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An Introvert’s Guide to Pride

Being Out and Proud—Without Going Outside

A Two-Spirit City

A Queer Indigenous Guide to Putting Down Roots in Portland

Queer Comedy in Portland is Thriving and Hilarious

A Guide to Getting into Portland’s Queer Comedy Scene

Weekend Gender Bender

A Guide to Portland’s Queer Fashion

A Playlist for Pride

Songs from the Queer Artists Who Are Ruling Portland’s Music Scenes

Waterfront Pride Mainstage Events

All the Performances, All the Pride!

Portland Pride Things to Do

Your Big, Queer Mega-Calendar to All Things Pride

Starred events = super-duper awesome! Unless otherwise noted, events are 21 and over.

Wednesday, June 13


The Library Is Open!
Poison Waters emcees a charity roast benefiting Peacock in the Park, with a roster of Portland’s biggest drag superstars. Not recommended for children under 15. 6 pm, Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis, $10–20


Trixie Mattel
Brian Firkus turned his abusive stepfather’s slur into a globally recognized music, comedy, and drag career. 8 pm, Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, $38 & up, all ages

Thursday, June 14


Lez Stand Up
Bob Wolf, Kristen Kuppenbender, Carlos the Rollerblader, Corina Lucas, Alayna Becker, Laura Anne Whitley, and Katie Piatt perform for Pride Weekend Eve, debuting a new segment called “Lez Sit Down.” 8 pm, Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis, $12–15, all ages


¡Queer Latin Night!
A dance night with Top 40 Latin remixes and hits. 8 pm, Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison, free

Tongue Pop
Nae Nae Dominatrix’s Pride pop-up features music from Princess Dimebag and drag performances from local legends Pepper Pepper and Miss Inanna. 9 pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, free

On the Mark
The official kickoff for Portland’s Queer Pride celebration, featuring music spun by 10 of Portland’s biggest LGBTQ+ DJs. 9 pm, Bit House Saloon, 727 SE Grand, $10

Queer Formal
Peaches & Cream presents the fantasy hip-hop queer prom you never had. DJ Manny Petty and the royal court from the Houses of Ada and Flora bring trans people and people of color to the front. 9 pm, Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth, $5


Sad Day
America’s original pity party celebrates being sad during Pride, with drag performances from Tina Truvada, Rakeem, Sophorn, Jerms, Debris, Lynx, Mantifa, and Shelby Lynn. 9 pm, Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny, $10


Slant: Live Queer Storytelling
Hosted by SisterBritt, expect outrageous and poignant true stories from Mitch Mitchell, Ebo Barton, Shannon McClure, and more. 7 pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, $13 adv, $15 door

Friday, June 15


Proceeds from W+K’s pop-up club and beer garden benefit the nonprofit New Avenues For Youth. 5 pm, Wieden + Kennedy, 224 NW 13th, free


13th Annual Taking Pride on Stark
Scandals might be the last remnant of downtown Portland’s notorious Vaseline Alley. Friday through Sunday features local musicians, DJs, and drag queens, and benefits Audria M. Edwards Scholarship. 7 pm, Scandals, 1125 SW Stark, free, through Sun June 17


Peaches & Cream
Hosts Kanda Mbenza-Ngoma and Sindel Macabre Asylum create a safe space for queer and trans BIPOC, along with dancing and music from DJ Manny Petty. 9 pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, $5

Death of Glitter
This month, the “Genderf#ck Cabaret for a Cause” celebrates Pride with a very dance-oriented celebration of the season, with performances from Mars, the Glam King, Clare Apparently, Prince Peanut Butter, Khal Fuego, Marla Darling, Iris & Ms Resistance, Carina Borealis, Phallus Johnson, BeElzzabub Doll, Deja Vuluptuous, Xerrah, Bella, and Zora Phoenix. Featuring dance music from DJ Cat Lady, hosted by Delta Flyer. 9 pm, Crush, 1400 SE Morrison, $10

