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Salem's CAPITOL PRIDE festival - August 2 Jul. 21st, 2008 @ 11:41 am

MC'd by Poison Waters and Kertie Right St. James with performances by River City Riders, Felina's Arrow, Bulesquire, She Bang Girls, ISCWE, and Confluence Chorus, guest speakers, youth party, and over 40 vendors!

Capitol Pride press release Jul. 26th, 2007 @ 10:55 am
SALEM, Ore. (July 25, 2007) - Capitol Pride, the Willamette Valley's oldest and largest annual gathering for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, will take place August 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a diverse entertainment lineup and activities for the whole family.

Taking place at Cascades Gateway Park (2100 Turner Road SE), the daylong festival includes nearly 30 business, organization and vendor booths, children's activities, karaoke, guest speakers, music, drag queen performers and prize drawings.

"Our theme this year, 'United For Equality', is reflected in the diversity of our performers and the diversity of our local community which makes up Capitol Pride," said Jonathan Reitan, Capitol Pride board member and festival coordinator.

Portland based singer Nicole Sangsuree kicks off Capitol Pride with a 12:00 p.m. performance, followed by the state's only mixed GLBT choir, the Confluence Chorus, at 2:00 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. Capitol Pride welcomes Portland band, Felina's Arrow, and at 5:00 p.m. Eugene based Shebang! drag group will be on hand to perform.

Making Capitol Pride possible this year are sponsors Southside Speakeasy, Capitol Subaru, Wachovia Banking Services, Sweet Spirit Metropolitan Community Church, Basic Rights Oregon and the Pride Foundation.

"Thanks to the support from our sponsors, we are able to provide exciting activities and bring in great entertainment for this year's Pride celebration and will allow us to only grow next year, " said Reitan.

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Media contact: Jonathan Reitan, 503-880-2536, JReitan47@aol.com, www.CapitolPride.org

Performer bio's:
Nicole Sangsuree
Confluence Chorus
Confluence is a non-auditioned, SATB, GALA chorus based in Salem, Oregon, and is open to any Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgendered or Straight singers who support its mission of affirming the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or straight people. The 40 member choir, who have been performing all over Oregon since 2001, consists of members from the Salem, Corvallis and Portland areas. www.confluencechorus.org
Felina's Arrow

Shebang! was one of the longest running weekly cabaret shows in Oregon south of Portland until early 2006 when their venue closed its doors. After enjoying a 7-year run, they have been little homebodies and trying to behave the best they can. But they have not been idle - they have been entertaining in various locations including the Red Lion Eugene, University of Oregon, Diablo's and entertaining in cites like Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Bend. Shebang! currently consists of Diva Simone Slaughter, Karress Ann Slaughter, Daphne Bertha Storm, Bianca St. James and Galaxy Storm. Diva and Karress are two of the original members, Daphne joining shortly thereafter, the newest being Bianca and Galaxy. With a combined average of over 55 years entertaining experience between them, Shebang! can rock the house like you have never seen before! www.myspace.com/shebanggirls

Felina's Arrow is a sultry twilight duo set to break your heart open with songs that reflect people's triumphs, failures, and struggles. After meeting on the sidewalk in Seattle, Poeina and Felicia became instantly inseparable. Following their chance meeting, Felina's Arrow toured non-stop, coast to coast, from the sidewalk to the theatre in a 1987 Westphalia van for four years. They recently moved to Portland, Oregon to relax and promote their album "Let Me Tell You A Story." Felina's Arrow is currently working on their second album, writing music for two upcoming films, as well as volunteering for community projects with In Other Words Books and Resource Center. www.myspace.com/felinasarrow

Feminist singer-songwriter Nicole Sangsuree was born and raised in Portland. She spends her life falling in and out of love and writing songs about it. Her music is sexy and intelligent and her performances are always animated and passionate. She has shared the stage with Styx, Toshi Reagon, Alix Olson, Kinnie Starr, Solas and Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root) and has performed at many festivals in the Northwest, including Folklife and Rockrgrl. Some of you may recognize Nicole from her starring role in the feature film Down And Out With The Dolls. www.myspace.com/nicolesangsuree

Jun. 14th, 2005 @ 08:21 pm
[Message from basicrights.org]

In just days, we expect that the Oregon Senate will take part in a historic vote on Civil Unions. We will get very little advance notice of the date or time of the vote, but watch your email closely! You'll get breaking news as soon as we know when the vote will take place. Plan now to join us when it happens. You won't want to miss this historic moment.

But, remember, a vote in the Senate is just the first step. We still have to get civil unions (SB 1073) through the Oregon House. With less than 3 weeks left in the this legislative session, time is of the essence. Civil unions must become the law in the next few weeks before the legislature adjourns. Your action today can decide the outcome of this fight and make civil unions a reality in Oregon.

