A little less ethereal than last month’s page 3…

Thanks for that 🙂

By Melanie C. Davis, Publisher – Owner Brilliant Media llc.

As many of you know, there have been many changes going on here at Brilliant Media. We said goodbye to Daniel Borgen as PQ Monthly’s Editor. Daniel’s commitment to Queer media spans more than a decade and we are all grateful for his dedication and wish him well in his pursuit of #BeautySecrets. We will be looking for an Editor at some point, however, in the meantime we felt it was essential to grow our core team first. Matt Pizzuti has accepted the responsibility of putting together your monthly cornucopia of “must go to events” as our PQ Monthly Calendar Editor.

This new column is called: ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ – and its first author also making their PQ debut is Giovanni Blair McKenzie, founder and president at Qi and a National Youth Ambassador at the Human Rights Campaign.
This new column is called: ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ – and its first author also making their PQ debut is Giovanni Blair McKenzie, founder and president at Qi and a National Youth Ambassador at the Human Rights Campaign.

With that, we are also pleased to announce the addition of two new monthly columns. The first will be authored by one of the many different voices that make up Queer Intersections (Qi) each month (featured in the August 2015 Edition of PQ). This new column is called: ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ – and its first author also making their PQ debut is Giovanni Blair McKenzie, founder and president at Qi and a National Youth Ambassador at the Human Rights Campaign. The first instalment of ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ opens with a very heart-wrenching letter to Giovanni’s mother.

Samantha L. Taylor invites each of us to consider what it means to support our sober friends and family while observing holidays while offering practical ideas on how to arrange holiday gatherings with your sober friends and family in mind.
Samantha L. Taylor invites each of us to consider what it means to support our sober friends and family while observing holidays while offering practical ideas on how to arrange holiday gatherings with your sober friends and family in mind.

The second is penned by Samantha L. Taylor, who is not new to the PQ audience. Samantha has been blogging for PQ, you can read some of her past entries here.

For those of you who don’t know, Samantha is an undergraduate student at Portland State University, a McNair scholar, a writer, and an artist. Samantha drinks copious amounts of black tea to get through the days and claims to consume a fair amount of sci-fi to get through the nights. In this edition, Samantha invites each of us to consider what it means to support our sober friends and family while observing holidays while offering practical ideas on how to arrange holiday gatherings with your sober friends and family in mind.

Speaking of firsts and holidays, the Portland Dykes on Bikes® Motorcycle Contingent will be rallying up at the Q Center on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 11 am.  For the first ever Gift Ride & Caravan to the SMYRC Drop-in Center to deliver holiday gifts and donations of new and gently used items. The entire community is invited to participate with the Dykes on Bikes® Portland Chapter Gift Ride & Caravan for SMYRC (motorcyclist and automobile participants are encouraged to caravan), we hope this will become a holiday tradition (hint). Q Center will be accepting donations immediately following Thanksgiving and will need volunteer’s day of to help sort gifts and donations.

If you would like to donate and are considering new items, please consider gift cards, backpacks (solar charging packs), hiking/outdoor type gear (jackets, shirts, pants, shoes, socks, and underwear), and toiletries. Also, if you have new or gently used household items, camping gear, tents, sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, extension cords, extra cell phone/device chargers, portable chargers, and anything else you can think of that will help our youth, many of whom are homeless (thank you in advance!). People are also encouraged to ride/caravan with the Dykes on Bikes® Portland Chapter, who will line up after the reception at the Q Center on the 13th and lead off the Gift Ride & Caravan to the SMYRC Drop-in Center (for more info, please go to www.dykesonbikesportland.com).

We hope to see you tonight at the PQ Monthly’s Press Party, per tradition we are kicking off the holiday season at the fabulous Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (1106 W Burnside St, Portland) Showroom. Our Press Party on December 17th will be at Scandals (1125 SW Stark St, Portland) who have always showcased amazing entertainment for our crowd.

In this edition, many of our writers share their thoughts around the holiday season and we encourage you to share yours with us. PQ Monthly has created two closed Facebook groups. One is called ‘PQ Town Hall’ we encourage people to join and share directly with us their meaningful and conscious thoughts on many topics. The Second is ‘PQ Business Leaders Forum’ available for business owners and leaders to join. This forum is a place to network, and where PQ can get real-time feedback on issues affecting our business community. On behalf of our entire team, we thank you for your participation.

And in that vein we leave you with the incredible talent that make up the pages of PQ and our vibrant community. We wish you a warm, safe, and healthy holiday season! – With love, from your #ProudQueer team!