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LGBTQ+ Community Collection

A visual collection of the graphic design and illustration work from Portland's LGBTQ+ community.

With curation support by PNCA students Alex Mangum, Dylan Mead and Andrew Aguilar.

Slide 1: The Rainbow Grille, a popular queer hang out for gay men. It was founded by longtime Portland restaurateur Theodore Kruse on October 1, 1913 on SW 7th & Washington. Upon opening, it advertised "fat, juicy, delicious" oysters and a "Special Men's Grill" with meat of the diner's choosing.The image above is an illustration for a sheet music cover for a Waltz-Tango, written for the grand opening Image from the collection of George Painter.

Slide 2: Leonard’s Bachelor Grill, 615 S.W. Oak (opened Oct. 27, 1941) was a popular spot for gay men to build relationships.

Slide3: The Continental Bathhouse in the 1970s had different rooms for gay sexual relations.

Slides 1-4: The Second Foundation of Oregon organized in 1970 to support LGBTQ social and political causes. They published the newspaper The Fountain and opened the city's first queer community center. Their LGBTQ dances were a precursor to Pride events. Shown here are issues from 1971-1973.

Slide 5: Lesbian and Gay Pride, Portland, 1982. Courtesy Oreg. Hist. Soc. Research Library, GLAPN Coll., Mss2988-2

Slides 6-9:

Just Out, April 27th 1984: "Power and Politics in 1984" is an issue on political endorsements in the time of the AIDS crisis and features a cover showing the symbolic pink triangle.

Just Out, April 1st 1985: "We Are... Portrait of a community" includes photography, poetry, and design from Portlands LGBT community.

Just Out, November 25th 1983: "Married and Gay"includes an article "Married and Gay" on "The Closet of Marriage," by Roseanne King, about gay and lesbian people in heterosexual marriages.

Just Out, January 6th 1984: "Unlocking Racism, New Attempts to Understand Old Attitudes," includes experts on unpacking racism, especially in the queer community with problems still relevant today. Author Dennis Peterson writes, "The shame of the matter is that we gay people could use our experience as a discriminated minority to un­derstand the plight of other people, but we don’t." Cover illustration by Rupert Kinnard


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