Wendy & Steve, Sasha Scarlett and her boys, Love Bomb A-Go-Go, and party goers at the 14th Erotic Ball
EROTIC CITY: Confession time. I am a virgin.
Well, at least when it has to do with going to Sasha Scarlett's notorious Portland Erotic Ball.
But somehow Miss Scarlett talked me into coming this year. And, damn...I am glad I did.
Held on Saturday night at the Crystal Ballroom it was a freaky night of nasty fun and a chance to see my neighbors (literally, my neighbor was there) in various states of undress and debauchery. For a night billing itself as "erotic" i would say it was more exotic and intoxicating than actually downright trashy. In fact, most of the costumes (which were up for a cash prize of $6,000) were incredibly funny. From the guys who came as dicks in a box (together they spelled "PENIS") to the slew of slutty nurses, cops, robbers, bunnies, chippendale dancers, cowboys, Indians...you name it...everyone there was had their naughty version of some fairytale or scary ass subject. In fact, I think Sasha, who has been doing this ball in Portland for years now, is on to something: Halloween is for sluts. And the Erotic Ball is likely the sluttiest of them all.Thank God...or Satan...or Sasha!
Quilt winner Cathy Abbruzzese, Linda Campbell, Brad Avakian, dancing lessons, Sister Krissy, Expo-goers and one of the sisters gets a touch up
EXPO FOR ALL: The creative North Portland venue known as "The Colony" was the site for The Gay and Grey Expo on Saturday.
It was the first time that the annual dynamic outreach event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults and allies was held in St. Johns and it was a rousing success. Geez, one of the attendees came all the way from Dallas, Texas just to be part of the days events.
Highlights included performances by The Portland Lesbian Choir and The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court. There were massages, and make up lessons, puppies from The Pixie Project, dance instruction and a rousing discussion of sex after sixty.
But perhaps the highlight of the day was given by the expo's keynote speaker, Linda Campbell, a retired air force lieutenant colonel, was the first in the nation to be granted permission for her same-sex partner to be buried with her in a military cemetery. It was also so nice to see so many young people at the event who truly seem to take an interest in lgbt elders and the issues that face them.
Congrats to Sage Metro Portland for putting on such a great event (and allowing me to help).
Tanner, Jack and Todd at Nautilus in Vancouver, Wash.
HALLOWEEN SCENES: Something altogether spooky happened last week at the world headquarters of Nautilus in Vancouver, Wash., aka these are the same people who gave the world Bowflex. Halloween is sort of a national holiday for this newly energized global company, and in honor of the big day, the ENTIRE company transforms each of their departments, which every other day of the year look like your standard office space, into elaborately themed dioramas with a somewhat spooky bent. It's all done for the staff members children who travel through at least ten different areas to get their scare on and grab a fistful of candy.
And the departments don't disappoint. I was one of the judges this year and was beyond amazed and what these creative types did with their spaces: there was a haunted carnival straight out of a Katy Perry video, the Nightmare Before Christmas that had a real live Jack Skellington and Sally, the underwater home of Spongebob Squarepants, and not one but two pirate ships. Speaking of pirate ships, I still could not believe they the new product development built an ENTIRE life-size sailing vessel, complete with a floating shark, working cannons and fighting scaliwags, in less than a day. VERY impressive.
Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:46 | Written by Byron
GAY & GREY EXPO: This Saturday the Gay & Grey Expo, an annual dynamic outreach event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults and allies, will take place from 9:30 to 4:00 at The Colony(7527 N Richmond Avenue) in St. Johns.
As Boomers reach retirement age, an estimated 12 LGBT adults in Oregon turn 65 each day (more than 4,000 per year), for the next 18 years. The Expo is a one-day event, but SAGE Metro Portland programs, activities and advocacy are year-round.
The Gay & Grey Expo builds community among LGBT older adults, allies and activists and celebrates the achievements of LGBT older adults while advocating for a fair and inclusive future. Vaune Albanese, Friendly House Executive Director, states; “This year we are pleased to have Linda Campbell as our keynote speaker. Linda, a retired air force lieutenant colonel, was the first in the nation to be granted permission for her same-sex partner to be buried with her in a military cemetery. She fought for the right to have Nancy Lynchilds, the love of her life, buried at Willamette National Cemetery. Linda has an amazing story to tell!”
The Expo will feature an interactive vendor hall with a wide range of agencies and businesses committed to improving the lives of LGBT older adults and seniors; including housing providers, legal advisors, pet adoption services and many more! Not only is the Expo an inspiring and informative event, it will also be fun with a “speed-friending” breakout session, food and wine demonstrations, chair massage, beauty make-over stations, food, music and dancing.
Expect to see The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court of Oregon in attendance. Event sponsors include Cedar Sinai, Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital and New Seasons.
Admission is a $5-10 sliding scale fee but no one will be turned away.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:12 | Written by Byron
Anderson Cooper, PSU Jazz Trio, Dr. Albert Starr, Peter Stott, DJ Wilson, Kim Foren, Juan Martinez, Geranium Lake table, Bob Ball, Stacey Dycus, Al Glowasky, James Lindquist, Lucille and Gerard McAleese, Erika and Rick Miller
ANDERSON COOPER IN PORTLAND: Portland State University's annual Simon Benson Dinner hosted quite a crowd on Tuesday night at the Oregon Convention Center.
The crowd of 1,800-plus were there to support the good works of one of Oregon's largest university (and my alma mater), but I think many of them were also there to see the one and only Anderson Cooper speak about the issues of the day on what he called his "day off."
Mr. Cooper did not disappoint, especially during the Q&A moderated by Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia. It was during this exchange that "Andy" shared how difficult it can be to be both a personality and a journalist, as well as a human being. In responding to the fact that he seems to cross over an invisible line that separates the person from the reporter, as he did during Katrina, Anderson said, "sometimes it's more important to be a person than a journalist."
The Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement was given to Bill Stoller (MBA '79) and an award for Philanthropy was given to the exceptionally tall, good-looking and well-spoken Rick Miller (MBA '91) and his wife Erika.
The room was full of many notables, including Dr. Albert Starr (I rarely see him on the gala circuit anymore) and Peter Stott, among many, many others. Our table was hosted by the one and only Kim Foren, who created table centerpieces that literally lit up the room. Others who lit up the room included the incredible Student Speakers Pamela Campos-Palma and Zanele Mutepfa. They were simply amazing.