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.
Monday, 07 July 2014 20:55 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH: Bill Cosby was spotted in Portland, Oregon...or at least at the Porltand International Airport. I've not been able to track down why Mr. Cosby might be in town as there doesn't seem to be any scheduled events in this area. But that's definitely a very fuzzy photo of him clicked and posted on the twitter account of Jimmy Kolaitis who just so happens to be the Assistant Softball Coach at the University of Oregon.
Monday, 07 July 2014 20:34 | Written by Byron Beck
Dancing Jerry, Pennie Lane, Viva Las Vegas steals a kiss from Pennie, Pennie and Apostolis Baukouros, Pennie and Kevin Kohnstamm
PENNIE'S PARTY: Pennie Lane is in my ears and in my eyes....and also in many of our hearts.
Yes, there really is a Pennie Lane and she lives in Portland. And she was, and still very much is, such an inspiration.
A celebration was held in honor of the birthday for the much celebrated Pennie Lane Trumbull at Alexis Restaurant on Saturday night.
The Greek restaurant was the perfect setting to wish Pennie a very happy birthday with song, squid and plenty of ouzo. Pennie's pals that gathered treated her with sweet kisses, tributes and lots of love for this very kind and special lady.
I would love to gush more about Miss Pennie, but I know she would want me to cut this short...and probably thinks I've already said too much...but I do have one more thing to say and that is:
Monday, 07 July 2014 19:43 | Written by Byron Beck
Mary Soterberg, Jeff Merkley, Gywenth Gamble Booth, Jeff, Bob Ball, Grant Jones, Parker, and a garden full of friends
HOUSE PARTY: In honor of Parker's first birthday, I thought I would post about his dads—Bob Ball and Grant Jones—big party held at the end of June that was one part house warming and one part house party for Senator Jeff Merkley re-election campaign.
I'll let Bob Ball share his own words about his support of Jeff Merkley: "I’ve known Jeff for a long-time, since before he was elected in Oregon. His progressive commitment is clear - supporting LGBT Oregonians and our families, working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, and affordable healthcare for all Americans. Most important to me, he is honest and ethical – someone I trust is trying his hardest to do the right thing for all of us."
The party, held in Bob and Grant's stunning West Hills home was not only a chance to get to know Jeff Merkley a bit better, but also Parker who made a brief and memorable appearance during the sunny afternoon soiree.