From Sunday’s Portland Pride parade and festival, to Rice, Beans and Collard Greens – the year’s biggest Queer and Trans People of Color dance party – June is jam-packed with events that help us advance full equality for all Oregonians.
It’s also the month for Bites for Rights, our most delicious fundraiser of the year! We’ll see you all over Oregon on June 20, dining out for equal rights. Speaking of which, did you know Basic Rights Oregon is the June beneficiary at Cupcake Jones? All month long, a percentage of cupcake sales goes to support the work we do to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality.
Get your calendar out! We’ll see you all around town this month.
Oregon United for Marriage is hiring!
Oregon United for Marriage is now hiring canvassers to launch a door-to-door operation to support the campaign to win marriage for gay and lesbian couples on the ballot in November 2014. More information, and application directions, at http://www.oregonunitedformarriage.org/jobs/canvassers.
Racial Justice and Trans Justice Cupcake Social
Join Basic Rights Oregon’s Racial Justice and Trans Justice programs for a pre-Pride get together! Enjoy free cupcakes, great company, and hear from Kye Allums, who made history as the first out trans man to play NCAA Division 1 basketball.
(5:30 to 6:30 pm; Cupcake Jones, 307 NW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209; $3 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds; More info & sign-up here!)
Firebrand Sports’ Pride Ride
Kick off your Pride weekend with a healthy start! In support of Pride, Firebrand Sports will host two dedicated Full Tilt Cycling classes led by famed- instructor Will Moroski—and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Basic Rights Oregon!
The rides will feature Will’s trademark high energy, fresh beats and music videos. In support of Pride, come in your colorful workout attire and celebrate with us! After the class, stay for cocktails and nibbles!
(5 to 8 pm; Two rides to choose from, at 5 and 6 pm. $18 advance per class, $20 at door per class. Sign up at firebrandsports.com.)
Pride Festival & Parade
March with Basic Rights Oregon as we celebrate our work for Racial Justice, Transgender Justice and Marriage Equality in 2013! We’ll be promoting our events, joined by fabulous music and elected officials!
(Basic Rights/Oregon United for Marriage steps off at approximately noon – staging at 11 am, NW Everett Street & 8th Avenue. RSVP here.)
Coming Out as a Person of Faith, Basic Rights’ groundbreaking multimedia project, will have pieces of the exhibit on display at several Pride Festival booths. Stop by and say hi at the Oregon United for Marriage, Community of Welcoming Congregations, Integrity-Oregon Chapter, United Church of Christ Portland, Metropolitan Community Church, and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church booths.
(Exhibit open all hours of Portland Pride festival at Waterfront Park.)
14th Annual Bites for Rights
Our most delicious fundraiser of the year! 2013 marks the 14th annual Bites for Rights Event.
Over 120 restaurants, coffee shops, bars and bakeries around the state will donate a generous percentage of their day’s proceeds to Basic Rights Oregon. On this one day, you can feast to promote fairness for all LGBT Oregonians.
Take a stand for equality by going out for coffee, brunch, drinks, dinner and dessert. With your help, we can send a powerful message to business owners that supporting LGBT equality is not only the right thing to do, but it’s good business too!
By dining out all day long, YOU can help sustain Basic Rights Oregon’s efforts in transgender justice, racial justice and marriage equality.
(Over 120 restaurants statewide, all day; For a full listing, visit http://www.bitesforrights.com)
Close out June’s Pride month with a little food for the soul! Help yourself to a little Rice, Beans and Collard Greens! We are throwing one of the biggest Queer and Trans People of Color dance parties of the summer. We’ll have great beats by DJ Common Denominator and DJ Monika MHz, there will be sweet drinks and tons of fun. This year Rice, Beans, and Collard Greens is even bigger than before—and if you were there last year, than you know this is not the party to miss. This event is put on by Asian Pacific Islander Pride, Portland Black Pride, Portland Latino Gay Pride, Portland Two Spirit Society, Pride Northwest and Basic Rights Oregon.
(8:30 pm, Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison, Portland, OR 97214; $5 cover; email Kodey@basicrights.org
Celebrate the Summer of Love and Pedalpalooza! Join Oregon United for Marriage for a leisurely ride through Portland’s five quadrants. We believe that marriage matters to all Oregonians. Come show your support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Oregon. Want to spread the love? Stick around after the ride for an opportunity to volunteer!
(Noon. Terry Schrunk Plaza, SW 3rd and Madison, Portland, OR 97204. RSVP on Facebook.)
Trans Justice Listening Sessions
This summer, we’re holding community-specific listening sessions to increase transparency, accountability, feedback and engagement with trans communities of color, trans women’s communities, and trans youth communities. Join us and tell us what you think of the work of the Trans Justice Program. Sign up here!