Rain City: February 2012

 

The Morning After the Apocalypse

 

2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and the city is as dark as the witching hour. The rain runs sideways down the red line MAX train window while the Hollywood District zips by outside, the reflection of my …

Cultivating Life: February 2012

 

Ways to survive a Northwest winter

 

Seriously. Winters are rough. Grey, rain, cold, dark, rinse, repeat. As an avid cultivator of great things from the garden, kitchen, and life, February can be a low point. Still reading? It gets better. I …

The Lady Chronicles: February 2012

 

Thin lines, love and hate

 

Every few months, I develop this nagging itch — nothing caused by overt carousing or reckless forays into adult-oriented adventures. It’s more like a pressing need to escape the rougher realities that come with residing in …

Get OUT! February 2012

Friday, February 17

Return to Sugar Town! Portland’s dancingest LGBTQueer soul dance party was temporarily knocked off of the PDX queer dance card due to the sudden closure of their venue. Never fear! The beat moves on to the Spare Room, …

LGBTQ elders explore the upside of change

Nikki (Neil) Heilpern takes inspiration from the butterfly as she prepares to re-emerge from retirement. Photo by Erin Rook, PQ Monthly.

 

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

 

The only constant in life is change — a truism that seems to intensify with the …

Do we still need queer spaces?

Two perspectives on the necessity of queer bars and bookstores
By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

 

The story of queer culture is one that has played out in bars, bathhouses, and bookstores. Over two centuries ago in 1810, a saloon called the White …

Victoria Lyn Miller, 1974-2012

Victoria Lyn Miller was born November 30, 1974; and passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2012, in her partner’s arms. There doesn’t seem to be anyone who had met her that wasn’t some how touched.

In true Victoria form her service …

This Month in Queer History: February 2012

1791 – New Hampshire restricts its sodomy law to male-male acts only, and retains the death penalty. [Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW]

1903 – Police conduct the first recorded raid on a gay bathhouse in the United States …