June is Pride Month — and we want to highlight and celebrate Portland’s LGBTQIA+ communities and their history all month long.
Which is why each Friday this month, we’re going to be covering the stories of those communities, from the history of Pride in Portland, to how this year’s celebrations shifted during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and where our city is at currently on supporting LGBTQIA+ Portlanders and how we can do better.
For this Friday’s edition, we are asking you to send in your favorite local LGBTQIA+-owned and operated businesses, icons, and features of Portland so we can shout them out here in Bridgeliner. They can be historic or current, we don’t play favorites, just so long as they’re good people/orgs doing good things for our LGBTQIA+ community.
Also, send along the ways you celebrate Pride, not just in June, but 24/7/365 — what are ways you advocate for and support your fellow Portlanders?
We want to acknowledge that while it’s important to celebrate Pride, let us never forget that it began as a riot for fair and equal treatment after years of social and governmental abuse.
In 2019, we touched on our city and state’s history with Pride (which we’ll go more in-depth on in a future newsletter), and the fact of the matter is that as recently as 1992, there were ongoing fights for LGBTQIA+ rights — the same year that Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman and a key vanguard for gay liberation in the United States, passed away.
“And even more recently [in 2004], Oregonians approved a ballot measure that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman (that law stood for 10 years before it was ruled unconstitutional),” we wrote in 2019. “The fight for LGBTQ equality still faces hurdles in Portland, but there’s a lot of progress to honor this month — and a lot of ways to celebrate.”
These past fights and triumphs are a very real part of our history, and many are still ongoing today, in Oregon and across the nation.
And while we’ll be celebrating Pride all month long (and year-round), we will also be remembering everything it took to get us to this point — and how much further we still need to go.
Thank you to our Bridgeliner Unabridged members. Stories like these are made possible with your membership and support.