Portland Minute: Pride Parade, in Photos

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A couple Sundays back, Joe and I met up with Sam, Bryan and José on the corner of Broadway and Davis for Portland’s Pride Parade. Other than the one I have a vague memory of attending in Victoria over a decade ago, this was the first Pride I’ve been to.

As some of you probably know, Oregon recently legalized gay marriage, joining 18 other states who have made marrying your partner possible no matter who you are or who you love. Hopefully the U.S. will catch up to Canada eventually, and legalize gay marriage nationwide. I would LOVE to see this happen in my lifetime.

In light of the progress, it felt like a particularly exciting time for a parade.

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A friend mentioned seeing a naked dude in red heels at the last Pride she went to in Portland, so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. But I was really impressed by the huge cross section of the city’s businesses and organizations that participated, showing their support for the LGBTQ community.

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One of the coolest aspects was seeing so many different churches taking part. It’s often perceived that most organized religious groups don’t support the LGBTQ community, so it was wonderful to witness people from a range of churches participating in the event. I saw one man holding a sign that said “Walking with my boyfriend and supportive Mormon mom.” A woman from another group carried a sign that read, “Who am I to judge?”

These paraders are from the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

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This car was representing Hillsdale Community Church, United Church of Christ.

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And these are Unitarian Universalists.

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I’m pretty sure these guys weren’t with their church group.

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A few more folks who caught my eye…

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And this was our parade posse. :)

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If we’re in Portland this time next year, I definitely want to check out the parade again. Joe works at OHSU, one of the city’s main hospitals which was a participant, so maybe we’ll even walk in it in 2015.

What about you guys? Did any of you see or walk in the Pride Parade where you live? I’d love to hear!

Coming soon, notes and photos from our Victoria vacation…we lucked out with amazing weather the entire 10 days we were there.

Have a great Sunday, friends.

xx~C.

3 responses

  1. Wow! Your guys’ Pride was early! Good to see your keenness! For 4 years I rode shot-gun in a Model T Ford for Butchart Gardens. I didn’t last year.. sometimes it’s cool to just watch it. You would love it here, Court! The last float is Hush and there is always a formidable caravan of folks velcroing people from the sidelines into the mass as they squeeze down Government street and into the inner harbour, following LOUD mashy electronic music.. some of us dancing as we go. That’s always my favourite part…My only concern for Pride in Victoria is that it’s meaning can be lost at times with the high party aspect, bringing in the various pills and drinks. I’m not sure the half-naked twinks roaming around with painted nipples would even know what people walked for in the beginning, post-Stonewall, but if they are the product of a liberation movement from their elders, then the whole notion of Pride is a success.
    I don’t know how many times I’ve talked to close-to-middle aged men about the purpose of the event, my own father included, and I am met with the complaint that they don’t (the straights that is) have their own parade… Some of these people feeling unequal in that they don’t feel they can march down a main street with their junk hangin out. I always reply to them that they are welcome to join if that is what they so desire to do..
    yes, we have work still to do…

    • I really appreciate your perspective, Stu. I have had similar thoughts with wondering if something is lost when the focus seems to be more on the party. And the notion of straight guys not having ‘their own parade’ is frustrating…missing the point of why pride was necessary in the first place! Thanks always for reading and commenting, it means a lot! xox

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