaningful package that even my memory gets overwritten in the crystallization. The realization of how flawed my memory and expression of it could be chilled me deeply, alerting me to a trait in critical need of fixing. Singer Róisín Murphy cooed back in 1999 that “you can’t hide from the truth / because the truth is all there is.” Au contraire, Róisín—I

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 remember to breathe BY NICK MATTOS I can no longer believe that the truth, capital T or otherwise, is exclusive— that it isn’t a great and diffuse thing, tantalizing and eluding us from just beyond the things we can see, uncontained by any barrier we could try to put around it. hide from it all the time, condense it down into tiny pieces that I can swallow, recreate memories into something straightforwardly meaningful and in the process close my eyes as to what’s actually happening. However, here in my hot apartment, I’m no longer willing to close my eyes. The phone rings once, twice, three times. “This is Courtney!” the local leader’s recorded voice declares cheerfully. “Leave me a message!” Sociologists have many theories as to why people join groups, especially those of a spiritual purpose. I had my reasons to join this one years ago—I enjoyed the practice and the people, resonated with their distinctive take on Buddhist philosophy, felt enthralled by the denomination’s assertion that they were the only

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not a member of the group anymore. I’m no longer participating in the practice.” I take a deep breath, close my eyes. There are so many things I want to say—the only thing I have a problem with is thinking that this denomination is the only true religion, the questions of life are vastly too complex and beautiful to limit themselves down to one answer. “But you, sweetie, you are just great. You are wonderful, and everyone in the Buddhist community is wonderful. It isn’t about any of you.” I swallow heavily. “Thank you for everything. Goodbye.” Beep! The line goes silent. I open my eyes, overwhelmed and sweatypalmed with the awareness that I can no longer profess to know rigid answers to life’s big questions. A sigh escapes my lungs and I look through the window at the summer day outside, know that I am looking into the whitehot fire of a great mystery, a mystery that every day demands to be unraveled anew, in which every day I have to compose my own satisfactory answers to the questions of why? and what? and how? I walk over to the window, slide it wide open to welcome the world in. The hot air rushes in against my face, and in the blast of heat, I smile.

pure and true Buddhist practice in the world today. Ultimately, though, I joined the group because it defined boundaries in an otherwise amorphous universe. I wanted it because it drew the lines that defined where the individual ends and the rest of the world begins. This particular Buddhist group did this in spades, offered me a map of myself and the world in precise detail that for a time was crucial for my sanity, with the sole requirement being that I accept it as the only accurate map in existence. Beep! Courtney’s voicemail invites me to leave a message. My throat is dry, my mind racing, words failing to come to my lips. “Uh, hi!” I stammer. “It’s Nick.” Perhaps there is such a thing as absolute, capital-T Truth; to be honest, I hope there is. I’m one of those people hardwired to crave a flag to march behind, an anthem to chant. However, I can no longer believe that the truth, capital T or otherwise, is exclusive—that it isn’t a great and diffuse thing, tantalizing and eluding us from just beyond the things we can see, uncontained by any barrier we could try to put around it. Nick Mattos still thinks very fondly of the “I’ve put a lot of thought into it,” I murmur group he left and of religion in general. Email into the phone, “and, um… I decided that I’m him at


