By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Pride month is fast approaching, and the Queer Heroes NW project is preparing for it’s inaugural launch. The collaboration between the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW (GLAPN) and Q Center seeks to recognize and celebrate the contribution people and groups who have paved the way for LGBTQ equality in our little corner of the world.
According to Q Center:
The project will be unveiled in June of 2012, with a new queer hero (nominated by the greater LGBTQ community) featured every day online during Pride month (example below). The 30 queer heroes will also be featured on the walls of the Aaron Hall Gallery at Q Center for the month of June, as well as in Q Center’s booth at the south waterfront Pride festival June 15th-17th in Portland.
In the meantime, check out these videos created by Q Center’s volunteer media team, in which community members discuss the role and meaning of queer heroism in their own lives. (Full disclosure: I’m on the Queer Heroes NW committee and the Q Center Media Team.) After you watch the video(s), let us know what you think. What makes a queer hero? Who are your heroes?
Robin Will and Pat Young of GLAPN:
Oh hey, it’s me: