Happy Anniversary: Domestic Partnership Law To Turn One Year Old

This Wednesday, Feb. 4 will be the one-year mark for the implementation of Oregon's domestic partnership law. According to a press release from Basic Rights Oregon marking the moment, the milestone has given “2,600 Oregon couples… critical protections for their families, including the right to visit a partner in the hospital and to make critical medical decisions.” In that ...   More
Monday, February 2, 2009 Dan Green

I Want Your Sex (Writing).

Okay, every damn year around this time, the Willamette Week office gets flooded with sex books. Manuals, erotica collections, romance novels, memoirs. If it's made of words and involves sticking penises and vaginas (or other things) into other penises and vaginas (or other things), someone has slipped it into a packing envelope and sent it to us. We're too tired to read the entirety of every sex ...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Adams' Admission Reaction: Beau Shows — Breedlove Poses Nude For Unzipped

According to this post by Unzipped.net, Beau Breedlove has completed an "erotic photo session" to be published in the magazine's May edition that hits newsstands in April. Breedlove was first offered an opportunity last month to pose nude for a cover and photo spread after Mayor Sam Adams admitted to having lied about having sex in 2005 with a then-18-year-old Breedlove. Breedlove was an ...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Dan Green

KATU: Spring Break Takes A Nasty Gay-Bashing Turn

KATU is reporting on some troubling spring break news out of Seaside beyond the usual chaos of drunken students descending on the Oregon Coast to party once classes let out. In this report, two nursing students say they were beaten unconscious Saturday night while walking along the beach by three or four people who called them "fags." Police are investigating the attack against the two 22-year-old ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Beau Breedlove: The Cover!

To all of you Beau Breedlove saga lovers, your wait is over for hot, steamy pictures of the ex-legislative intern at the center of the state Attorney General investigation into Mayor Sam Adams. Thanks to Unzipped magazine, here's the cover photo, But don't just stop there: the issue has tons of fun inside too! A full spread nude photo session and interview where Breedlove tells all about his ...   More
Monday, March 23, 2009 Megan Brescini

Do Homophobes Hate Duke?

I consider myself a fan of college basketball but not as fanatical about it as I am about other sports. Still, I'd like to think of myself as generally aware of what's going on with college hoops and take a back seat to no one in my hatred for Duke as the sport's New York Yankees. But I must admit I'd never heard this take in The New Republic by a Duke guy who makes a case that the hatred ...   More
Thursday, March 19, 2009 HANK STERN

I want your sex (writing), part II

Don't you publishers ever get sick of sex? Another month or two has gone by and once again, the Willamette Week office is filling up with review copies of new and soon to be published dirty books. Seriously, I trip on bare backing manuals and kinky niche erotica collections every time I leave my desk to get a cup of coffee. As I explained last time we did this, in February, we're just too tired ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

When Nate Silver Thinks Gay Marriage Could Happen in Oregon

Political prognosticator extraordinaire Nate Silver has turned his forecasting skills to predict when voters in each of the 50 states would reject a ban on gay marriage. And Silver's take on Oregon based on all his data is that it could be aligned to happen this year — an interesting conclusion given that backers of gay marriage are aiming instead at 2012 to reverse the "one man, one woman" ...   More
Monday, April 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Confronting AIDS with CAP

The caliber of public discussion about AIDS has greatly improved since 1988 when there were 863 people recorded as living with AIDS in Oregon. The Cascade AIDS Project was only five years old, and about to embark on an AIDS awareness ad campaign that was to appear on the side of TriMet vehicles, and in The Oregonian. TriMet lasted a few days before pulling the tame picture of two fully clothed ...   More
Saturday, April 11, 2009 Megan Brescini


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