Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:53 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH: Just heard word via Twitter that KGW's very own morning news anchor, Russ Lewis, spotted ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron walking down SW Broadway in downtown Portland.
I scurried down to Pioneer Courthouse Square to see if he might be lingering somewhere down there, but alas, no sighting of the "Dancing" star.
I did do a quick look at Tom's tweets and it looks like he's been in the state for a few a days as he took a selfie of himself in front of the mural in Cottage Grove that commemorates the filming of Buster Keaton's silent classic "The General" filmed way back in 1926.
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:30 | Written by Byron Beck
DJ Gray Matter, Dulcye Taylor speaks to crowd at Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Marco Davis, Cute Couple, Paul Caruana, Astoria hotties, Jimbo Defeo, Tony Danton, dance party, Jimbo, Liam, award recipients and Basic Rights Oregon staff from left to right: Tony Danton, Tessa James Scheller, Marco Davis, Jimbo Defeo, Dinah Urell, Drew Herzig; front row left to right: Dulcye Taylor, Juan Martinez, Jeana Frazzini, Katie Rathmell
Q NIGHT IS ALRIGHT: Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro was the site for another successful Q Night in Astoria, Oregon.
This summer Basic Rights Oregon has been travelling across the state talking to Oregonians about trans-inclusive health care, racial justice and celebrating the freedom to marry. Over the weekend Astoria was the latest stop on the schedule, and like previous summers, it was held at the coolest coffeehouse on the coast.
In fact, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro's Q Night is the stuff of legends.
Saturday night kept the legend going with a pre-function/reception where several Astorians and North Coast residents were honored for their good work in the LGBT community. The dance party didn't start until late, after 10 pm, but despite the late-ish hour it always manages to draw a huge crowd away from their beach houses to shake their booties to the one and only DJ Gray Matter.
Friday, 25 July 2014 14:43 | Written by Byron Beck
Alex, Alison, Susan and Nik Sokol Blosser, the wonderful Sokol Blosser winery, dinner in the Tasting Room
WINE DINNER: Sokol Blosser Winery celebrated Oregon pinot noir—and the one year anniversary of their new Tasting Room—on Thursday night at their gorgeous estate in Dayton, Oregon with a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.
The intimate dinner, a pre-event for this weekend's 28th International Pinot Noir Celebration in nearby McMinnville, featured an truly incredible menu featuring seared foie gras, spanish morcilla and A4 Kobe ribeye roast, all crafted by Chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons, Tasty N Alder and his just-opening Mediterranean Exploration Company. Each dish was paired perfectly with Sokol Blosser's best wines. And in honor of this special invite-only occasion, Sokol Blosser opened a select few bottles of their 2012 pinot noirs for an early preview of this highly-acclaimed vintage (which just so happens to be the first vintage under the watchful eye of winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser).
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 "relentless 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.
Update: Attempts to reach Dennis Richardson for comment have not been returned.
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.