We all know Gay Pride Week is "gay"... but how "gay" is it? On the waterfront, the only "gay" entertainment amounts to The Olde World Puppet Theatre performing "The Baby Dragon Finds a Job!" and a rousing performance by Portland Gay Men's Chorus & Portland Lesbian Choir, so we've decided Gay Pride lacks something essential: GAIETY. So how does one get their "gay on" while still having an assload of gay fun?


* Egyptian Club's Gender Bender Variety Show: Drag kings, drag queens, musicians and dancers put a "twist" on their performances. Special appearances by Diva & Lucrecia. Hosted by Poison Waters. 3701 SE Division, 236-8689, 9pm, $5

* Starky's Pride Celebration, including fine food and spirits, as well as guest drag performer Jerrica Stephens Hunter. 5:30-9:30 pm, 2913 SE Stark, call 230-7980 for res.

* The 1st ever Black Gay Pride in Portland presents Ebony Knights, where gay and bisexual African American men are invited to a night of dancing, food, prizes and shows. Fez, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, 10pm-4am, free


* 3rd Annual Rainbow Ball, 9pm-2am. Spinning disco songs from the '70s and '80s. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, $10

* Portland Bisexual Women pre-Pride Parade party, to make shirts, hats, and signs for the event. ADDRESS, TIME, Call Buff @ 331-1268 for directions.


* 2:10 pm: Boxxes Best of the Best Karaoke at the Waterfront

* 5:45 pm: PLA Leather Fantasy Presentation at the Waterfront

* 6 pm: Dyke March, North Park Blocks at NW Davis and Park

* Big Women's Dance at the Melody Ballroom sponsored by DJ Crystal and Bella Casa Realty. 615 SE Alder, 232-2759, 8 pm-1 am, $10

* Carnival Spectacular Party at Scandal's, with games, costumes and drink specials. 1038 SW Stark, 227-5887, 8 pm

* 9 pm: Pride DJ Dance Party at the Waterfront


* Gay Pride Parade, Starts at Lincoln High School 1600 SW Salmon, East on Taylor to Broadway North, to Stark West, to Burnside East, to Davis East to Naito Parkway South.

* Red Cap Garage opens at 8 am, with parade-side seating. 5 pm, come in topless and receive a refreshing surprise. 1035 SW Stark, 226-4171

* Ready for the event awarded the "Most Retarded Gay Pride Event Ever"? "Lesbians with Degrees" meets at Crush. Snob-o-rama. 1412 SE Morrison, 6pm

* Post-Pride parade dance, featuring live music by Amy Maja and Embra. Egyptian Club, 3701 SE Division, 236-8689, 8pm, free

* Jason Stuart, a gay actor who recently guest-starred on Will & Grace, does his stand-up comedy routine. Klub Z, 333 SW Park, 241-1153, 8pm, $10-12, all ages

* Gay night with DJ Tronic. Heaven, 421 SW 10th, 916-4014, 9-11 pm, all ages


* Dyke Night at the Touchstone Coffee House, 7631 NE Glisan, 262-7613, 6-9 pm

* Cock Rock Mondays w/ DJ Gregarious. Poison, Lita Ford, Warrant, and hey, lusty drink specials. Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, 226-4171, 9 pm

* Gay & Lesbian Roller Skating Party, Oaks Park, 7:30-9:30 pm, $5


* Queer Night at hosted by DJ AJ West, Blackbird, 3728 NE Sandy, 282-9949, 9 pm, free (We thought everyone there was queer already--especially the bartenders.)

* The Nude Review, Strippaz, yeah! Egyptian Club, 3701 SE Division, 236-8689, 7pm

* And later... "When Hell Freezes Over": A Queer Prom. Dancing, food, door prizes, free HIV testing. Friday June 22, Mississipi Ballroom, 833 N Shaver, 8 pm