5th annual Portland Pride Comedy Showcase with Jason Stuart!

jason-stuartHosted by Seattle transwoman comedian, Barbara Sehr start your Pride weekend off with 2 chances for laughs courtesy Jason Stuart and Belinda Carroll. I’d try to drink some coffee and stay up for the later show as after 11 it’s R rated (though c’mon, we’re Portland, we can take NC-17).

This NW Pride comedy showcase’s 5th anniversary has the pleasure of bringing you Jason Stuart, a 20 year comedy veteran with appearances on LOGO,NBC, Comedy Central and so much more! The prolific character actor has a Stand-Up Special, Jason Stuart: Making it to the Middle and CD Jason Stuart: Gay Comedy Without A Dress under his belt and just completed in Love is Strange opposite John Lithgow, Alfred Molina & Marisa Tomei.

Shows at 9pm and 11pm
$15.00 in Advance and $20.00/door
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FunHouse Lounge
2432 SE 11th Ave

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Chelsea sez:

i been seein u scopin my sequined wares and i want them on yr bodies at all the sexy pride events

dump out yr pennies, honies, cuz we r havin a sale!!! prices will vary but there will be sumthing 4 everyone! bring cash! haggle if u have 2!!!

i have teamed up with some other amazing freaks to bring u a sweet ass selection of cute thangs 4 ur bodies

hand sequined and beaded fashionzz by yours truly!!!

tshirts by flunk life!!!

hand embroidered patches by eliza lou!!!

tshirts by ladyjane!!

hand made jewelry and on site hair tinsel provided by jodi vaughn!!!

hand made natural material jewelry by oh!!!

FREE, 6-9pm, Thursday June 12th

Alberta studios
1627 NE Alberta, suite B3
(note: you must get down full flight of stairs to access space)

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Club Culo Discoteca

club-culoAs much as I love queer partying in this town it can (after 10+ years) start to feel like the same night with the same white crowd over and over. Not so when queer cumbia comes to town. A night that has happened in spurts before is back with a Pride Edition reemergence that’s going to get the latin vibe back off the ground for real.

So bienvenidos a Club Culo, un reventon para maricones y tortilleras con DJs:

Te Amo
Ill Camino
Papi Chulo

and, as always, Troubled Youth keeping it real at the door and on the floor.

And though I may have named Queerlandia my Thursday night pick I’m so glad it is around the corner from Culo cuz you know imma be there.

$3, 8pm Thursday June 12th

Black Book
20 NW 3rd Ave

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Kings and Queens

Kings and QueensCome kick off Pride weekend feeling like Royals at The Royale.

Come down and support your favorite performers as they compete for the crowning of The Royale’s first King and Queen Pageant to kick off your Pride Weekend!

$5, 9pm Thursday June 12th

The Royale
317 NW Broadway

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Lez Stand Up


It’s Lez Stand Up, it’s the Thursday before Pride, this is gonna be off-the-chain BANANABALLS!! LET’S PARTY!!

All of your LEZZIE favorites, making jokes while smashing the patriarchy. KER-POW!

Kirsten Kuppenbender
Jes Rega
Bob Wolf
Laura Anne Whitley
Caitlin Weierhauser
Diane Gasperin
Plus special guest:
Rebecca Waits

Let’s get nuts and kick off Pride weekend LIKE A BOSS

Tickets are ONLY $7 presale at Don’t be a fiscally irresponsible slacker, buy your presale tickets now!
($10 at the door, day of show, if that’s how you roll.)

8pm, Thursday June 12th

Curious Comedy Theater
5225 NE MLK Blvd

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Pre-Pride Ladies Night


Unofficial dyke bar hosts a pre-pride happy hour for the ladies.

4-10pm Thursday June 12th

Escape Bar and Grill
9004 NE Sandy Blvd

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Queer Heroes NW 2014 Opening Party


Please join us at Q Center once again this year for the 2014 Queer Heroes NW kick-off party! Many of this year’s heroes will be in attendance.

Queer Heroes NW is a project of Q Center and Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).

We honor a Queer Hero for every day in June – 30 in all – as part of our celebration of Pride. Our community nominates the heroes – living or dead, representing every color of our rainbow, from every corner of our region. A committee made up of former Queer Heroes honorees and LGBTQ community members make the final selections.

FREE, 5-7pm
Thursday June 12th

Q Center
4115 n Mississippi Ave

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Now in its 3rd (4th? I dunno, I’m getting old) year, Queerlandia is becoming the traditional kickoff for Portland Pride and also a reminder that Embers, the only gay bar still sporting prominent rainbows in a very visible area downtown, is still a thing. It’s a particularly great start because it features not only the club vibe dance party but also a craft fair, performances and 2 rooms to give you room to create the Pride that’s right for you.

Host Serendipity Jones will guide you through a stage that is bound to be energetic with performances from Carla Rossi + the Gays of Future Past and there are so many DJs you’ll be exhausted dancing (yeah on a Thursday) through the sets of:

Riff-Raff (Shade | Seattle’s Opulent Queer Empire)
Sappho (Turnt Up!/Chicken Strip/Hard Yes)
HOLD MY HAND (Bridge Club/Polari)
Orographic (Queerlandia/Bridge Club)
Huf N Stuf (Queerlandia/Bridge Club)

And in the chiller corner are caricatures by Tuna Doodle and goods to quench your local shopping thirst by Scrafts, Bang Bang Crafts and more.

And lest you forget that being gay wasn’t always (and still isn’t always) just a big party, it is also a benefit for Bradley Angle’s LGBTQ domestic violence services.

9pm, Thursday June 12th

110 NW Broadway

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Rainbow Connection PDX Launch Party!

rainbow-connectionRainbow Connection PDX is a new medical marijuana dispensary located at NE Sandy and 67th. It was born out of a passion for social justice – a significant portion of the profits will go to support the LGBT Elder Housing project founded by RCPDX partner Melissa Egan.

We are excited to open in July 2014, with our fabulous and knowledgeable staff of budtenders, stylish digs and lovingly curated high quality selection of medicinal flower, concentrates, tinctures, edibles, salves and more.

Melissa, along with partners Nancy Robinson and Alicia J. Rose are excited to invite you to join Team Rainbow Connection PDX at Crush during Pride week to learn more about RCPDX and the effort to legalize marijuana at the ballot box this fall.

We are gearing up for a mid-July launch but wanted to get the party started Pride-style! Will you join us?

Free, 4:20 – 7:00 pm; brief remarks at 6:00
Thursday, June 12

Crush Bar
1400 SE Morrison Street

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