Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley And Extending Employment Protections to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today was among a group of four senators to introduce the latest version of a bill that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The freshman Democrat announced today he is a sponsor — along with Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both R-Maine) — of the Employment Non-Discrimination ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Gay/Lesbian Vets Group Wants Obama To Go Faster on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

President Obama's pledge on Saturday at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign to “end 'Don't Ask Don't Tell” comes at an opportune time for Veterans for Human Rights. The Portland nonprofit, which promotes equal rights in the Armed Forces, has scheduled a re-organizational meeting Oct 21 at 7 pm at the Q Center (4115 N. Mississippi Ave) to create new leadership. “Everything ...   More
Monday, October 12, 2009 Sasha Ingber

What Washington And Maine Election Results Mean For Same-Sex Marriage in Oregon

Last night's election results in Maine and Washington left Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini stressing this morning that she's a "half-glass-full" kind of person. "If I weren't, I couldn't do social justice work," Frazzini said. The quickie "half-glass-full" summary of yesterday's election when it comes to gay rights is that Maine voters overturned gay marriage in their ...   More
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 HANK STERN

New Location For Evan Wolfson's Speech Tonight

Tonight's kickoff of Basic Rights Oregon's campaign to get Measure 36 overturned by state voters in 2012 has a new location. The kickoff event featuring Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson has been moved to PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union in the Vanport Room (#338) at 6 pm. Based on what Wolfson told WW in this week's paper, it should be a worthwhile event. UPDATE: I forgot to include in ...   More
Monday, November 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Who in Oregon is Donating to Referendum 71 in Washington

With one week to go until Washington voters decide whether to retain their state's domestic partnership rights for same-sex couples, we were curious which Oregonians and Oregon companies are donating their cash to the campaign across the river. Washington Families Standing Together, the group urging a yes vote Nov. 3 on Referendum 71 to retain domestic partnership, has collected more than $1.3 ...   More
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 HANK STERN

Basic Rights Oregon Wants Your Help In Washington

Basic Rights Oregon is reaching across the Columbia River to help its counterparts in Washington. On Nov. 3, Washington voters will decide whether to retain domestic partnership when they consider Referendum 71. And BRO wants people to come to its downtown Portland office next week for some phone-banking of Washington voters on that question. Oregon's domestic partnership law took effect last ...   More
Friday, October 23, 2009 Anvi Bui

Opposites Attract: Minh Tran and Co. and Tere Mathern Dance at the Forestry Center (White Bird)

Two-thirds of the way through White Bird's latest Uncaged show, around the time Minh Tran started sashaying around the perimeter of Forestry Center's Miller Hall wearing a ripped '80s style tee with the word "LESBO" spray-painted on the front of it, I had already given up all hope of understanding exactly what was going on. But at least I wasn't yawning anymore. The Portland dance presenters commissioned ...   More
Thursday, January 21, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Insta-Update II on An Oregon Senator In The News

We reported a few weeks back on U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) leaning on the State Department to let Uganda know that passage of horrific anti-gay legislation (which would incarcerate or possibly sentence to death citizens for being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) would carry consequences for trade with the United States. Wyden's office today released this response (PDF) from the State ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 HANK STERN

Anti-gay Hate Group Outnumbered at Grant High School

Donning T-shirts advertising godhatesamerica.com and holding their offensive signs, about 20 members of the Westboro Baptist Church spewed anti-gay blather outside Grant High School in northeast Portland this morning. About a couple hundred counter-demonstrators showed up in what's become the usual drill for the Topeka-based outfit founded by Fred Phelps to protest against homosexuals, or as ...   More
Thursday, June 3, 2010 Hadley Malcolm

Students at PSU "Come Out"

This year's National Coming Out Day at Portland State University's Queer Resource Center has extra significance this year. That's because Rutgers Univerity freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide last month by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate broadcast footage of his sexual encounter with another man on the internet. Across the country here at Portland State, the ...   More
Monday, October 11, 2010 Jacob Pierce


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