Valentines 2024 Today 12:14 PM

The Mercury 2024 Sex Survey Results!

In which we find out HOW Portland does it, WHO they're doing it with, and WHAT items they're using while doing it!

First things first, PORTLANDERS ARE THE SEXIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. And we prove it every damn year with the Mercury's annual SEX SURVEY, in which we ask you (the sexy person I mentioned earlier) how you do it, where you do it, and who you're doing it to! (In addition to the toys you're using during this entire process.)

Before we get down to spilling all of Portland's dirtiest secrets, here are some things you should know: A whopping 1,477 people filled out this year's survey—which is THREE TIMES MORE than the number of people surveyed in those bullshit Portland-hating polls put out by the city's business alliance and those shitheads in People for Portland. (Two organizations who never get any sex, by the way, and for very good reason.) ANYWAY. What follows are the highlights (according to me) from this year's Mercury sex survey, but if you're one of those data-driven people who are hot to know EVERYTHING, then you can read all the results and percentages of our survey right here!

Okay, prepare to be shocked, scandalized, and impossibly horny... because HERE. WE. GO.


As usual, the majority of our survey-takers are straight folks (48%), with those who identify as bisexual coming in second at 18%, queers taking third place with 11%, and gay folk/pansexuals more or less tying at 8%. And whoa... shout out to our lesbian readers who really showed up this year, clocking in at a whopping 3% as opposed to last year when only a scant 2% filled out our survey! (Apparently we're making some serious inroads with the lesbian community!)

Horny cis dudes made up the majority of our survey-takers (45%), followed by sexy cis ladies (37%), and fun-lovin' non-binary folks (8%)—who also made a stronger showing this year. (Note: As we know, gender—as well as horniness—exists on a spectrum.) Oh, and speaking of spectrums, the majority of you are unsurprisingly Democrats (46%), followed by Socialists (21%), Independents (13%), Anarchists (7%), and waaaaaay down at the bottom are the Republicans (3%) who, as you know, are not allowed to think about or have sex and are therefore violating the terms of their sexless contracts by even taking this survey.

Continue reading »

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

Good morning, and happy leap day! Happy anniversary to my mom and stepfather, who married on this freak calendar day 20 years ago. For their last anniversary celebration four years ago, they went on a cruise around Italy. In March 2020. You can imagine how well that worked out! Thankfully, they made it home safely, but learned no lessons about unnecessary exposure to contagions, and still go on cruises despite my brother and I yelling loudly at them. Give me an "okay boomer!" if you are also a stressed out millennial trying to parent a stubborn 70-year-old! 

Anyway, enough getting mad at our parents. Time to get mad at the world!


  • A win for journalism? In this economy? It's true! A federal judge ruled in favor of The Oregonian in their case against Nike, which is actually super interesting: a lawyer for Nike accidentally shared documents regarding alleged sexual discrimination with an Oregonian reporter. Nike then tried a take-backsies, which the paper denied, and now a judge is on the side of the First Amendment. Whatever was in the documents hasn't yet been made public but I have a hunch they will be juicy. Continue reading »
Hear In Portland Yesterday 2:20 PM

Hear in Portland: Rappers Fountaine and Silv Punch Out Bangers on Bare Knuckles Collab

Where to catch the next single and DJ set from Zyah Belle; Khruangbin plays two epic live shows this summer.

Is release season here already?! This week, there are at least two must-listen new releases from Portland-relevant artists, including a single from singer-songwriter and DJ Zyah Belle and a joint EP from rappers Fountaine and Silv. Also get into an upcoming show featuring Portland band Night Heron, and looking farther ahead to summer, get excited about back-to-back shows from Khruangbin at the Edgefield. 


Upcoming local event(s) featuring local artist(s).

Night Heron

In this column, we’re historically fans of Portland band Night Heron’s soft warm tones and laid back grooves, like the psychedelic, R&B-informed synth pop on their 2021 full-length Instructions for the Night; the album provides an excellent late night playlist, or the right sounds for studying, reading, or driving. Hell, at times it’s soothing enough to fall asleep to. Next week the band will headline a show at Lollipop Shoppe, the former home of Dig A Pony that’s been maintaining the venue's spirit of offering a consistent, hyper-local music calendar. It’ll be worth leaving your house a little early to catch Seattle rock band Smokey Brights and Portland-based musician/television sound mixer Nate Wey, with his band the Soft Colors as they round out the bill. (Lollipop Shoppe, 736 SE Grand, Thurs March 7, $14, tickets here, 21+)


New release(s) from a Portland-relevant artist. 

