Crafting

These Adult-Themed Cross-Stitch Kits Are Probably Not for Your Grandma

How Zoe Frost taught herself to cross-stich and started her business all within a month.

07/07/2021 By Cami Hughes

Pride

The Six Weeks that Changed the Trajectory of Oregon’s Gay Rights Movement

For a brief moment in 2004, Multnomah County issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. We caught up with a few of them.

06/22/2021 By Julia Silverman

Books

Genevieve Hudson’s Buzzy Novel Boys of Alabama Addresses Southern Masculinity and More

The South, says Hudson, “feels like the landscape culturally and emotionally that shaped me to be who I am.”

06/16/2021 By Aliya Hall

Q&A

Swan Song’s Udo Kier, Interviewed by His Portland Co-Star

Swan Song will make its Oregon premiere at Zidell Yards during Pride’s new LGBTQ film fest on June 16.

06/11/2021 By Thom Hilton

Footnotes

LISTEN: What Does Portland's Pride Festival Look Like in 2021?

Arts editor Conner Reed talks this year's festival and the Pride package in the Summer 2021 issue of Portland Monthly.

06/04/2021 By Gabriel Granillo With Conner Reed and Nick Campigli

Pop-Ups

Mis Tacones Serves Up Vegan Tacos and Community Vibes for Queer and Trans People of Color

Let the Walter Mercado Instagram posts draw you in for seitan tacos on hand-pressed tortillas twice a month at Local Lounge.

06/03/2021 By Tuck Woodstock

Interview

5 Portland Drag Queens Reflect on a Year without an Audience

Poison Waters, Carla Rossi, and others share how they’re emerging from the pandemic.

06/03/2021 With Reina Harwood, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Conner Reed

Events

How to Celebrate Pride 2021 in Portland

Last year, Pride went fully virtual and scaled way back. This year, it’s dipping its toes back in the water.

05/26/2021 By Conner Reed

Pride

Portland’s New Pride Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

A gay hairdresser on a hero’s journey, cottagecore Australian lesbians, a forgotten Filipina-American punk band, and more.

05/13/2021 By Conner Reed

Media News

Shoutout Aims to Fill a Void in Portland's LGBTQ Coverage

“We can’t let people with lifetimes of activism and work be forgotten. You need somebody with a pot of glue to put things together."

02/16/2021 By Conner Reed

Interview

Drag Queen Jinkx Monsoon Talks Getting Married in Portland and New Career Moves

"I’m trying to use the word ‘unapologetic’ in my work more often: unapologetically queer, unapologetically feminine, unapologetically anti-racist."

02/05/2021 By Andrew Jankowski

Light a Fire

Basic Rights Oregon Has Advocated for LGBTQ Oregonians for a Quarter Century

Queer and trans Oregonians owe the nonprofit some significant policy victories.

12/02/2020 By Conner Reed

Design

Dot Gay Is Here to Queer This (Cyber)Space

The new top-level domain launched in September, courtesy of Portland company Top Level Design.

11/25/2020 By Conner Reed

Public Health

Free LGBTQ+ COVID Testing Event Aims to ‘Remember the Dead and Fight like Hell for the Living’

“It is very difficult not to draw the parallels between 30 years ago and what was happening at the time with the HIV pandemic,” says event organizer Jenya Gl...

11/20/2020 By Conner Reed

Feature

Who Is Committing Violence Against Trans Women?

Two Portland organizers explain how transmisogyny and oppression are structural—and how we can fight back.

10/02/2020 By Tuck Woodstock Illustrations by Ebin Lee

Democracy and Drag

Poison Waters Gets Primed to Drag Out the Vote

One of Oregon’s best loved drag queens is joining a national organization to get people voting.

08/20/2020 By Fiona McCann

Interview

Isaiah Tillman Will Take His Roses Now

The burlesque superstar on how he’s endured Portland’s racism and made his way on the road to fame.

07/02/2020 By Andrew Jankowski Photography by Johnny Nuriel

Pride 2020

How to Celebrate Portland Pride Online

Plays, karaoke, drag, and more—all from the comfort of your home.

06/19/2020 By Lauren Carlos

Portland Pride

Part of a Landmark LGBTQ Case, a Portland Teacher Finds Redemption

Brett Bigham took to Twitter to sort out his feelings about it all. A lot of people took notice.

06/17/2020 By Julia Silverman

Portland Pride

Pride, Like Everything Else, Looks Different This Year

How does it feel to be proud in private, with nowhere left to gather?

06/01/2020 By Conner Reed