The Best Ways to Celebrate Portland Pride This Month

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Portland’s fantastic Waterfront Pride festival has returned and the Portland LGBTQ+ community and allies are ready to fill our beautiful city streets with the colors of the rainbow and events that educate. So, get your family ready to fill the month of June with flair as you take to the streets, hit the fairs and even march in parades. There are some awesome events and activities you can participate in, and we even pulled together a list of local LGBTQ+ resources you can familiarize yourself with and support! Read on to find out how you can show your pride all month long

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Pride at the Museum

OMSI is already a favorite family spot for all things learning related. Why not expand your LGBTQ knowledge by getting scienc-y in full PRIDE color? Join OMSI In celebrating our LGBTQ+ community. Pride at the Museum welcomes visitors of all ages for a night of Pride-inspired science demos, lectures, Drag performances, music, and complimentary admission to our featured exhibit, The World of da Vinci!

Where: OMSI
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR
Event Details.

History of Black Drag in Portland

You don’t want to miss this important night full of history lessons for family members of all ages. You can expect an evening of conversation and performance. The panel includes Lawanda Jackson, Cicely, Maria Peters Lake, Sheniqua Volt combined with performances by Coco Jem Holiday, Nay Nay Leakes Cartier, and DJ Set by DJ No Bi. Es.

Where: McMennamins Kennedy School Theater
Movie Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland
Event Details.

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival

Portland Pride includes a two-day festival at Waterfront Park and an epic, colorful and joyous parade winding through downtown Portland. With food, drinks, live music and nonprofit information booths lining the Willamette River, the festival is a great place to gather, mingle and get more information about local LGBTQ+ groups.

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park,
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
Event Details. 

Dyke March

This is an awesome opportunity for families to experience and celebrate a beloved part of the LGBTQ community. Dykes gather at the Dyke March to celebrate their love and passion for women and for all dykes. Help them celebrate their queerness in all its manifestations. The dyke identity includes those who are questioning and challenging gender constructs and the social definitions of women: trans dyke, MTF, transfeminine, transmasculine, genderqueer, and gender fluid dykes. Allies are welcome to join the march and families are encouraged to cheer the participants on as they parade through downtown!

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park,
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
Event Details.

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Pride Beaverton

Beaverton City Park will host Pride Beaverton for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. This celebrations features crafts, entertainment, food, and drinks. Emcee extraordinaire Poison Waters and Pride DJ  will keep your whole family moving and grooving all day long! Sure to be a highlight, Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus, featuring performers that lift hearts and open minds by telling stories using circus arts.

Where: Beaverton City Park
12500 SW 4th St., Beaverton, Or
When: June 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Pride Pics

In celebration of Portland Pride 2022, Pride Northwest returns with Pride Pics: an outdoor film experience on Portland’s gorgeous Waterfront highlighting the impact of our LGBTQIA+ community on screen. Pride Pics features a curated pair of LGBTQIA+ films each evening. The films will be screened outdoors on a custom big screen next to the main stage at Portland Pride along with food, beverages and fun!

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park,
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland
Event Details.

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Donate to Portland’s LGBTQ Resources

Portland Pride

For the second year in a row, Portland  Pride Waterfront Festival has been canceled in an effort to stay COVID Safe. But, you can still Support Portland Pride and help ensure the organization will survive the pandemic. From purchasing bumper stickers to buying tickets to some virtual and some live events, your dollars make a difference. There’s also the options of donating!

Online: portlandpride.org

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)

SMYRC provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, counseling, education, and more. They are accepting donations now.

New Avenues for Youth
1220 SW Columbia St.; Portland, Or.
17199 SE Division St; Portland, Or.
503-224-4339
Online: smyrc.org

Q Center

Consider donating to this organization, which is  the largest LGBTQ+ community center in the Pacific Northwest. Q Center proudly serves the LGBTQ2SIA+ communities of Portland Metro and Southwest Washington. They offer a drop-in and event space on North Mississippi Avenue and it is a frequent first stop for new arrivals in Portland, and for longtime residents who are newly out or questioning their sexual or gender identity. Q Center also serves as an information hub for friends, partners, community, and family members of LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals.

4115 N Mississippi Ave.
503-234-7837
Online: www.pdxQcenter.org

PFLAG Portland

This community resource supports LGBTQ individuals, families and allies. PFLAG is working to make sure that all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are not only valued by society, but take pride in and value themselves. They do this through providing peer-to-peer support, educating people on the issues that are important to the community, and advocating for inclusive policies and laws. They are a perfect organization for local families to donate to.

PO Box 6743
Portland, OR 97228
503-232-7676
Online: pflagpdx.org

Basic Rights Oregon

Basic Rights Oregon ensures that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement that works to shift public opinion, and achieve policy victories that support the community. They are accepting donations now.

620 SW 5th Ave. Suite 1210
503-222-6151
Online: basicrights.org

—Annette Benedetti

 

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