“You Got It,” Zyah Belle, Rexx Life Raj

We recently celebrated the fact that Portland-based soul artist Zyah Belle has taken on DJing, garnering a residency at Dirty Pretty on Thursday nights at a time when Portland is in desperate need of more Thursday action, especially in light of the hip-hop showcase The Thesis’ recent pause as the series looks for a new, more hospitable venue. So of course we were overjoyed to hear soul singer-songwriter Zyah Belle’s new single “You Got It,” marking her first release since her 2022 full-length Yam Grier. With sentimental, mid-tempo production by Madness, Aaron Day, and Jake Victor, the single centers on a empowerment and self confidence thorough lyrics like: “I think you should look inside and see the light you’re hiding/ The things that you try to find and then they shine like diamonds/ just take a moment and see what we see right inside you." Perhaps the sweetest part of the single is the song’s slowed and stripped down final minute, when Belle sweetly, and reassuringly sings some ecstatic “ooohs,” followed by the final lyrics: “Even when it don’t feel like it / Even when it don’t look like it (you do).” Phrases like "doing the work" to "heal" and "practice empathetic self talk" can feel overdone, but such a practice is still real and difficult; “You Got It” is boldly affirming, loaded with positive mantras, and beautifully packed into a euphonic and catchy package that is repeatable as hell. Show up for Belle on the last day of Black History Month, AKA leap day, for the artist's “Interlude” DJ set , and cross your fingers to hear some iteration of this song. (Dirty Pretty, 638 E Burnside, Thursdays, 9 pm, FREE with RSVP, 21+)

Continue reading »
— Advertisement —
News Yesterday 1:15 PM

Multnomah County Animal Services Faces New Questions Following Euthanasia Policy Change

Amid high euthanasia rates and long-standing capacity limitations, some say the county's animal shelter problems reflect broader government dysfunction.

Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) continues to face questions about its direction after removing language that animals would not be euthanized due to a lack of shelter space from its euthanasia policy.

“It’s been dysfunctional for a long time, but it has been accelerating over the past few years—and it’s reached the bottom of the pit right now,” Jon Gramstad, a local business owner and longtime critic of MCAS, said. 

The questions from activists like Gramstad come as MCAS works to implement a host of changes to its operations following a comprehensive review ordered by Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson last year. 

Continue reading »

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

What's up, y'all? It's set to be a rainy and windy one in Portland here today. If you're depressed by the weather and want something to look forward to, consider buying tickets to the HUMP! film festival, which starts THIS WEEKEND.

Also, it's leap day tomorrow. What do you think of February 29? Is it a scam (an extra day of work without an extra day of pay 🙄) or a beautiful opportunity to have more time on this wonderful journey we call life? My take: If you happen to have a $50,000 Benihana gift card that expires at the end of February 2024, fear not— while you'd normally be SOL, you have another day to use it this year. It's a leap day miracle! (If you know, you know.) 

Okay, my niche leap day jokes aside, let's get to the news.

Continue reading »
City Council Race 2024 Tue 3:04 PM

Portland City Council Candidates: District 3

These candidates are running in the district located mostly in inner Southeast Portland.

Updated: February 27

This page will be updated as new candidates file for election.

Thanks to a charter reform measure passed by voters in 2022, Portland is getting a new form of government, and it will come with a brand new districting system. In November 2024, Portlanders will vote for City Council members in one of four districts across the city, with three councilors per district.

Here's who's running in District 3, which is located primarily in inner Southeast Portland but includes some Northeast neighborhoods as well. (Find the list of candidates in District 1 here, District 2 here, and District 4 here.) 

Continue reading »
— Advertisement —
Movies & TV Tue 2:04 PM

Film Review: Hold Your Water, Dune: Part Two Is Worth the Wait

Denis Villeneuve crushes our senses beneath the magnificence of space opera scale and spectacle.

Dune: Part Two is large. This is nothing new—Dune: Part One was large too. Largeness is much of the point of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune films, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 chode of a sci-fi novel, which was inspired by the author’s stint studying the ecology of sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, plus several mushroom trips. The book is a lot, and Villeneuve has responded in kind. It’s a miracle he pulled it off at all.