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»AIDS & HIV CAREAssist pays for health insurance premiums, prescription drugs and insurance plan co-payments and deductibles for eligible people with HIV/AIDS. Program of the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Ryan White CARE Act. (8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday. 503-7314029 or 800-805-2313. Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) educates youth and adults about HIV prevention, supports people with HIV and their families and advocates for sound HIV policy and legislation on the national, state and local levels. Spanish-language assistance available. (Suite 800, 208 SW 5th Ave., 503-223-5907, Oregon HIV/STD Hotline 800-777-2437. CAP Vancouver offers free rapid HIV testing to men who have sex with men in Vancouver, Wash. (11am - 1pm Tuesdays, 4 - 8pm Thursdays. 3701 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. 360-750-7964) Clackamas County Public Health offers anonymous and confidential HIV testing and counseling to everyone. No needles! Free condoms! Call for appointment or walk-in testing times. (Oregon City: 503-6558471. Sandy: 503-722-6660. Molalla: 503-723-2944. 82nd Avenue: 503-771-7944. For more information call 503-742-5382.) Columbia County Public Health offers anonymous and confidential HIV testing, counseling and case management to anyone. Se habla español. We lend HIV books and videos and offer educational materials and free condoms. (503-397-4651 or 800-244-4870.) Daily Bread Express provides home delivery of high-quality meals to HIV-positive individuals in need. Fresh meals delivered weekdays, frozen meals for weekends. Volunteers invited to inquire anytime. (Mara 503-460-3822.) Esther’s Pantry in Milwaukie provides food and personal care items to people with HIV/AIDS. Call to donate or for services. (503-349-4699 Fuzeon Information Group welcomes people contemplating, using or caregiving for Fuzeon recipients. Facilitated by experienced patients, nurses and social workers. (5:30-7 pm second Wednesday, 5525 SE Milwaukie Ave. RSVP to Julia 503-230-1202, ext. 235. partnership/fuzeon.html.) Health, Education, AIDS Liaison (HEAL) offers information about alternative views of AIDS causation and HIV testing. Call for a free packet of information. (503-227-2339. HIV Day Center offers hot meals, counseling, laundry facilities, clothing, showers and hygiene supplies, computers with Internet access, phones, mail drop, recreational activities, massage and haircuts. Volunteers invited to inquire anytime. (9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday. 2941 NE Ainsworth St. 503-460-3822.) The Link, a social networking group for HIV-positive gay and bi men, meets every month for social events, discussions and other outings. (209 SW 4th Ave., 503-278-3868 Manifest, a nonprofit men’s wellness community, prevents and addresses HIV and STDs by empowering men to pursue their wellness passions together through programs like yoga, cycling, hiking, meditation, healing touch classes, vision teams, wellness coaching, information and referrals. (503 223 8822, ext. 1. Multnomah County Health Department’s HIV Community Test Site offers confidential testing by appointment. Some walk-in testing. Sliding-scale fee. Se habla español; other interpretation by appointment. (9 am-4:45 pm Monday-Friday except 12:30-4:45 pm Wednesday. 426 SW Stark St., Sixth Floor. 503-988-3775.) Multnomah County offers free HIV rapid testing to gay, bi and trans guys. Se habla español. (5-7:15 pm Tuesday. 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 503-988-3030.) OHSU HIV Clinic provides comprehensive health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Services include HIV specialty care, psychiatry, counseling, addiction treatment, case management, same-day visits and online chart access. Appointments are available regardless of insurance. (503-494-8562.) Our House of Portland provides Oregon and southwest Washington’s only network of integrated health and housing services for people with HIV/AIDS. Programs include Our House (24-hour residential care), Neighborhood Housing and Care, Community Services and Swan House. To volunteer, contact Kathryn Siebert. (503-234-0175. www. Partnership Project provides services to people with HIV/AIDS, their families and those at risk. Programs include HIV Case Management; Supporting Healthy Options for Prevention (SHOP), behavior change counseling to motivate people to protect themselves and their partners; and HIV 101, providing basic information for people recently diagnosed. Se habla español. (Intake Line: 503-517-3590. SHOP: Laura or Kurt 503-230-1202 or 877-795-7700. HIV 101: 503-230-1202. Positive Living: Julia 503-230-1202, ext. 235. Portland Area HIV Services Planning Council is a county decisionmaking body that identifies services needed for people living with HIV/ AIDS and allocates federal funds annually. Need volunteers from all walks of life. (20 NE 10th Ave., Second Floor. 3653 SE 34th Ave. 503988-3030, ext. 25703. Positive Direction Series offers life skill workshops to people living with HIV/AIDS at Cascade AIDS Project. Topics include employment, parenting, health, women’s self-image and sexuality, budgeting and tenant education. (Shyle Ruder 503-223-5907, ext. 203. Positive Living Series is a seven-week self-management series for people living with HIV/AIDS designed to assist you in taking care of your illness, give you skills to carry out normal daily activities and provide you with the tools to manage emotional changes. (Julia 503-2301202, ext. 235. Positive Support Association supports all persons that have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic here in the Pacific Northwest. The PSA maintains a comprehensive web site that people can visit to help newly diagnosed persons get help and support. The PSA is also seeking volunteers to assist in HIV/AIDS Awareness Projects, including our Peer Positive Mentorship Program. ( +alk is a five-session program for people living with HIV designed to reduce stress around talking about your HIV status and negotiating safer sex. New groups start regularly. (Ben at 503-278-3868 or

OutReach listings of up to 50 words are provided free of charge to organizations and groups specifically serving the sexual minorities community. All listings are subject to editing, and inclusion is subject to space limitations, relevance and receipt by deadline. The deadline for submissions is 14 days prior to publication. Listings expire once a year (in July), and submissions run from the date received until the next scheduled expiration date. Listings are automatically deleted upon expiration. To ensure uninterrupted listing, please submit updated information at least a month prior to the expiration date. Send listings to: Just Out (attn: Outreach), P.O. Box 14400, Portland, OR 97293-0400; Fax submissions to 503-236-1257 or e-mail Submissions cannot be accepted over the phone. Please type your announcement and include contact information. Project Quest Integrative Health Center offers conventional and alternative health care, nutrition classes, support groups and recreational sports activities for people seeking a wellness focus to living and dying, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. (2901 E Burnside St. 503-238-5203. The Research & Education Group provides access to HIV/AIDS research trials of new drugs and therapies. (2311 NW Northrup St. #105. 503-229-8428.) The Risk Reduction Zone, a program of Outside In, provides a queer safe space that offers HIV, hepatitis C and STD prevention programs; Internet resources; peer counseling; referrals; and support groups in a nonclinical setting. (1030 SW 13th Ave. 503-535-3895.) Social and Support Group discusses HIV issues for men at Quest Center. Meet other nice guys, share information and have fun. (7-8 pm Tuesday. 2901 E Burnside St. Terry 503-253-2292.) Swan House is a specialized adult foster care home for low-income people with HIV/AIDS who need assistance with personal care, mobility, medications or drug/alcohol/mental health support. (Business: 503786-4829. Volunteers: 503-234-0175. programs/swanhouse.) Tod’s Corner in Milwaukie provides clothing, household items, companion pet care, cremations and more to people with HIV/AIDS. Call to donate or for services. (503-349-4699. programs/todscorner.) Washington County Health Department provides free needle-free HIV testing services for gay and bi men at community health clinics in Beaverton and Tigard. (Beaverton: 5:30-7:30 pm Monday, 12550 SW Second St. Tigard: 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday, 15296 SW Royalty Parkway. 503-846-4965.)

