Queer Guide 2024

The Mercury's 2024 Queer Guide: Endless Queer Summer

Rainbow signs in windows are legion, and Portland's queer summer is endless.

All Pride All the Time

There’s something happening every weekend, as we count down to Portland Pride!

Kathleen Hanna Is Making a Documentary About Darcelle XV

Fun fact: The riot grrrl punk singer is Walter Cole's second cousin.

Q Marks the Spot

For two decades, the Q Center has been a safe haven for the LGBTQ2SIA+ community—and they have even bigger dreams for the future.

Find Queer Comedy Tonight!

Our roundup of the best queer (and queer adjacent) comedy shows in Portland.

We Are in Cinema's Golden Age of the Lesbian Dirtbag

Celebrate Pride with lesbian cinema! Without crying, for once!

EverOut's 2024 Pride Event Calendar

Don't miss a minute of fun during this year's Queer Summer!


You don't have to be queer to figure out these puzzles... but it helps!

This Portland Gay Bar Is Opening a Family-Friendly LGBTQIA+ Lounge

Since spring, we've wondered about "Scandals East." Here's the plan.


Target Is Canonically Gay! Did the Founding Fathers Kiss Dudes?

A Portland Drag Clown in Residence at the Venice Biennale

Artist Jeffery Gibson invited Carla Rossi to climb his installation on the US pavilion.

Queer Bars in Portland, a History

Silverado was once Flossie's; Lowensdale Park was once a place to cruise—take a brief dive into a history of our city's queer spaces.

Mona Chrome Is—Ironically Enough—a "Walking Crayon Box"

Gary Barnes sees drag as a way to combine their passions for painting, costume design, and dance—all at once!


Northeast Portland neighborhood wine bar Bonne Chance built a queer clientele on allyship and Malört.

Queer Guide Comic: COVID-Safer Pride Guide

Protect your ability to party—and protest—this Pride!

Queer Eye for the Pedalpalooza Ride

Portland leads the way in welcoming riders of all genders and sexualities.

The Long Road to Justice

As the American legal landscape for LGBTQ+ residents 
grows hostile, Oregon works to enshrine rights for all.

Where to Find a Queer-Owned Bar or Restaurant Near You

Fourteen spots to try during Portland Pride Summer—and beyond!

The Future of HIV Treatment Is Injectable

Promising prugs could expand treatment–if we get out of our own way.

Every Pride is exciting. Every Pride has something new. Yes, there are constants: hotties in short shorts. But even that rubric is evolving: hotties bursting from body norms, coveralls hemmed to high heaven.

Last year, Pride Northwest—the nonprofit that plans Portland’s Pride Parade and the accompanying waterfront festivities—moved the city’s summertime celebrations of queerness from June to July. The years before that saw even greater disruptions as queer communities measured pandemic safety, celebrated remotely, and / or resisted a renewed tide of haters set on slashing our rights. 

In this guide’s local history of queer nightlife, Silverado’s bar manager Trevor Wion notes that “the younger generation… have so many places they can go.” Plenty of bars in Portland plan queer nights, drag brunches, and pride celebrations. Rainbow signs in windows are legion.

Perhaps related to that, this Pride has a bajillion parties—many more than we’ve seen in recent years. The further we get from mandated lockdowns, the more community gatherings are coming back. Folks are finding each other and working together. 

We also find ourselves in the second year of Portland’s new two-month Pride model, where we start celebrating in June and finally (FINALLY) promenade come July. That does leave more room for parties, giving us a feeling of an Endless Queer Summer—the theme of this year’s guide.

If you are holding this guide in your adorable, angelic hands, that’s also something new. This is the Mercury’s first Queer Guide in print since 2019. Every year, we were blown away by the support local businesses showed for our web collections. This year they made this paper a 60-pager. (Pick one up NEAR YOU at so many locations citywide!)

Inside, you’ll find stories about queer bike ride organizers, Portland queer nightlife—past and present—a new family-friendly queer lounge opening this summer, a wine bar the gays adopted, and there are pages and pages of Pride parties to peruse.

Let the Endless Queer Summer begin!

Portland Mercury Arts & Culture Editor
Suzette Smith