Continue reading »
Savage Love Tue 10:36 AM

SAVAGE LOVE: Quickies!

Non-app dating, gay nude resorts, oral sex etiquette, and lots more in this edition of "Quickies"!

1. Best advice on dating without resorting to apps?

Go places, do shit, meet people — fuck, rinse, repeat.

2. I’m about to visit a gay nudist resort for the first time (although I’ve been to heterosexual nudist resorts in the past). I’ve been bi all my life and am now in my 70s. What should I expect?

Dick if you’re lucky, crabs if you’re not.

Continue reading »

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Fake spring is over and we’re back to chilly, rainy days for now. We’re in for a high of 44 degrees today, and a low of 42. On the bright side (literally), the sun will rise before 7 am and stick around until nearly 6 pm. 


• Last week, Parkrose High School students held an environmental action fair at the school, which sits across from a planned diesel freight warehouse operated by Prologis. The city granted Prologis a permit to convert a former Kmart site on NE Sandy into a trucking warehouse, to the dismay of environmental advocates and students.

The neighborhood already has worse air quality than other areas of Portland. You may remember last summer when a fire at the site sent toxic ash and debris into the Parkrose neighborhood. Climate justice students say a diesel freight operation will only pollute their air more, furthering years of environmental injustice.

— Advertisement —
City Council Race 2024 Tue 8:36 AM

Here's Who's Running for Portland City Council in 2024

As the city gears up for a new government structure and a 12-person council, candidates are kicking off campaigns for a pivotal 2024 election.

Come November, Portlanders will be asked to choose among a crowded field of City Council candidates. 

The 2024 General Election will see Portland elect a new 12-person council—more than doubling the current size of five—with voters using a ranked choice system to select candidates in order of preference. Three people from each of four districts will be elected, in addition to a mayor voted on, citywide. Portland's next mayor will have limited voting power, but maintain administrative authority over some aspects of City Hall. 

Continue reading »
City Council Race 2024 Tue 8:18 AM

Portland 2024 Mayoral Candidates

Here's who wants to be Portland's next mayor.

Updated: February 27

Originally published: November 21, 2023

Under Portland's revised city charter, the mayor will serve in a largely administrative role, overseeing day-to-day operations alongside a city administrator. The mayor will be voted on by all city voters, while the council will be elected by district.

The charter change is a shift from the current form of government, which sees the mayor and four commissioners acting in legislative and administrative roles, overseeing the city's bureaus while also enacting policy.

Come 2025, elected city commissioners will no longer oversee city bureaus, and the mayor won't vote with the city council, unless needed to break a tie. Portland's new mayor may still propose legislation for the council to vote on and will be instrumental in bringing forward annual budgets for council's approval.

Continue reading »
City Council Race 2024 Mon 7:53 PM

Portland City Council Candidates: District 4

These candidates are running in the district composed of Portland's west side and some Southeast neighborhoods.

Originally published: November 21

Updated: February 26

This page will be updated as new candidates file for election.

Thanks to a charter reform measure passed by voters in 2022, Portland is getting a new form of government, and it will come with a brand new districting system. In November 2024, Portlanders will vote for City Council members in one of four districts across the city, with three councilors per district.

Here's who's running in District 4, which includes all of Portland's west side and the Southeast neighborhoods of Reed, Woodstock, and Sellwood-Moreland. (Find the list of candidates in District 1 here, District 2 here, and District 3 here.) 

Continue reading »
News Mon 4:15 PM

Parkrose High School Students Speak Out Against Planned Freight Development

After years of neglect and environmental injustice, Northeast Portland teens want to turn the tide on plans for a diesel warehouse they say will pollute their school neighborhood

When Kiely Quintero thinks of the ideal future for the Parkrose neighborhood, where she lives and goes to school, she envisions a healthy, thriving community with accessible grocery stores and welcoming spaces for all. But Quintero says she’s already felt the impacts of environmental injustice living in the Parkrose neighborhood. 

The outer Northeast Portland neighborhood is located near some of the city’s major diesel truck throughways, and its residents experience disproportionately poor air quality compared to people in the rest of the city. Last summer, residents’ frustrations and fears were exacerbated after an old Kmart building at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 122nd Avenue went up in flames.

