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PostHeaderIcon Why We Still Fight For OUR Rights: Powerful NW Doc Premieres at Palm Springs Film Festival.

I just saw this over at Andy's site, Towelroad
It's powerful stuff. And it reminds me why we must all continue to work toward full marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
My "voice" in an alternative publication may've been taken away from me, but that doesn't mean I will stop working on a cause I truly believe in.

 

PostHeaderIcon OMB (Oh My Obama)! Late To The Parade But Still Going to the Parties—and another "first" for Oregon.

For those of you who have followed my scribbles I've never been much of an Obama fan.
That said, I cannot wait until he is in office and this country starts moving in the right (well, actually left) direction again.
That, of course, means that I NEED to get my PARTY ON!
My partner, Juan, just emailed me what sounds like an awesome event that will benefit his organization, Basic Rights Oregon (full disclosure: Juan is the development director at BRO.)
Here are the dets:
OBAMA INAUGURATION CELEBRATION
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
~Roseland Theater~
(8 NW 6th Avenue)
Portland, Oregon
FREE!
Suggested $5 donation to benefit Basic Rights Oregon
Show at 7:00pm, Doors 6:00pm, All Ages
Tickets available at Music Millennium
Featuring music from: SHOCK, MARLON MCCLAIN, LILLA D’MONE (And Brazilian Lions), DEVIN PHILLIPS, COOL NUTZ, ANIMAL FARM, MIC CRENSHAW featuring Gen. Erik, SERGE SEVERE, SLICKSIDEDOWN, LINDA HORNBUCKLE AND JANICE SCROGGINS.

In Other NEWS
On Saturday trans advocate Laura Calvo (who just so happened to converse with the new First Lady, Michelle Obama, at last summer's Dem Convention in Denver) was elected as the new treasure of the Democratic Party of Oregon. When asked if this will make her a first for the DPO, Calvo (pictured above with Juan Martinez) responded: "Overall, unless somebody out there is keeping really quiet or I missed them I think I'm one of the few and yes most likely first trans person to be a state party officer/treasurer."
Way to go, Calvo!

 

PostHeaderIcon Heart-Breaking News: Pinocchio's Closes It's Doors.

More bad news on the foodie scene: Pinocchio's has closed it's doors.
Food Dude had it up first, but I got this message sent to me via the restaurant:
To all: THANKS AGAIN FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM MYSELF AND THE ENTIRE STAFF. WE WILL MISS YOU ALL --MICHAEL
That would be Michael Bazanni, a great guy with a great restaurant. Personally, I am sad to see it go. I know the puppet and long nose schtick was a little too much for some (myself included) but I truly thought the kitchen was doing it's job. I was hoping this wouldn't happen although I thought it might. Here's hoping Michael and his staff (all vets of the industry) bounce back bigger and better.
Wonder who is next? Could it be one of the big players? That's the rumour.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 September 2009 19:24)

 

PostHeaderIcon Can You Tell Me How to Get To Sesame Str...er..I Mean City Hall?

Yes, that is "Luis" from Sesame Street.
And, no, you are not having some acid-induced childhood flashback. Luis, or rather actor Emilio Delgado, joined our own local Sesame Street-worthy cast of characters (and, think about it, doesn't Randy, Nick, Dan and especially Amanda look like they just left the set of a Muppet movie?) at a City Hall soiree to welcome in Portland's new mayor, Sam Adams.
Delgado was a last minute add to the show alongside Thomas Lauderdale and Storm Large (who despite recently having oral surgery looked and sounded fabulous). The trio belted out a tune from the Sesame Street songbook in between performances by March Fourth Marching Band and Batty's Hippodrome Circus.
I shot a few photos from the early evening event that had all the makings of a homeland security nightmare but went off without a hitch. Down below you'll find a sweet video that has Adams talking about how, in the best "Keep Portland Weird" tradition, we are all "quirky." The clip also includes Storm (who Adams officially dubbed that night "the unofficial First Lady of Portland") and Delgado singing, well, a song.

Find more photos like this on Byron Beck's Window

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 September 2009 19:23)

 

PostHeaderIcon Queerty on OUR Queer Mayor: Get A Room, Already!

Today's a big day in Portland—and gay—politics.
With the placement of openly queer Sam Adams to the city's top post we can expect that the world will start to pay attention to our fair city in a way that is well..."different." Well meaning straight reporters will wonder if they can use the phrase "rose-tinted glasses" without worrying that it might be a reference to Dame Edna.
And gay reporters (myself included) will continue to salivate over Mr. Adams like he was the last popsicle on the planet. But is that really fair?
Take mega-gay news site, Queerty, for example.
In a piece he posted today Editor Japhy Grant literally GUSHES over Mayor Adams in his "exclusive story," It's Not Utopia, It's Portland, that comes complete with enough hot photos and video that Sammy is sure to become the screensaver du jour of the "business suit" fetish crowd. Sam's boyfriend, Oregonian reporter Peter Zuckerman, even makes an appearance in the piece (it seems primarily so Grant could mention he and Zuckerman shared a room at a gay journo confab a couple of years ago).
Sam's an awesome guy and I consider both he and Peter good friends, but anytime you make an elected official sound like he's the equivalent to the stack of piping hot flapjacks, you're not only doing a disservice to your readers, but your subject as well.
I trust Sam will likely take his new pin-up, poster-boy status with a dose of good humor.
But what do you think? How do we handle the fact we have a hot, gay mayor?

Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 September 2009 19:09)

 
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