By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
This year, more than any other, marks one of the most profound in terms of changes on the Pride landscape. Much of the old guard has stood down (or gone out of business), and new-ish veterans are leaving their marks all over our fair city. Lots of folks are angling to secure The Biggest Pride Party Ever™, but, as party architects and festival organizers know, you can’t just call it that and make it so. You have to plan, assemble talent, woo queers, and then turn it out on game day. Lucky for you, we’ve done our best to put all your options in one place. Here is a look at what’s going down, Pride-wise, in the next 30 days.
Thursday, June 13
PQ Pride Press Party: If you’re reading this, you probably already know about it. Regardless, come mix and mingle with your favorite writers and publishers on the city’s most venerated patio — at Vendetta. It’s typically an eclectic group of queers, and an ideal place for more intimate (and sober) chats with your peers. 5pm, Vendetta, 4306 N. Williams. Free, clearly.
Queer Heroes NW Opening Reception: Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest and Q Center partner for an annual multi-media celebration of queer pioneers and leaders from our local movement — a new one is unveiled each day in June. Come see all the heroes displayed in Q Center’s gallery — the diverse collection eventually hits the road and tours the region, sharing the good news far and wide. 5pm — 8pm, (program at 6pm) Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi.
Racial Justice and Trans Justice Cupcake Social featuring Kye Allums: Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice and Trans Justice programs are hosting a meet-and-greet with Kye Allums — the first out trans man to play NCAA Division I basketball. There will also be free cupcakes! 5:30 — 6:30pm, Cupcake Jones, 307 NW 10th Ave.
Homo Ha! An evening with Ant: The fourth annual LGBT Pride comedy showcase, co-produced by Belinda Carroll and Kitty Moshpit Productions. This year, Homo Ha! is delighted to present Ant, a frequent “Tonight Show” and “Tyra Banks Show” guest. Hyper and irreverent, Ant has steadily climbed the comedy hill to become one of the most successful comedians of our time. Carroll will also perform, and Manuel Hall hosts. Two shows, 7pm and 9:30pm, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK. homoha.brownpapertickets.com.
Queerlandia: At long last, Queerlandia returns. In its third year, Queerlandia is conjuring new pleasures with an extravagant hybrid of Portland’s queer magic, mixing and mashing beauty into a new creature of pleasure and ecstasy. Six deejays (yes, six), Carla Rossi’s Carnival Grotesque, a very long list of drag performers, a marketplace of queer crafts and art hosted by Serendipity Jones — the list goes on. This goes on your “don’t miss” list. Who cares if you have to be up early Friday. You should have taken a long weekend. Deejays from every party you love: Gaycation, Bridge Club, Laid Out, Temple, BMP/GRND. This is what Pride looks like, and this is last year’s party that I’m still talking about. 9pm, Embers, 110 NE Broadway. $5.
Friday, June 14
The Living Room’s Intergenerational BBQ: Held at Clackamette Park, the Living Room, a safe haven for LGBTQ youth in Clackamas County, holds their annual potluck. 4pm, Clackamette Park, 1955 Clackamette Drive, Oregon City. For more information, like The Living Room, Clackamas County on Facebook.
Silverado offers Pride festivities all weekend long. Music, dancers, dancing, Lawanda Jackson, and lots more! Stan, as always, will be calling every play. (And critiquing you.) Silverado, 318 SW Third.
Hedonistic Decadence and Twerk present a Queer Strip Night: “Strippers, booze, tits, and ass everywhere,” promoters promise. Hosted by Ecstasy Inferno, this night of dreams welcomes all genders, shapes, sizes, abilities, and races. Put on some glitter, kittens, unicorns, rhinestones, skulls, cocks, and floggers. Or sit back and enjoy the show. Twerk goes down right after. 8pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $7.
Gaycation all you ever wanted holds its Pride edition Friday — and welcomes MEN/Le Tigre’s JD Samson (who killed it at the last Control Top). About Samson: For more than a decade, JD’s career as singer, producer, and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion. Oh, and Gaycation plays the best music you’ll ever hear. Truth. DJs Charming, Snowtiger, and La Bruiser — all the lovelies. 9pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison. $7
Lumbertwink returns! It’s the Twink’s last party until autumn. (Say it isn’t so, Bund!) Photo booth by party architect Wayne Bund, music by deejays Gossip Cat and Pocket Rock-It (Bridge Club, Laid Out) — wear your plaid, get in on the cheap, and enjoy the sprawling patio and packed, sweaty dance floor. The photo booth alone is worth the trip. The fur is the bonus. 9pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11. $3 in plaid, $5 without.
BMP/GRND’s Velvet Goldmine Edition: Portland’s only queer dance night devoted entirely to the 90s is doing an extra-special Pride edition with a screening of “Velvet Goldmine,” two guest deejays, and a glorious medley of 70s and 90s jams. Residents Amy Kasio and Rhienna welcome DJs ONE-900 and Go Ask Your Dad. Think Studio 54 meets MTV’s The Grind. 70s and 90s costumes get you in free. 9pm, The Foggy Notion, 3416 N. Lombard. $5.
