By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
They say pride comes before the fall, but in Oregon, LGBTQ Pride celebrations continue through the autumn. In case you needed proof that Pride is year-round, here’s the rundown on Portland Latino Gay Pride, Oregon Leather Pride, Capitol Pride, Eugene/Springfield Pride, and Southern Oregon Pride.
Saturday, July 20
Portland Latino Gay Pride 2013 – “¡Viva la Vida!” – kicks off with its VOZ ALTA: Amor! Amor! reception at Q Center. This all-ages event includes music and poetry as well as the annual Mariposa Awards ceremony and the PLGP Scholarship award. Miracle Theatre veterans Nurys Herrera and Sofia May-Cuxim will perform with musicians Edgar Baltazar and Joaquín López. The event will also include the personal stories of youth activist Jaime Guzmán from Oregon Dream Activist and single lesbian mother Margarita Rivas. 7pm, Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave., $10, all ages, latinogaypridepdx.com.
Sunday, July 21
The Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival returns to the Jupiter Hotel for its main event, an annual Latin-style Pride celebration including music, dancing, food, drinks, and performances by Bloco Alegria (a Rio-syle Samba band), Ballet Folklórico group México en la Piel, Meesha Peru, and Joaquín López and harpist Antonio Centurión playing boleros and rancheras. The party will be emceed by Enrique Andrade and DJ Francisco PDX will lay down the beats. 5pm-9pm, Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St., $5 suggested donation, 21+, latinogaypridepdx.com.
PLGP wraps with an after party at Embers, featuring Latin tunes from DJ Francisco PDX, go-go boys and girls, and “late night surprises.” 9pm-2am, Embers, 110 NW Broadway, $5, 21+, latinogaypridepdx.com.
Aug. 2-Aug. 11
Oregon Leather Pride Week is jam-packed with 10 days of kinky goodness. We’ve included some of the highlights. Check out the full schedule at oregonleatherpride.org.
Friday, Aug. 2
Queer Leather Sabbath Kick-Off Party and Fisting Workshop for queer-identified folks of all genders. 7-9pm workshop ($10), 9pm-2am party ($15), The Sindicate, 5224 SE Foster Rd., discount for Bad Girls members,18+, oregonleatherpride.org.
First Friday Fetish Party: Electrical Play Demo. 8pm-4am, Hawks PDX, 234 SE Grand Ave., $13 lockers plus membership, men only, 18+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Leather Scotch and Cigar Social, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions. 8:30pm-midnight, Eagle Portland, 835 N. Lombard, free, 21+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Portland Leather Alliance presents a vendor fair and tasting, followed by a Leather Pride Party. Fair: 11am-5pm, Refuge PDX, 116 SE Yamhill St., $5, 18+; Party: 8pm-1am, Refuge PDX, 116 SE Yamhill St., $15 PLA members, $20 non-members, 18+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Masquerade Ball and Auction, hosted by DJ Kronos Events. 9pm-1am, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., $10, 21+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Capitol Pride takes over Salem’s Saturday market square for a day filled with performances by singer-songwriters Kate Sullivan (Loose Wimmin, Hot Flashes) and Johanna (formerly of Johanna and the Vixens), hip-hop artist Devitto P., and the Confluence Willamette Valley LGBT Chorus. A number of community organizations and LGBTQ-friendly businesses will be present at booths. 10am-5pm, Saturday Market Square, Summer and Marion Streets NE, Salem, free, all ages, capitolpride.org.
