Queer Tour of Portland

If you haven’t checked it out yet, on Saturday, June 23rd the Dill Pickle Club is teaming up with PICA for The Oh So (Queer) History of Portland, a walking tour of our city’s past and present queer culture. The tour aims to educate participants as to the history of the struggle for gay rights and current challenges faced by the LGBTQ community. Tickets are now live; just $10 cheap!

The tour is held in conjunction with PICA’s Bodies, Identities, and Alternative Economies, a weekend of art and conversation that takes on themes related to their exhibition of choreographer Keith Hennessy. Among other lofty goals, the symposium is “an experiment in political participation and a search for the ‘queer’ as practice, one that will help us reframe our current system.”

The tour promises to be an afternoon of education and entertainment, providing multiple perspectives on the city’s gay heritage. Tour highlights include a look at old “camp” sites, haunts and hideouts of Vaseline Alley, gay bathhouses, gay liberation, Portland’s gay press and more, while guest speakers include infamous female impersonator Darcelle (Walter Cole), David Kohl(Historian, Gay and Lesbian Pacific Northwest Archives) and Dr. Ann Mussey (Professor, PSU, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies), as well as speakers from Cascade Aids Project and Basic Rights Oregon.

With this lineup of great speakers, we’re only offering this tour one-time-only. Don’t miss out; purchase your tickets now.

Alley Hector

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  1. Any word on how this went? I woke up on Saturday with a head cold and it looked like rain. Would love some feedback and maybe talk of future plans to do something similar?


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