Every summer for more than a decade, community members have celebrated the rich culture of LGBTQ Latinx in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning as Portland Latino Gay Pride, this weekend-long festival renamed itself PDX Latinx Pride in 2016, honoring fluid and non-binary gender expressions.
The festival boasts a different theme each year. Past themes have included Lucha Libre and Carnaval, and 2016’s Tus Colores (“Your Colors”) was an especially poignant metaphor for embracing the diversity of identity. As the festival grows, the organization continues to host diverse events spanning a variety of mediums. Performances range in style from the sounds of Mexican mariachi to cumbia-laced DJ sets and folkloric traditional dance. Visitors can enjoy poetry and songs at the Noche de Arte event (“night of art”) and attend the annual noche de pelicula (movie night) to watch films that investigate issues affecting LGBTQ and Latinx populations. This year’s “Super Queeros” theme will celebrate drag and fashion with a line-up of runway-ready realness at District East, a classic warehouse party space in Southeast Portland.
While entertainment plays a central role, education is at the heart of PDX Latinx Pride, including continuing public dialogue with community leaders. Though the festival currently happens only once a year, PDX Latinx Pride offers events throughout the year, including a monthly Queer Latin Night Dance Party. Hosted every second Thursday of month, these inclusive events begin at 8 p.m. at Southeast Portland’s Crush Bar. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information.