New Bakery In Former Sweet Cakes by Melissa Location Still Dealing With Confused Prayer Warriors

“I’ve had people come in and ask to pray with me because they think I’m Melissa—sometimes it’s hard.”


If you're looking for a loaded place to open a bakery, 44 NE Division Street in Gresham is a great choice. The strip mall store front is the former home of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which closed up shop following a discrimination lawsuit for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Now a small family run bakery, specializing in custom decorated sugar cookies, stands in its place. Nonnie’s ...   More
Monday, September 21, 2015 KATANA DUMONT

Proud Mary

St. Mary’s Academy backs away from firing a gay employee. Will other Catholic schools offer workplace protections?

News Stories
The botched firing of a gay staffer by St. Mary’s Academy could have the unintended consequence of creating greater workplace protections for LGBT employees at Catholic schools across Portland. Last   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 AARON MESH, COBY HUTZLER

Vow of Silence

St. Mary’s Academy hired a rising star. She says they fired her for being gay.

News Stories
Lauren Brown seemed a perfect match for St. Mary’s Academy.  The 27-year-old from Bloomington, Ind., graduated in 2010 with a math degree from Lewis & Clark College.   She made suc   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Never Say Never Say Die Again

GOONIES HOUSE BROKEN: Never say “never say die” again. Astoria’s famous Goonies House is closed to the public. After more than a decade of allowing up to 1,500 visitors a day to make pilgrimages   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Murmurs: When Will the Pope Endorse Charlie?

Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales in 2016 or take a run at   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 WWeek News Staff

Meet the Gay Portland Couple Who Owns

They aren't voting for him and they aren't giving it back.


Nothing warms the heart like a tale of little guys conquering big guys. Here's an especially life-affirming one: two Portland men who identify themselves as bears and have been together since 1996, CJ and Charlie, happened to buy back in 2008 for $8. And now that Jeb's actually running for president, they aren't giving it back. These local heroes were kind enough to ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Near and Queer

Our favorite gay bars in Portland.

Culture Features
Sure, the gay/queer dance nights at mixed-orientation bars may have become where the party and booty’s at in Portland—the ever-popular indie-dance parties of Rotture’s Blow Pony and Holo   More

Find Your Perfect Portland Pride Event

Our favorite events at Portland Pride 2015.

Click image below for larger version. Illustration by Hugh Newell Pride at Hollywood Theatre It’s the summer of 1984 and the British National Union of Mineworkers is on st   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

Steering Queer

An LGBTQ film festival rebrands itself.

Movie Reviews & Stories
When the Portland Queer Film Festival launched 18 years ago, it didn’t have that name—it was the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the word “queer” was a long way from bein   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 WW MOVIE STAFF

No Straight Lines

LGBTQ comics 101


Arts & Books
With some mainstream comic book characters coming out of the closet, it's important to acknowledge those who have been out the whole time. For decades, LGBTQ comics have been relegated to appearing in gay newspapers and bookstores. Cut off from the mainstream, this insular world developed a unique style and provided a forum for addressing and discussing issues within the queer community.No Straight ...   More
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI


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