In The Gay-tto: Portland Queer Hood Comes In at #1

According to Q Portland our fair city has just been crowned (alongside Atlanta, Georgia) the "Best Gay Ghetto" in the U.S. by the Gay and Lesbian International News Network. Trouble is, nobody I know around here considers Portland home to a particular part of the city that could be described as a "gay ghetto." Sure we once had Southwest Stark Street, but that's now in the hand of developers ...   More
Thursday, July 3, 2008 Byron Beck

Freedom Stings: Opponents of Gay Rights Bill Get (another) Day in Court

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments next week in Lemons v. Bradbury. The court earlier this year fast-tracked the lawsuit, brought by those who would like to see our state deny domestic partnerships to same-sex couples. If the federal appeals court ruled for the plaintiffs, that might mean Oregon's domestic partnership law could be put into ...   More
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 Byron Beck

Time After Time: Gay Songs via (former WW editor) Caryn Brooks

You can take the girl out of Willamette Week, but you can't take the Willamette Week out of the girl. Such is the case with Caryn Brooks, former Arts and Culture editor for Willamette Week and currently the Arts and Entertainment editor for the online version of Time magazine. In honor of this summer's True Colors tour—the gay music-palooza now touring the country with the likes of Cyndi ...   More
Friday, June 20, 2008 Byron Beck

Pride Week 2008: We Got Yr Red Hot Photos Right Here!

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Well, I've got about 150,000 right here to share with you. I snapped photos for Pride Week starting way back at last Sunday afternoon's Latino Pride. Other pics were grabbed at late night visit to CC Slaughters, the Humans Right Campaign's early morning Pride breakfast as well as before, during and after the Pride parade, the Watefront Pride festival. ...   More
Monday, June 16, 2008 Byron Beck

Father's Dazed: Slate Goes All Freaky Friday on Oregon's "First" Male Birth

It's always fascinating to see how the whole thing with Thomas Beatie, the Bend man giving birth in the next few weeks—is still playing out in the press. Today's news, via Slate, tries to answer the question of whether or not Mr. Beatie can really be called the "father" of his soon-to-be newborn. The article, by Nathan Heller, details how Beatie must proceed to be legally labeled the "father" ...   More
Friday, June 13, 2008 Byron Beck

UPDATE: PLGFF Announces a Few of its Upcoming Fest Films

News, I'm not clearing my throat. That' s the initials for the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, which as I've reported before will be showing this film. Now comes word of a few of the other films that'll be showing up at the festival including the hotly anticipated queer hockey flick, Breakfast with Scot, a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" documentary, Ask Not, and Bruce La Bruce's zombie ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2008 Byron Beck

Gay & Muslim Update: A Jihad for Love Coming to Portland for PLGFF

Just heard word that a recent documentary I mentioned in my most recent WW cover story, about gay life in Muslim culture, titled A Jihad for Love, will appear at this year's Portland Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Although a final date has yet to be announced, it will appear sometime between Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. For six years, filmmaker Parvez Sharma followed and filmed gay Muslims in 12 ...   More
Thursday, August 7, 2008 Byron Beck

"Aunt Dolly" Protects Her "Girls"...No, not those—the other ones

Dolly Parton has one word in common with Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan: Boobs. Dolly has two boobs attached to her pert and perky frame. La Lohan and Brit Brit act like boobs every time they open their mouths. That said, the 62-year-old Parton—who's coming to Portland this Thursday, Aug. 7. has a soft spot for the young starlets. According to E! Online the Nine-to-Fiver defended ...   More
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Byron Beck

UPDATE The Gay Bachelor: He's #2.

7/18/08: Another note from the confirmed bachelor. Soclosetowinningthiswholething "Uncle Timmy" came in second. I guess he's going to help the winner, some dude named Able Lima from Rhode Island, promote the fact that there are still a few good gay guys left in the country. If you want to read more about the winner (before he won, that is) here is a story about him. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just ...   More
Friday, July 18, 2008 Byron Beck

Dunk 'n' Junk (Updated 6/28): Is Nike’s Ball-Busting Advertisement Homophobic?

A Nike advertisement designed by Portland firm Wieden + Kennedy has sparked a big hullabaloo on the Internet over whether the new ad for Nike Hyperdunk basketball shoes is homophobic. The particular ad under scrutiny (posted above) is one in a series that show men getting dunked on (translation: one guy, jumping over another guy, but not making it all the way, thus placing his wiener square in his ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE


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