Leather Community Memorial Service and Social, officiated by Bill Westervelt and Gyelle Spence and hosted by Darklady Productions, Inc. 11am-1pm, Catalyst, 4810 NE Garfield St., 11am to 1pm, $5 donation and potluck item suggested, 18+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Leather Pride Tea for Female Dominants, hosted by the Society for Tea Enjoyment and Entertainment in Portland. 1pm-5pm, private home, $15 per server, $20 per Domme, 18+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Cinekink, showing “Best of Cinekink/2013” and “Remedy.” 7pm and 9pm, Clinton Street Theatre, 2522 SE Clinton St., $8 for one, $12 for both showings, 18+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Monday, Aug. 5
Movie Night with Lady Alycyn, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions. 6pm doors, 7pm movie, Embers, 110 NW Broadway, $5 suggested donation, 21+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Kinky Women’s Munch, hosted by Bad Girls. 7pm-9pm, Bare Bones Bar, 2900 SE Belmont St., women only, free, 21+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Black Light Bowling & Raffle with the Oregon Bears. 7pm-9pm, AMF Pro 300 Lanes, 3031 SE Powell Blvd, 21+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Leather & Lace Show, hosted by Princess 34 Ronda Marie and Prince 38 DaddyDaun of the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court. 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show, Embers (front bar), 110 NW Broadway, free, 21+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Queer Leather Dinner, hosted by Leland Carina. 7pm, Crush Bar, 1412 SE Morrison St., no cover, 21+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Thursday, Aug. 8
Leather Family BBQ, hosted by Oregon Leather Pride. 6pm-dusk, Overlook Park, N. Fremont St. and Interstate Ave., free, bring a dish to share, all ages, oregonleatherpride.org.
Friday, Aug. 9
Leather Vegas and Contestant Meet & Greet, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions. 6pm-10pm, Embers (back bar), 110 NW Broadway, no cover, scrip available for purchase, 21+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Eugene/Springfield Pride brings a diverse group of performers and vendors to Eugene’s Alton Baker Park. Performers include Sean Gaskell, Spin Cycle Squares, Lauren Joiner, Champagne GaGa, the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Emerald Empire, Tylan, and Coyote Grace. Noon-7pm, Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Rd., Eugene, $5 suggested donation, all ages, eugenepride.org.
Mr. & Ms. OR State Leather/Bootblack Contest, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions. 6pm doors, 7pm contest, Embers, 110 NW Broadway, $10, 21+, oregonleatherpride.org.
Tribal! The Victory Party, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions. 9pm-1am, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., free, 21+,oregonleatherpride.org.
Sunday, Aug. 11
Leather Pride Victory Brunch and Rose & Thorn Awards, hosted by Blackout Leather Productions. 11:30am brunch, 1pm awards, Charlie’s on Grand in the Courtyard by Marriot, 435 NE Wasco, no cover (order from menu), all ages,oregonleatherpride.org.
Friday, Sept. 6
Oregon Coast Pride Festival kicks off with a meet and greet, followed by music from DJs and live bands and a drag show. 6pm-midnight, Chinook Winds Casino, 1777 NW 44th St., Lincoln City, $5 suggested donation, all ages, oregoncoastpride.com.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Dykes on Bikes and allies meet up for breakfast before heading out for a Pride Ride. 8am breakfast, 10am ride, BK Mulligan’s 266 SE. Hwy 101, Lincoln City, oregoncoastpride.com.
Oregon Coast Pride Festival continues with a biker invasion, emcee Jennifer Lanier (aka Brude TD King), and a host of performers including comedienne Jackie Monahan, drag kings and queens, children’s activities, and more. 10am, Chinook Winds Casino, 1777 NW 44th St., Lincoln City, $5 suggested donation, all ages, oregoncoastpride.com.
Inferno brings the heat with a dance party (open to all genders) featuring DJ Wildfire. 8pm-midnight, Chinook Winds Casino (upper convention floor), 1777 NW 44th St., Lincoln City, $15, 21+, oregoncoastpride.com.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Cosmic Flamingo Bingo and a bloody mary bar in the morning with music, lights, and prize packages. 10am-2pm, Chinook Winds Casino (upper convention floor), 1777 NW 44th St., Lincoln City, $10 for first bingo package (includes $5 in slot play for adults), $5 for additional, all ages, oregoncoastpride.com.
Friday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 13
Save the date for Southern Oregon Pride. This year’s theme is “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Details to come;sopride.org.