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A Hot Mess

Brother to Brother is letting a sister run the show.

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“Fragile.” That’s how Alisa Simmons describes Brother to Brother, a struggling local organization set up 14 years ago to provide a social network for black, gay, bi and “down ...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Byron Beck

The Black Eye Of The Storm

Isn't it time we all got along on Southwest Stark Street?

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"Are you a chuffer?" a fresh-faced yupster called out. "Am I a what?" my friend Carl Halvorson replied. "Are YOU a CHUFFER?" he shouted. Rather than wait for my friend to answer the puzzling questio ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Byron Beck

All About Steve

A lifelong bachelor acts more gay than most gay guys, but don't call him a metrosexual.

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"I'm peeing. I literally have my dick in my hands," says Steve Santagati to me over his cell phone. "You must have ESPN." I was following up with Santagati, who was commenting on my supposed clairvoy ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Byron Beck

S'wishful Thinking

How long will my love affair with the new IKEA last?

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Oh. My. God. I've just returned from a lunchtime press preview for the new IKEA out by Portland International Airport (it opens today to the public). And, I have to say, I haven't been this excited by ...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Byron Beck

The Death Of Sex

Why PDX's gay scene will never be the same.

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The trick was where you chose to put the dollar bill. A safe choice was the clavicle. That way you'd get nuzzled when they went for the cash. If you were brazen, you'd fold a bill, place it on the ti ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Byron Beck

The Big Rubdown

Why are Mike Jones' hands all over my body?

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I knew I'd hit a touchy subject as soon as he started massaging my right buttock. I lay face-down on a massage table in a Willamette Week conference room; the man giving me a rubdown was Mike Jones. ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 Byron Beck

The Making of an International Incident

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 Byron Beck

Mr. Portland

Taking stock of pride celebrations and newsie conventions.

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In between the four days and nights of alcohol-fueled debauchery at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies convention hosted last week by Willamette Week, I actually took pride in two things. On ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Byron Beck

Gabbing With Gay-prah

Meet Kendall Clawson: Portland's new queer queen.

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I knew Kendall Clawson was "it" the moment I met her. It was in the kitchen of a Q Center board member. The Q Center is a year-old community space for Portland's LGBTQ crowd. My partner, Juan, is on ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Byron Beck

Jack Malebranche is Totally Not Gay

The world according to an "androphile."

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Jack Malebranche is an ordained priest in the Church of Satan. He likes to watch old Nazi movies. He used to work as a "dancer" at gay clubs in New York. But none of that stuff is nearly as fascinatin ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Byron Beck
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