This Month in Queer History: February 2012

1791 – New Hampshire restricts its sodomy law to male-male acts only, and retains the death penalty. [Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW]

1903 – Police conduct the first recorded raid on a gay bathhouse in the United States …

Storming Stark Street: A queer (re-)takeover

Party-goers take it EASY with DJ Lustache at Red Cap. Photo by BatchFoto.


By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly


In a city like ours, where one can stake out a handful of queer nights at venues all over town—week in and week out, …

Local youth activist wins national leadership award

Ernesto Domínguez received the Paul A. Anderson Youth Leadership award at the Creating Change Conference that took place Jan. 25-29 in Baltimore, Md. Photo by Lloyd Wolf .

By Julie Cortez, PQ Monthly


Portland, OR — Ernesto Domínguez, 23, has firsthand knowledge …

What does the Winter Gala support?

As reported by Logan Lynn, Q Center Public Relations manager, the Center’s budget for 2012 is “roughly $625,000.” Twenty-six percent the budget — an estimated $162,500 — comes from special events; 90 percent of that comes specifically from the gala.

Beyond …

Fundraising From Peter to Serve Paul

Should — or could —galas like the Q Center’s be accessible to all?
By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly


Last year’s Winter Gala was one of the Q Center’s major sources of revenue. Photo courtesy of Q Center.

Portland, OR — The Q Center’s …

Vancouver Weighs In on Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly


Kelly Keigwin and her partner Sam MacKenzie are both Vancouver-based artists. Photo by Anni Becker.

Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage on Feb. 8, setting the stage for our neighbor to the north to become …

SMYRC Joins Q Center to Form One Family

SMYRC youth played an active role in the decision to join forces with Q Center. Photo courtesy of Q Center.


By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly


Portland’s Q Center welcomed a new family member Feb. 1 when it officially took the Sexual and …

National & World News Briefs

Gov. Christine Gregoire

Marriage is the word of the month, with major victories in both Washington and California. The Washington State Legislature voted Feb. 8 to approve a same-sex marriage bill that Gov. Christine Gregoire signed into law Feb. 13. Opponents …