“It was smoky in a different way,” Quintero, a sophomore at Parkrose High School, told the Mercury. She said she can see the impacts of air pollution by looking at the plants in her backyard garden, which “don’t grow like they used to.” 

That’s why Quintero is so disheartened by the development of a Prologis diesel freight warehouse at the former Kmart site, just across the street from her school. Faced with the prospect of further degradation to the neighborhood air quality and overall environment, she and her fellow students are speaking up. 

A map of diesel particulate matter concentration. Outer Northeast Portland, near the Parkrose neighborhood, has the highest concentration of diesel PM. portland bureau of transportation

Quintero and her classmates had a chance to share their thoughts on the Prologis warehouse plan at a Parkrose High School environmental action fair last Wednesday. The students presented alternative visions for what could fill the now-derelict lot at NE 122nd and Sandy, in hopes of showing city leaders they deserve a say in the future of their neighborhood. 

The event was met with enthusiasm by environmental advocates, who have long protested the new freight facility. As project construction gets underway, several local environmental groups are involved in a legal appeal with the city of Portland over the Prologis permit. Even though fighting the development has proven difficult, community advocates and students think it’s vital to fight for the livability of their neighborhood.

Environmental justice in Parkrose 

Last week’s environmental action fair at Parkrose High School was the culmination of an environmental justice course, offered at the school for the first time last semester. Moé Yonamine, who taught the class, told the Mercury she designed the class to revolve around climate justice broadly, but she realized the students were hungry to talk about environmental concerns in their own community. 

The adjacent Parkrose and Argay neighborhoods are some of the most ethnically diverse parts of the city, and the Parkrose School District serves primarily BIPOC students. Yonamine, a longtime ethnic studies teacher, said she wanted to emphasize the importance of marginalized communities within the climate activist movement and point out that “being an environmental activist isn’t one size fits all.” 

“We focused on indigenous and marginalized communities who have been silenced in mass media and in the environmental movement,” Yonamine said. “With the diversity of the students in the room, I wanted to make sure they could see themselves in the movement.” 

The class began just a few weeks after neighborhood residents saw the abandoned Kmart building go up in flames. The fire spread toxic debris around the surrounding neighborhood, including large pieces of ash found to contain asbestos, and residents felt frustrated and out of the loop about whether or not it was even safe to leave their homes. Yonamine said students saw the event as a real-life example of how environmental outcomes impact people differently depending on where they live. 

“No matter where in the globe we were talking about, somebody would constantly bring us back to Kmart, making the connection and raising questions about what happened and where we can go from here,” Yonamine said. “It was just a no-brainer that we needed to focus on all the different issues with the fire and the lasting impacts of environmental racism.” 

From there, the class turned to look at the future plans for the former Kmart site. Yonamine said although many of the students didn’t know about the planned freight warehouse development, they knew what it was like to be left in the dark about important issues happening near their homes and schools. After students in the environmental justice class began investigating Prologis, a San Francisco-based logistics real estate company with distribution sites around the world, they tried to investigate the company and why they might choose the Parkrose neighborhood for a new development. 

“That’s where I saw a lot of kids come alive about the idea that they might have the potential to impact real change in their own neighborhood,” Yonamine said. “A lot of students wanted an audience to have their voices come out of the school and have a bigger impact so they can stop more harm from happening… the brilliance of their action ideas really came from their lived experiences.” 

This isn’t the first time air quality issues have impacted Portland students. In 2018, Portland Public Schools put in about $18 million worth of air filtration upgrades at Harriet Tubman Middle School due to polluted air from the nearby I-5 freeway. 

Tubman is located in the historic Albina neighborhood, and also has a primarily BIPOC student population. The air quality impacts and fear of future harm from the planned I-5 expansion led to significant student outcry, with several former Tubman students going on to become well-known local climate activists. 

Yonamine, a former PPS teacher, said she wanted students in Parkrose to have the same opportunities for activism. 

“The students in Portland have been such a big part of activism for climate change,” she said. “I had the importance of spreading climate justice education at the forefront of my heart [when I started the environmental justice class].” 

Students, activist groups united in opposition to trucking site

At the action fair, students sat behind poster boards that illustrated their visions for the future of the site. Instead of a freight warehouse they fear will bring negative air quality impacts and increased traffic dangers, Quintero said she would like to see a Trader Joe’s to fill a need for affordable, healthy food options. Other ideas included a community center, a homeless shelter, a public park, an outdoor plaza with food carts, an athletic complex, and a student center. 

