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Jun 4, 2014|

An interview with Debra Porta, president of Pride NW, inc, a non-profit organization, about Portland's gay pride festival.

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You're listening to microscope a series of interviews with people of interest -- northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your blogs -- in the month of June all across the United States is traditionally LG BTQ pride month. And the mission of pride northwest is to encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian. Gay bisexual and trans communities. And to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities. That showcase the history. Accomplishments and talents of these communities we'll find out why pride is held in June in just a minute so we like to welcome Deborah ports so president of pride northwest a microscope I Debra. An area I'm doing well are you. You're probably in a very busy time it's pride times yes we are so tell us about the festivities what's going on for price this year. Yeah well the big one is the this festival and parade which is every June. This year it June 14 and fifteenth with a parade being on the fifteenth. I think kicking off at 11 o'clock it's one of the largest on the West Coast and it's always a lot of fun. And junior is traditionally pride month threshold of the United States. Why is that why it was June chosen. Actually chosen because it's the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in from 1969 in New York City. -- troops kept that tradition all over the place. Right it's. If price was born. Actually. Because in New York they honored. On wall a year after that actual riot by having a march. In new York and so it just sort of grew from there. So pro -- started in new York and can spread all the way across the country. Yeah across the world at this point yeah that's true even so though lots of festivities are happening in my water from parking downtown Portland what's happening there. And will work -- park runs Saturday and Sunday fourteenth and fifteenth. We have lots and lots of vendors. Coordinated community organizations. Retail vendors we have our community tents that have been this -- our. I forget I believe it's the -- there's six year. We've -- those in place in those areas inside the festival that will appeal to certain parts of our community we have a senior attempts. I think and we -- mostly Stanley with young children we have the Houston area. And each of those is hosted by community organization after the activities change each year but it's it's an interactive place and for those. Parts of our community to go and get police sources. Meet each other maybe play games activities this senior -- will -- be okay half the time it is really changes. So it's it's it's something for them to actually engage in when they're at the waterfront. Entertainment -- -- big deal we have had police glance into being all weekend. He's with us. Aaliyah -- Live a lots of -- to -- different artists to try and go for a pretty wide variety of trying to. And artistic talent because -- our community is so diverse and so every once I'm going to be. Engaged in club music or country or whatever we try and look for arranged. Of music and entertainment. And we have to try and focus. We get -- headliners. And we have to really try and focus and -- one of the few prizes that does this as as the norm to focus and our local and regional talent. To ensure they were giving visibility to. And those people in our community who are making music didn't and entertainment and making art and home. You're welcome from all over the state -- -- ovary and and and selfless Washington just to come to pride we can here in Portland. Yeah we have people from from with people's -- Seattle we have folks from Idaho. If folks can come up from Nevada Colorado California -- all over Oregon. It's pretty bright ranging at this point -- one gentleman -- coming from Ohio and each happen to email me and if folks to come from all around. What do you think right means to most people. I'm. Wolf I just think. Do but the one of the things about pride that everyone has their own -- Experience that it everyone has their own definition of what it means to them and that's one of the things that's so. Broad reaching the round pride is that no one gets to define it first someone else. It's very much about visibility. About honoring. Each other and celebrating ourselves. Recognizing her own worst. And -- Building that worse across the community. And and taking note at the contributions that we're making to the larger society and celebrating this thanks. Do you think gay pride is as important now as it was in the past. I do think so yes definitely it's one of the -- happen. One of one of the deep potential downfall of of lots and lots of success is complacency. And it is we've seen. And all kinds of different areas it's pretty it's pretty easy to start losing those that progress. It's really easy for things just started granting. And other issues to get glossed over thinking they're -- is okay. But every year there are new people who come out very young people growing up. Who are still going to experience the marginalization and the fear. The exclusion. The self doubt all of those things and so pride. Will always have a place to keep speaking. And that is to -- celebrating. All of us because we're always going to be new where I was going to have new community members coming up. And they're going to need to something like -- to two. I'm comfortable. 