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First Responder

The back story on a democratic badass.

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Willamette Week introduced readers last week to Laura Calvo, a transgendered woman who is the Multnomah County Democratic Party’s freshly elected treasurer (see “Trans-formational Politic ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Byron Beck

Ancient History

Queer elders share their amazing stories.

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“I came to hate the word ‘lesbian,’” said Susie Shepherd, daughter of Portland PFLAG pioneers Bill and Ann Shepherd. “Before all this alphabet-soup nonsense we were all g ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Byron Beck

The Showgirl Must Go On

Vegas calls for local boy and his alter ego.

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How lucky can one small-town “girl” get? “Edie” is the alter ego of David Douglas High School graduate Christopher Kenney, a gay gent who spent his early years as a student at ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Byron Beck

Closing Time

A Stark Street gay bar shuts its doors—with a splat.

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I witnessed my own version of the ball drop, or rather the “drag queen drop,” on New Year’s Eve. It was long after the official pronouncement of the new year, around the 2 am closin ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Byron Beck

Topsy Turvy

It’s been a year full of queer surprises, amen.

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For the queer year wrap-up, I’d planned to write about Brit’s vagina or Lindsay’s rehab. You know, the stuff that really matters to gays. But that was before I got an early Christmas ...   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 Byron Beck

The Lineup

Cover his man-globes with global goods this season.

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Looking for something sexy to stuff under his holiday tree, Kwanzaa bush or way-late manly menorah? What about undies? I know. About as appealing as a beer bong. But that was before we had a store ded ...   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 Byron Beck

Gays of State

Oregonian out to change diplomatic “relations.”

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As a U.S. Foreign Service officer since 2000, Aaron W. Jensen has spent a fair amount of his life in spy novel-worthy hotspots like Kabul, Afghanistan, and Guangzhou, China. Currently, he’s the ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Byron Beck

Business as Noma

PDX Graphics gal wins big gay award. Huh?

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Is being out of the closet good for business? An enterprising Portland lesbian might soon find out. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has named Noma Hanlon, president of Portland-based ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Byron Beck

Gravy Train Blues

Who are we giving thanks for, exactly?

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I have a friend—well, I had a friend—who tends to toss off her most close-knit friendships like she does her fashionable clothes. She kicks her buds to the curb like a pair of pricey slin ...   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Byron Beck

Missionary Style

Beefcake calendar exposes us to mormon hotties.

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Mormon men are hot. And, oddly enough, a little bit gay. I’ve thought this ever since I was an Episcopalian kid growing up in Burbank, Wash. In my small town, where God’s “chosen peo ...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Byron Beck
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