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PDX Latino Gay Pride is Coming!

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Live ‘la vida loca’ with PDX Latino Gay Pride!

Three big events over the span of two days will definitely give you time to

celebrate and enjoy life in P-town.

Latino Gay Pride is located at the Jupiter Hotel, so make a weekend of it by booking a room and partying with us from dusk to dawn (and then from dawn to dusk!).

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The Festival is the highlight of the PLGP celebration and brings together nearly 800 – 1000 attendees each year. The main stage has a line up of traditional and cultural performances, local & regional entertainers, community leaders, public officials, and non-stop DJ music. Delicious Latin-style cuisine as well as margaritas, cerveza, and a signature cocktail keeps everyone in a festive mood. The Sponsor Exhibit and Vendor Area includes community resource information, volunteer opportunities, local and national businesses.

For more information, event schedule and volunteer opportunities, visit http://latinogaypridepdx.com/.

An Elegant Night Out

In dire need of an evening out to feel like a celebrity? Well you’re in luck, the Q Center’s 5th Annual Winter Gala is right around the corner! The Gala will be occurring January 26th, 2013 at Castaway Portland from 6 PM – 11:30 PM. This year’s theme is Fire and Ice, for a night of “passion and confidence” as the Q Center moves into its next chapter. This event allows the Q Center to showcase all the great things it does for the community and have a fabulous time doing it.

This is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Q Center, which is the only LGBT center between the California border and British Columbia. Money made from your ticket purchase helps maintain the center and allows it to continue to provide resources and respond to important issues that affect the LGBT community every day.

This classy evening will be hosted by KGW Newschannel 8’s Reggie Aqui and Stephanie Stricklen. Two time Grammy Award Winner Matt Alber, who is responsible for one of the most iconic, romantic gay videos of all time, will be performing live during this memorable evening.

You still have a little time to find the swankiest outfit to hit the town for this classy event that supports a great cause, but purchase your tickets soon before they sell out!

For more information about the Gala click HERE. To purchase your tickets click HERE.

If you are traveling from out of town for this event, get a room with us and take advantage of our Keep Portland Queer package.

Jupiter Hotel Featured in Instinct Magazine

The Jupiter Hotel was recently featured in the October issue of America’s number one Gay Magazine, Instinct. The article titled, “Cloudbusting: The Pacific Northwest,” showcased different locations in the Northwest focusing on Seattle, Vancouver, and of course Portland. Jupiter was highlighted for it’s sassy style and numerous LGBT events provided at the hotel. With the Doug Fir Lounge, guests can check out live tunes and walk a few steps to crash in their room.

So once you get over the gorgeous Jaymes Vaughan on the cover, open it up and read the article to see all the great things Portland has to offer the LGBT community. Take advantage of our Keep Portland Queer package and get a room with us to decide for yourself.

What’s Happening This Weekend? We’re at Vancouver Pride, Baby!

Vancouver BC Pride is an annual event our team looks forward to every year and this one promises to be another long weekend of parties, festivals, parades and general debauchery. <insert evil grin here>

If you’re in the hood, come visit us at our booth during the festival (#89, if that means anything. We’re not even sure where it’s at!). We’ll be giving away a trip to PDX, tons of goodies and hugs too.

Now… PHOTO MONTAGE!

Jupiter Lily and a very festive attendee at 2011 Vancouver BC Pride

 

The Alex Fraser Bridge yesterday, as we drove into Vancouver BC.

 

The Burrard Hotel is right smack in the middle of the Pride action and is our fav spot in Vancouver BC. It feels like we’re back home at the Jupiter!

 

 

Ooooh – our schwanky room at the Burrard. A good place to crash after a long night clubbing. Yeah baby! It’s PRIDE!!

 

 

QFest 2012 is tonight!

QFest 2012

Win tickets to see Kelly Clarkson, The Fray and Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy” screening TONIGHT!

