March 18, 1996: Portland’s gay youth culture comes of age in the fight to save its only home...

40th Anniversary
When Lanny Swerdlow opened Portland’s only all-ages gay nightclub back in the late ’70s, he figured he was doing the city a favor. The only place for young gay people to congregate at the ti   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Same-Sex Couple Dropped on Interstate 84 Suing Broadway Cab for $38,000


The same-sex couple refused service by a Broadway Cab driver last July are now suing him and the taxi company for $38,000. In a suit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday, Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll say Ahmed Egal intentionally caused them emotional distress and held them under false arrest, and that Broadway Cab is guilty of negligence. In March, the City of Portland dismissed a $1,000 ...   More
Friday, July 25, 2014 REBECCA TURLEY

“Not Born That Way”

The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles.

News Stories
Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore. He is married, has a son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Old Wives' Tales Closed After 34 Years

Restaurant was a haven for activists, vegans, LGBT community


Food & Drink
East Burnside's Old Wives' Tales closed Sunday, May 4, after 34 years in business.Since opening in 1980, the multi-ethnic restaurant at 1300 East Burnside Street has been a gathering place for feminist, gay rights and environmental activists, and was an early refuge for those with vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diets. It also featured an extensive children's menu.“I’ve always understood that ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Onward Christian Voters

As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?

News Stories
In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Winning By Default

Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors.

News Stories
When Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that her office would not defend the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, it signaled the decade-long battle for marriage    More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

U.S. AG says State Counterparts Don't Have to Defend Gay-Marriage Bans


 Less than a week after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the Oregon Department of Justice would not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder assured his state-level counterparts that that was just fine.“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal ...   More
Monday, February 24, 2014 by Kate Willson

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Writes About Previously Refusing Service to Gays

Says that the others "understood and went to another bakery."


Food & Drink
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery that in February of 2013 famously refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, recently wrote on its Facebook page that it also refused service to other "gay people" in the past. Last month, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry found "substantial evidence" that the bakery unlawfully refused service to the lesbian couple. The bakery maintained ...   More
Monday, February 24, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

The veteran of Minnesota’s successful fight for the freedom to marry says Oregon paved the path to victory.

Q & A
Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff


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