22. To be able to recognize themselves -- celebrate. It. Price this is he has a very important for especially for young people who were and just just growing up and -- and learning to about who they are. Absolutely I have one of the things that. Is most enjoyable for me and it's it's one of the things get really. Sort of cemented my commitment to pride when I first joined. Was every year I'm gonna have young people come up to me and tell me that this their first prize they live in a small town in ticket state. And and they can't be out to their friends or they're bullied in school we can't not to their Stanley there's nowhere for them to go. And and that is the first time they've come someplace and time and not only had people tolerate them. In their words but it's celebrating who they -- and it really you can compete in the face. And every year never changes. That's really warms your heart doesn't. Get -- So we're talking to give report this is the president of price northwest Debra how long have you been president of product. 2007 so this is mining activity here and as president what do you do. Wolf. As early as job description. We are well -- where a small. By the one C three we're working board. And what that means is we're hot we're hands aren't we ourselves along with one staff person facilitate the entire event. Pride -- deprived definitely isn't the only thing we do which is the largest thing we didn't. So I coordinate everything from insuring. Our. Organizational. Support just styled. Two I have direct oversight for our employee. To -- logistics of this festival. Procuring sponsorships. Creating. Fundraising plans programs and outreach to the community relationships. Partners. Everything -- and then -- at the festival I will have. And a bullhorn at a radio on me because I will be running around the festival. Coordinating people along with arrested aboard. So I was there was. Yeah I'm sure is. Yeah it's just volunteer position but it's if you wanted to quit it's -- something it's probably the closest thing to an executive director -- -- yet. Without being paid to do it. And all this comes some with a price tag on it tells the postal funded. The festival funded through a number of -- sources. Primarily about 50%. Comes from. -- donations. The department pride festival is is one of the largest pride festivals. That is donation basically don't have are required -- Around two reasons one they are but we don't want to -- we don't want anyone excluded we we don't want anyone not able to come and celebrate their pride. And the other piece is in the city of Portland if you have a mandatory dates CH EG a change is what this city church issue. So we decided that -- It was in our best interest due to maintain our philosophy and not try and change that. As resources come from we do have a few sponsors. Unlike a lot of other -- larger -- we've received only about 20/20 5% of our funding from sponsorship. And then we also received a significant portion from vendor fees from. The defeat that. Defenders whether it's food vendors or the organizations the company's. Charge two to reserve reduced at this site. And then we do a certain amount of fundraising through the year that's relatively new for us and silent. It's sort of combine all those things together. You know. What are the highlights of of gay pride weekend is that is the pride parade which is -- one week from today Sunday June 15. But where is a Braden is it's an -- is the downtown again. And yet downtown it kicks off from. And some don't have it sitting economy. It kicks off near -- by the intense. Redmond area goes through the entertainment district and wind its way around. And comes up NATO and into the waterfront park a little bit a little bit under a mile it's. -- about me it's about three hours long these days with his. A little bit behind where San Francisco has traded -- if you wanna compare. We are currently exist today spelled out in our contingent we have a 120 fives and contingencies total at this point. And it is definitely definitely want to highlights for the last couple of years according to police estimates there about 25000 people on the street watching. The parade itself has. Thousands of people in that I think it's pretty big and rambunctious actually. It's always very entertaining. Hello what's in the gay pride parade go -- Oh yeah it's it's -- but they even are some of our elected. Some other folks who will march in multiple pray to tell us that it's one of their favorites just because it's so much fun. It's a really wanna get a jump on and be part of the parade next year how to do that. Two to enter into the praised mr. Registration for the prayed opens typically right around the first of February. So if you wanna get a jump on -- what you gonna wanna do is is stated on your calendar now with a reminder. Two to register entities are watching the web site near the end of January and when registration opens jump on it. Is. For the