Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:22 | Written by Byron Beck
Dennis Richardson's letter to the Medford Mail-Tribune in June, 2001
It was recently brought to my attention that the Republican candidate for Oregon Governor, Dennis Richardson, penned an anti-gay letter to the editor of the Medford Mail-Tribune in June of 2001.
In the letter Dennis Richardson, of Central Point, was defending the policy of the Boy Scouts to not allow gay men to be scout masters.
In the letter Richardson stated the the Boy Scouts faced "restless attacks by anti-religious, anti-family activists for not allowing atheist practicing homosexual men to lead Boy Scouts." He continued that "Atheists and homosexual men have rights under the law, but their moral standards should no more be forced on the Boy Scouts of America than the BSA's standards should be forced on them."
In May of 2013 the BSA voted to end their discriminatory ban on openly gay youth. Gay men over the age of 18 are still excluded from leading.
Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:30 | Written by Byron Beck
Noah Wylie, Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, Sara Wylie, Chad Griffin, Barbara Roberts, Terry Bean, Collin McFayden, Mary Soderberg, Jeff Merkley, Jeana Frazzini, Jerry and Rebecca, Sara and Noah, Meg, Derrick Gordon, Karol Collymore, Dana Goldberg, Diane Linn, Scott Showalter, Buster Ross, Juan Martinez, Jerry, Juan, Noah, Byron Beck, Sara, Jeana and Collin
STARDAR REPORT: Noah Wylie, Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, UMass basketball guard Derrick Gordon, American Idol contestant David Hernandez, Senator Jeff Merkley: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) definitely knows what it takes to make the stars shine under the stars when it comes to their summertime gala and dinner.
Like in 2013, this year's fete was held on a beautiful summer night on the grounds of Lewis and Clark College. It was the perfect setting to raise funds and celebrate victories for the LGBT community. The nights' program included compelling words from HRC President Chad Griffin as well as actors Noah Wylie and Rebecca Romijn, who are currently filming the television series "The Librarians" in the Portland area. Joining the incredibly adorable Noah was his gorgeous wife (and recent bride) Sara Wylie and next to Rebecca was her hubby, the sweet and very handsome Jerry O'Connell who shot "Stand By Me" in Oregon when he was a much younger man. The event also included appearances by Derrick Gordon, who is believed to be the first publicly gay active men’s player in Division I college basketball as well as comedian Dana Goldberg.
All in all, quite a starry night for Human Rights.
Sunday, 20 July 2014 20:12 | Written by Byron Beck
Elias Cairo, Steve Smith, Susan Laarman, Sarah Weiner and Elias
A LITTLE NIGHT MARKET: The Good Food Roadshow, a three-city tour of the nation, stopped off in Portland on Friday night for a little "night market" at Olympic Provisions NW. The event was a night to remember...and eat good food.
About the event, Good Food Awards Director Sarah Weiner had this to say: “Oregon has produced more Good Food Award Winners than any state except for California, and it’s about time we...do something special in Portland. The chance to do it with Olympic Provisions – one of the only companies in the country that has won a Good Food Award every year since its inception – was too good an opportunity to pass up.”
On Friday, the Good Food Merchants Guild, a membership association of 250 businesses that supports the Good Food Awards, partnered with Olympic Provisions to host a free Good Food Night Market and Beer & Brats After Party at their Northwest Portland sausage factory-cum-event venue. Portland’s own Tails & Trotters, Unbound Pickling and Xocolatl de Davíd sold their wares side by side with two-dozen Good Food Award Winners and Guild Members from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Showcasing the best of the Pacific Northwest, the Night Market featured everything from coffees and champagne-style ciders to bacon pickles and porkstrami. Yes, porkstrami!
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:06 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH: Word is coming fast and furious that the actor/shirtless wonder, Zac Efron, was just spotted in Northwest Portland.
My sources say that Zac was spotted this morning working out at in a gym on the Pearl District. No word if it really, really, REALLY was him, or just a really hot guy, but rest assured my source was not a teenage cheerleader.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:29 | Written by Byron Beck
Sue Hollern, Sue and Mike Hollern, Jeana Frazzini, Stan Amy, Mike, Juan Martinez, Adam and Rachel Albright, Jeana, Juan, Bill and Judy Smith, Byron Beck, views of the garden party
BEND GARDEN PARTY: At Basic Rights Oregon, love means equality for all. BRO just kicked off its summer tour of the state talking to Oregonians about trans-inclusive health care, racial justice and celebrating the freedom to marry.
BRO's first stop was in Bend, Oregon at the lovely home of Mike and Sue Hollern. My aunt, Judy Smith, talked about Mike and Sue during a brief speech at the garden party. She called the Hollerns the "first family" of Bend, Oregon. And I completely agree. The Hollerns and their friends are big supporters of equality, and this was the fourth time that they hosted this very special party.
The Bend Garden Party—an afternoon of light bites, refreshing beverages and entertainment—welcomed friends, family (including members of my own family) and wonderful residents of Central Oregon and beyond. Members of Basic Rights Oregon’s staff provided the most up to date information about the work being done statewide for LGBT rights, and how folks can get more involved as we all move forward toward full lived equality for all LGBT Oregonians statewide!
Special thanks to the Host Committee—Mike and Sue Hollern, Cliff Cook, Katie Wendel, Judy Smith—and really cool sponsors including Strictly Organic Coffee Co. The Sparrow Bakery Ninkasi Brewing Fred Meyer, Pizza Mondo Bend, Oregon and Jackson’s Corner. And a big thanks to Adam and Rachel Albright.