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Your Guide to the Weekend


Hopefully you are cooling off and resting up from a wild red dress weekend. Let’s be honest boys and girls, it was one heck of a party. Who’s ready for 2014?! In the meantime, we’ve got some other great shindigs coming up this weekend:


5/9: Give OUT Day @ Online 12:00am – 12:00am

Likely, you are still nursing yourself back to reality after this past weekend’s debauchery, so we wouldn’t want to prematurely jump start your weekend. Give OUT Day couldn’t be an easier way to do something without having to leave your couch. This national event is in it’s first year and strives to help support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer community, all with the click of a donation button.

Click here for more information.


5/10: Benefits With Friends @ Crush Bar 9:30pm – 11:55pm

It’s Friday, and hopefully you are back in action, ready to kick off the weekend with a vengeance. Grab your fiercest outfit, slap on those dancing shoes and prepare for a wild night. This benefit supports BRO’s Trans Justice program and is complete with raffle prizes galore. So get out, do a little good, and throw it down this Friday.

Click here for more information.


5/11: Once de Mayo @ Joqs 6:00pm – 10:00pm

It’s been a week since the Derby, Red Dress and Cinco de Mayo last weekend- likely you are starting to feel the fun withdrawals. Worry not good friends, we’ve got just the thing, Once de Mayo. Sure, it may be a week late, but once you have a margarita you’ll forget all about it! Call your amigos and amigas, throw on something that can handle the heat and enjoy your Saturday. With the likes of Drag King EMILIO hanging around, and some seriously sexy go go dancers, what are you waiting for?

Click here for more information.


Here Comes The Sun


Sure it’s spring in PDX, but did anyone expect a heat wave this early in the season? We are talking 70+ this weekend- grab your martini, mags, besties and get outdoors stat. In the evenings, flaunt your new tan at one of these hotspots:


3/28: Cockabilly @ White Owl Social Club 9:00PM

Who said Thursdays were dead? Don your best rock and roll disco attire and get ready for a weekday party worthy of a college town. Music, photos and contests will aid in bringing out your inner fierceness- you won’t even be able to think straight! $5 cover.

Click HERE for more information.


3/29: Ballz OUT @ Eagle Portland 9:00PM – 12:00AM

Queens, we are talking a full throttle man auction here- hotter than the weather. Win a date with one of those fabulous soccer studs. This ain’t no quick cup of coffee either, the date includes dinner, drinks and Timbers tickets. Support Portland’s only LGBTQ soccer club while being surrounded by shirtless soccer studs- now that’s anything but vanilla.

Click HERE for more information.


3/29: Chicken Strip @ Funhouse Lounge @ 9:30PM

Your fill of drag, dancing and debauchery all in one place! Enjoy acclaimed performances by Serendipity Jones, Shitney Houston, Melody Awesomazing, and many more. For realz, this is the ‘non-gender specific’ Friday night spot! $4 cover.

Click HERE for more information.


3/30: Hey Queen @ Beulahland 10:00PM

Take advantage of the gorgeous Portland rays Saturday, but save some energy up for DJ’s Hold My Hand and Bruce LaBruiser Saturday night, you’re going to need it. Dance your fanny off with some of your favs and make your weekend count, drink in hand. The event is free but tipping is encouraged.

Click HERE for more information.


Day drinking happens. If you have a little too much fun in the sun this weekend, book a room at the Jupiter Hotel. We’re perfect for the four s’s that will cure any hangover- shower, shuteye, Sizzle Pie and.. well we’ll let you guess on the fourth.

Let’s Paint the Town Red!



Here’s how you can help support the LGBT community and stay in the know on this important issue of equality:

– Check in at www.hrc.org/blog for live-updates from the first day of at the Supreme Court hearings.

– Follow hashtags #United4Marriage, #Time4Marriage and the account @HRC on Twitter for the latest updates.

– Make sure you wear red to show your support for marriage equality.

– Copy the image above and make your Facebook profile red too!

– Join the local Portland Rally at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse starting @ 5:00pm. For more details click here.

