Monday, 16 June 2014 15:17 | Written by Byron Beck
Brian Sims, Juan Martinez, police escort, Paul Rummel, Jeff Merkley, Mary Soteberg, Ben West, Jay, Darcelle, Dori, Misha Isaak, Ellen Rosenblum, Gabe, Christopher and David, Terry Bean, Barbara Roberts, Kate Brown, Darcelle, Kourtni, Alexis, Byron, Juan, Rob Nosse, Jules Bailey, Matt, Derek, Alec, parade marchers and viewers
PRIDE 2014:Rain and the occasional downpour didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended Sunday's Pride Parade and Waterfront Festival in Tom McCall Park. And there was plenty to celebrate including all the good news about marriage equality and our communities dedication to continue working on equality for all people.
I especially loved running into so many old friends as well as new ones like Rep. Brian Sims from Pennsylvania who walked with Nike in the parade with out gay athletes from across the country. It was also great to see longtime community leaders like Terry Bean and Gov. Barbara Roberts (Oregon's own "Will" and"Grace") and icons like Darcelle.
Monday, 16 June 2014 11:32 | Written by Byron Beck
My boys: Robin, Juan, Iean, John, Steve, and me, Maria, some random smoking hottie, a tall drink of water from the Midwest, Evan and his friend at Block Party
BLOCK OUT: We ended our Saturday night, after the PGMC "Night & Day" concert, with a little moonlight dancing at the Stark Street Block Party held on SW Stark between 11th and 12th Avenue. We ended up getting there pretty late, but the dancing and romancing was still hot and heavy amongst the crowd who had started to already trickle to the countless other parties being held around town that night. That said, we did get to see "Maria" all cuddled up in a comfy blanket in the VIP (Very Important Peacock) section.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:52 | Written by Byron Beck
PGMC Artistic Director Bob Mensel, The Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Bill Dickey and David Wagner
ANYTHING GOES: On Saturday night, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, The Portland Gay Men's Chorus brought to life the catchy rhythms and cunning lyrics of Cole Porter with class and just a wee bit of savoir-faire at a concert entitled "Night & Day."
For a few of us the night kicked off with a pre-func at Charlie Frasier and Rick Taylor's place and ended with a little "Afterglow" party at The Heathman Hotel. In between the parties the men of the chorus entertained the near capacity crowd with many of Porter's biggest hits. And, yes, it was a quite a swellegant night. Big thanks to Bill Dickey for helping to to make the fabulous night such a big success.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:30 | Written by Byron Beck
Robert Goman displaying the giant #BETRUE sign in Pioneer Square, Terry Bean, Jeana Frazzini, Billy Bean, Pillow pit, Juan Martinez, Kieron Weidner, Brett Soulek, dance party people
BE TRUE: In honor of Nike's annual LGBT Sports Summit—which gathered together over 100 college and professional athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, political figures, LGBT advocates and sports organizations to combat anti-LGBT bias in sports—a big party was held atop the roof and inside the beautiful new Eastside Exchange Building. The kick-ass dance party was just one of the many events that Nike hosted, or was part of, at this year's Pride celebration. Way to #BETRUE, Nike!
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:09 | Written by Byron Beck
Josh Frickle (top right), champagne toast, post-spin pic at Firebrand Pride Ride
ALL FIRED UP:Basic Rights Oregon paired up with Firebrand Sports with a fun full-tilt Pride Ride bike workout and party that included nibbles from Supa, champagne, cocktails and music in celebration of Portland's Pride Weekend.
Friends from the Portland Thorns were also there to help kick this year's Pride celebration into high gear, as well as many members of the Portland and Firebrand community.