T*Party Picnic

tpartySo every year after I recover a little from PDX Pride I head down to the Bay for their own cray cray gay high holiday. And my favorite part is always just hanging out in Delores park with hundreds of other queers and feeling the love. The T*Party picnic, now in its 8th year (can you believe it?!) is our own version of that.

Taking over Overlook Park Friday afternoon it is a free and open space for friends, family, pets and everyone celebrating “genderqueers, dragsters, genderdeviants, trans people of all stripes, and those who are busily defying the gender binary” to get together and eat anything you can stick on a grill.

Plus plenty of discussions about what you’ll be doing later in the night and throughout the weekend so the perfect spot to meet up with all your pals and loosely plan it out, scope out all the people you want to dance with later…

Grills, food and drinks will be provided! Please bring additional food and drinks to share. The organizers are committed to reducing waste/garbage (this is the PacNW after all) so please help ’em out by bringing your own silverware, plates, and cups!

FREE, 5 – 10pm

Overlook Park
N Fremont & Interstate Ave

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Taking Pride on Stark

stark-st-prideThe more low key, but no less fun, of the 2 side-by-side block parties goes all weekend long and has lots of guests including Miss Mylar Black, Pagan Holladay, Summer Seasons and “Dance Party of the Decades” with DJ Robb.

Saturday: Gates open & 2pm $5 cover before 7pm/$10 cover after 7pm
2:00 – Pindar 3
4:00 – DJ Robb
4:30 – Caravan of Glam
6:00 – Peacock Productions
7:00 – Saturday Night Orphans
9:00- DJ Bud

Sunday: Gates open at Noon $5 Cover
12:30 – Laurent Nickel & Laura Cunard Live Jazz
3:00 – DJ Robb
4:00- Peacock Productions
5:00 – Portland Idol Performance
6:00 – Acoustic Minds

Free, Friday June 13th
$5 before 7pm, $10 after, Saturday June 14th
$5 all day, Sunday June 15th

1125 SW Stark St

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Control Top presents Rye Rye

control-topOrganizer and DJ Roy-G-Biv aka Katey Pants knows how to throw a party. Lines have gone around the block for the past 2 years this Pride event has gone down. This year you can avoid that stress (and save 3 bucks) by getting pre-sale tix. And believe me you’ll want to. With young Rye Rye, the future of hip hop headlining the bill this party is bound to be more popular than ever.

Hosted by the flawless Chanticleer Tru (of Magic Mouth and other projects), musical performances by Rye Rye and Bomb Ass Pussy, and DJ stylings of Roy G Biv, Nark, Mr. Sister and Gossip Cat this might just be the party to be at Saturday night for the queer crowd. 

$12 Advance//// $15 DOS,
9pm Saturday June 14th

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White Owl Social Club
1308 SE 8th Ave 

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Dyke March

Drag Mansion at the 2011 Dyke March. Photo by Alley Hector.

Drag Mansion at the 2011 Dyke March. Photo by Alley Hector.

The constant refrain of “Where is the Dyke March” and “Is it happening?” are no less present this year BUT it IS happening. It’s at the usual gather time of 6PM It’s at a brand new crazy early time of 1pm at the Salmon Street Fountain (I THINK). But anyway this “parade of exes” has it’s own pre-party sort of hilarity that should not be missed.

Plus it is the 45th anniversary of Stonewall and here’s some local lore as well:

Long long ago and far away in 1994, several Portland Lesbian Avengers- lezzies, bulldykes, femmes, and transfolk got together to replicate an event that happened at the March on Washington (DC) 1993- the Dyke March. 

It’s been 20 years. And a lot of things have changed. We’re shedding labels, and identifying in new and different ways, but I still believe that Dyke March is hugely important to queer and dyke visibility. 

FREE, 1pm at the [NOTE TIME CHANGE: See letter posted below]
Saturday June 14th

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PS While I understand the logistics of the time change I’m less than thrilled. We already have a hard enough time getting our Dyke March in order in this town, people are always confused, lost and wondering if it is happening. It’s always been at 6pm for many years and it feels like we’re getting pushed around. Plus I feel like it’ll be even harder to get people to be up and out in time for 11am. Bad bad decisions all around folks…

Gayme of Thrones Photo Scavenger Hunt


Epic [and we use this word sparingly] drama Game of Thrones returned to our television screens amid exciting promises that this season is to be sexier, bloodier and more gripping than ever. Well here in Portland it will be gayer than ever too! Set in a medieval fantasy Portland, the Gayme of Thrones Photo Scavenger Hunt presents a world of constant war where teams “Houses” of 4-5 battle it out for the iron throne.

Will your house differ from the rest? Perhaps you’ll take the Daenerys Targaryen’s approach, and you hatch your dragon eggs now, so that by June 14th at 1pm they will make you invincible!

Back in our non-magical realm, we need our own visionary dragon kings and queens of the LGBTQ community. Visionaries who recognize that in our state of Oregon despite our recent victory for marriage equality, the lack of social equity for the LGBTQ community still exists, and it is very much real. Your participation in the Gayme of Thrones: 3rd Annual Pride Photo Scavenger Hunt will benefit the Equity Foundation; an organization that funds projects and programs working to create social, economic, and political equity for the LGBTQ community.

Participation in the event is free, so put your houses together, and plan for Portland Pride’s Gayme of Thrones Scavenger Hunt!
How it works
In the 3rd installment of our annual Pride Photo Scavenger Hunt, you and your noble (or not so noble) house of 4-5 people will band together as you race across our great city completing tasks, challenges and feats of bravery (all to be captured on your cellular device) in an all out war of fabulousness as you compete for the crown and everlasting glory.
Facebook Event
Interactive recap of seasons 1-3

1pm Saturday June 14th

The Royale
317 NW Broadway

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Trans Pride March

TMarchSaturday is a big day with Pride NW’s first official Trans March which kicks off in the morning. You’ll have enough time in the afternoon to take a disco nap and maybe a costume change before the Dyke March later in the day (now I know this will not all be the same people but believe me if I have it in me I’ll be at both just sayin’). It is also the 45th anniversary of Stonewall so it’s about damn time we had our own Trans March, seeing as this is who we owe all these damn June celebrations to.

FREE, 11:30 am at the
North Park Blocks on West Burnside
Saturday June 14th

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Big Gay Boat Ride with Bianca Del Rio (SOLD OUT)

Note: This is already sold out. Crazy! And it’s a boat so that’s a pretty solid capacity. But maybe there will be a ticket contest somewhere or something? I’ll keep you posted. 


When Portland gets get on the boat your trapped in the most wonderful way, partying on the high seas (or the Willamette, whatever) with host Carla Rossi, DJs Mr Charming (Gaycation), Kasio Smashio (Blow Pony) and Travis Blue (Ceremony). You’ll want to pay attention to performances by Pepper Pepper, Isaiah Tillman and Lulu Luscious. But the lady everyone will want to be closest to is RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 star Bianca Del Rio. And those of you who dig just a little deeper into your packetbooks will be able to chill with her at a celebrity meet and greet after deboarding.

$35.00 GA
$50.00 VIP (featuring a meet & greet, exclusive merch and a pass to Branx Pride w/ Sam Sparro at 8pm directly following the boat ride)
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Boarding 2:30, Boat leaves at 3 SHARP and return promptly at 5pm
Celebrity meet and greet until 6:00PM!
Sunday June 15th

Portland Spirit River Cruises
110 SE Caruthers

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