»HEALTH Anti-Violence

Bradley Angle provides emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors of all genders. LGBTQ-specific services include a weekly allgenders support group facilitated by a queer-identified advocate. Individual support and advocacy is available for self-identified LGBTQ persons experiencing physical, emotional, sexual or economic violence within an intimate relationship. Healthy Relationships classes are offered several times a year. Free, confidential and safe. (Crisis line: 503-281-2442,, 503-595-9591 x305) Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Linn and Benton counties and offers a 24-hour hot line, confidential shelter, legal and hospital advocacy, safety planning and support groups. (Crisis: 541-754-0110 or 800-9270197. Business: 541-758-0219.) Clackamas Women’s Services offers shelter, support and resource referral to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Lesbian, bi and trans friendly. Wheelchair accessible. TTD, relay calls and collect calls accepted. (Crisis: 503-654-2288. Business: 503-722-2366.) Kids on the Block Awareness Program, a service of Impact NW, is a valuable resource for the children, parents and teachers with topics like Preventing School Violence, Appreciating Cultural Differences, Making Healthy Choices and more. Visit kidsontheblockimpactnw.blogspot. com for more information. Portland Women’s Crisis Line offers free and confidential services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence; operates a 24-hour crisis intervention hot line that provides referrals for shelter, counseling and support groups; provides sexual assault advocates; and offers a program for sex workers. Foreign language translation is available. (503235-5333 or 888-235-5333. Sexual Assault Resource Center promotes social justice by eliminating sexual violence through support, advocacy and education. Services include a 24-hour confidential crisis line, free counseling and support groups, community education and volunteer opportunities. (Crisis: 503640-5311. Business: 503-384-0480.


Breathe Free, the Oregon LGBTQ Coalition Against Tobacco, provides education around queer tobacco use and advocates for tobacco reduction. (503-784-5813. Men’s Tantric Yoga offers body/mind/spirit health in a safe, structured environment for men to explore their connection to self and to others. Two classes weekly. ( Outside In operates a clinic for anyone who can’t qualify for the Oregon Health Plan as well as needle exchange services that include those who inject hormones. Provide transitional housing for youth 20 and younger and for those HIV-positive and younger than 23. Need volunteers of all ages. (10 am-6 pm Monday-Friday. 1132 SW 13th Ave. 503-535-3800. Pivot is a community space for men into men. We offer a variety of programming that is both social and educational in nature, a drop in space (that’s right, sip our coffee and use our WiFi for free, we don’t mind), and weekly STD/HIV testing. Oh yeah, free condoms and lube, too. Drop by. Get into something different. (Wed - Sat 3-9pm. 209 SW Fourth Ave. 503-445-7699. Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette provides confidential and affordable sexual and reproductive health care, including STD testing and treatment, 20-minute anonymous HIV tests, annual exams and condoms. Sliding-fees, insurance welcomed. Se habla español. Health centers in Southeast and Northeast Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, Salmon Creek, Salem, Bend and Vancouver, Wash. (888875-7820.

Recovery Center for Family and Adolescent Research offers free counseling for parents of drug-abusing youth 15 to 20 who refuse to go to treatment. Counseling is also available for adolescents 13-17 who have both substance abuse and depression, as well as for adolescents 15-22 who use methamphetamine. All of our programs are part of a

