Fostering a family: Another new normal

Paul Rummell (left) and Ben West have found their calling as foster parents — and fathers.
By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly

No one can question these are momentous times. While the long slog toward equality can be occasionally challenging — especially when …

Nine months to your dream wedding: A planning checklist

Heidi Hoffman Photography

• Start a wedding folder, binder, or bookmarks tab with inspiration, aspirations, and ideas.
• Work out your budget. What can you realistically spend on your wedding? Will your family or anyone else contribute? How …

You and me and an officiant makes three

Joseph Finnigan, MA

Is the only hitch in your plan to get hitched that you haven’t found anyone to do the actual hitching? When we put out a call for local LGBTQ-friendly wedding officiants, these folks enthusiastically proposed that you do …

Art briefs: February/March 2013

“FOURPLAY,” Feb. 28-March 3 at Clinton Street Theater, explores the role of sexuality in personal growth through four different story lines.

Tigerlily Restaurant and Bar, the new LGBTQ-friendly establishment owned by Northwest Gender Alliance president Jackie Stone, is hosting a grand …

Ritual Arts revels in the magic of body modification

Everything at Ritual Arts Tattoo & Body Piercing is not only animal and spirit friendly, but also planet friendly. Learn more at
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

Ritual Arts Tattoo & Body Piercing helps keep Portland queer, green, and covered in …

ID Check: February/March 2013

Anger, loss, and the closet
By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

If I want to get angry, I think of the word “closeted.”

I don’t like to get angry, though, so it’s a word I’ve avoided for the two years I’ve transitioned. The idea …

LGBTQ Legal Outlook: February/March 2013

Legal planning for multi-parent and poly families
By Mark Johnson Roberts, PQ Monthly

Oregon has no laws on multi-party family relationships. Such legal protections that exist are the product of careful planning and creative lawyering rather than any provisions actually written into …

Ponderlust: February/March 2013

You don’t have to like it, but we’re gonna
put a ring on it
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

“Are you mafia?” I ask, searching the hazel eyes across the table for a sign. “You’ve been awfully quiet. What are you hiding?”

“Nope.” Short …