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!

QUEER PUZZLE PAGE!

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.

THE TRASH REPORT: Pride Edition

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!

Cocktail-Coded

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.

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International exhibition the Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious places to present contemporary visual art in the world, and artist Jeffrey Gibson currently represents the US with the space in which to place me.

Gibson’s work fills the US pavilion with dazzling, fluorescent patterns, text that speaks to the history of forced displacement, perpetrated upon Indigenous communities by colonialist settlers, and a massive sculpture of red pedestals that visitors can climb on. There's plenty of Portland connection to Gibson, a queer Choctaw and Cherokee artist whose work They Come From Fire was in a special exhibition at PAM in 2022. 

The inclusion of Portland’s premiere drag clown Carla Rossi, during the Biennale’s opening festivities, added yet another layer. Costumed as video game character Lara Croft, Carla moved around the pedestal with eerie, circular motions reminiscent of idle character animations. The performance worked within Gibson’s exhibition, and also cleverly continued themes found in art made by Carla Rossi’s creator Anthony Hudson, who we often see enmeshing pop culture touchstones with Indigenous artist clapback to great effect.

“I was thinking particularly of the recent frenzy, on the part of museums, to *finally* close down exhibits and return more of our ancestors and belongings, as part of the updated regulations for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act,” Hudson / Rossi later explained to the Mercury. Croft’s fictional identity, as a monied British archeologist, proved a prescient foil. “But also I just really love Tomb Raider,” Hudson / Rossi continued, “and I couldn’t stop myself from spinning the two together. Nor could I help myself from falling [off the sculpture] to my death, but in the end, that was perfectly Lara too.”


Should you find yourself in Venice, Gibson's exhibition is on display through November.