GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• It's the Mercury's 2022 Queer Guide: Making Waves!
Celebrate Pride this weekend by saying "HELLO THERE" to some of Portland's most influential movers & shakers in the LGBTQ+ community.
• The Curriculum Culture Wars Come to Portland-Area Schools
Schools in the Portland metro area have been put on defense as conservative groups push against LGBTQ and race-related lessons required by state law.
• "It's psychological warfare": Old Town Sweeps Hammer Portland's Homeless Population
On Tuesday, Mayor Wheeler and business owners cheered the erasure of tents from Old Town's blocks. Here's how unhoused Portlanders experienced the past few months of the city's accelerated system of sweeping homeless camps.
• A New True Crime Podcast from KGW Carefully Tells the Story of Murdered Trans Vancouver Teen Nikki Kuhnhausen
Alex Zielinski spoke to KGW news anchor Ashley Korslien about the process of creating a true crime podcast about the murder of Vancouver teen Nikki Kuhnhausen, while avoiding harmful tropes.
• THE TRASH REPORT
Trash lovers unite! Elinor Jones is here with another hilarious edition of THE TRASH REPORT. For your dumpster diving pleasure: Republican traitors, lesbian greeting cards, and it's Britney's wedding, bitch! 💅☕️
• A Place to Be Queer and Unapologetically Black
This year's Portland Pride Parade falls on Juneteenth, which might strike some as peculiar and perhaps even offensive. Mx. Dahlia Belle spoke with Kimber K. Shade and Isaiah Esquire about the intersection of Black and queer identity.
• POP QUIZ PDX
This week's hilarious edition of POP QUIZ PDX is more like "Poop Quiz PDX"—testing your trivia knowledge on Portland poop-related subjects... along with, you know, the usual shit. Let's see how smart you are! 🧠
• Steven “Agent of Chaos” Wilber Returns to Portland with a Brand New Comedy Experience
Former Portland's Funniest winner Steven Wilber returns home with a new comedy showcase that features a banging lineup of comedians and a heaping helping of... CHAOS.
• Savage Love: Baddy Dom
A woman exploring her kinks meets up with a Dom who pushed her limits—in a bad way. Is it her responsibility to confront him about it? Dan Savage ponders the issue and renders a judgement in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!
• Portland Queer Icons Jumping from Stage to the Screen: Jinkx Monsoon, House of Ada, and More!
This has been a HUGE year for members of Portland's LGBTQ+ community to make it big on the screen. Find out how these stars were born! (And where to see 'em shine.)
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!