“There are many things that the old Kmart site can be turned into that could benefit the community as well as our school,” one student wrote on their poster. “I feel like students should definitely get a say in what happens to it because there will always be students in the area since this is where our school is. Community members also live around here and they should also get to have a say in what happens to the site. It will be part of their daily lives.”

Quintero said she hopes city leaders will listen to student voices. 

“I optimistically hope they won’t dismiss us as children, and understand where we come from,” she said. 

Maya Kruger, a junior at Parkrose High School, is a three-sport athlete. She told the Mercury she is worried about the health impacts the Prologis site would have on kids training to go to college for sports, adversely affecting their future plans. Kruger said she thinks it’s crucial that students and neighborhood residents speak up against the plan. 

“If we let this happen to our community, we’re allowing people to think they can hurt marginalized communities,” Kruger said. 

Other environmental advocates have been fighting against the Prologis development for well over a year. In December, environmental groups 1000 Friends of Oregon, Neighbors for Clean Air, and Northwest Environmental Defense Center filed a notice of intent to appeal the city of Portland’s permit for the Prologis warehouse. The groups, represented by Crag Law Center, argue the city’s support for the development goes against environmental and equity goals outlined in city plans. 

The groups appealing the permit expect to hear back from the Land Use Board of Appeals about the future of the case within the next few weeks. Meanwhile, construction is already underway at the site. 

“At this point, we are literally begging for [the Prologis project] not to be built,” Jazzy, a Parkrose High School senior, told the Mercury. “It’s our community that will be living near it and experiencing the effects from it.” 

Yonamine said she thinks regardless of the outcome, the action fair was a good way to “show that students’ voices matter, that we see their knowledge, and we value what they believe and envision.” She hopes local leaders will take heed, too. 

“I think it would be so unfortunate to exclude the youth who are already at the table and want to stay at the table. That’s what we dream of, as educators and parents. We want that for our kids,” she said. “The kids are the future in the community.”


Even better... it starts THIS WEEKEND!

HUMP! is a lovingly curated festival of short erotic films made by real people for real people. The filmmakers and stars show us hot and sexy, creative and kinky, ultimate turn-ons and craziest fantasies. Our program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! will shock you. HUMP! will make you laugh. HUMP! will turn you on. HUMP! has been successfully disrupting the way America sees, makes, and shares porn since 2005—and now it's BACK at Revolution Hall with a brand new lineup for 2024!

That's right, HUMP! returns March 1-15 with 10 big screenings, hosted by Dan Savage and Kate Murphy... so don't dilly or dally, get those tickets ASAP because they WILL sell out! Like always, all audiences will get to vote for their favorite films in the categories of Best Sex, Best Kink, Best Humor, and Best in Show! A true HUMP! democracy. 

Don't miss the irresistibly sexy HUMP! 2024—America's sweetest li'l homegrown porn festival!

EverOut Mon 11:01 AM

The Top 40 Events in Portland This Week: Feb 26–Mar 3, 2024

Jim Gaffigan, Sudan Archives, and More Top Picks

Step one: Peruse our list of can't-miss events, which includes gems like Sudan Archives, Jim Gaffigan, Fall Out Boy, and more. Step two: Enjoy yourself at said events. Step three: Thank us later.



Damian + Stephen Marley: Traffic Jam 2024
Former Stranger contributor Kyle Fleck writes: "The winding road of musical history is paved with the sons and daughters of icons, who (often through nepotism, sometimes with talent) gave a shot at their own careers, never to step out from the shadow of their legendary parents. What sets reggae icon Bob Marley’s brood apart is their undeniable hit-making abilities: Damian’s blistering 'Welcome to Jamrock' was pretty much inescapable the summer it was released, and Stephen’s a Grammy-winning, critically lauded artist in his own right. His is a dressed-up, omnivorous take on reggae, incorporating hip-hop drum breaks, record scratches, and pop-leaning female backup singers, along with the requisite mentions of Jah. It’s sort of a globalized, millennial take on reggae, and while it lacks the rootsy charm of his father's classic records, it’s nice to see the Marley clan doing their own thing and doing it well." The brothers will return to Portland on their Traffic Jam tour with a medley of their solo hits and their father's timeless classics. AUDREY VANN
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Read on EverOut »