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Cameron Whitten; photo by Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

Former mayoral candidate and Occupy activist Cameron Whitten ended his 55-day hunger strike for housing rights on July 25 with a ceremonial bite from a custom-made vegan Voodoo Donuts pastry. Whitten said that …

NoPo bar accused of kicking out trans women

Rose City T-Girls founder Cassandra Lynn says her group visited the bar weekly without incident for two years.
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

UPDATE (Aug. 26): Members of a local branch of the International Socialist Organization have planned a protest of the …

The state of queer rights

From Washington, D.C., to Washington State
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

Volunteers with Washington United for Marriage drummed up awareness and support for Referendum 74 during the Portland Pride Festival in June. Photo by Julie Cortez, PQ Monthly
 From the president’s support of …

Vive la difference: Challenging the ‘two-party duopoly’

By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

Christina Lugo
Voters who seek options beyond the Republican and Democratic Parties have an exceptionally diverse array of third-party options in Oregon’s political landscape. Equally diverse, though, is the degree to which these parties represent queer equality …

This is what democracy looks like

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

What is democracy? The general consensus seems to be that it has to do with power being held by the people, rather than the government, the military, or religious leaders. But the specifics vary from person …

Chunky Dunk celebrates shame-free fun in the sun

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly


Chunky Dunk: Chunky Dunk co-organizer Amithyst Fist cools off with friends at the Peninsula Park Pool.

Baring skin at the pool can make even the most confident folks feel a little self-conscious. But for people of size, …