federally funded treatment study to help qualifying parents engage resistant youth in counseling, have a family therapy focus, and are free of charge. (503‑243‑1065. Dual Diagnosis Anonymous is a peer support program based on a version of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with an additional five steps focusing on dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). Meets at Live and Let Live Club. (7‑8 pm Friday. 1210 SE Seventh Ave. 503‑222‑6468.) Extended Family hosts queer-friendly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at Metropolitan Community Church of Portland. (5:30 pm daily. 2400 NE Broadway. 503‑281‑8868.) HIV+ AA Meeting at Rosewood Apartments invites those in recovery who are either infected or affected by the disease. (7 pm Monday and Thursday. 4810 NE Sandy Blvd.) Lunch Bunch hosts queer-friendly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at Metropolitan Community Church of Portland. (Noon daily, 1 pm Sunday. 2400 NE Broadway. 503‑281‑8868.) Live and Let Live Club offers the sexual minorities community a safe place to find friendship, recovery and clean-and-sober activities. Meeting space available for 12-step groups. (1210 SE Seventh Ave. 503‑238‑6091.) Poz for the Cause, a 12-step recovery group for anyone infected or affected by HIV or Hepatitis C who has a desire to stop the suffering associated with alcohol and drug abuse, meets at Rosewood House. (7‑8:15 pm Mondays. 4810 NE Sandy Blvd. Tom @ 503-916-9693 and Fred @ 503-805-5895.) Rainbow Recovery Al‑Anon is a 12-step group of queer and questioning people who support one another in recovering from the effects of another person’s drinking. (6:15‑7 pm Thursday. 1244 NE 39th Ave. 503-292-1333, ext. 1.‑ Rush Hour Reprieve is an open Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. (5:30 pm Monday-Friday. 1210 SE Seventh Ave. 503‑772‑5213.) Sex Addicts Anonymous is a 12-step program for those suffering from addictive sexual behaviors. Any gender and sexual orientation is welcome. Weekly gay- and lesbian-friendly meeting focuses on Steps 1‑2‑3 and the spiritual solution. (7‑8 pm Tuesday. 909 NW 24th Ave., Second Floor. 503‑452‑5961. Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Alano Club and welcomes any sex abuse survivors age 18 and older. Newcomers are welcome! (909 NW 24th St.) Sunday Over the Rainbow, a 12-step Al-Anon group primarily for the sexual minorities community, helps family and friends of those addicted to alcohol or drugs on their own path to health and recovery. Meets in the Channing Room at First Unitarian Church of Portland. (5:15‑6:30 pm Sunday. 1011 SW 12th Ave.) The Triangle Project at Cascadia Behavioral Health Care is Oregon’s alcohol and drug addiction treatment program specifically for the queer community. Safe, respectful, confidential and effective since 1986. Services include a group for gay and bi men struggling with meth addiction. (503‑230‑9654.

Sexual Axis is a free, two-session, one-on-one counseling program designed to help you take the stress out of safer sex and work toward reducing your risk. Help take the stress out of safer sex! Held at Pivot, 209 SW 4th Ave., 503-445-7699, The Multnomah County Health Department STD Prevention Program offers testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, Hepatitis C and syphilis testing to those at highest risk, and hepatitis A and B vaccinations. By appointment or walk-in. Most insurance plans accepted; sliding-scale fee. Se habla español. (9 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday except 11:00-4:30 pm Wednesday. 426 SW Stark St., Sixth Floor. 503-988-3700.) Pivot offers free HIV and STD testing for gay/bi/trans and all men who have sex with men (because we think that’s hot). All testing is walk in and done on a first come, first served basis. Spanish speaking testing staff available: Tuesdays 5 - 8:30PM (HIV/STD), Wednesdays 1 3:30PM (HIV/STD), Saturdays 5 - 8:30PM (HIV only). 209 SW 4th Ave. 503-445-7699,

»SOCIAL Arts & Music Confluence: The Willamette Valley Mixed GALA Chorus rehearses Sundays at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem. (4‑6:30 pm. 5090 Center St. NE. 503‑364‑2370. Creative Connection is a social gathering for gay men who are artists, writers or musicians or who pursue some creative activity. Noncommercial, nonjudgmental; supporting personal creativity for novices and professionals alike. Monthly potlucks on the second Friday. (7 pm. Carl 503‑284‑2971.) Foreign Film Group meets every second and fourth Sunday to screen foreign films at various venues, followed by a group discussion. ( Motherlode Music Weekend. Spend Easter in the company of delightful music, have fun, learn a new instrument. N.W. Women’s Music Celebration, April 23-25, 2011. YMCA Camp Collins, near Gresham. Registration available at Classes in guitar, marimba, drumming, singing and much more. You’ll love it! Questions? Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is open to singers, support members and volunteers. (503‑226‑2588. Portland Lesbian Choir, a nonaudition community chorus, encourages women who love to sing in harmony—regardless of musical experience, age, race or sexual orientation—to join us for singing, skill building, socializing and fun, led by Director Kirsten Hart and assistant

director Anya Lysak. Rehearsals take place at Ainsworth United Church of Christ. (6:45‑8:45 pm Wednesday. 2941 NE Ainsworth St. Portland Gay Symphonic Band always welcomes new members, from accomplished musicians to those who have not played since high school. ( Rose City Gay Freedom Marching Band performs once a year during Portland Pride. ( Rose City Swing is a traditional 16-piece big band performing everything from classic dance standards to contemporary swing. Membership by audition. ( Satori Men’s Chorus welcomes new members of all ages and races, regardless of sexual orientation or musical background, to join Wednesday rehearsals. No audition necessary. (503‑242‑4244. www.

