by Aimee Genter-Gilmore, PQ Monthly
In the settling dust of Election 2012, it seems as though the tide is changing for LGBTQ folks across the country. Gay marriage ballot measures and referendums swung “our” way, Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, a handful of white male “experts” on rape and female anatomy were shown the door, and the first sitting U.S. President who dared to acknowledge that gay people exist and deserve equal rights got re-elected. On top of it all, we woke up to a sunny day in November!
So while there are plenty of activities for us to do this weekend, 5th Avenue Cinema, PSU’s student-run cinema house, has chosen to screen We Were Here throughout the weekend as a reminder of the sacrifices our forefathers have made to get us where we are today. We Were Here, which we’ve covered in the past, is a documentary looking back at the AIDS crisis from those who lived through it. Ig you haven’t seen it yet, this is an excellent opportunity. Screenings Friday and Saturday at 7:00 & 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall, free to PSU students, $3 general admission, 5thavenuecinema.org.
As for the rest of the weekend…
Thursday, November 10
Khalil Edwards of BRO and PFLAG Portland Black Chapter leads a YOUTH TALK workshop to discuss inequality in the LGBTQQ community, with free ice cream from Salt & Straw! 5:00 p.m., SMYRC, 2406 NE Sandy #100, free, smyrc.org.
Danie Ward brings her silky smooth voice to the Local to sing covers selected by friends and family. 8:00 p.m., Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, 21+, no cover.
Portland’s original 45 rpm soul party, I’ve Got a Hole in My Soul, is moving! Help them celebrate one last time at Rotture before moving over to Holocene. DJ Beyondadoubt insists that you bring your shimmy. 9:00 p.m., Rotture, 315 SE 3rd, 21+, $3-5, Facebook link.
Friday, November 9
Many-a-young-dykeling’s first obsession, The Indigo Girls, make a quick stop in Portland to showcase their entire collection of music (with the help of the Oregon Symphony). 7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, $30-125, indigogirls.com.
▼BENT▼ welcomes SF’s San Cha’s “xoli goth/house/dancebeats/moans” …with your dance floor hero, Resident DJ Roy G. Biv, and the always-charming Mr. Charming. 9 p.m., The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard, 21+, $5, facebook.com/bentpdx.
GREED: A bi/pan/genderqueer dance party, with DJs Trim Jones and Chicklit and gogo dancer Nikki Lev. 9 p.m., Crush Bar, 1412 SE Morrison St., 21+, $5.
Saturday, November 10
Storytime with Maria. Youth Librarian Maria Lowe reads stories, sings songs and engages the children of LGBTQ families with activities for every age. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi.
Habitat for Humanity presents Bake to Build, the second annual pie bake-off fundraiser to benefit Women Build. 1:00 p.m., Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi, $5-10 for tasty tastes, Facebook link.
Hey ladies, come on OUT to L4L.PDX, a chance for women 35 and over to dance to a large variety of music and meet new and interesting people. 5-9:00 p.m., Embers, 110 NW Broadway, 21+, $5 cover.
HRC Portland’s most anticipated event, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, is an event that is SO mysterious, we have a hard time describing it. Eat and drink with mystery dinner companions while supporting the HRC’s efforts in the Pacific NW. For more information, visit hrc.org/steering-committees/portland.
Bring It Productions presents Butch Realness, featuring fierce guest DJs Little Bear and Hold My Hand. 9:00 p.m., The Eagle Portland, 835 N Lombard, 21+, $3 cover, Facebook link.
MRS. is Portland’s favorite themed (and costumed) dance night. Check out their Facebook group for this month’s theme, then dance it out with your ever-lovin DJs Beyondadoubt, Il Camino, and Trans Fat (with the ever popular Bloodhound photobooth). 10:00 p.m., Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 21+, $5, facebook.com/MRS.PDX.
Sunday, November 11
Manifest Men’s Wellness Community Wanderlust Fitness Cycling Group. Explore Portland in this fitness ride for men looking for a moderate workout. 4:30 p.m., Meet at Whole Foods at NE 15th and Fremont, $3-15 non-Manifest members, manifestpdx.org.
Superstar Divas Megashow. Honey Bea Hart, Bolivia Carmichaels, and Ginger Lee bring you diva realness every Sunday night! 8:00 p.m., CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, 21+, no cover, ccslaughterspdx.com/divas.
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