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Silent No More

Transforming the final frontier of queer cinema.

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This Sunday, the Independent Film Channel airs Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema, which covers a unique celluloid genre that over the past 30 years has altered filmmaking.Toward the end of the docum ...   More
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Byron Beck

My Pal Joe

A friend of mine runs the biggest GLBT politicial organization in the country. How did that happen?

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Big GLBT news: Rising political star Joe Solmonese came to P-town last week. He's been making waves nationally with everyone from Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill to union workers in Pittsburgh. Appoin ...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 Byron Beck

Southern Comfort

At home in the Paris of the South: Little Rock, Ark.

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I'm ready to move from Portland, Ore., to Little Rock, Ark.Yeah, I said it. And why wouldn't I? Now this isn't due to some spectacular queer scene (more on that later), the scent (just like fried chic ...   More
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Byron Beck

"I Am Not A Martyr"

BRO's executive director fell into a better job. Is she abandoning us?

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I've always griped that you don't fall down in P-town, you fall up. I guess that goes for queer organizations, too.Just look at Roey Thorpe's promotion from executive director at Basic Rights Oregon t ...   More
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 Byron Beck

Whose Bar Is It, Anyway?

Porky's is here. It's queer. Some people see a problem with that.

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There's many a quirky charm to North Portland, but nothing more so than that some of its drinking hideouts pull double duty as same-sex hookup joints. While I've seen my share of gays at such dives as ...   More
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Byron Beck

Shopping For Memories

Mall walking with author Augusten Burroughs.

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There are two Augusten Burroughses. That's what the memoirist told me last week."There's my normal life. I write about it," says Burroughs, whose tales of surviving his fucked-up family are the stuff ...   More
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Byron Beck

Portrait Of A Young Artist

How one painter got off drugs and back to work.

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The first time I met Patrick Abbey was on a Saturday in '92 or '93. It was at the Jamison/Thomas Gallery, in the just-coined "Pearl District." William Jamison had given a 21-year-old art student (Abbe ...   More
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Byron Beck

Walking The Talk

Getting to know a queer candidate, one step at a time.

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Knock. Knock. Who's there? "Tina Kotek." Excuse me, did you just say...Tina...Kotex?OK, I didn't actually say that to Kotek when she came knocking on my North Portland front door. But I really wanted ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Byron Beck

Living In Linn-bo

Voter payback is a bitch, ain't it?

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Stop me before I vote again.I can't help myself. I'm going to vote for the worst candidate, the person who least deserves to be re-elected, the poster child of bad governance.I am going to vote Diane ...   More
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 Byron Beck

Grabbin' Ass

Pulling someone's undies can turn their pain into your profit

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According to Wikipedia, a wedgie is "inflicted when someone grabs the victim's underwear and pulls them between the buttocks, causing pain and humiliation." Derivations include the "atomic wedgie" (ov ...   More
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Byron Beck
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