Things to Do: Waterfront Pride Fest Main Stage Entertainment

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Saturday, June 15: Waterfront Main Stage

Seven Cake Candy, noon

Dreadlight, 12:50 pm

★ Natasha Kmeto, 1:30 pm

Pride Northwest Board Intro, 2 pm

The Shrike, 2:20 pm

★ Varla Jean Merman, 3 pm

★ Deven Green, 3:45pm

Alyssa Pariah: “The Spirit of Sylvia Rivera”, 4:15 pm

Hot Chocolate, 4:30 pm

Sassyblack, 5 pm

Toño, 5:45 pm

★ Maarquii (see our profile on the artist here), 6:30 pm

Divas of Davis Street, 7:10 pm


Sunday, June 16: Waterfront

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An Overview of Portland’s LGBTQ+ Nightlife for the Newcomer

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by Andrew Jankowski

Portland hosts a wide range of LGBTQ+ events every night of the week, and the LGBTQ+ community is among America’s most vibrant and visible, where you can find everything from dance parties and comedy nights to drag bingo, drag brunch, and drag shows. No matter how you express, there’s somewhere cool and safe for you to meet people like yourself and have a good time. Here’s an updated guide to Portland’s LGBTQ+ nightlife and seasonal events.


Bars, Dancing, Strip Clubs

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The Unique Flavors of Portland’s Drag Brunches

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The Unique Flavors of Portland’s Drag Brunches
by Suzette Smith

I love brunch and I love queens. I demand the former and desperately desire the approval of the latter. (Please, I brought you all these dollar bills.) Portland has a long, lovely history with drag brunches, and while some of the original weekly shows (like those at the Mission Theater and CC Slaughters) have fallen to the wayside, others (Recovery at the RED) are just getting started or, like Night Light Lounge’s recently added Saturday shows, have had to … Read More

The Unique Flavors of Portland’s Drag Brunches

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The Unique Flavors of Portland’s Drag Brunches
by Suzette Smith

I love brunch and I love queens. I demand the former and desperately desire the approval of the latter. (Please, I brought you all these dollar bills.) Portland has a long, lovely history with drag brunches, and while some of the original weekly shows (like those at the Mission Theater and CC Slaughters) have fallen to the wayside, others (Recovery at the RED) are just getting started or, like Night Light Lounge’s recently added Saturday shows, have had to … Read More

What I Think About When I Think About Pete Buttigieg

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by Blair Stenvick

I’m not planning to vote for Democratic presidential wannabe Pete Buttigieg in the primaries—but I certainly spend more time thinking about him than any other current candidate.

An example: I recently spent a weekend in West Lafayette, Indiana, to watch my brother-in-law graduate from Purdue University. I’ll spare you the vague, disdainful gawking most coastal writers adapt when writing about the Midwest, but I’d be lying if I said some of my worst suspicions about a tiny, traditional college town … Read More

What I Think About When I Think About Pete Buttigieg

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by Blair Stenvick

I’m not planning to vote for Democratic presidential wannabe Pete Buttigieg in the primaries—but I certainly spend more time thinking about him than any other current candidate.

An example: I recently spent a weekend in West Lafayette, Indiana, to watch my brother-in-law graduate from Purdue University. I’ll spare you the vague, disdainful gawking most coastal writers adapt when writing about the Midwest, but I’d be lying if I said some of my worst suspicions about a tiny, traditional college town … Read More

Black & Brown Stripes: Catching Up with Some of Portland’s Most Interesting Queer People of Color

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Black & Brown Stripes: Catching Up with Some of Portland’s Most Interesting Queer People of Color
by D Martin Austin

For members of the LGBTQ+ community, there are numerous reasons to be proud. What follows are a series of discussions with five very different, but equally dynamic members of our complex community.


Stephanie Duncker

PRONOUNS: she/her and they/them

ETHNICITY: Black

AGE: 35

INSTAGRAM: @myalmedicinalsbit.ly/claraem

I meet with activist Stephanie Duncker—a Black, vegan witch—at Townshend’s Tea on Mississippi. She arrives responsibly late in an elegant summer shawl. Stephanie is a practitioner of Black spiritualities Obeah and Myal, two schools of Read More

Black & Brown Stripes: Catching Up with Some of Portland’s Most Interesting Queer People of Color

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Black & Brown Stripes: Catching Up with Some of Portland’s Most Interesting Queer People of Color
by D Martin Austin

For members of the LGBTQ+ community, there are numerous reasons to be proud. What follows are a series of discussions with five very different, but equally dynamic members of our complex community.


Stephanie Duncker

PRONOUNS: she/her and they/them

ETHNICITY: Black

AGE: 35

INSTAGRAM: @myalmedicinalsbit.ly/claraem

I meet with activist Stephanie Duncker—a Black, vegan witch—at Townshend’s Tea on Mississippi. She arrives responsibly late in an elegant summer shawl. Stephanie is a practitioner of Black spiritualities Obeah and Myal, two schools of Read More

Genderqueer Artist Maarquii Could Be Portland’s Next Rap Star

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by Jenni Moore

On a recent sunny afternoon at Townshend’s Tea House, Marquise Dickerson (AKA Maarquii) is dressed more lowkey than I’m used to. There’s no wig or makeup in sight, apart from some nail polish—just a black T-shirt paired with dark shorts, dad hat, and crossbody fanny pack. We order kombucha and get down to business: chit-chatting about what’s in their heavy rotation (Prince, Megan THEE Stallion, lots of trap), and Maarquii’s journey to becoming a fabulous Black, genderqueer, multidisciplinary artist thriving … Read More

Profiles in Queer Excellence and Resilience

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Profiles in Queer Excellence and Resilience
by Andrew Jankowski

Our communities have gone through a lot this past year. As part of our annual Queer issue, the Mercury is highlighting six LGBTQ+ Portlanders making an impact on the city right now. Their collective stories tie together decades of experiences and span the LGBTQ+ spectrum. These people are leaders in sciences, the arts, and nonprofits, and are united by common threads, including a word several of our subjects used independently of one another: resilience. Some might be familiar to you, … Read More

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