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Darcelle arrested for assault on OLCC officers, charges dropped

Darcelle, aka Walter Cole, in and out of drag. Photos from KGW.

Sorry for getting this news out to y’all a little late but I was out of commish all weekend. However, last Thursday night 80-year-old drag performer (and Portland institution) Darcelle, also known as Walter Cole, was arrested for allegedly assaulting two Oregon Liquor Control Commission officers. Although the charges have since been dropped an investigation into whether the club Darcelle XV, has been serving minors, is still under investigation.

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Portland’s official holiday drink presented by Darcelle

Well, it looks like Darcelle may be P-Town’s (drag) Queen of the Holidays. She’s already appeared on daytime television explaining how to stuff a bird and now she’s back to present us with our official drink of the season.

Watch as she joins Clyde Common‘s Jeffrey Morgenthaler as he makes her a drink she has named the Darcelle Holiday Delight. Recipe below.

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Happy Thanksgiving Darcelle and all!

Darcelle loves the holiday season

In honor of your Thanksgiving day feast I want to present you with 80-year-old local drag legend Darcelle on KPTV FOX 12’s Thanksgiving Cook-a-thon. They get pretty silly, bordering on raunchy, for mainstream TV. Without Darcelle, she says, they would have had a “dirty bird,” which is likely true, as she was the only one brave enough to stuff her hands in […]

Darcelle to be 2010 Pride Grand Marshall

Darcelle will Grand Marshall this year's Portland Pride Parade

Pride season is quickly marching upon us and Pride NW has just announced its 2010 honorees. Grand Marshall this year is the fabulous heart of the Portland drag scene, 78-year-old Darcelle, a performer and fixture for over 35 years.

Just Out staffer and former qPDX contributor Erin Rook does a great job of announcing the 3 places of honor, Grand Marshall, Spirit of Pride Award, and newly implemented Pride in Action Award, so I’m going to let her take it from here:

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Dolly Parton covers for a cause


Dolly still looks fabu in her 60s...

Originally printed in Just Out:

Dolly Parton may not be an out queer herself (though, believe me, the rumors swirl like an overactive hot tub about Parton and longtime pal Judy Ogle), but she’s always been a champion of gay, lesbian, bi and trans causes.In a musical genre so often dominated by gun-toting good ole boys, the buxom beauty is fearless; she’s even received hate mail and threats for her status as a gay icon. What better way to honor her than to recruit some of Portland’s finest musicians while raising money for a diverse celebration of women in music, Siren Nation. The Dolly Parton Hoot Night cover extravaganza takes place at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan) Saturday, June 6.

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