QFolk – June 2011

Edie and Thea MarriedFILM
Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement

In the closeted 1960s, two young women meet and fall in love – and so begins the extraordinary tale of Edie and Thea, whose engagement to each other would span more than forty years.

Ultimately, in their 70s, with Thea’s health in rapid decline, the two seize the opportunity to fulfill their dream of getting married. The film captures their inspiring journey to Toronto – and Thea’s last trip on a plane – where Edie and Theathe lovers are finally able to make their vows. Told with candor, wit, and great affection, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement is an American love story for the ages.

Sunday, June 5, 3pm at the Columbian Theater, 11th and Marine. Presented by PFLAG Oregon North Coast and The Columbian Theater. FREE. Everyone Welcome.

Clatsop County Diversity Committee
At 1pm on Thursday, May 26th, at the Judge Boyington Building in Astoria, County Commissioner Scott Lee, the recently appointed head of the Diversity Committee, welcomed everyone to the committee’s second public meeting.

He then introduced Mayor Willis Van Dusen, who gave a brief history of the Diversity Committee, which was formed two years ago in response to complaints of racism being experienced by members of the Coast Guard stationed in Astoria.

After the formation of the committee, it was relatively inactive, until a recent report of racist taunts being directed at Job Corps students on a local bus made its way into The Daily Astorian. In response to this, the committee had a public forum, and Thursday’s meeting was the follow-up from first public session.

Norma Hernandez, of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, then introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Frank Garcia, Jr., the Office of the Governor’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Mr Garcia spoke of diversity as the awareness of cultural differences, and inclusion as the process of working through the differences to achieve a successful outcome. He said that diversity inclusion was the only way to stay competitive in today’s global economy. The message conveyed, that we can’t afford to waste any of Oregon’s human resources, and we can’t afford to waste money dealing with the problems that a lack of diversity awareness can cause.

After Mr. Garcia’s presentation, a discussion followed. Those present were enthusiastic about a pro-active Diversity Committee being an essential part of raising diversity and cultural awareness in the Lower Columbia area.

The next public meeting of the Diversity Committee will be Thursday, June 23rd, 6 pm. For further information, contact Scott Lee –

Q-Community Events

Q-JAZZ at the Bridgewater Bistro
The Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria begins a new offering this spring/summer season. Q-Jazz and Song Social invites the LGBTQ Community and friends the third Thursday of each month to enjoy the Basin St. Northwest Jazz Trio, complimentary apps, and piano bar hosted by friends and performance associates Dinah Urell and Walt Trumbull.

Arrive at 8pm for complimentary appetizers and catch a sampling of Basin St. NW piano trio led by Chuck Wilder, featuring guitarist Dave Drury,  and bassist Todd Pederson. Urell and Trumbull welcome guests in song and open the mic for folks who would like to sing, in the vein of American standards, jazz and blues. Expertise not required.

The event, underway last month proved to be a spacious and welcoming social gathering. Many expressed gratitude to Dana Gunderson for hosting the Qmixer for a number of years at the Cannery Cafe, destroyed in the Astoria, Dec 16 Riverfront fire. Owners of the Bridgewater, Ann and Tony Kitchner are happy to welcome the community.

Our monthly meeting will be Thursday, June 16th – 6:30 pm at the Arts & Cultural Exchange, 120 10th Street, Suite #2, Astoria, OR.

Our guest speaker will be Jeanne St.John of the Oregon Central Coast PFLAG – a very active chapter! Come learn the secrets of their success!

PFLAG – Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Everyone welcome.

Questions? Contact Drew –