Proud Queer Picks: November 22–29, 2017

Check out this week's recommended events in Portland!

Proud Queer Picks

No-Thanks Giving

On top of its problematic and harmful colonialist roots, Thanksgiving can be a tough holiday for folks who find themselves away from friends and family. We invite all folks of all backgrounds to come join us at Marrow for a night of eating, conversing, storytelling, games, art-making, and honoring the stolen land we operate on and the people it was taken from.

Thursday, November 23, 6–9 pm at Marrow, 7025 N Lombard St, Portland. Free admission, all ages event. More info at

Black Lives Matter #NotBlackFriday Not One Dime

Every year we provide hundreds of meals to families who are living in poverty and forced systemic discrimination and oppression. Join us as we use this holiday season to remind Americans that Black Friday should not be a time to support capitalism, it should be a time to build communities.

Friday, November 24, 1 pm at Hollywood Transit Center, 1410 NE 42nd Ave, Portland. More info at

Native Family Day and Marketplace

A day to celebrate community with our families and free crafts, swimming, roller skating and snacks. Fry Bread Taco Fundraiser at noon. This is also an opportunity to get a jump on that special gift from one of our many talented Native artists!

Saturday, November 25, 10 am–5 pm at Mt Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland. Free admission, all ages event. More info at

2017 PDX Black Holiday Bazaar

Support local Black-owned businesses this holiday season! Vendors will be selling a variety of gift and food items, including holiday quilts, knit hats and scarves, African and ethnic clothing and art, natural hair care products and much more. Guests are also invited to bring a toy donation for local elementary school children.

Saturday, November 25–Sunday, November 26, 9 am–5 pm at Portland Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 5940 N Albina Ave, Portland. Free admission, all ages event. More info at

Transgender Justice 101 Training

With the Trump administration’s current assault on transgender Americans, it’s now more important than ever to understand the barriers and oppression faced by the trans community. This free training is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to become a more effective transgender ally, from concerned individuals and nonprofit employees to affirming churches and other groups.

Tuesday, November 28, 6–8:30 pm at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd, Portland. Free, registration and more info at

Monthlies and Weeklies

Gay Skate
Come join PQ Monthly for our monthly Gay Skate night. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled evening the third Monday of every month.
Third Mondays, 7–9 pm at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Pkwy, Portland. Admission $7, skate rental $2–4, all ages event.

Legendary Mondays
Every Monday, Bart Fitzgerald curates one of the most refreshing events of the week. If you make it through a Monday, you deserve to attend. Music by Dubblife.
Mondays, 9 pm–2 am at Swift Lounge, 1932 NE Broadway St. Portland. Free admission, 21+ only.

Stag Karaoke Mondays
Weekly karaoke night for the queer community.
Mondays at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland. Free admission, 21+ only.

Bi Bar
Bi, pan, fluid, and queer folks are welcome to come to the monthly Bi Bar event every second Tuesday at Crush Bar.
Second Tuesdays, 8–11:30 pm at Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., Portland. Free admission, 21+ only.

Last Wednesgays
Get through hump day with a bonus LGBTQ drink or two. This hip, rustic-industrial hangout offers a patio, fireplaces, and ping-pong.
Last Wednesdays, 6–9 pm at Century, 930 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland. Free admission, 21+ only.

Amateur Night at Stag
Amateur night in the main bar hosted by the gorgeous Godiva DeVyne. Interested dancers should arrive by 8:45 p.m.
Wednesdays at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland. Free admission, 21+ only.

Throwback Thursdays
Throwback Thursday hosted by the always fashionable Drexler. The house DJ spins the best pop, hip hop, and R&B hits of the 80s, 90s, and 00s.
Thursdays at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland. Free admission, 21+ only.

Burlesque S’il Vous Plait
Enjoy a classic burlesque show with a contemporary variety twist every first Friday.
First Fridays, 9 pm at Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., Portland. Doors at 8:30 pm. Admission $12–18, 21+ only.

Switch. Queer Kink House Dance Party
A kink-friendly queer dance party hosted at Killingsworth Dynasty on the 4th Friday of every month. Our mission is to cultivate a safer space for kink and queer expression.
Fourth Fridays, 9 pm–2 am at Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth St, Portland. $5 cover, 21+ only.

Bronco Night at Stag
Every first Saturday is Bronco, a sexy men’s night in Portland and across the U.S. at men’s clubs. Enjoy beefy bearded dancers, great tunes, photo booths, and sexy visuals!
First Saturdays, 9 pm–2 am at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland. Doors at 9 pm. $6 before 10 pm, $10 after, 21+ only.

Pants Off Dance Off
Body positive, bare-as-you-dare dance party that happens every first Saturday of the month.
First Saturdays, 9 pm at Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St., Portland. Admission $7, clothes check included, 21+ only.

Blow Pony!
Fierceness! F*aggotry! F*ckery! Get ready to dance at this monthly party featuring live performance, DJs, fabulous GoGos, and all-around debauchery!
Fourth Saturdays (usually), 9 pm at Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside St, Portland. Admission $9, 21+ only.

Testify Brunch
Testify Brunch hosted by the fabulous Alexis Campbell Starr. Show starts at 12:30 pm.
Sundays, 11 am–3 pm at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland. Free admission.