Club Kai Kai
Club Kai Kai celebrates Pride Friday in style with a visit from renowned drag performers and RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 stars Aquaria and Eureka O’Hara. Shitney, Kahn, Diva Dott, Lisa Limbaugh, and the House of Flora round out the proceedings. Hosted by Ann Pyne and Buckmaster. 9 pm, Dante’s, 350 W Burnside, $27-50

Katya Bane’s new dance party celebrates being over the top, and encourages your most opulent looks. Hosted by NYC’s Rify Royalty and Drag Race alum Farrah Moan, with performances from members of the House of Ada. 9 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $10–50

Flight: Tropical Tribal Pride
Flight lands for June with a lineup of local DJs including Mienne, Mr. Serious, Kasher, Monika MHz, and Todd Jensen. 9 pm, Bit House Saloon, 727 SE Grand, $10

Møtherland: LBGTQA
Local DJs Anjali, Shallin, Sonwell, and Cash Only play an EDM Pride set where galactic fantasy futurism is encouraged, celebrating the celestial YasQueens. 9 pm, No Vacancy Lounge, 235 SW 1st, $10–15


Sober Bowling
With a lot of LGBTQ+ events being 21 and over and taking place at bars, it can be rough for sober queers trying to celebrate Pride or build community. Sober Pride bridges the gap for people in recovery and their allies. 9 pm, Milwaukie Bowl, 3056 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, $6, all ages

Saturday, June 16


Radical Portland Pride March
Direct Action Alliance and Two Spirit nation are among the organizations resisting the corporate takeover of Pride and keeping the waterfront free of people who would otherwise try to hurt or intimidate the LGBTQ+ community during Pride. (Also happening Sunday). Noon, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, free, all ages

Trans Pride March
The official Pride march for transgender people across the spectrum and their allies. Rally 2 pm, march 3 pm, North Park Blocks, NW 8th & Davis, free, all ages

Dyke March
Lesbians and their friends celebrate their visibility. 6 pm, Waterfront Park, free, all ages


Beards, body hair, and plaid are a Pacific Northwest standard of beauty. Come celebrate them on Funhouse Lounge’s patio and dance inside with music from DJs Boyshapedbox and Orographic. 4 pm, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th, $5–10

Blow Pony’s Queer Mutiny Fest
Portland’s longest-running queer dance party’s Pride edition is headlined by “drag terrorist” Christeene and NOLA bounce legend Katey Red, best known for their association with Big Freedia. Expect lots of local DJs and go-go dancers. 9 pm, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, $15

One Pride, Two Parties
Seattle producer DJ Ricki Leigh spearheads the later portion of “One Pride, Two Parties,” bringing a array of fresh flowing grooves to the Whiskey Bar dance floor. 9 pm, The Whiskey Bar, 31 NW 1st, $13-20

Judy on Duty
DJs Troubled Youth, Asmara, Il Trill, and Casual Aztec make space for lesbians, queers, and friends. 9 pm, Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy, $10

Silverado’s Pride Weekend
For now Silverado is still downtown, so tonight you can check out Drag Race alum Raven and West Hollywood model/personality Sam Ortiz. 9 pm, Silverado, 318 SW 3rd, $10

Jump Jack Sound Machine
R&B disco legend Fonda Rae breaks it down in North Portland with local DJs, musicians, and drag queens. 10 pm, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, $20–25

Shadow Cruising
DJs Vera Rubin, Various Hands, and Emoji Heap make space for goth trans, lesbian, and queer people. They say it best: freak positive, creep negative. 10 pm, POP Tavern, 825 N Killingsworth, $6.66


An ouroboros-themed Pride party with sounds from DJs Thumper and Carly Barton, as well as visual artist Alec Marchant, with guest performances from drag artist Amoania and DJs Help, Gia Garison, and Jasmine Infiniti. 7 pm, No Vacancy Lounge, 235 SW 1st, $20

