Is Sean Penn A True Friend To Gays?


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Here's a contrary view of Sean Penn's starring role in Gus Van Sant's Milk. The upshot of the criticism is that Penn's recent piece in The Nation glossed over the history of Castro (Fidel, of course — not the district in San Francisco) when it comes to gays. Seems like a stretch to conclude that Penn is no friend to gays because his piece doesn't mention that history. Your thoughts after ...   More
 
Thursday, December 4, 2008 HANK STERN

Candlelight Vigil for Equality On Dec. 20


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Still outraged by Prop 8 in California and looking to show support for gay rights, Join the Impact is holding candlelight vigils across the country. Among the sites is Portland, where on Dec. 20 at 5 pm, demonstrators will gather in Pioneer Square to protest unequal treatment of the gay community. Organizers ask protesters to wear shirts that say “Second Class Citizen” and stay silent ...   More
 
Monday, December 1, 2008 Mariah Summers

Milking the Moment: Gus Van Sant's Movie is Striking a Nerve


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Looks like I'm not the only critic who thinks Gus Van Sant's Milk is both a minor-key masterpiece and a template for homosexuals to reestablish political clout. (See my review here.) In today's New York Times, A.O. Scott calls Milk "the best live-action mainstream American movie that I have seen this year," and David Edelstein's New York magazine review happily notes that "queer hagiography is ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 AARON MESH

Anti-Gay Demonstrators Can't Find A Swedish Consulate in Portland But Do Find Plenty of Counter-Protesters


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Followers of notorious anti-gay protester Fred Phelps visited Portland this morning, armed with signage listing the various people they claim God hates ("fags," Germans, and you, to name a few). Phelps' group comes from Topeka, Kansas and Westboro Baptist Church, where Phelps is the pastor. Tour stops include three locations in downtown Portland today: Portland State University (because of its ...   More
 
Monday, November 24, 2008 Katie Gilbert

Obama Plays One on The Gays (and Rick Warren)


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With less than a month to go until Inauguration Day, I haven't heard much local opinionating coming out of Portland (with an exception or two) about Barack Obama's choice of homophobic Pastor Rick Warren to preach at the Jan. 20 extravaganza in Washington. How's this to get the conversation started: I think Obama is totally playing The Gays on this issue. Obama's goal in choosing Warren is to ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Supreme Court Sidesteps Measure 36


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On Jan. 14, the Oregon State Supreme Court denied petition to hear Martinez v. Kulongoski , the lawsuit challenging Measure 36 's inclusion on the 2004 ballot. Oregon's Constitution was amended in 2004, when Oregon voters passed the initiative 57%-43%, and defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. “We'll explore all legal avenues,” said Mark Johnson, lead counsel for ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2009 Dan Green

Milk Recruits Oscar: 8 Nominations for Gus Vant Sant's Film


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So it's not been the greatest week for for Portland's first gay mayor. But this morning Hollywood had a far kinder reaction to another groundbreaking gay politician. (You know, the one from San Francisco, who also enjoyed the company of younger boyfriends but didn't lie about it.) Gus Van Sant's Milk was nominated for eight Academy Awards this morning, including Best Picture, Best Director (Portland's ...   More
 
Thursday, January 22, 2009 AARON MESH

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


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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

I Want Your Sex (Writing).


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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

Happy Anniversary: Domestic Partnership Law To Turn One Year Old


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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

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