General Asian Pacific Islander Pride is for LGBTQ people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in Oregon, providing safe and supportive opportunities to celebrate, educate and bring our communities together. (, Bad Girls is a social and educational leather and B/D/S/M club for self-identified women with an emphasis on safety and education. Workshops, discussions, events and parties. Women of all orientations can connect and ask questions during the Kinky Women’s Welcoming Munch monthly. (503‑972‑2233. Blackout Leather Productions is Oregon’s premier GLBTQ leather production company. We are proud to produce the Mr. & Ms. Oregon State Leather and Oregon State Bootblack contests, as well as LURE, NW Sash Bash, and other events. For more details, check out our website Bookwomen is a lesbian discussion group that meets monthly to share stories, favorite authors, top 10 lists and opinions and reviews of the assigned book. (503‑684‑0305. Border Riders Motorcycle Club provides social opportunities for gay men interested in recreational motorcycle touring and camping. (503‑325-2204, Butch Crew PDX is a social group that welcomes everyone who identifies as butch/boi/macha/stud/tomboi/masculine of center/soft butch/bucha or any similar identity. Meet ups are the 2nd Sunday of each month at Q Center. Our core values are: Creating community, celebrating diversity & playing nicely with others. We don’t decide who belongs - you do. More information: ButchCrewPDX@gmail. com or find us on Facebook. CHARGED+ is a free monthly club night for HIV+ men, on third Tuesdays, hosted by Zora Phoenix at CC Slaughters in Portland. (219 NW Davis St., 503-248-9135) Coqsure is a social group for people who were assigned a female sex at birth but identify otherwise (female-to-male, genderqueer, drag king, etc.). (503‑471‑1515. 50+ lesbian social group meets monthly. (4‑7 pm. 503‑642‑3360 or 971‑216‑1173. FTM Pacific NW OR & WA is a discussion group for female-to-male trans men. ( Funny Ladies, a social group for nice lesbians 35 and older as well as their friends and loved ones, holds potlucks on the second Saturday of each month. ( Gay Guys Gardening is a member supported organization focused on growing, harvesting and storing food crops. Contact Tom Winterrowd, 503-263-2696, or Gay Men Who Have Lost Their Partners meets at the West Cafe to provide an opportunity for conversation and socializing. The death need not have occurred recently. (7:30 pm second Wednesday. 1201 SW Jefferson St. 503‑701‑9376.) Get Off My Axe! is a lesbian RPG gaming group in the tradition of Dungeons & Dragons, d20, etc. We play various PG-13 campaigns as suits us, sharing laughs and kicking kobolds as we go. Dust off your geek armor and join us! ( Happy Ours Productions is a grassroots group dedicated to building the visibility, community participation and collective leadership of lesbian women of color through a wide variety of social, networking, consciousness-raising and action-oriented activities, events and projects. (503.764.9351, Imperial Sovereign Rose Court of Oregon is the oldest gay, lesbian, bi and trans social/fund-raising organization in the state of Oregon. Meetings are the first two Mondays of each month. ( Jewish Gay Men’s Group—please call for meeting time and place. (503‑246‑5939. Keshet is a social connection group for queer Jews and their spouses, partners, significant others and good friends, meeting monthly for potluck dinners and special events. (Ira Forleiter,, or visit Lavender Womyn is a lesbian social group with chapters in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis-Albany, Rogue Valley, and Grants Pass. They organize several events throughout the year including potlucks, BBQ’s, bowling, bunco, game night, and more. (Visit or email Kim at for more information.) Lesbian horror movie fans meet at various Portland theaters to watch movies together. Contact for more information. Lesbians with Degrees is a social group that was started for degreed women, but no degree is necessary. Just come and join the fun! Pool parties, Scrabble and more. (Lani 503‑233‑3557. Join listserv at Les Couve Groove, a lesbian potluck group for SW WA. Meets the second Sunday of every month, 5-8 p.m. in members’ homes (except for May, when we meet the third Sunday to respect Mother’s Day.) For more information, contact us: Y’all come! Windandsea is a group embarking on the journey of bringing the Oregon Coast LGBT community together. Let’s get together and figure out how to enhance our coastal lives together, and have fun! ( Oregon Men Enjoying Naturism is a social organization for gay male naturists/nudists. Social gathering second Saturday of every month. ( PDX_FTM is a social group for female-to-male trans men and allies. ( PDX Gay Board Gamers meets monthly in Northwest Portland to play


