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Playing The Gay Card

Why I think Mayor Sam Adams lied.

Queer Window
Sam Adams is my mayor. He is also a friend. When I saw that both The Oregonian and Just Out asked for his resignation and reported that many in the gay community wanted him out of office, too, I knew ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Byron Beck

Just Add Milk

Director Gus Van Sant delivers the story of the gay-rights movement’s patron saint in his most political film to date.

News Stories
Gus Van Sant is getting married? It’s hard to picture this outsider, the lone wolf of American cinema, walking down the aisle like talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. But he said it himself. “ ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Byron Beck

Homos, Heal Thyselves

Queer Window
The election of a black man as president has proven one thing: If you believe in something that seems impossible, it can and will happen. That’s a timely lesson in the wake of several defeats la ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Byron Beck

Oregon Keeps Things Interesting: Silverton, OR has a Trans Mayor. (Updated with comment from Rasmussen)

Hat tip to this Just Out for getting an interview with what looks to be the country's first trans-identified Mayor .

Stu Rasmussen was the mayor of Silverton, Oregon in the late 80's and early 90's. He...   More
Friday, November 7, 2008 by Byron Beck

Filling Up on Filson: The VIP Party for the Pearl's Newest Boutique

Filson is hot. As in the room that now holds the brand new Filson store in the Pearl District, at 526 NW 13th Ave., was very warm last night at its very-VIP preview event. And it smelled like Christmas.<...   More
Friday, November 7, 2008 by Byron Beck

Yee-hah! Jessica Simpson Counts Calories Rather Than Votes at Portland Steakhouse on Election Night.

While the rest of Portland was hooping and hollering on the streets of Portland, the latest queen of country music (and the former pop star wife of Nick Lachey) Jessica Simpson sashayed her way into to downtown Portland on election nig...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 by Byron Beck

DENIED! Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Martinez v. Kulongoski

Can the news get much worse for gays?

With the knowledge that several states—Arizona, Florida and California—all voted down gay marriage, I've just got word from our attorneys in the court case my partner and I have been involved in with for the last few...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 by Byron Beck

Honk If You Love Obama! The Sights and Sounds of Election Night, 08

Years from now, I will still remember the honking.
Last night, Portland exploded with a passion it hasn't seen since the Blazers took the championship.
Everywhere you looked people were partying—hard!
Perhaps nowhere more so than at Willamette We...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 by Byron Beck

Score! Emerson, Storm, Jefferson, Jesus & EVERYONE ELSE at Grand Central Bowl Tonight

Where are you spending election night, late voter?

May we suggest Grand Central Bowl?

After dropping off your ballot at the County Election's office ...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by Byron Beck

Hummer Bummer: Live PDX not so "live" anymore.

My mailbox has delivered bad media news once again.

Liz Hummer , (above right) the former editor of PDX magazine and more recently the editor of LivePDX , the web component ...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2008 by Byron Beck
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