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

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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

Gresham Bakery Must Pay $135,000 for Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple

"This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation."


Food & Drink
Well, it's officially official.According to the final ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa broke state law when it refused to serve a cake to a lesbian couple in February 2013, and owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must pay $135,000 to the victims of their discrimination.  In a strongly worded final order, BOLI writes:“This case is not about ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portlanders Celebrate Historic Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality


Portlanders gathered Friday in Terry Shrunk Plaza downtown at noon to celebrate today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. The rally, sponsored by Basic Rights Oregon, brought together young and old who celebrated with signs, tears and hugs. All images Emily Volpert.Gail Owen and her friend Patricia Keeney celebrating the decision today.Partners Paul ...   More
Friday, June 26, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

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.

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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?

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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.

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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


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