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everything from old-time gems (Life, Monopoly) to new classics (Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico). Bring your favorite game along! (11:30 am-5 pm first Sunday. Poder Latino is a nonprofit social community voice group for gay, lesbian, bi and trans people that reaches out to Latinos and Latinas by organizing events and retreats and advocating HIV prevention. Meets every other Monday at Outside In. (6:30 pm. 1030 SW 13th Ave. Hugo 503‑997‑8615 or Audencio 503‑261‑5463.) The Portland Gay Men’s Garden Group meets once a month to explore various gardens and nurseries. Come socialize and meet other men who love plants. Contact Jim at 503-309-4342. Portland Leather Alliance is one of the largest pansexual, nonprofit B/D/S/M, leather and fetish lifestyle organizations in the Northwest. Regular social and educational opportunities, including KinkFest, Leather Ball and Fall Vendors Fair. ( Portland LeatherMen meet every second Saturday for potluck and socializing. Meet men into a leather lifestyle and keep abreast of leather happenings. No dues, no formal organization, no officers or board, just leather socialization for the past 21 years. (360‑896‑6665. Portland Lesbian Book Club gathers monthly to chat about a chosen book or to attend selected events. (6:30 pm third Tuesday. groups. The Portland Lesbian Garden Club enjoys all things green, from the latest perennial or vegetable finds to yard design and container planting. We focus not on meetings, but on garden and nursery tours, plant/ seed exchanges, and holiday parties. All ages and levels of expertise are welcome, and for $10 a year you can have access to our entire website: Give us a call at 503-909-2002 with your contact information to become a member. PDX Lesbian Network hosts monthly card, games, pool and bowling nights, brewpub visits, hiking, kayaking, backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, monthly bookclub, etc. We also have an annual campout for members in Summer and parcipate in the Hood to Coast relay. This is a Network, so if you want to host an event please feel free to do so. Please find us on Facebook and request to become a member. Portland Metro Prime Timers meets monthly on fourth Sundays. Established in 1980 as a social group for older Gay men as well as younger men who enjoy their company. Activities include potluck meals, picnics, dinners out, Bingo, celebrations of special holiday occasions. Check out our website: Contact: 360-254-1718 or 503-286-4613. Rainbow Eastenders is a group of active senior gay men who meet at Rainbow Vista in Gresham to socialize, travel and attend outings, including holiday parties, ocean cruises and dining out. Come make some new friends. (11 am third Saturday. 1350 W Powell Blvd. 503‑667‑5575. Relationship Gardening is a support group for single, gay men who desire monogamy. ($25/week, Call 503-348-0405 for pre-screening, Rose City Discussion Club, the largest and oldest open pansexual/ alternative sexuality club in the Northwest, is open to all orientations, fetishes and lifestyles that are safe, sane and consensual. (

Youth Services Portland metro’s LGBTQ youth community is fortunate to have plentiful resources, support groups, social clubs and educational programs offered in the region. Through a passionate network of nonprofit organizations, empowered youth activists and a commitment to providing safe spaces, outreach and leadership skill training, the organizations that follow have put in the hours and dollars to help the youth community realize that they are not alone—and that it does get better. —Ryan J. Prado


Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center 503-872-9664 + SMYRC creates safety and support for LGBTQ youth in Oregon through youth empowerment, community building, education and direct services.

PFLAG + ClackamasPFLAG. com portlandblackchapter PFLAG supports LGBTQ persons, their families and friends through love, understanding, education and advocacy.

TransActive TransActive’s group for transgender and gender non-conforming youth meets every 4th Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at OHSU Richmond Clinic. E-mail for more information.

The Trevor Project


The Pride Project

503-260-5792 + The Pride Project is a program for LGBTQ youth 21 and under in Washington County.

Outside In

503-535-3800 + Outside In helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move toward improved health and self-sufficiency.

The Living Room

“The Living Room, Clackamas County” on Facebook The Living Room is a program for LGBTQ youth ages 14-20 in Clackamas County.

Queer Scouts PDX “Queer Scouts PDX” on Facebook

The Adventure Group organizes a variety of activities year round, including hiking, walking, cross-country and downhill skiing, rafting and mountain biking. (PO Box 2201, Portland, OR 97208-2201. www. Amazon Dragons Paddling Club invites women 16 and older to join Portland’s only out lesbian dragon boat team. Be part of the fun and fitness with this dynamic group. (


SOMOS LGBTQ Latinos group is a welcoming social and educational gathering for GLBTQ Latinos. (6:30-8:30pm, Educate Ya, 200 NE 20th Ave. Suite-10, Soyboys Vegetarian Men’s Group is a fun, social gathering for gay and bi men who are interested in a healthy vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. A variety of activities and monthly potlucks on the last Saturday. ( Tuesday Twilight Tastings meets for casual tastings of fine wines and inspired food at West Cafe. (6‑8 pm third Tuesday. 1201 SW Jefferson St. RSVP to 503‑784‑4807 or 503‑227‑8189.)

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Turf Girlz Golf Group. Lesbian Equestrian Group gets together for equestrian activities in the Pacific Northwest. (Denise 503-654-3865. Lynn 503-777-2339. Out Dancing teaches dancing for same-sex couples at Ankeny Street Studio. Classes for different dance styles start each month: country, swing, tango, cha-cha, etc. Call for schedule. (503-236-5129. OutKayaking, Portland’s gay and lesbian sea kayak group, explores the lakes, rivers and bays of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. ( PDX Pride Bowling League is recruiting for fun games Friday nights September through April. ( PDX NetRippers is Portland’s queer soccer organization with competitive indoor soccer, outdoor scrimmages, practices for all levels and regional tournaments. (Kyle www. Portland Gay & Lesbian Bowling Association meets Sundays from Labor Day through Memorial Day at Hollywood Bowl. Drop-ins welcome anytime. (3:30 pm. 4030 NE Halsey St. Mailing address: PO Box 42034, Portland, OR 97232. 503-693-6261. Portland Gay Basketball Association welcomes all skill levels. (


