Lifestyle

Your Guide to Pride Month in Portland

Published On 06/05/2017 Published On 06/05/2017
Friday - Sunday
Jun 2-11
Leave it to Sordid Lives to find humor in gay conversion therapy. This black comedy’s closing performances are both divisive and timely.
Friday - Friday
Jun 2-30
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.
Sunday
Jun 4
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.
Sunday
Jun 11
Pride enthusiasts come in all sizes. Reading Is a Drag! brings together children, free snacks, and prominent Portland drag queens, so kids can experience story time one-on-one or in small groups.
Thursday
Jun 15
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.
Friday
Jun 16
This two-story Pride dance party is out of this world. Case in point: You’ll find galactic go-go dancers, art installations straight outta Star Wars, and premium DJs shipped downstream from Vancouver, BC.
portland pride
Png Studio Photography / Shutterstock.com
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 17-18
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.
Saturday
Jun 17
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.
Saturday
Jun 17
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.
Saturday
Jun 17
A '90s-themed Pride dance party housed in a retired pornhouse that’ll leave you smelling like queer spirit. Don’t forget your mullet!
Saturday
Jun 17
We’re here, we’re queer, and we’d like to say... jello shots? Everybody is making America gay again thanks to the politically poignant theme of this year’s Gaylabration, one of Portland Pride’s official dance parties -- and one of Portland’s biggest.
Saturday
Jun 17
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.
Sunday
Jun 18
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).
portland pride
Png Studio Photography / Shutterstock.com
Sunday
Jun 18
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.
Saturday
Jun 24
This gender-neutral queer dance party stands out from the crowd for several reasons. It tends to specialize in hip-hop, lesbians, and punks.