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POW Film Fest
Red Dress Party
As the name implies, a red dress is required for entry to the Red Dress Party — no matter the gender of the guest. This annual soiree started in 2001 as a basement party and has grown into a large-scale event attended by more than 2,000 people and raising upwards of $30,000 for local LGBTQ organizations each year.
Portland’s queer documentary film festival, QDoc, was co-founded by David Weissman (“We Were Here”) and attracts filmmakers from across the country to screen their works at Hollywood Theatre.
Portland Pride Festival
Portland’s official LGBTQ pride parade and festival includes three days of festivities in Waterfront Park in addition to the annual parade. The weekend-long celebration attracts visitors from up and down the West Coast as well as big-name performers.
Portland Black Pride
Typically running concurrent with the Portland Pride Festival, Portland Black Pride provides opportunities for African-American members of the LGBTQ community to connect and celebrate their culture.
Peacock in the Park
Beloved LGBTQ variety and drag show Peacock in the Park returned to the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater in June 2014. Founded in 1987, the production went on hiatus in 2004, during which time, the popular Peacock After Dark event carried on the tradition of family fun and fund-raising for the Audria M. Edwards scholarship fund.
Bears gather from across the country to celebrate their culture with dance parties, day trips and more at BearTown — all while raising money for LGBTQ charities.
Portland Queer Comedy Festival
Since 2017, this nationally-renowned festival has brought stand-up comedy acts from around the world to Portland for five days of events at comedy venues throughout the city. As a bonus, Portland Queer Comedy Festival venues are conveniently located near one another to create a lively bar-crawl atmosphere.
Portland Latinx Gay Pride
Editor’s note: PDX Latinx Pride is not hosting a festival in 2019.
Since 2006, community volunteers have organized a multi-day Portland Latinx Pride festival to celebrate and honor the city’s Latinx community with performances, parties and the Mariposa Award. Events are held at District East.
Portland Queer Music Festival
Portland Queer Film Festival
Fall heralds the return of the Portland Queer Film Festival, an annual showcase of short and feature-length narrative and documentary films from around the world. While varied in form and content, the selected films share a marked relevance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community, not to mention plenty of industry buzz.
Time-Based Art Festival
Portland Queer Film Festival
Imperial Sovereign Rose Court Coronation Ball
The Rose Court, Oregon’s oldest LGBTQ organization, holds its annual coronation ball (crowning its emperors and empresses) every October. Members of the court serve as leaders in community fundraising efforts.
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