Portland goes by many nicknames, “City of Roses,” “Rip City,” “Stumptown,” etc. Portland started through the Oregon Trail. Large numbers of pioneer settlers began arriving in Willamette Valley in the 1830s. It’s evolved quite a bit since then!

Portland soon developed the reputation of a gritty port town and many referred to it as the “scion of New England.” Today, it’s a fun city full of energetic and “weird” people.

The LGBTQ Portland Community

Basic Rights Oregon
Located in Portland, Basic Rights Oregon ensures everyone in the community experiences equality by helping to build a broad movement. The center is there to ensure all LGBTQ Oregonians live free from discrimination.

Q Center
Q Center is the largest LGBTQ community center in the Pacific Northwest. They serve LGBTQ2SIA+ communities of Portland Metro and Southwest Washington. They are also a hub for parents, friends, co-workers, and any other ally.

Key LGBTQ Events in the City

Red Dress Party – May
As you may have guessed, a red dress is required for this epic party that started in a basement in 2001. Anyone is invited as long as they have a dress on! Attended by more than 2,000 people, the event raises upwards of $30,000 for the local LGBTQ community.

QDoc – May
Portland’s queer documentary film festival was co-founded by David Weissman (“We Were Here”). Screened at the Hollywood Theatre, the festival attracts LGBTQ filmmakers from across the country.

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade – June
Held in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Portland Pride Festival starts with a drag brunch and ends with a parade and pride march (anyone can join). Celebrating pride since the 70s, it’s a day of food, fun, and festivity.

Gay Nightlife

CC Slaughters
A downtown dance spot that has an epic Saturday-night drag show.

Crush does everything, from fashion shows to gay brunch. The laid-back lounge has a little something for all.

Darcelle XV Showplace
Darcelle XV and her group of talented female impersonators have been entertaining Portlanders for decades.

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