most part the order of the parade is based on the voter registration. So you were talking the -- his pride parade is Sunday June 15 that's also Father's Day is there a reason that some -- -- -- -- -- -- It's sometimes it's -- -- and sometimes it's not safe for example next year it won't be on Father's Day beat this schedule for the festival and parade is. Is a very specific things we are one of two. Events on the waterfront that are grandfathered in to do this city's schedule. Other rose festival with the other. So. If we move away from that we rather risk out of literally not being able to reserve the station and the date. So. What we do the rose festival always starts Memorial Day weekend. And we always happen the weekend after rose festival ends. We -- the easiest way to remember it rose festival in this weekend. Next weekend would be -- -- Arabic -- the makes perfect sense. Do you have any other presidents besides what's happening at the waterfront and the parade other other events going on people would like to know. -- would you have if we do have several events happening in all of this is on the web site pride in W dot org. Our our kick -- event actually is next Tuesday the tenth at city hall and that's this is the first for us. We're having a big -- it's a big party we have. Some folks from freedom to marry your gonna come and speak. For another guy -- believes one of the -- administration's gonna be they're gonna have some performance. Seafood. Like dislike of engagement. The community coming together and having a good time. Really comedy showcase that's on Thursday. Then on Friday. We have. The -- streets. This -- street block party for the first time is is an official pride event. And so we're partnering. And will be doing things through the year but this is the first year that we -- that kicks off on Friday. Since the big one that's always a lot of fine. Didn't -- pride festival itself opens on the -- but give me and on Saturday. The fourteenth. There's. The inferno dance party is Saturday night he liberation of Saturday night these issues biggest parties there always a lot of fun there are always a lot there are wasteful. The dog well into the evening on Saturday night and then the festival reopens on Sunday we have the preyed on Sunday. And then we also have a couple of things they're coming after the festival which is which is -- it's it's huge for us as well. We have -- film's screening they were partnering with BAA RP and sage on that happening. On the eighteenth. And that's it's an event that typically is is geared toward. Highlighting in bringing visibility to the to the issues that are seniors states. It's been a it's been made -- successful partnership to the last several years because -- they are seniors don't tend to get nearly as much visibility as they should. So we know -- we want to make sure that we're. Doing that and then this year in August and we're partnering with the glow run. As says an official pride event that will be raising funds for -- northwest and that's going to be in August. What is the -- Ryan is it's a fun run. It's starts it starts after dark and you're talking hundreds but hopefully a couple of thousand. Runners. The downtown DES provide the best for nine and you glow sticks -- rings it's just a big bright fun. Doesn't matter what your physical. Shape is kind of kind of run and then there will be an after party. At. Candles. For that as well. This is clicking on live web site looking at pictures it's very bright very colorful. But got let go of that. So people and a lot more information about the pride northwestern in the festival and everything that's happening for pride this year we're gonna get information. Are the best places there where is the web sites pride in W dot org. We have a complete listing of events we never headliners twisted. Wait to get involved. -- to support. Pride and -- and media activities that we do throughout the year. Including partnering with that we do a lot of things partnering with the city. Around to -- safety building community and that sort of thing little bit less glamorous than the festival. This is the TV rebels. An end to find out more about it we have our board meetings -- modeling with the exception. July and August. This gifted -- downtime in national place. And our meetings are open people are more than welcome to come we're always looking for people to get involved in getting engaged to last. Two to build the festival and to design it in a way that the community wanted to -- With that in mind you probably always looking for volunteers to. Yes absolutely. We have definitely need volunteers pride weekend. -- it takes you a hundred. Our goal is a 10250. Volunteers. To be able to do everything that needs to be done. And we -- -- for volunteers throughout the years twelve graphic designers and everything from administrative kind of things for folks too who are. On that on that track. Too graphic design to fund raising. We're always looking for people who wanna get engaged and help build the organization -- potentially looking at joining the board of directors. Basically broad broad range of of blade to engage. And that's again is available at pride in W dot org volunteer opportunities okay. So what do you think for pride 