How to Celebrate Portland Pride Online
Pride 2020 looks different than years past, but it definitely isn’t canceled. For nearly 50 years now, Portland has joined in the monthlong international celebration to commemorate the Stonewall uprising that sparked the gay liberation movement of the 1960s. The city has traditionally held one of the biggest Pride festivals on the west coast, drawing thousands of LGBTQ+ people and allies to Tom McCall Waterfront Park. As Pride Northwest works to determine a new date for this year’s in-person parade, you can join in the festivities virtually through the end of the month.
Fuse Theatre Ensemble’s OUTwright Theatre Festival
From their first production of the Gay Pride Readings Series in 2011, Fuse Theatre Ensemble has pushed the envelope of inclusivity through the arts for more than a decade. Mikki Gillette’s The Queers tells the narrative of a transitioning high school teacher through a searing social commentary about what it means to be openly queer in the workplace; an entirely female and gender nonconforming cast will perform Sensitive Guys by MJ Kaufman, a highly acclaimed queer identifying playwright. These and more will be livestreamed on Facebook. June 24–28, fusetheatreensemble.com
Celebrate Pride Together
Enjoy a night of music and comedy with performances from GLAAD-award-winning comedian Marga Gomez to pianist/educator Tammy L. Hall. The event will be emceed by Paul Iarrobino, the founding artistic director of Our Bold Voices, and held as a Zoom webinar that requires pre-registration. 6 p.m. June 24 , portlandpride.org
Karaoke with Kari Anne
It’s finally time to unmute yourself on Zoom—choose from thousands of songs to sing for a night of virtual karaoke. Last week’s karaoke was a blast with Pride Northwest’s own Kari Anne taking over for Ryan Seacrest, so don’t miss your chance to sign up for the next one here. 6 p.m. June 19, portlandpride.org
A Night at Darcelle XV
Recognized by Guinness World Records in 2016 as the world’s oldest drag queen, Darcelle refuses to stop her strut at age 90. Sneak a peek inside Portland’s historic gay bar Darcelle XV Showplace, home of the longest running drag show on the West Coast. This recording of Darcelle herself and other local drag entertainers is emceed by Portland’s Poison Waters and Maria Peters Lake. Premiered June 13, Pride NW YouTube Channel
Parade Like It’s 1999
Every June since 1994, the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade has brought thousands together from all over the Pacific Northwest to celebrate. It offers LGBTQ+ community organizations and members an opportunity to build their volunteer base, raise funds, and attract new supporters. Watch Pride ’99 on YouTube. Premiered June 14, Pride NW YouTube Channel
Portland Pride Virtual Main Stage
Portland’s most acclaimed entertainers have proved it: the show must (and did) go on. Featuring performances by Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Drag Queen Storytime with Poison Waters, and Portland’s first LGBTQ+ and Allied Youth Chorus better known as Bridging Voices, the whole show has been livestreamed for all to see. Premiered June 14, Pride NW YouTube Channel
Volunteer, Donate, and Learn
Pride is more than just an “event”—it’s a movement, a lifeline, and an ongoing call to action. Pride Northwest has been a driving force in celebrating LGBTQ+ people and allies, continually moving the Portland area forward toward a more inclusive community. Pride Northwest invites you to #gayitforward by making a donation, signing up to volunteer, or learning about the numerous programs they offer.