What: QFest 2012
When: TONIGHT! Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 5 to 9 PM
Where: QCenter, 4115 N. Mississippi Avenue
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/404294679621871/

The Deets: Free food, beer, music and entertainment for the kids? Sounds like a great summer night to us! QFest 2012 will kick off it’s 2nd year with a BBQ benefit for the QCenter. There’s a $5 to $10 suggested donation and  you’ll have the chance to win tickets to see Kelly Clarkson and The Fray July 21st at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield PLUS a special screening of Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy” at the Top Down Film Festival in August! Pace yourself and hydrate because the raffle drawing will take place at the official QFest afterparty at the Eagle at 10 PM tonight.

Already too busy tonight? Well, have your people call our people and have them book a room at the Jupiter. You need a rest, darling.

Then, on Saturday (July 14th) come hang out at Q Center’s beer garden at the Mississippi Street Fair, open 10am-6pm!  Live performers, food, beer & wine, and more!

What: 11th Annual Mississippi Street Fair
When: Saturday, July 14th from 10 AM to 9 PM
Where: N. Mississippi Avenue
Website: http://www.mississippiave.com/index.cfm?scid=2123
The Deets: The annual Mississippi Ave. Street Fair is a community-building event that celebrates the neighbors, businesses and organizations that make  their home in the Mississippi Avenue neighborhood (from N. Fremont  to N. Skidmore on Mississppi Ave). The event honors history and  tradition while embracing diversity and sustainability.

Now, put on those party pants and get out the door! For a little inspo, here is a free music download.  ‘Like’ Sir Ivan’s Facebook page and get the Aitor Deep House Club Mix of “La La Land” for free.

Have a good weekend!

Get off that toosh and get out there! We have weekend happenings in PDX!

Planning on being in Seattle this weekend? Well, come on down to SEA Pride and say hi to us! We’ll be handing out our Jupiter condoms, key chains, giving away a room night and all sorts of other goodies.

Last year Jupiter Lily, the mascot of the Jupiter Hotel, visited Seattle and made many friends. We especially loved these guys and hope they come back again this year :

“Oh dahhhhling, who doesn’t love a big anaconda in your face?”

Can’t head out of town? Then head on over to these events in P-town this week:

Nom nom nom for Rights.

What: Bites for Rights
When: TODAY! June 21st
Where: For a full list of participants, click here (http://www.basicrights.org/featured/bites-for-rights/)
Website: http://www.basicrights.org/events/bites-for-rights/
The Deets: Take a stand for equality by going out for coffee, brunch, drinks, dinner and dessert. With your help, we can send a powerful message to business owners that supporting LGBT equality is not only the right thing to do, but it’s good business too! By dining out all day long, YOU can help sustain Basic Rights Oregon’s efforts in transgender justice, racial justice and marriage equality. For a full list of participants, click here (http://www.basicrights.org/uncategorized/2012-bites-for-rights-participants/)

Sing it out loud and sing it out proud!

What: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ Portland Lesbian Choir’s 25th Anniversary Concert & Celebration
When: Saturday June 23rd
Where: Scottish Rite Temple, 709 SW 15th, Portland OR
Website: http://plchoir.org/
The Deets: The concert will feature songs ranging across the decades from the Captain and Tennile and Sweet Honey era to Lady Gaga and Beyonce, showcasing a multi-generational, talented group that loves-to-sing! There will be special surprise guests too, and Choir alum DJ Lauren will spin the dance. The choir will also be premiering a new commissioned work from Aurora Director and local composer, Joan Szymko supported by a grant from RACC.


What: Hey Queen! a new QUEER night at Beulahland
When: Saturday, June 23 at 9:00 PM
Where: Beulahland, 118 ne 28th, PORTLAND, OR, 97232 (map)
Website:http://www.facebook.com/events/380102428714115/
The Deets: Come to Beulahland’s new QUEER night featuring party girl and DJ, Bruce LaBruiser! Electro, indie dance pop, house, remixes, queer ass jams, whatever.

This is a safer space for general sluttery, dirt baggery, electronic music nerds, (aspiring) Party Girls of all genders and fierce allies. The first edition will also feature special guest DJ and real live sweetheart, Gossip Cat (Ryan Kost).

