A Wave of Pride

Dykes on BikesIRIS PRIDE • Sept 16 – 18 • Lincoln City

The Central Oregon Coast website boasts, “Lincoln City has the first and only gay pride event on the Oregon Coast, September’s annual Iris Pride Festival.” WRONG! However, that the regions general publicity website brags about their gay pride festival – now that needs to be in the news!

And, one can’t argue that the scale of this pride event certainly is worth boasting about in addition to attending, replete with Rainbow Glass Float Hunt.

BIG CUDOS: Helping the community and giving back is part of Iris Pride. Reflecting on the current bullying epidemic in schools this year’s Iris Pride beneficiary will be the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition.

Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau hosts the fourth annual Iris Pride Festival September 16 – 18, 2011. During the 3-day PRIDE event there will be some extraordinary returning events and some remarkable new additions!

The event kicks off on Friday, September 16th, with an All You Can Eat Clambake at Surftides Resort.  Afterwards, head to BK Mulligan’s for “Drag U-Licious”.  You won’t want to miss this event! Come see the contestants go from Ordinary to Fabulous in the special Drag U style show.


During the beach-side Street Fair September 17th its free fun for all! The Street Fair is open from 1pm-6pm on SW 51st Street in the Historic Taft District. Return performances by Emmy Nominee Lily Armani, 7 foot tall GLAMAZONIA, and The Superstar Divas, will delight on the main stage from 1pm-5pm during this Super Hero-themed event. Throughout the day you can enjoy a super hero “Quick Change” contest, free caricatures by Deena Printz, a free Batman Bounce House for the kids, and don’t miss your chance on the Acro-flight Bungee Jump!  Bungee sporting takes on a new direction with this system . . . Straight Up! You will be fit at the waist with climbing harness and bungee cords that are then used to suspend you from above, enabling you to flip, spin, and jump to amazing altitudes!

On Saturday night show more of your pride at Aunt Mary’s Toaster Bistro for the “Filthy Meet & Greet” and afterwards drag yourself to Surftides for a no cover Coastal Aids Network benefit “Drag Show” with a full service bar!

All weekend long hunt for one of the rainbow glass floats on all 7 ½ miles of Lincoln City beach and on Sunday join in a fun game of Flamingo Bingo at Surftides resort complete with prizes, special menu and drink service. With all of these events and more you are sure to have a good time!

For a complete listing of events and lodging specials please visit

The year 2011, the year the State of New York ruled matrimony legel for same-sex couples, also marks the first visible sign of queer support in the Astoria Regatta Grandland Parade. NorthCoast PFLAG proudly brought up the end, with their loud and colorful banner, with cheers, no jeers reported. However, this is not the first time LGBT community has marched in Clatsop County. The late 90’s the North Coast Pride Network marched in the Seaside 4th of July parade, positioned behind The Dairy Queen float. Many cheers, and some hostile jeers reported such as, “Go back in the closet homos.” At least they had the right terminology.

Lets hear it for PFLAG!!!!!!!!!

Third Thursday PFLAG Meeting

The next regular PFLAG meeting will be on the third Thursday of Sept. – Sept. 15th, 6:30 pm at the First Lutheran Church, 725 33rd Street, in Astoria..

Q-JAZZ at the Bridgewater Bistro
Third Thursdays

Q-Jazz 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. 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