866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) or 503-725-9742 or Portland State University’s Queer The Trevor Project is a national Resource Center 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Portland Frontrunners welcomes gay, lesbian, bi and trans people of all abilities and interests, whether you’re a running novice or a seasoned marathoner. (Gary Rose City Softball Association is Oregon’s largest sports organization for the GLBT community. With open and women’s divisions at all levels, RCSA plays slow-pitch softball games on most Sundays throughout the summer at Gordon Faber Recreational Complex in Hillsboro. Join a team or form a new one! (4450 NW 229th Ave. Rosetown Ramblers, Portland’s gay and lesbian square dance club, dances at mainstream and plus levels. (PO Box 5352, Portland, OR 97228-5352. Ruby Red Flippers, a group of gay and lesbian scuba divers in the Portland area, teaches new recruits and takes dives in Tacoma, Hood Canal and other Pacific Northwest waters. (rubyredflippers@yahoo. com. She Rocks, a supportive rock climbing group for lesbians 18 and older, organizes year-round climbing and training events chosen according to skill level. Monthly meetings are held at Bagdad Pub. (6:30-7:30 pm second Thursday. 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Team Portland Tennis meets Sundays at University of Portland. All levels of play welcome. (8 am-noon.

Sappho Social Club is a group of women 40 years and older building community through social and cultural activities. (

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»COMMUNITY Clackamas County PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets every fourth Tuesday at Atkinson Memorial Church in Oregon City. (7‑9 pm. 710 Sixth St. 503-3413208. Late Awakenings, a support group for lesbians who came out later in life, meets monthly at Q Center. (7 pm third Tuesday. 4115 N Mississippi Ave. 503‑227‑0605.) Central City Concern’s Women’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program provides employment and housing services to female Veterans who are homeless or in transition. Resume building, job search skills and general case management can help you in your quest for self-sufficiency! (2 NW 2nd Ave, 503-226-7387) Daddies and Papas, a social and support network for queer men raising children in the Portland area, offers play dates for kids, parenting tips and resources at Q Center. (10am-Noon, third Saturday of each month. 4115 N Mississippi Ave., The Dads Group is a social support group for gay, bi, trans or questioning men who are dads or want to be dads. Meets 7-9 pm the 4th Thursday of the month at the Q Center. For more information call Brett 503-310-4723 or Terry 503-697-7004 or visit Forest Grove PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) welcomes everyone to to its monthly program and support meetings at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ. (7 pm, third Tuesday monthly, 2032 College Way. 503232-7676. QPOWER is a group of young, motivated leaders committed to fighting to pass the policies and elect the candidates that will bring full equality to Oregon.

GLSEN Oregon

503-936-5614 + The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Triple Point

360-695-1326 x4217 Triple Point is a drop-in and group program in Downtown Vancouver for queer youth in Clark County.

Gay/Bisexual Men’s Therapy Group. This weekly therapy group is meant to create a safe space where gay, bisexual, queer men and the like from the Portland/Vancouver area can intimately discuss issues relevant to their lives. Our goal is to help gay men build intimacy and trust in ways that facilitate interpersonal growth, depth, and connection. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Gay Men’s Therapy Group, or if you would like information about fees and the initial assessment process, please contact Dr. Rich Nobles, Psychologist Resident, at Portland Psychotherapy at 503.281.4852 ext. 6. Please leave a message and Dr. Nobles will return your call shortly. Gay & Grey is a program of Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center & social service agency in Portland, OR. We offer social events and outings, weekly lunches, peer support groups, resources, and case management for LGBT seniors. We also provide diversity trainings in the community and a housing assessment program to identify LGBT friendly housing options for LGBT elders. For more information or to learn how you can participate, contact Friendly House at 503.224.2640 or eracoordinator@ Also be sure to check us out on Facebook at GLBTQI disability group brings together the GLBTQI community with physical disabilities of all types, and friends, for activities such as movie-going, music, eating out and exploring Portland. (For information, 503-213-3801 or Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group for lesbians and gay men meets to share information and provide support in dealing with the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis. (6:30‑8 pm third Wednesday. Melissa Greeney 503‑223‑9511.) Northwest Gender Alliance is a monthly social and support group for individuals desiring to explore and express another gender. (PO Box 4928, Portland, OR 97208‑4928. 503‑533‑8787. PFLAG Portland Black Chapter is a place for Black gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to come together with friends and family and support each other. Meet ups are the 3rd Saturday of each month at SMYRC at Noon. 503.232.7676 www.pflagpdx. org, Portland PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) welcomes all to its monthly meetings at First United Methodist Church. (7 pm second Tuesday. 1838 SW Jefferson St. 503‑232‑7676. Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA) meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Alano Club and welcomes any sex abuse survivors age 18 and older. Newcomers are welcome! (909 NW 24th St.) TRANS-FEM strives to engage and unite anyone on the transfeminine spectrum through community building, social events, and activism. Meetings at Q Center every third Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. ( or Parent Access to Gender Expression Support (PAGES) group for parents and family members of gender non-conforming and transgender children and youth age 18 and younger. PAGES provides an opportunity for parents and family of trans youth to share their experiences with one another in a secure and supportive


setting. PAGES group meetings are free to participating family members and caregivers. Childcare is available if needed. (7-9 pm, second Monday of every month. For information and to register, 503-927-7052, Tranz Guyz is a peer support and discussion group that meets at Q Center for people assigned female at birth but identifying as trans men/guys, intersex, genderqueer, questioning, FtM, etc. Topics include medical and emotional health, coming out, “passing,” hormones and relationships/sexuality. (6‑8 pm third Sunday. 69 SE Taylor St.; Veterans for Human Rights is a non-profit Veterans Organization that promotes the full recognition and equal protection of active reserve and Veteran members of the U.S. Armed Forces. VFHR advocates for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals to serve openly in the U.S. Military. VFHR opposes all forms of discrimination and promotes patriotism. (971-2357432, or Facebook “Veterans for Human Rights”)

