By Nick Mattos,PQ Monthly
In honor of Pride Month, PQ picked a small handful of LGBTQ folks in our fair city who make us proud to be queer. They’re a bit of an odd crew: businesspeople and volunteers, DJs and construction workers, atheists and Radical Faeries. However, they are each sassy, earnest, accomplished, beautiful, and strong — just like the community itself.
This is by no means an exhaustive list — in fact, we reckon that you look at it and can think of other queers in your life that deserve high praise and accolades just for being themselves, too. This is where you come in: tell us in the comments section who else makes you proud to be a member of our local queer community. It’s good news worth sharing.
Name: MJ Petroni
What do you do?: Run an innovation consulting firm for social enterprises (Causeit, Inc.) based here, San Francisco, and Seattle, as well as own an job-creating entertainment company (Fliptography).
What makes you most proud about living in Portland?: I love that we seem to be closest to a balance between economic innovation, quality of life, and a realistic practice of sustainability. And that we finally have some worthwhile dance parties.
Weapon of choice for zombie apocalypse: My skateboard and a map.
Pet peeves: Grammar errors, lack of integrity, people who can’t be heart-centered and vulnerable.
Do you believe in aliens?: I have a degree in Cyborg Anthropology and help organize Radical Faerie gatherings.
Whoa, what was that noise?: Probably my end-of-the-day dance party.
Name: Mary McAllister (Mr. Charming)
What do you do?: DJ, promoter, co-founder of Gaycation, office worker, artist.
Who makes you most proud to be queer?: Old bulldaggers, Rufus Wainwright, everyone from “Paris is Burning,” gay boys that hold hands on the street, pre-Stonewall queers, Keith Harring, Ellen, all of my awesome friends.
Celebrity crush: Kelly Clarkson, Serena Williams, Salma Hayek, Johnny Weir, Shannon Funchess.
Boxers or briefs?: Briefs, although that really undersells how cute 99 percent of my under ware is.
You have a half hour to make a full meal — what’s for dinner?: Tacos.
May I have a sip of your soda?: No, I need it to wash down my tacos.
Name: Andrew Hogan
What do you do?: Help nonprofits plan fantastic fundraising events (with Samantha Swaim Fundraising, LLC).
What are you most proud of about yourself?: Coming out at 14 in a small town in upstate NY.
What makes you most proud about living in Portland?: That I am part of a community that is genuinely trying to make the world a better place (and have fun while they are at it).
In the film of your life, you’d be played by: Parker Posey.
Location of first kiss: My local graveyard.
Pet peeves: People who ride bikes that are too small for them and/or without helmets; low-rider trucks.
Whoa, what was that noise?: Sorry, I can be a little gassy sometimes.
Name: Oriana Quackenbush
What do you do?: I spend my days split between playing with kids (nannying), selling families cool kids’ stuff (Bella Stella), studying nonprofit management at PSU, and looking for full time nonprofit work. I have also been volunteering since 2009 with Oregon Safe Schools and Community Coalition, focusing on making schools and communities safe for LGBTQ youth in Oregon, and recently joined the board.
Location of first kiss: Some boy whom I never saw again took me by surprise while sitting by a lake on a family vacation in Idaho.
Naughtiest thing you did in junior high: I saved most of my naughtiness for high school. Does writing bad poetry and subjecting my family to Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana on endless repeat count?
Do you believe in aliens?: I feel like I’d better say yes, since they might be watching.
Name: Simone Neall
Age: Are you kidding? I hope so!
What do you do?: Only what I have to. [Simone is too humble to mention that she is a general contractor and was recently appointed to the Oregon State Construction Contractors Board.]
What are you most proud of about yourself?: That I made this far and I am still upright. See “Age” above.
In the film of your life, you’d be played by: Me. No one else could pull it off.
Weapon of choice for zombie apocalypse: A pair of Uzis.
Celebrity crush: Storm Large.
May I have a sip of your soda?: Who drinks soda anymore? That’s designer water — and no, you may not.
Name: Heather Wilkinson (Hell Vetica)
What do you do?: I’m the volunteer manager for the Rose City Rollers and the volunteer coordinator for the Hoyt Arboretum. In my volunteer life, I’m the program coordinator for the Rosebuds, RCR’s Junior derby league, and my partner and I coordinate the Hollywood Gleaners, where we redistribute unsold produce from the Hollywood Farmers’ Market to low-income seniors.
What are you most proud of about yourself?: Everyone who watched the first Harry Potter movie with me thought Hermione and I were the same person.
Location of first kiss: Boy: on stage, during a play… in front of my parents. Girl: on the beach, on a very windy day.
Celebrity crush: There’s a pretty long list, and for a variety of reasons. How about this: if you’re a celebrity and you’re reading this, get in touch and I’ll let you know.
Name: Bill Dickey
What do you do?: I am a business man. I am in the business of doing business!
Location of first kiss: Playing Cushman on the Rogue Valley Country Club.
In the film of your life, you’d be played by: Brian Dennehy.
Weapon of choice for zombie apocalypse: My trusty light saber.
Naughtiest thing you did in junior high: I had some HOT action at Hedrick Jr. High.
Boxers or briefs?: Black briefs.
Do you believe in aliens?: I’ve lived with one for 18 years.
Celebrity crush: Ryan Thomas Gosling.
May I have a sip of your soda?: Back off, bitch.