Happy Pride Month! Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, you are well aware that Portland is a particularly inviting place for all, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation.
With organizations like Pride Northwest in our midst, our city is home to a number of annual events and local efforts designed to empower and celebrate our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors. Although the annual Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade is on hold for 2021 due to the pandemic, there are still several ways to celebrate Pride this June!
Read on for a handful of ways to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community — from exciting virtual events to queer-owned businesses to support.
June 12, 2021
LGBTQ+ veterans and allies are invited to a special viewing of the film Breaking the Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans over Zoom on Saturday, June 12 from 12:30–3:30 p.m. After the film, stick around for a Q & A with Dr. S. Aakash Kishore, PhD, a staff psychologist and LGBT veteran care coordinator at VA Portland Health Care System; county veteran service officers, who can answer your VA claims questions; and Project Visibility, an LGBTQ+ friendly aging service and care organization. Plus, enjoy prizes, Virtual Drag Queen BINGO and entertainment with Poison Waters and Friends. This event is free but registration is required.
Diva Drag Brunch
June 12, 13 + 17, 2021
Grab a seat at Bit House Collective for the debut of Diva Drag Brunch, featuring an all-star cast of performers, including Jayla Rose, Nay Nay Leakes Cartier, Alexis Campbell Starr, Devlin Lynn Phoenixx, Boujee Cherry, Babie More (from Las Vegas), and Amora Dior Black (from Seattle)! Doors open at 11 a.m. and the exciting 21+ show starts at noon. Click each of the following links for more details and to purchase tickets for these dates: June 12, June 13 or June 27.
June 16 + 17, 2021
June 18 + 20, 2021
The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating Pride Month with a brand-new virtual show called Chasing Rainbows. It will feature Pride anthems from iconic artists like Whitney Houston, Carly Rae Jepsen, Gloria Gaynor, Lady Gaga, Cher, and Dolly Parton, as well as emerging queer artists. This broadcast will embrace the ever-changing queer community with a message of love, hope and acceptance. Tickets to Chasing Rainbows are free but donations are encouraged! Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.
June 19, 2021
Resonance Ensemble is launching their final premiere of their 2020-2021 series, titled “We Hold Your Names Sacred,” as a part of Portland Pride Festival. This work from the award-winning composer Mari Ésabel Valverde and author/playwright Dane Figueroa Edidi (Lady Dane) will share perspectives of trans women of color and reflect on losses due to gender violence. This world premiere will feature a panel discussion with Valverde and Edidi, plus local leaders in the LGBTQIA+ and trans community. Click here for more details about this event.
2021 Virtual Portland Pride Parade
June 20, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Pride Northwest
Top off a month filled with activity by attending the virtual Portland Pride Parade 2021. The parade will take place on Zoom and will also be broadcast on the Pride Northwest YouTube channel, so you can tune in on the YouTube app or your SmartTV. Click here to register for the parade so you don’t miss it! But if you do, it will be available on YouTube after the event.
Donate to Pride Northwest
Pride Northwest is the organization behind the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade and many of the LGBTQ-focused initiatives in the city. Pride Northwest’s mission is “to encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities, and to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities that showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of these communities.” You can best support their efforts by making a direct donation to Pride Northwest, on either a one-time or monthly basis. Your donation supports both their annual event and year-round programming, such as their LGBTQ+ Youth Community Building Program.
Listen to PrideScape
Tune into PrideScape to stay up to date on the latest in the LGBTQ+ community. PrideScape is the official podcast of Pride Northwest, and features Pride Northwest updates, plus important news and information affecting Oregon and Southwest Washington’s LGBTQ+ community. Access PrideScape on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
A simple way to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community is by displaying a bumper sticker or sharing a social media post! Take care of the former by purchasing a “Together in Pride” bumper sticker from Pride Northwest for just $2. Then slap it on your laptop or car bumper for all to see!
Support a Queer-Owned Business in Portland
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that our financial support for small businesses is imperative to their survival and ability to thrive. We vote with our wallets for the businesses and brands we stand behind, and our financial support quite literally puts food on the table for our friends and neighbors who own businesses.
Consult the Gay Portland Directory, an extensive online directory published for 25 years that includes a massive array of services and businesses that are either LGBTQ-owned and –operated or LGBTQ-friendly. This 262-page directory has everything you could ever imagine, from kites and bail bonds to hypnotherapy, farm supplies, blinds, archery and ministers. Browse all the categories here!
How will you celebrate Pride in Portland this month? Let us know in the comments below!