Pride Foundation has two staff members based in Portland, Oregon, with grantees, scholars, and volunteers located in every corner of the state. Despite this incredible progress, rural and remote parts of the state still lack access to safe and inclusive shelters for homeless youth, as well as competent and responsive healthcare. We hope you take a moment to read about our efforts to build a better, safer, and more equitable Oregon. Contact Kim Sogge about Oregon grants, scholarships, and volunteering.
LGBT culture in Portland, Oregon
Among the several towns along the northern coast, Cannon Beach stands for its natural scenery - it's flanked by a gorgeous beach keep in mind that the ocean up here is chilly, more for beachcombing than swimming , bookended by two spectacular state parks, and rife with quaint cafes and restaurants, both upscale and fairly affordable accommodations, and a number of galleries and boutiques. If you've never explored the Oregon coast, and especially if you're visiting from Portland , Cannon Beach population 1, is a great place to start your explorations. Just south is an even smaller and funkier community called Manzanita , which abounds with vacation rentals and is also renowned for its long, stunning beachfront. About a minute drive up the coast, actually fronting the Columbia River near its mouth, Astoria is another community that very much merits a visit and that's becoming increasingly popular with LGBT visitors, in part because it has a bit of a nightlife scene and bohemian coffeehouse culture. Getting to Cannon Beach. Give yourself about 90 minutes or a bit more to reach either town.
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Couples flocked to the altar after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in mid-May, giving a big win to a community that has been fighting tooth and nail for the right to marry. The ruling would seem to make the joyous Portland Pride celebration all the sweeter, but organizers are stressing there's more to Pride than just the marriage debate. Debra Porter, president of Pride Northwest , said she and her wife were happy to see Oregon legalize same-sex marriage, but noted that it's only one of the many roadblocks people in the LGBT community face. While marriage is a big win, there are still issues facing the transgender and transsexual communities, for example, as well as a host of tricky issues within smaller religious, racial and cultural subsets of the LGBT whole. Those people and the problems they face will be a big focus at this year's Portland Pride Festival, the two-day centerpiece of a week-long celebration, which includes the Pride Parade on Sunday morning.