France's Fête des Lumières Is a Light Festival Unlike Anything You've Ever Seen
Friday - Sunday
Friday - Friday
Spanning the entirety of Pride month, Sean M. Johnson’s free photo exhibit fearlessly blends queer escapism with death. Each photograph episodically dabbles into the romanticized identity of a different queer person.
2118 NW Raleigh Street
Join Portland’s most prominent drag queen, Poison Waters, along with a live DJ at this Pride-themed tea party. Pro tip: Don’t expect tea; look for rosé.
The only prominent gay thing most people can recall from pop culture in 2003 is the VMA kiss between Britney and Madonna. Still, this doesn’t stop Portland’s leading lesbian comedy troupe from throwing a whole dance party themed after that fateful year.
Saturday - Sunday
The Portland Pride Parade offers a chance to witness every possible facet of queer life complemented with a motorbike or a banner, but look out for two particularly dramatic displays: The Portland Dyke March is PDX Pride’s respective lesbian march and the Portland Trans Pride March highlights every non-cis entry into the community.
Though it appears as it sounds, Slant is a queer-only podcast in the making... but Pride month means the pressure is on for all storytellers to appear especially tantalizing.
Plenty of gay men are coming out for a second time. This iteration, they want the world to know they’re into flannels and chopping wood. Lumbertwink is a laid-back day-drinking party for bears and bears-in-training during the height of Pride weekend.
If you’re looking to party this Pride (and you don’t mind waking up counting the ceiling tiles in somebody else’s apartment), the monthly queer dance party Blow Pony is throwing its 10th annual Queer Mutiny Fest. Expect lots of lights, cameras and... action.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Poison Waters strikes again! This time as your cruise director on this year’s Big Gay Boat Ride, a cruise aboard the Portland Spirit alongside Cynthia Lee Fontaine from RuPaul and plenty of cruising (WINK WINK).
If you’ve ever thought about dragging professionally, here’s your chance to break the mold. All headliners at this dance party are performing, but locals can enter the contest, too.