Twerk, Pride Edition: See Queer Strip Night above. This pride edition features a twerk-off, prizes, and various other goodies. There’s also a drink special called the Twerk-O-Later. Oh my. Deejays Trill and Ill Camino. 11pm until late, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK.
Saturday, June 15
Portland Pride Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park: Opens at Noon. Booths, vendors, food, adult beverages, all-ages, beverages, performances, comedy, live singing, drag — you name it, it’s here. Good luck dodging exes. $7 entry, lasts all day Saturday and Sunday.
Taking Pride on Stark: Scandals’ annual Pride block party. One of the last Pink Triangle bars, this is a weekend-long shindig with a $5 cover each day. The weekend will feature music by DJ Robb and shows by Peacock Productions. Their headliner Saturday night is Magic Mouth (!!!), Sunday is Saturday Night Orphans, with Larry Pendar and Friends earlier in the day. A portion of proceeds go to Cascade AIDS Project and the Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund. Doors open at 3pm Saturday, earlier Sunday, and the party goes through closing time Sunday night. Scandals, 1125 SW Stark. $5.
Dyke March: The Portland Dyke March originated in 1994 to heighten visibility for dykes of all persuasions. Embrace dyke diversity — all self-identified dykes, lesbians, women, and people of trans, gender non-conforming ,and gender-variant experiences are invited to march. The 2013 will kickoff at 6pm — sharp — at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Meet at 5:30pm at the Salmon Street fountain. Look for all the dykes — or listen for Belinda Carroll’s “loudness.”
The Big Gay Pride Party, Hot Flash style: Hot Flash is turning up the heat this year with an incredible lineup — and they’ve moved to the Crystal Ballroom to make room for everyone. Vicci Martinez (read more on page 37) of NBC’s “The Voice” will perform. Also on tap: Sindel Starr, Kimikaze, burlesque, drag queens and kings — all sorts of delights. Portland and Seattle go-go dancers will keep your eyes busy. 6pm, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside. Advance tickets $16.25, $16 at the door.
Control Top, a Queer Experience. A quarterly nightlife enterprise — a blend of skillful music, stunning visuals, rich photography, design, lots of cute people you want to make out with, sweaty bodies, rad outfits, a lot of nasty fun. And dancing. If you haven’t been residing under a rock, this is probably already on your radar — and if it isn’t, put it squarely at the top. Stage and show inside, patio and deejays outside. Performers include Bomb Ass Pussy (Portland), Double Duchess (SF), Ononos (Seattle), and Glitterbang (Seattle). Deejays: Hold My Hand (Bridge Club), Bruce LaBruiser (Dirt Bag), Freddie Says Relax (Butch Queen), and house resident Roy G Biv. The shit’s shit — best arrive promptly. 9pm, White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8. $10.
Blow Pony, a Family Affair: Come out, share yourself, celebrate, and be proud without corporate sponsorships, banners, or pushy ads telling you how to be or how to live. Blow Pony’s sprawling complex plays host to a variety of deejays, and includes live performances by Big Dipper (NYC) — who is fresh off his stellar April show — and Hi Fashion (LA), and Portland’s Boy Funk, We Are Like the Spider, and Rap Girl. Deejays Airick, Stormy, Kasio Smashio, and many more. Get there early, this one gets packed. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE Third. $5.
Gaylabration 2013: Its third incarnation and in the heart of the city at the Crystal Ballroom, it’s Gaylabration! DJ Grind is “back to tear up the dance floor.” Party planners say “this will be the biggest Pride event all weekend.” 10pm, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside. Ticket prices are, well, complicated: mcmenamins.com/events/114871/.
Cross Over’s Pride Party: Celebrate Pride, Escape Bar & Grill-style. Drink specials, “bomb food,” pool, and video poker. 10pm, Escape, 9004 NE Sandy. Free.
Sunday, June 16
Portland Pride Parade kicks off the day. Starts off at the corner of NW Park and Burnside, ends at the corner of SW Naito Parkway and Pine. 11am sharp. Free.
Portland Pride Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park: Opens at noon. Mattachine Social plays at 3:30pm. $7 entry, lasts all day.
Taking Pride on Stark at Scandals. See entry for Saturday, June 15.
Gula Delgatto’s External Delusional Lounge: One of just a few outdoor, daytime block parties, Eagle Portland reunites Ms. Delgatto with her old sidekick, Fannie Mae Darling, and welcomes relative youngsters Shitney Houston, Bomb Ass Pussy, and Kitty Von Glitterbox. Along with that impressive array of drag talent: Cakes Da Killa (New York). Do yourself a favor and YouTube some of his videos. Maricón resident deejay Moisti and Eagle regular Danimal will make the music. There’s an Absolut lounge and lots of Joe’s Burgers. 2pm, Eagle, 835 N. Lombard. $10.