Political Radical Women are active in the struggle against bigotry and exploitation. Call us to get involved! (6:30 pm second and fourth Monday. 819 N Killingsworth St. 503‑240‑4462. Basic Rights Oregon (BRO), the state’s largest grassroots queer rights political organization, lobbies the Legislature, educates the public and works to end discrimination through election activities. (503‑222‑6151. Democratic Party of Oregon’s GLBT Caucus participates in policy decisions and outreach, recruits and supports candidates and delegates, and gives sexual minorities access to elected officials and candidates. (503‑224‑8200. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC), provides lesbians 60 and older the chance to meet like-minded women in our common struggle to confront ageism, to share mutual interests and to experience the joy of playing and working together. (1 pm second Wednesday. 503‑286‑3575.)

General Babble-On Toastmasters, Portland’s most diverse Toastmasters club, meets every Sunday afternoon to have fun while developing communications and leadership skills. Laughter and applause guaranteed. Contact 503-330-2706 or visit for meeting time and location. Bisexual Community Forum is a space to meet people and discuss issues relevant to the bi community at The Deli. Everyone is welcome. (7:30 pm first Monday. 441 N Killingsworth. Laury 503‑285‑4848.) Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school for children ( and families!) from Pre-School (age 4 years), Kindergarten and grades 1 through 12. (503-297-1894, Deaf & Hearing Out Reach (DHOR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community among deaf and hearing queers and allies. Visit our Web site for programs, services, events and community resources. (503-517-8880 TTY/voice. Double Rainbow Foundation is available to help all queer parents who co-conceive children to be treated equally. We believe, regardless of gender, two adults in committed relationships who agree to co-create children should be given the same rights as heterosexual couples. Equity Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by gays and lesbians to build communities that embrace the dignity and worth of all people. Equity has distributed more than $2.8 million in grants and scholarships throughout Oregon. (503-231-5759. www. Getting Bi PDX is a women’s group that meets for discussion, coffee and planning social events. ( .) Home Free, a program of Volunteers of America for women and children surviving domestic violence has openings for compassionate people to assist in our restraining order advocacy program. You will provide emotional support, safety planning and resource referrals. Training is provided covers dynamics of domestic violence, with an emphasis on legal issues. Last year, advocates assisted over 2,400 petitioners! Call Jen at 503.802.0494 to get more information & to take action. KBOO-FM’s Out Loud queer news and public affairs show, featuring local guests and announcements, airs second and fourth Tuesdays. This Way Out, the international queer show, airs on first, third and fifth Tuesdays. (6 pm. 90.7 FM Portland, 91.9 FM Hood River, 100.7 FM Willamette Valley. .) Queer-friendly Northwest Veterans for Peace meets Sundays at Tully’s Coffee. (11 am. 935 NE Broadway. The Oregon Safe Schools and Community Coalition seeks to create safe schools and communities for families, educators and students statewide. (503-260-5792. Polyamory Circle is a gathering for folks exploring options beyond monogamy. Discussions include open relationships, extended families and intentional communities. Everyone is welcome. (7 pm third Monday. Laury 503-285-4848.) Pride at Work Oregon is a new affiliate of the AFL-CIO that lets union members rally support for gay, lesbian, bi and trans issues and lets the queer community support workplace rights and respect on the job. (PO Box 4731, Portland, OR 97208. 503-516-2498.) Pride Northwest, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks vendors and volunteers for the Portland Pride Festival, which is held every Father’s Day weekend at Waterfront Park. (503-295-9788. Q Center is a space that increases visibility and fosters a connection within Portland’s queer community. (4115 N. Mississippi, 503-234-7837. Senior Housing and Retirement Enterprises (SHARE) has closed their doors and turned their program over to Friendly House. SHARE activities and advocacy is now incorporated in Gay & Grey. For assistance or to get involved please call 503-224-2640. The Sexual Minorities Roundtable meets second Tuesdays with representatives from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau to discuss and resolve issues between the queer community and law enforcement agencies. (Noon-1:30 pm. 1111 SW Second Ave. #1526. 503-823-0027.)




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September 2, 2011 Issue : Just Out Newsmagazine  

This issue of Just Out features the profile of a young motivated AIDS Walk-er, a preview of Lincoln City's Iris Pride, a preview of the Not...

September 2, 2011 Issue : Just Out Newsmagazine  

This issue of Just Out features the profile of a young motivated AIDS Walk-er, a preview of Lincoln City's Iris Pride, a preview of the Not...