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Several corporations signed on to support Washington's recent passage of gay marriage

Several corporations signed on to support Washington's recent passage of gay marriage

Attitudes toward gay marriage have rapidly progressed in the last two decades, especially on the U.S. West Coast. Since the majority of large-scale American technology companies are headquartered in California and Washington, CEOs and other corporate leaders in that industry have acclimated to the trends. Today, software giants like Microsoft, Amazon and Apple are loudly voicing their [...]

More businesses sign onto Washington marriage equality pledge, including Starbucks, Microsoft

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Big business has been getting some press for their support of Washington’s newly introduced gay marriage bills, which are now expected to pass both the Senate and the House. Last Thursday six prominent companies, including Microsoft and Nike signed a letter of support for SB 6239 and HB 2516. Today Starbucks joined the growing list of corporations in support of Washington state marriage equality saying,

Starbucks is proud to join [...]

Equity Foundation’s First Annual Awards

Oregon’s Equity Foundation awarded two individuals and three businesses with various awards on January 20, 2012.

The awards were handed out during a sold-out luncheon at Portland’s Governor Hotel. The program included remarks from Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and a rousing sing-a-long to Three Dog Night’s Joy To The World with the PHAME Academy choir. PHAME is a chorus of developmentally disabled adults that recently won funding from [...]

As You Like It launches online store

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The “Green” Approach

Who says sex toys can’t be environmentally friendly? Portland’s local website, As You Like It: The Pleasure Shop just launched! As You Like It provides a safe and green friendly environment for its customers. Locally owned and operated, the LGBTQ business supports a body positive and sex positive image.

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Is this really goodbye Just Out?

John Cameron Mitchell holds a copy of Just Out featuring him. Just one of many memorable JO covers over the years

John Cameron Mitchell holds a copy of Just Out featuring him. Just one of many memorable JO covers over the years

In a sudden move today Just Out, Portland’s first LGBT publication, announced it will cease publication with the already released 12/9 issue. Despite that issue talking about new delivery methods in 2012 and not indicating an imminent shut down, JO has posted on their website as well as [...]

Anti-LGBT sentiments circulate at the Clark County Chamber of Commerce?

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Update: The CC Chamber of Commerce has officially stated that this was spam email. There have been discussions about this statement (make of that what you will) and you can read the entire announcement at the bottom of this post.

For all the ups and downs of my hometown Vancouver, Washington and its Clark County, from being named one of the most gayest cities to being made fun of in [...]

Lifestyles condom company T-shirt design contest

This is what you've got to work with folks

This is what you've got to work with folks

In this season of family, food and shopping I thought it might be fun to take a break with some art, design, and sexiness to balance it all out. So here’s a contest Lifestyles Condoms is conducting with an iPad Grand Prize. You know, just in case Mom and Dad don’t come through with the tech toy gifts in this [...]

Leisha Hailey and girlfriend kicked off Southwest airlines for kissing

Don't mess with journalist Alice Pieszecki…I mean actress and musician Leisha Hailey

I may get disappointed, but I’m never terribly shocked, when discrimination happens. What is a little more surprising is when it happens, very publicly, to the famous, influential, beautiful. But it did happen when actress and musician Leisha Hailey was kicked off a Southwest airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend then raising a fuss when asked to [...]

Weird Bar (formerly the E Room) closing for good this month

E Room/Weird Bar owner Kim Davis. Photo by Jamie Francis / The Oregonian

E Room/Weird Bar owner Kim Davis. Photo by Jamie Francis / The Oregonian

When lesbian bar the Egyptian Room threatened to close its doors and instead re-emerged as the “normal-friendly” Weird Bar the community roared. Some supported the efforts of owner Kim Davis, some decried the changes as a lie and a betrayal.

Less than a year later it may be a moot point. The weird, lesbian, normal, whatever [...]

Take this survey on the creation of a dyke bar in Portland

The Egyptian Club - Portland's only remaining dyke bar, will be closing October 9th

Since the closing of The Egyptian Room last year Portland has been without an official lesbian bar. We’ve muddled along pretty good attending numerous queer nights and sort of claiming some dyke-friendly spaces such as the Florida Room for our own but many among us can’t but hope that another permenant location will spring up eventually. Now performer, community member and, with any luck, entrepreneur Mel Heywood has created a [...]