2014 do you think it's gonna be extra special because that same sex couples canal legally married. I think it's I think it's gonna be a lot of energy. I think people are going to be. Excited. Celebratory. Definitely. They could have gone very differently. And I just think the mood in general it's going to be very high. -- on the and and done. Sort of hopefully laying the ground work for for the continuing work that needs to happen after pride is over and after the excitement dies down. Yeah it's it's more than just a weekend. Absolutely and you're probably busy throughout the year what kind of -- safety is -- -- to hear. And we do. -- which tend to support of the things are going on we have got a couple of were gonna be planning a couple of events with scandals. Throughout the year we planting -- mentioned earlier we work with the city around. Finding ways to ensure. Dialogues that sort of thing and and that's it. It's a little bit hard -- -- pegged that -- as this as a single thing that we do because it's sort of an ongoing dialogue and engagement that just happens here around. Could actually glow around that's an event that doesn't typically happen. Trash and we partner with an organization for example we've been we're one -- -- coalition partners for the united past or. -- united for marriage campaign. So there's been a lot of engagement bear working with many organizations. And it's just -- anything at this point we were looking for opportunities to. To help build community. Especially programs that support our young people. So just let everybody know that said June is traditionally pride month all over the years the United States and perhaps all over the world right. Right okay and pride festivals happening women Portland. Hey it's happening June 14 and fifteenth and and I forgot one really important event -- like dead and we had a chance. One of the things that's that's. Happening this year we are supporting. The the first trans pride march. And it's big it's him -- there have been trans transgender. Marches in the past them parlance this is the first time it's been part of pride weekend. And that will be happening on Saturday the fourteenth. Kicking off at 1130. I hate to run the same creator -- this same -- -- the parade route. And it opens the festival. On the fourteenth. And and that's a really that's that's been really important effort to. -- this as I'm sure you've seen in the news -- century are aware that the transgender community. Is is that hopefully beginning to come into its own in terms of of finding the kind of support that it deserves. From from the larger community and an inch and -- and we hope to ensure that. We bring the kind of disability to. The trans community and there are issues as any of the rest of our community. That'll be a great addition to this year. Yes well and there are they -- their cradle and out the waterfront as well correct. Think kick off for everything and what's happening in the water for what what can people expect from the get to waterfront park in downtown Portland. They can expect lots of music -- the food. Lots of community organizations with lots of resources. That businesses and obviously. They have a community can't think mediate the pet parks. Which is you could. There are community loves its pet -- In Portland that the women generally don't get so this is a pet tell it. So we we've worked too can make better welcoming space original lenders think sometimes because he can get pretty crowded. But we created detect park in order to do have a place for. For our community to take your -- get some water maybe take arrests and maybe a little bit of -- run. That sort of thing and that's the part that's always really popular. And then. Lots of flotsam Stanley electable Franz. Sometimes try to the only time that a lot of our folks will see friends from the inside the state. And that sort of thing it's just it's it's a lot of fun and. What are the hours for the postal the what -- remark -- -- -- is twelve to six Saturday and Sunday could. And in the parade is coming up on June 15 which is Sunday what time does that kick off at 11 o'clock. That's -- million in downtown Portland. Writes it's going burden to say about three miles. I know -- a little bit less than a mile health steadily wearing a team being laundered. So regarded so -- they get to -- bit less than a -- The -- for that is up on our web site. Okay this Friday NW dot org yes excellent columnist -- been held in Portland. -- -- held in Portland since about 1970. The first outdoor festivals so to speak. Depending upon -- you talk to these generally believed to have been about 19105. Pride northwest has been facilitating the waterfront festival and parade since 1994. You've just been a wealth of information you know when you're the president present northwest you know all about it. I know. -- the closely ready go go and again -- that pride northwest in pride festival in Portland. It's happening June 14 and fifteenth at waterfront park in the parade is Sunday June 15. We like to thank Debra port the president of -- northwest for being on McChrystal didn't think for a thanks for -- The microscope and Entercom communications public affairs program. 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