Our friends over at the Human Rights Campaign have provided these easy tips on how to get involved today:


February Is Here

Forget your shadow and pop out of your hole this weekend for a fabulous lineup of events. There’s no escaping winter now, so grab a group of friends and bring on February. Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

2/1: Apocalysp @ The Foggy Notion Portland, Friday 9:00PM
With the likes of Wienerslav and Pork Belly, as well as special guest Chelsea Starr, there’s no way this could be anything other than a killer good time! Get down this Friday with punk rock, new wave, underground, indie, queercore, and riot grrrl jams. Not to mention, this event doesn’t have a cover.
Click HERE for more information.

2/2: Equality Across the River @ Tigerlily Restaurant and Bar, Saturday 9:00PM
This benefit for Basic Rights Oregon will feature the live band Mattachine Social, drink specials, raffle prizes and much more. The evening, sponsored by Saturday in the Park Pride, will surely be the talk of the town and there is $5 cover.
Click HERE for more information.

2/3: The Drag Superbowl @ Hamburger Mary’s Portland, Sunday 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Get ready for comradery, cheering and one heck of a live performance. It’s the Drag Superbowl with The Babes and there is sure to be some stiff competition. Fret not, the event should wrap up before the Super Bowl begins.
Click HERE for more information.

Don’t forget, February is the month of love. Book the Jupiter Hotel’s Lust and Love package for a randy good time. Want to spice things up in other ways? Check out one of our other enticing packages HERE.

Transgender Empowerment, and of course Dancing

It’s that time of the year again for Basic Rights Oregon to host its largest events of the year! The Transgender Justice Summit is a weekend dedicated to gathering and empowering the transgender community. Come as your beautiful self to enjoy an inspiring keynote speaker, take part in workshops, or just come out and party with the transgender community.

Below you will find information about the events happening this weekend:

10/19 – An Evening with Kylar Broadus @ Hotel Fifty, 6:30 – 8PM
Join Basic Rights Oregon for this special reception with Kylar Broadus – national leader and keynote speaker for this year’s Trans Justice Summit. Kylar is a professor, attorney, activist and public speaker from Missouri. Broadus currently serves on the board of the National Black Justice Coalition and was board chair from 2007 to 2010.  In 2010, Kylar founded Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of Trans People of Color. And this year, he became the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. There is a $25 suggested donation to attend this event. There will be hors d’oeuvres provided as well as a cash bar. The venue is ADA accessible and you don’t need to worry about the annoying bathroom drama because they are gender neutral.

For more information on this event and to purchase a ticket visit: http://www.basicrights.org/event/an-evening-with-kylar-broadus/

10/20 – 10/21 Transgender Justice Summit @ Portland State University, Smith Hall 333, 9 AM – 5 PM
After listening to the keynote speaker Kylar Broadus the evening before, enjoy a two-day leadership summit hosted by Basic Rights Oregon and Portland State University Queer Resource Center. The weekend will empower trans Oregonians and allies in the efforts to build a strong movement for Trans Justice statewide. Over these two days, the transgender community will share victories and lessons learned, explore how health care discrimination plays out in the  community, and build the skills needed to win the struggles ahead. In addition to trainings on topics ranging from “how to lobby decision makers” to “dismantling racism within the trans community,” this year’s summit will include workshops on personal needs and how to access trans-friendly services. Pre-registration is currently closed for this event, so get there early because there will be limited registration available at the door. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration costs with gluten-free and vegan meals available.

For more information on this event and to purchase a ticket visit:


10/20 – Transgender Leadership Summit’s Saturday Night Party @ Los Locos, 7 – 10:30 PM, Free for Leadership Summit Attendees, $5-8 for Public
If you are unable to make it to the leadership summit, you can still take part in the weekend! Join the party Saturday night for an all-ages social event featuring local entertainers DJ Tab Dansby, DJ Chicklit (of Transit), and DJ II Trill (of Twerk PDX). This space is not ADA accessible, but gender neutral restrooms are available. There will be a raffle at this event with prizes, including a gift package from She Bop, a wellness exam and hormone consultation, and more!

People from all over the state venture to PDX for this event. If you are one of those travelers making the trek and are still in need for a place to crash, you know where to find us!

