The Latest on Southridge High School And Uganda's Anti-Gay Legislation

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that students at Southridge High School were trying to organize a large demonstration in Beaverton to call attention to horrific anti-gay legislation in Uganda. Students at the Beaverton school continued to work on the issue through their holiday break, and say they've gained support for the march from the Beaverton School District and other gay-straight alliances ...   More
Friday, January 8, 2010 Brittany Rogers

Wyden Asks for Review of Ugandan Trade Status in Light of Anti-Gay Bill

Students at Southridge High School in Beaverton aren't the only ones taking action against Uganda's barbarous Anti-Homosexuality Bill. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stating, “I strongly urge you to communicate immediately to the Ugandan government, and President Yoweri Museveni directly, that Uganda's beneficiary status under ...   More
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Ari Phillips

Ten Things We Learned about Successful Dating at Planned Parenthood's "It's Not Me, It's You" Show

We came. We listened. And we laughed empathetically as locals learned far too much information about their co-workers, elected representatives, newspaper writers, radio jockeys and Portland nonprofit heads last night at the Bagdad. That's where eight brave, heartsick souls —including Multnomah County Commish Jeff Cogen, Live Wire's Courtenay Hameister and WW's own Aaron Mesh— shared ...   More
Friday, February 5, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Hundreds March in Beaverton To Protest Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda

Several hundred students from Southridge High and other schools joined community members to demonstrate today in Beaverton against a proposed anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda that would execute HIV-positive gay people, among other horrors. “Whether you support gay rights or not, this is a human rights issue.” said Thomas Lwebuga, a Ugandan man who works at Southridge and started ...   More
Saturday, January 23, 2010 Brittany Rogers

Forum Held at Q Center To Address Gay-bashing

It's easy to get complacent about gay issues in a progressive town like Portland. The mayor is gay. Our queer community is legion. But at last night's GLBTQ Community Forum on Gay Bashing, it was hard to sustain the illusion that Portland is a magical paradise free of hate-based crimes. With shaky voices, local queers Birch and Jeffrey told their story of being assaulted by a group of men yelling ...   More
Thursday, June 3, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

New State Initiative in Bias Crime Reporting

Last week's forum in Portland at the Q Center on gay bashing revealed that many members of the LGBTQ community feel uncomfortable reporting bias crimes to the police. Days after the June 2 forum, the state Department of Justice is announcing the establishment of a confidential bias crime reporting system for anyone who's been targeted as a result of their race, gender, religion and sexual orienation. ...   More
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Power to the People

After a recent outbreak in reported gay bashings around town, Portland's queer community is ready to fight back. Tonight at 7 pm, there's an information session at the Q Center about a new effort callled the "Q Patrol." Leaders in the queer community are working with the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement to train a "Q Patrol" that will comb the streets around gay bars and report any ...   More
Monday, June 14, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Adams and Reese on Anti-Hate Crime Measures

In the wake of several hate-motivated attacks against gays in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams, Q Center director Kendall Clawson and police Chief Mike Reese held a press conference today at the Q Center to discuss how police would better protect the gay community . On Memorial Day weekend, six men were beaten and had homophobic slurs shouted at them in a traditionally LGBTQ-friendly area on Southwest ...   More
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Jacob Reingold

EAT: Fight for Fairness with Food at Bites for Rights

Today marks an historic day in the struggle for equality – the day you selflessly ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at your favorite restaurant. On June 24, more than 70 restaurants statewide are donating large portions of their proceeds to Basic Rights Oregon, an organization devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. For one day, all it takes to be a good ally is a romantic ...   More
Thursday, June 24, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Where Portland and Eugene Rank Among America's Gayest Cities

The list du jour comes from The Daily Beast, which ranks the country's gayest cities. Portland, Ore. (not to be confused with third-place Portland, Maine) ranks eighth with 5.85 same-sex couples per 1,000 households. Eugene placed 12th with 5.56 same-sex couples per 1,000 households. About 81 percent of its same-sex couples are women, which The Daily Beast notes makes Eugene "a West Coast ...   More
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 HANK STERN


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