Know Before You Go
This section was produced in collaboration with PQ Monthly, dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ communities of Oregon, Washington and the Bay Area. PQ Monthly is published on the third Thursday of every month and updated daily online.
Portland has a plethora of LGBTQ publications, organizations and businesses in various neighborhoods to serve the diverse queer community.
Portland’s Gay Yellow Pages
Portland’s Gay Yellow Pages is a publication and website that lists Portland area businesses that welcome the LGBTQ+ community with open arms.
Basic Rights Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon is dedicated to winning marriage equality, fighting for transgender rights, and promoting racial justice.
The oldest domestic violence shelter on the West Coast, Bradley Angle is also the only agency in Portland that provides culturally-specific services for LGBTQ+ survivors.
Cascade AIDS Project
Cascade Aids Project is an HIV/AIDS organization dedicated to prevention, support and the elimination of stigma. The project also runs Pivot, a drop-in space for gay, bisexual and transgender men.
Dykes on Bikes
Dykes on Bikes supports philanthropic endeavors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women’s communities and beyond, and reaches out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education.
The Equity Foundation supports the LGBTQ+ community by providing grants and scholarships.
Human Rights Campaign (Portland Steering Committee)
Portland’s all-volunteer chapter of HRC hosts events throughout the year to raise awareness (and funds) for the fight for LGBTQ+ equality.
Northwest Gender Alliance
NWGA provides support and social opportunities for transgender, transsexual and cross-dressing individuals as well as education on trans issues for the community.
Our House provides healthcare, housing and other vital services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.
Founded in 1968, Outside In is a social service organization that helps homeless youth and other marginalized individuals (such as LGBTQ+ people) attain health and self-sufficiency.
Pride Foundation supports LGBTQ+ equality in Oregon. Building on its first Oregon grant awarded in 1991 supporting the development of LGBTQ+-focused domestic violence services, Pride Foundation has been growing support for local Oregon organizations and scholars thanks to donors and volunteers.
Portland Area Business Association (PABA)
PABA serves as the LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce for businesses in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The Q Center is dedicated to creating a safe space for all LGBTQ+ people that celebrates diversity, visibility and community-building through a wide range of events, workshops, support services and advocacy work.
The Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Center (SMYRC) provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, counseling, education, and more.
LGBTQ+ History in Portland
Portland’s LGBTQ history includes many years of activism, legislative progress and the election of the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city.
Portland has no shortage of LGBTQ-owned and -friendly bars and clubs. Whether you're looking for a relaxing night with friends, a high-energy dance party or a drag show, Portland delivers.
LGBTQ+ Sports & Recreation
Located only a few hours from the beach, the mountains and the high desert, Portland is a sports and wilderness lover’s fantasy come true.
LGBTQ+ Festivals & Events
From film festivals to parties and pride parades, Portland's LGBTQ community celebrates all year 'round.
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
Portland’s own Darcelle XV (the stage name of Walter Cole) has been headlining the Darcelle XV Showplace cabaret club since 1973. In a career spanning over 50 years, Darcelle has worn a vast array of extravagant costumes, often designed and constructed by Walter himself. Walter, performing as Darcelle, now holds the Guinness World Record for…
House, techno, acid and disco featuring: Gabriel DellousRap Class (Smooth Transitions/Daisies)Umlaut (Local Heroes PDX)Carissa Illy (Flight)Lighting by ÍON Laser & ProjectionArt by Lauren GreenPhotos by Pocho’s Cosas
Join up for a dazzling night with Pink Martini founder Thomas Lauderdale and sing along to favorite Pink Martini songs. Enjoy festive drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Thomas’s downtown loft. If you’re ready to grab a songbook and sing the night away, act fast – oly 200 tickets are available for this exclusive party.
Creating a perfect world where Portland’s ascending comedy scene welcomes comics from all over the globe for one glorious comedy “summit.” A meeting of sexy and hilarious minds. Attendees, ticket holders and festival goers will experience the best in comedy in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
I Do To-Do wedding planning event is a social Q&A event where couples of all sizes, colors, genders and loves can come ask inclusive wedding professionals all their wedding planning questions one-on-one for free.Because the event is a passion project from Beth Olson (Twisted Aisle Weddings photography), Jenn Reyes (AWE productions) and Tilly Dorsey and…
“It’s like the This American Life of SEX!” Storytellers share their true sexual experiences in front of a live audience, offering a glimpse into one of the most basic human drives that connects us all. Stories told at The Mystery Box Show explore sexuality from the vanilla to the kinky, and all across the gender…
Join up for an evening of glitz and glamour at White Bird’s annual fundraising gala.