Papis, chicas y mas presentan La Lucha: Latino Gay Pride PDX 2009

laluchaflyer1Pride season is pretty much upon us. The guides have been printed, the month declared by our president. And this weekend begins the first of the actual Pride celebrations with Latino Gay Pride PDX’s La Lucha, which launches tomorrow, Thursday June 4th, with its opening reception at Miracle Theatre (525 SE Stark).

Friday takes off with VIP and dance parties (to be covered by a brand new qPDX contributor so stay tuned!) and culminates with Sunday’s fest from 4 to 8pm.

Read the full schedule below:

Papis y Chicas Presentan: La Lucha
Opening Reception y !Voz Alta!
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
6:30pm Opening Reception
8pm !Voz Alta! Performance
Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, Portland OR, All Ages
Tequila Tasting y Tapas, Preview of Celebration Events, and an evening of Latino Gay Poetry, Musica, and Performances

Papis y Chicas Presents: La Lucha Dance Party
Friday, June 5th, 2009
VIP Party 7pm – 9pm
Dance Party 9pm – 2am, $5.00 Cover
Boxxes, 1035 SW Stark Street, Portland OR 21 & Over
Featuring Seattle’s DJ Luis, Special Luchador Go Go Dancers, & hot Papi y Chica action all night long

Chicas Who Brunch
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
11am – 2pm, $25.00 Admission
Casa Del Matador, 2424 E. Burnside St. Portland, OR, 21 & Over
Celebrating the Chicas in our lives!  Join us for networking, amazing cuisine, as we honor some of our outstanding community leaders.

Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival – La Lucha 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
4pm – 8pm, Jupiter Hotel, 800 East Burnside, Portland, OR, 21 & Over
Wrestling Action, featuring local Luchador Mega Boy, Community Resources, Entertainers, Music & Performers, and Mercado

For more information contact David Martinez at (503) 307-9143 and email

But besides all the fun and games it is also important to recognize those individuals who have done so much for the queer latino community all year long. That’s why the weekend celebration will also be filled with bows to the 2009 winners of the Mariposa Award.

Technically translated as “butterfly,” mariposa is a term often used in Latin America as a derogatory term for gays, which is being reclaimed in a similar fashion as the North American “queer.”

This years honorees are:

Laura Calvo

Melanie Davis – El Hispanic News

Mo Kenny – Pride Project WA County

Allan Oliver – Onda Gallery

Miracle Theatre Group

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