What: Superstar Divas Megashow
When: Sunday, June 24th, 8 PM to 11 PM
Where: CC Slaughters 219 NW Davis (map)
Website:http://ccslaughterspdx.com/divas/
The Deets: Honey Bea Hart, Bolivia Carmichaels, and Ginger Lee are three of the hardest-working ladies in show business… see the divas themselves every Sunday night at CC’s. 21+. No cover!

Hey wait! It’s not over yet… you made it down to the end of the post. Good for you!

This week, we wanted to share a new website called OneGoodLove. If Grindr and Manhunt aren’t your thing anymore, skip on over to this new version of eHarmony for the gay and lesbian community. It just makes our hearts all warm and gooey!!

Have a good weekend!

Yay! Pride is HERE! PDX Weekend Happenings

My oh my does Portland have quite the fabulous pride-filled week ahead of it, and lucky us, it’s one of our favorite weekends! Really. It’s like a holiday… so, HAPPY PRIDE!!

  • 6.14: Tonight is a very special night for the Q Center and the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN): Queer Heroes Northwest celebrates the opening of their exhibition at the Q Center. The Queer Heroes NW project is a local movement to honor LGBTQ pioneers and leaders that were nominated by the greater LGBTQ community online during Pride month. The reception will be held in the Aaron Hall Gallery from 5:30-8PM. After the Q Center, the exhibition will be hitting the road so catch it while you can!
  • 6.14: Join the sweaty and fierce fun at the 1 year Anniversary and Pride Kick Off at Queerlandia! There’s a $5 cover, but who cares- that’s inside is priceless; plus, $1 of all admissions is donated to Bradley Angle’s LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence Program. There will be performances by DJ Hold My Hand, Chelsea Starr, Dazzle Punch and many more accompanied by scandalous vendors and a fabulous photobooth. You’d be crazy to pass a photobooth up! Dance the night away at Embers from 9PM-2AM. Sounds like a party you won’t want to miss.
  • 6.15: Pride Week just keeps the parties coming! On Friday at the Leftbank Annex, the annual dance party fundraiser, Gaylabration, will be kicking off at 9:30PM. This year, there’s THREE DJ’s bumping beats for your dancing pleasure: DJ Skiddle, DJ Chris Cox and DJ Vize. Tickets are $25 Pre-sale and $35 at the door, but if you feel like a VIP, it’s $100. A portion of the night’s proceeds support Basic Rights Oregon and their fight for LGBT Equality. What’s better than dancing the night away AND building good karma?
  • 6.16: Here’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will be performing their Summer of Love: Music of the Beatles show at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this Saturday from 7:30-10PM. These men are sure to remind you that “All You Need Is Love” during their evening serenade. Since this is an Official PrideNW event, It’s the one and only night PGMC is performing their lovely number, so you might want to grab a ticket while you still can!
  • 6.16-6.17: Pride Northwest is back and we couldn’t be happier to have them. There are a number of events taking place this weekend during the Portland Pride Festival & Parade at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Take a look at their schedule to get the full scoop! Just make sure that you don’t miss the Portland Gay Pride Parade starting at 11:30AM on Sunday!

Image courtesy of OregonLive

  • 6.20: Following Pride Weekend, Basic Rights Oregon is throwing Rice, Beans and Collard Greens, an all ages dance party for Queer and Trans Peope of Color, and their friends and families. The rager will be held at Holocene from 8:30-11PM and there is a $5 cover, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There will be a bar for those 21+. All are welcome so show your support and dance your heart out.

Links we loved:

  • Red Dress: ReDEMPTION announced that they raised more than $15,000 from this year’s event. Not only was the Red Dress Party a blast, but it brought the organization’s total charitable contributions to $252,000!
  • In honor of Gay Pride Month, SOHITEK Gallery is hosting a queer group art show, F**king Gay, addressing the stereotypes, assumptions and ambiguity surrounding the LGBTQ community. Go take a peek at their post-Pride Parade party this Thursday or at some point this month- it’s a definite must see.
  • We all knew pop-star Ke$ha was a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community, but who she was a minister. She performed a commitment ceremony for her close friends in Malibu, Calif last weekend. Nothing beats a celeb with a passion for equality and love for all.