A Big Gay Boat with Latrice Royale: “To keep the spirit of the block party alive,” a drag and dance party on the Portland Spirit. And, what’s more: Drag Race fan favorite Latrice Royale. Along with Ms. Royale will be Portland’s own Carla Rossi, Kaj-Anne Pepper, Bolivia Carmichaels, Honey Bea Hart, Alexis Campbell Starr — and too many others to mention. Music by SNAP! and Bridge Club. Boards 2:30pm, disembarks at 3pm, returns by 5pm, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, $20.This event is sold out.
Gospel according to Alaska Thunderfuck: Still smarting from her second place Drag Race finish, this queen is tearing it up on tour, proving she should have been America’s Next Drag Superstar™! “Your makeup is terrible.” With your host Madame Anita Dumore and music by Seattle beloved Bottom Forty deejays (and SF’s Honey Sounsystem), this is the perfect Pride nightcap. Performers include Shitney Houston, Carla Rossi, Kaj-Anne Pepper, and more. Oh, to share the stage with Alaska. It’s every drag queen’s dream. Rumor has it there are other special surprises (appearances) in store, but shhh. 7pm, Branx, 320 SE 2. $10.
Apocalysp! An all-ages Pride celebration without the corporate sponsorship. A portion of proceeds go to organizations working to end teen suicide in the queer community. Featuring performances by The Need, Thank You Holy Spirit, and DJ Hero Worship, and many more. Go to slabtownbar.net for more details and ticket information. 8pm, Slabtown, 1033 NW 16. $7 advance, $8 at the door.
Wednesday, June 19 (And you thought Pride ended on Sunday)
All the Way Turn’t Up: Portland Black Pride 2013: “This year we are more ‘turnt’ up than ever: Loving who we are, learning who we are, and celebrating all that we are.” Wednesday marks the kickoff party at the Local Lounge, featuring The Queens of the Night, Pride Edition. 8pm, Local Lounge, 3526 NE MLK. Visit PortlandBlackGayPride.com for more information, VIP tickets, and a complete schedule of events.
Friday, June 21
Rice, Beans, and Collard Greens: a Pride dance party for queer and trans people of color and our friends and family. All proceeds support Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice and Alliance Building program. Drink specials all night! Dance to hip hop, reggae, top 40, and more. Presented by Basic Rights Oregon, in partnership with Asian Pacific Islander Pride, Portland Black Pride, Portland Latino Pride, Portland Two Spirit Society, and Pride NW. And since it’s at Crush, there’ll be plenty of delicious food available. 8:30pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison. $5.
Saturday, June 22
Eyes Open: Our Past, Present, and Future, Portland Black Pride Summit 2013: An opportunity to explore our diversities and multiple identities and the ways we can stand in solidarity as we come together as a community. The summit will be an afternoon of workshops covering a wide range of topics relevant to the Black LGBTQA community, thought provoking discussions, information, community resources, and entertainment. It runs most of the day, from 10am until 4pm, and you can find registration information here: surveymonkey.com/s/PBPreg2013. PCC Cascade, Student Center Building, 10am.
Wednesday, June 26
Reel Feminism present “But I’m a Cheerleader:” In Other Words’ monthly feminist film series goes gay with a screening of the seriously funny parody of a gay-to-straight conversion camp starring RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne, Mink Stole, Melanie Lynsky, Clea DuVall, Dante Basco (aka Rufio from “Hook”), and many other noteworthy names. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, get on it! If you have, well, you know it’s worth seeing again and again. 7pm, Clinton Street Theater, $5 sliding scale.
Saturday, June 29
Central Oregon Pride 2013: The ninth annual Central Oregon Pride celebration takes over the beautiful Drake Park in downtown Bend, Oregon, from noon until 6pm. Human Dignity Coalition, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary, hosts the event. This year’s festival will focus on entertainment and information, and organizers expect their biggest event yet. The after party will start at 7:30pm, and will be held at Seven Restaurant and Nightclub. Donations accepted. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Go spend a beautiful weekend in Bend, and celebrate all your gayness with your eastern brothers and sisters.
Corvallis Pride/Pride in the Park: Your favorite sleepy college town celebrates your gayness in Central Park. Central Park, Corvallis — not NYC. Organizers are still assembling talent, but plan on a leisurely, lovely time. Vendors, refreshments, entertainment! We’ll have more online as the day approaches. Starts at noon, ends around 6pm.
Saturday, July 13
Saturday in the Park: Every second Saturday in July, Southwest Washington holds the region’s only LGBT Pride celebration. This year marks its 19th. That’s a great many years! As always, Saturday in the Park prides itself on itself for being family-friendly, free, and, well, fun. Vendor booths, live entertainment, raffles — and what queer shindig would be complete without a beer garden? 11am — 5pm, Esther Short Park, 301 W. 8 St.
Saturday, July 20
Portland Latino Gay Pride: PLGP’s eighth annual celebration will stretch over this July weekend, with events spanning the Q Center and the Jupiter Hotel. This year’s theme: ¡Viva La Vida! Festival mainstays Voz Alta and the afterhours dance party at Embers remain. The food alone is worth the trip. Seriously. For more coverage of Portland Latino Gay Pride, look for our July issue! But save the dates now.