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Lunar New Year Banquet with API Pride

Ring in the Year of the Rooster in style! The banquet will be a night for all LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders and their friends and family to come together, enjoy good food and amazing local performances while celebrating each other. $1 raffle tickets available the night of from fabulous local vendors, including Steam Portland, Microsoft, Portland QDoc Film Festival, Rose City Rollers, She Bop, Powell’s Books, and more. API Pride needs your help at the banquet! If you are interested in volunteering to qualify for free admission to the banquet, please contact API Pride via email or Facebook.
 
For more information, please contact api.pride@gmail.com.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Szechuan Chef, SW Macadam Ave., Portland. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Admission includes dinner and program, with a cash bar available. This is an all ages event.

Putting the T in Equality

We’ve all read lots of stories over the last few years about the issues and hurdles that transgender folks face. But what if we needed to educate someone who didn’t know anything about being transgender? Would we have the terms and the knowledge to be a good educator? Join Basic Rights Oregon and Portland Underground Grad School for a special workshop for allies and loved ones of transgender folks to learn and discuss issues that affect them.

Sunday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland. Event is free and open to the public but requires registration, which can be found at basicrights.org.

 

Swimming While Drowning

When teenager Angelo Mendez decides to leave his home out of fear of further disappointing his homophobic father, he encounters a world he was not prepared for at an LGBTQ homeless shelter in Los Angeles. Spoken word poetry and teen romance collide in this coming of age story as two homeless teens find inspiration to live life on their own terms.

Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St., Portland. Show runs through Feb. 25. Tickets range from $20 to $27 based on senior or student status.


 

Community Events

Queer Speak Out Rally and March

Join the community to create solidarity with marginalized peoples and organize for LGBTQ rights and all of those who are close to us. 

Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at 1020 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland. Free and open to the public, all ages.

Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist Pop-Up Shop

As part of the Iconoclastic exhibition featuring works by artists Morehshin Allahyai, Daniel Rourke, Demine DinéTazhi’, Noelle V. Sosaya, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, Michael Rakowitz, and Ryan Wooding, a selection of participating artists will speak on behalf of the project.

Friday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. at Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Talk at Psychology 105, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland. Open to the public.

Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon Lobby Day Rally

Individuals and groups from across Oregon will come together in Salem to rally and talk to legislators about the Reproductive Health Equity Act.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12 p.m., Oregon State Capitol, open to the public.

Queer and Trans Acro Workshop

 

Join the community AcroYoga fun in a safe space curated for queer and trans identified people. All levels and experiences welcome.

Saturday, March 4, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Om Movement Studio, 14 NE 10th Ave, Portland. $10 – $20. Register at AcroSuperHeroes.com.

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Enjoy the launch of a new curated reading series for queer writers, hosted by Kate Caroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. This reading will feature local writers Domi Shoemaker, Kelly Jeske, David Skilton, Julianna Gonzalez, and Stephanie Glazier.

Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St., Portland. Free and open to the public.

Powerful Self: LGBTQIA2S+ Lives Today

 

Celebrate the opening of this unique and powerful intergenerational exhibit, meet the storytellers, and enjoy free admission and refreshments with community.

Friday, March 10, 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland. Free and open to the public.

 


 

Good Times

Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza

Meet original cast member Barry Bostwick, plus the local shadow cast of Clinton Street Cabaret at this amazing screening and historical film event. Cosplay welcome!

Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland. General Admission is $10, with reserved VIP tickets available for $89.

Okurrrrrr with Detox

Okurrrrrr welcomes back to Portland the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 and All Stars Season 2: Detox! Enjoy music by resident DJ and host Buckmaster, guest DJ Prince$$ Dimebag, and supporting acts by Shitney Houston, House of Ada, Daphne Dauna, Birdie Le Tramp, Noni. St. Darling, Brittany Newton, and Ann Pyne.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Ave., Portland. $20 presale General Admission, $25 day of. $35 presale Meet and Greet, $40 day of. Tickets available at okurrrrrrdetox.brownpapertickets.com.

CAREeoke – Spotlight for Poverty

Come out to Escape Bar and Grill and take the spotlight to help raise funds for CHAP (Concerned Humans Against Poverty). There will be a raffle and karaoke, so come prepared to win some fun prizes.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Escape Bar and Grill, 9004 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland. Free and open to the public, 21+ only.

Queer Story Jam

Backfence PDX, Scarlett Productions, and Pride Foundation is hosting an LGBTQ Storytelling and music/dance event. Featuring Sasha Scarlett, Caitlin Weierhauser, The Rotties, Belinda Caroll, Jeffrey Robert, Jimmy Radosta, and special guests Simon Tam and The Slants.

Monday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, 10:30 p.m. live music at Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., Portland. Tickets $15 – $25, 21+ only.

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 p.m – 2 a.m. at Swift Lounge, 1932 NE Broadway St. Portland. Free and open to the public, 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Rontoms, 600 E. Burnside, Portland. Free, 21+ only.

Twerk is For Lovers

Resident DJ Ill Camino along with guest artist Massacooramaan invite you to hit the floor in an inclusive queer hip hop night. Featuring guest door babe, Femmegold.

Friday, Feb. 24, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N. Killingsworth St., Portland. $5 entry, 21+ only.

Drama Queen

Enjoy a night of high-concept drag, performances, installation works, and a runway competition with a grand prize of $250.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Jade Club, 315 SE 3rd Ave., Portland. $10 before 11 p.m., $15 after. Show at 11 p.m., competition to follow, 21+ only.

The Oscar Party

Come one, come all and watch the Academy Awards with us, no cover. Dress up or dress comfy — either way we’ll have the big screen ready. Enjoy a drink special and get in on a raffle for some serious prizes or bid on a couple of hotel stays at premiere hotels, all while fundraising for Cascade AIDS Project.

Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Scandals PDX, 1125 SW Stark St., Portland. Free and open to the public, 21+ only.

Debut Bronco Night at Stag

Every first Saturday is Bronco, a sexy new 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! Saturday, March 4, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland. $6 before 10 p.m., $10 after, doors at 9 p.m. 21+ only.

Drag Queen Brunch with Sasha Scarlett

Celebrity tributes, comedy, laughter, and glam are welcome to you every other Sunday, hosted by Sasha Scarlett.

Sunday, Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Mar 19. Doors at 11 a.m., show at 12 p.m. at the Doug Fir lounge, 830 E. Burnside, Portland. Tickets are $18 – $20, 21+ only.

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: A Themed Variety Show

Enjoy performances portraying deepest dreams and darkest nightmares! Hosted by Nikki Lev, this showcase will feature drag, comedy, singing, dancing, and more!

Thursday, March 9, 9 p.m. at Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison, Portland. Entry $10, 21+ only.

Testify Brunch at Stag

Alexis Campbell Starr is serving more than just breakfast every Sunday. You’ll be gagging on the sausage, bacon and eggs when you come to Stag for this unique weekly event. Better than church, just as holy: Testify. Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Stag PDX, 317 NW Broadway, Portland.

 

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