Portland Gay and Lesbian Scene
(Portland, Oregon - OR, USA US)
Oregon's city of Portland is generally very welcoming when it comes to lifestyle choices and accepting of same-sex couples, although as with most cities, from time to time you will encounter disapproving people. The local gay and lesbian community tends to be fairly understated and there is no defined 'gayborhood' as such, with LGBT locals tending to hang out all around the downtown district and beyond.
There are a number of gay cafes, bars and clubs to be found within some of Portland's neighborhoods and along busy roads. These include the Burnside Triangle, the Goose and Hollow district, the Hawthorne area, Northwest Nob Hill and Southwest Stark Street.
Advertising itself as the most popular gay men's bar and club in the whole of Portland is Silverado, which resides on Southwest 3rd Avenue, within the downtown district. Silverado offers live dancing every night of the week and many fun events throughout the course of the year, such as parties on St. Patrick's Day (March 17th), Memorial Day weekend (late May), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day weekend (late August to early September).
Further enticing nightspots in downtown Portland can be found lining Northwest 3rd Avenue, Northwest Broadway, Northwest Davis Street and Southwest Stark Street. Within the Pearl district and standing on Northwest 12th Avenue, Vault Martini is a trendy bar with cocktails and good food.
In the Northeast neighborhood, Eagle Portland is a particularly relaxed gay bar suiting manly men, where a real sense of community is promoted.
Elsewhere, look along East Burnside Street, Southeast Morrison Street and Southeast Stark Street, within the Southeast neighborhood, and on Northwest 2nd Avenue in the Chinatown area of Old Town Portland, where the low-key Fox and Houses bar is a real draw.
Portland Gay and Lesbian Events and Festivals
Portland Gay Men's Chorus
- Pride Northwest
First held in the early 1990s, this two-day extravaganza takes place each year in June and is based around the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The parade itself is watch by thousands and thousands of spectators as it heads along Burnside Street, winding its way towards the park.
- Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (PLGFF)
This nine-day event comes along each October and now attracts in the region of 10,000 visitors.
- The Imperial Sovereign Rose Court of Oregon
An LGBT fundraising event also staged on an annual basis in October, featuring a large Coronation Ball.
Address: 812 Southwest Washington Street, Portland, Oregon (OR), 97205, USA
Tel:+1 503 226 2588
Q Center (LGBTQ Community Center)
Address: 4115 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon (OR), 97217, USA
Tel: +1 503 234 7837