A Weekend For All Ages

Whether you’re a youthful teen or approaching the glamorous age of 67, there’s plenty of opportunities that guarantee a fabulous night out on the town this weekend. From swanky dinners to a roller skate party, you have NO excuse to get out there and have some fun. Hit the streets, babe!

Below you will find information about the events happening this week:

10/11 : 2nd Thursday Social for LGBTQI Seniors @ Niki’s Restaurant, 1 – 3 PM
Feeling left out of the social scene now that you’re getting older? You don’t have to anymore. Meet and mingle in a fun and camaraderie atmosphere at Niki’s Restaurant. 2nd Thursday is an activity of Elder Resource Alliance (ERA). ERA is an advocacy program, a part of Friendly House Inc. Community Safety Net Services. The meeting will address social, health, and housing needs with intention of ending discrimination against older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex community members.

For more information: Contact Rachel at 503.224.2640 or eracoordinator@yahoo.com.

10/12 : IGNITE! The Annual Basic Rights Oregon Event @ Portland Art Museum 7:30 PM – 12 AM
The Basic Rights Oregon Dinner takes on a new form…IGNITE! A Party for LGBT Equality in Oregon. You can now choose a swanky dinner, the main event, or both. For those interested in a more intimate affair, the Donor & Corporate Sponsor Dinner is for you. After the dinner, the party heats up with IGNITE, featuring food, drink, friends…and a few surprises. Get involved and join the party!

For more information: http://www.basicrights.org/event/ignite/

10/12 : Drag Night at SMYRC 6:30 – 8:30 PM
This Friday the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) is hosting a Drag Night open to all youth 14-23 who identify as lgbt or queer. Queer and questioning youth ages 14-23 are welcome to perform or sit back and enjoy the show. Drag kings, drag queens, and drag queers are all encouraged to perform. SMYRC is safe space for everybody. SMYRC prohibits the use of alcohol and/or drugs before, or during your time there.

For more information: sunshine@cascadiabhc.org

10/13 : Inferno – Hot Flash Dance @ Jones 6 – 10 PM, $8
When the twenty-something club scene isn’t your thing anymore, Inferno Dances are for you! Inferno-Hot Flash Dance Parties take you back to the 70s and bring you forward into the 21st century. The music is an eclectic mix of the greatest dance tracks from the 70s to today. Inferno-Hot Flash Dances are held early in the evening so you can groove through the entire dance AND make plans to continue to party afterward. Voted “Best Women’s Dance Regardless of Sexual Orientation” in Best of Seattle 2008 Magazine, Inferno is where friendships are re-ignited, dates are made, business networks are formed, and an entire community of women come together with laughter, joy, and love.

For more information: http://hotflashdances.com/locations/portland-oregon/

10/15 : Gay Skate and Trivia Night @ Oaks Park 7 – 9 PM
No matter what age you are, grab your best pair of skates and head out to the Oaks Park skate night for trivia and fun. Gay Skate has been at Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink for over twenty years, and each month it is held a different LGBT Non-Profit is supported and food, toiletries and unused clothing for Esther’s Pantry are always collected. So use the weekend to brush up on your trivia knowledge and come prepared on Monday to dominate!

With all these events occurring this weekend, your age is no excuse for staying in. We’re only as old as we feel right? So get out there and go do something this weekend!

PDX Latino Gay Pride is happening this weekend!

Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival is this Saturday, July 21, 3pm – 10pm, Pure Space (1315 NW Overton, Portland OR) and we can’t wait to celebrate CARNAVAL this year! The entertainment line-up is looking amazing.

Here’s what we know:

DeMarco DJ will get things started with the latest Latin tunes that will get you moving
Ballet Mexico En La Piel is set to perform traditional and festive folklorico dances
Tryniti La Croix is back with a show stopping number
Poder Latino and their current pageant title holders, has some surprises planned

The second part of the festival will continue with:

DJ Digo Baena spinning Brazilian Music, World Beats, and the most danceable vibes
Bloca Alegria, Portland’s latest Rio style Samba Band will take over the stage
Under U4 Men His and Her Fashion Show
y mucho mas…

This year’s Festival is not to be missed! $5.00 Suggested donation at the door and $20 VIP option available!

Want the full run down? Visit PDX Latino Gay Pride’s site here : http://latinogaypridepdx.com/