By George T. Nicola, GLAPN


Know Your City (KYC), a community-based history and social justice organization, has launched a new program called Our Stories Matter. Its mission is “to ensure that the history of underrepresented people is included as an equal …

All We Need is Love, Love Knows No Gender

By Suzanne Deakins–GLAPN


Love the most written about topic, the most longed for emotion, and perhaps the most painful of all emotions when it goes “wrong.” The first pull we feel toward a potential lover is often eros. Eros is a …

A Compass for our Future

By Suzanne Deakins, Ph.D., GLAPN


Many years ago I sat in a teaching lab at UCLA, when the professor, Dr. Rod Gorney began talking about violence, creativity, and history. Up until that moment, I had never connected the three: history had …

Portland Activist Wins Global Recognition

Trevor L. Chandler

By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

Openly gay Portlander Trevor L. Chandler was chosen as one of the Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life in the Global Diversity List published by The Economist.


The Public Life category “recognises the achievements …

PCC Cascade Campus Launches Queer Resource Center

By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

The Cascade Campus of Portland Community College launched its new Queer Resource Center (QRC) with a grand opening on Monday, October 12. About 80 people attended. The event was organized by QRC Student Advocates, with support …

PFLAG Portland Wins National Award

PFLAG Portland in Portland’s 2014 Pride Parade

By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

PFLAG Portland Oregon originated in 1976 as Parents of Gays (POG). In 1983, it joined a coalition of national groups to become PFLAG, which originally stood for Parents and Friends …

Local Activists Win Light a Fire Awards

Light a Fire Award winners left to right Jean DeMaster, Giovanni Blair McKenzie, Anita Yap

By George T. Nicola, GLAPN

Each year, Portland Monthly magazine presents its Light a Fire Awards which it describes as their
“annual celebration of good deeds” and “annual …