Sunday, June 17


Portland Pride Parade
CC Slaughters is a popular viewing and organizing point for the Pride Parade, which usually travels from the North Park Blocks to Naito Parkway, and features floats from clubs, charities, parties, and businesses, along with corporate sponsors from Pride NW. For a parade route map, see page 35. 11 am, North Park Blocks, NW 8th & Davis, free, all ages


Portland Waterfront Pride
Think Pride Parade—but in booth form. For Waterfront Pride events, see page 35. 11 am, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, free, all ages


Testify Brunch
Alexis Campbell Starr’s weekly gospel-themed drag revue comes with a breakfast buffet. Her church humor is respectful, while satirizing Christian cultural tropes. Noon, CC Slaughters, 219 NW Davis, free

6th Annual Big Gay Boat Ride
Party on Portland’s most famous boat with Poison Waters, Sabel Scities, Honey Bea Hart, Kitty Kariall, DJ Adam West, and Drag Race alumni Bendelacreme and Joslyn Fox. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. 2 pm, Portland Spirit, 110 SE Caruthers, $40–60

Club Kai-Kai
DJs Chanti Darling, Chelsea Starr, and Buckmaster play club kid hits for headlining Drag Race alum Aja, and local superstars Shitney, Diva Dott, Barbie More, Rubber Child, and the House of Ada. 9 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $23–40


Zaddy: A Genderfluid Pride
Masyn Wade, Kanda Mbenza-Ngoma, Sindel Macabre Asylum, and DJ Manny Petty celebrate Father’s Day with everyone celebrating their zaddy/daddy fantasy. 3 pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK, $5

Bridge Club
For Pride 2018, Bridge Club imports not one, but two titans of the queer dance floor: San Francisco’s Bezier, and Detroit’s Holographic, supported by some of Portland’s absolute finest. 3 pm, White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th, $20

Monday, June 18


Amateur Night & Karaoke
Try out for Silverado’s amateur night, or if that’s not quite your speed, hang out to sing. 9 pm, Silverado, 318 SW 3rd, free

Tuesday, June 19


Women & Trans Bike Night
A female and trans-centric space for bike repair in the male-dominated cycling scene. 4:30 pm, Bike Farm, 1810 NE 1st, free, all ages

Wednesday, June 20


Queer Friends Meet & Greet
Make friends somewhere other than a loud dance party for a change. 7 pm, Devil’s Den, 1520 NE Alberta, $3–5

Thursday, June 21


Scream (1996)
Carla Rossi tries on Drew Barrymore’s wig, shoes, and ribbed sweater for a pre-show performance before screening the Wes Craven classic. 9:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, $10, all ages

Friday, June 22


Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
Contemporary artist Anthony Hudson and comedians Elizabeth Teets and Becky Braunstein perform before this screening of the ‘90s classic about two party girls who reinvent themselves as successful businesswomen for their reunion. 8 pm, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, $10, all ages


Maarquii and Jvnitor headline this kinky, sex-positive dance party. 9 pm, Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth, $8

Candi Pop
Dance to bubblegum pop hits from the ‘90s and beyond, including Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, and Carly Rae Jepsen. 9 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $5–10

Saturday, June 23


Indigo Girls, Lucy Wainwright Roche
Part of the Oregon Zoo’s summer concert series, headlined by iconic lesbian singer/songwriters Indigo Girls. 5 pm, Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon, $40–100, all ages

Sunday, June 24


Pride in the Park
Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus headlines Beaverton’s first ever LGBTQ+ Pride celebration. (Better late than never, right?) 11 am, Beaverton Farmer’s Market, 12375 SW 5th, Beaverton, free, all ages


Resonance Ensemble’s latest vocal showcase features songs and performances celebrating gender identity, sexuality, and the increased understanding of civil rights, featuring contributions from special guests S. Renee Mitchell, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, David Saffert, Debra Porta, and more. 4 pm, Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd, $15-30, all ages


Peacock in the Park
Portland’s biggest outdoor drag celebration raises donations for the Audrina M. Edwards Scholarship. Noon, Washington Park, 4033 SW Canyon, free, all ages