Let’s get this party started

So, I’m sure you all know that Portland Pride is fast approaching, with events happening as soon as this very weekend! So, as your lovely host I plan to take you on a tour of sorts through the week of madness. That is, each day I’ll highlight a new theme event or events. Oh how I do love a good theme…All this in mind, I don’t go back on any of my skepticism about Pride’s relationship to consumer culture and the like. And there will indeed be an Alterna-Pride, which I should be attending, although it might be hard for me to help hold the coffin and pedal my bike at the same time so we shall see…(For more info contact

So our first lovely theme will be Meat and Churches. This Sunday, June 12th, NoPo will host its first Pride BBQ at the University Park United Methodit Church Bell Tower Lawn (4775 N Lombard). Noon to 4p.

Another event that I wanted to highlight briefly has naught to do with Pride or meat necessarily (though you never know!). Boxxes (1035 SW Stark St) in the traditional Stark Street area hosts a potentially untraditional, more east of the rivah flavah Queer Liberation Party. Drag hosts include the illustrious Sissyboys and the, unfortunately named, but usually entertaining drag king of kings Johnny Mozzarella. Other draws include prizes for queer revolutionaries (what you have to do for these door prize bags of slinkies and condoms I can’t even begin to imagine), fireworks (I’m hoping outside the club), and free STD testing from Q-LAND. Partytime, you know 10ish to bar close…

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