Every June for the past 19 years, Basic Rights Oregon has partnered with local restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, and more to raise money for LGBTQ equality. On June 21, local businesses participate in Bites For Rights – a day when they pledge a portion of their proceeds to help Basic Rights defend equality throughout the state.

We’re proud to partner with fair-minded businesses throughout the state, and humbled to see so many local business owners join us again and again. One of our longest-running partnerships is local Italian chain, Pastini – which is celebrating its 16th annual Bites for Rights this year!

The restaurant joined the event from its very first location when the staff learned about it from our former Development Director and long-time Pastini customer, CM Hall.

Susan Bashel, Co-Owner and Director of Marketing, explained, “We just believed LGBT rights are an important issue. When we started participating in Bites for Rights, things were different in Oregon. The laws were different. We were so impressed that Basic Rights was doing important legislative work, and we wanted to support that in any way we could.”

By supporting our work, Susan says, they were able to show their support for LGBTQ employees and customers and also work to make Oregon a more welcoming place for everyone who lives here.

Bites for Rights isn’t the only way that Pastini’s leadership tries to give back to the community. They’ve also donated nearly $200,000 to local schools by hosting Pastathons in the neighborhoods where their restaurants are located, and each November they participate in Chow Down to benefit the Returning Veterans Project.

They’ve also donated to the Oregon Humane Society, Literary Arts, and other community organizations. And, of course, they’ve helped make our other events a success by offering catering for us throughout the year.

We’re proud to partner with Pastini for yet another year of delicious food, drinks, and community. Join us on June 21 at Pastini and the dozens of other partner restaurants that have pledged their support for Bites for Rights.

If you’d rather eat in on the evening of the 21, you can support us every time you place an order through Uber Eats – one of our sponsors for this year’s event.

You can find out more and see your nearest participating eateries here.