A Wave of Pride! Fun-out on the Coast.

North Oregon Coast PFLAG Marching
And you’re invited!

Gay Pride Parades around the world

The North Oregon Coast PFLAG will march in the 2011 Regatta Parade.  This will mark an inaugural gay and lesbian parade presence in Astoria. A banner has been designed and all are invited to show your support for the GLBTQ Community on the coast and walk behind the banner. PFLAG is a national organization, (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), with hundreds of local chapters all over the US.

The parade starts at noon, and gathering time is 11:30am. This year the parade begins at the Heritage Museum at the corner of 16th and Exchange, and organizing is a block down the street near the Columbia Memorial Hospital grounds. Look for folks holding the banner. For more details contact Drew Herzig,

Clatsop County Marriage Equality Project
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Third Thursday PFLAG Meeting

COMING OUT Stories. Theme for the Third Thursday PFLAG meeting is “Coming Out Stories.” Something we all share across the boards in the queer community. There will be talk a bit about experiences coming out – a life-long process – and do some writing. Plans have been put into works to develop short essays and poems together for a possible ‘Coming Out’ section in the October Hipfish. October 11th is National Coming Out Day.

Pride Potluck Picnic – August 23

THE CLATSOP COUNTY MARRIAGE EQUALITY PROJECT (CCMEP) is organizing a Pride Picnic. Hoping for non-rainy weather and sun, a gathering is set for Saturday, August 23 at Carruthers Park in Hammond, 12 noon to 3pm. Fred Meyer of Warrenton is donating hamburger and hot dog fixings. Bring a dish or beverage, kids, friends, and a chair.  Fun, Informal, with info on latest planning efforts.  For more info:

The CCMEP mission is to promote marriage equality for all Oregonians by educating the public on the importance of legalizing civil marriage for same-sex couples, thereby guaranteeing all the benefits and full legal protections of marriage to same-sex spouses and their families.

CCMEP works in conjunction with Basic Rights Oregon Marriage Matters Campaign working to place same-sex marriage legislation on the 2012 ballot.

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 dip into the American songbook, in solo and duo,  and open the mic for folks who would like to sing, in the vein of American standards, jazz and blues. Expertise not required. Old school piano bar culture, with a jazz twist – the soulful progressions of pianist Chuck Wilder as your back-up is a treat.

The event, now underway,  is proving 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 welcome the community, and look forward to the event growing as a permanent monthly mixer for the Q-Community.

Third Thursdays. 8pm-10pm. The Bridgewater Bistro is located at the Port of Astoria, 20 Basin St., 503.325.6777.