Even if you have called or written before, even if you believe that your legislators will already vote the right way, the stakes are too high to do anything but lobby as hard as we can!

Take Action Now!

Through our partners at Onward Oregon, you have already generated more than 700 emails to Oregon legislators. Now, in the final days of the legislative session we need to pull out all the stops. Can we make it 1000? Or more?

Drag Party Olympia May. 22nd, 2005 @ 01:40 am

If any of you are in the area, or can make it to olympia, you should come!
2700 evergreen parkway nw
olympia wa 98505

Some quotes I thought you'd appreciate Mar. 26th, 2005 @ 10:43 am
All truth passes through three phases: First it is ridiculed, next it is viciously attacked. Finally, it is considered wholesome, indedd, self-evident - Arthus Schophauer

To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow. - William Faulkner

If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the blacks and the white notes together. - Richard Nixon
Mood: hopefulhopeful
Music: Nothing

Feb. 16th, 2005 @ 12:27 am

anyone wanna help me set her in her place?

Feb. 8th, 2005 @ 05:41 pm
V-Day Pacific University 2005
2043 college way
Forest Grove, Oregon
The Center for Women & Gender Equity Presents:
Friday, February 11, 2005 7:30pm
Saturday, February 12, 2005 7:30pm
Sunday, February 13, 2005 3pm
Tom Miles Theater
Tickets $5

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
V-day is a palpable energy, a fierce catalyst that promotes creative
events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of
existing anti-violence organizations. Through the V-Day college
campaign, The Center for Women & Gender Equity at Pacific University has
the opportunity to produce a student lead and organized production of
Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues to benefit Monika's House and
the Hillsboro Domestic Violence Resource Center. The Center for Women &
Gender Equity has brought together a group of students from the campus
community commited to increasing public awareness of domestic and sexual
violence and to building a world free of violence.

if you would like tickets, leave a comment and i'll hook you up!

Not in the Police Logs - Must Not Exist Nov. 18th, 2004 @ 03:21 pm
Hi again, all.

Like I may have said before, I don't live near you all - I live down in Douglas County. Well, I guess that's not too far away, but yes.

Something was in the News Review's opinion section today, and it really pissed me off. Had I not JUST sent in an opinion piece earlier this week (you're only allowed one letter to be published per 30-day period), I would write in a letter myself. However, I am really hoping someone else sends in a response to this.

The letter is found here, and is speaking out against public funding of a youth gay club in my area. While I can see where they're coming from, namely when they mention how sports clubs aren't publicly funded, the main issue I had a TERRIBLE problem with was when the writer said this:

"As far as promoting a "safe environment," as an avid daily reader of the police logs, I have yet to note any incidents of "danger" to any gay individuals."

WHAT THE HELL?! I have a VERY close gay friend who has been abused, hit, attacked, threatened, etc. just about every time he walks these streets. Just because it is not in the police logs (as IF they would say, "a homosexual youth was beaten today"), does NOT mean it isn't happening! I am OUTRAGED, and I implore you to help me out by responding to that letter.

Grrr. I am so angered. Are they BLIND?! "Oh, it's not in the police logs - it must not exist." Jeez.


Rose City Gay Freedom Band fall concert Nov. 4th, 2004 @ 09:30 am

The Rose City Gay Freedom Band will perform:

"Celebration or Consolation"

Saturday, November 6, 2004 8:00 PM
Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard

Tickets: $12 general / $8 students & seniors
Available at Music Millennium & at the door

This year we celebrate our fifteenth season of playing music together and promoting and supporting our community. This first concert of the season also happens to fall just four days after the November second general election. This is a very important election for both our community and the nation and we have programmed a concert which is designed to celebrate our victories or console us in any set backs we may face.

This concert will feature festive folk dance music from around the world, including music from Japan, Israel, and Italy, as well as the heart wrenching melody Irish Tune from County Derry as arranged by Percy Grainger. Featured will be selections from Symphony No. 1 by Johan de Meij, also known as The Lord of the Rings Symphony. Gustav Holst’s Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity includes a hymn heard at many traditional British Royal weddings. (Yes, many queens have been married to this music.)

The Rose City Gay Freedom Band provides an artistic outlet open to all gay-identifying people and supportive friends. The band has been delighting audiences since 1991, growing over the years and now performing in a variety of musical styles ranging from classical pieces to contemporary and popular music. The band usually produces two concerts per year, in the fall and spring seasons. The band has performed throughout the Portland metro area as well as performing regionally in Salem and Seattle. In addition to regular concerts, the band performs annually at Pride events as well as other special concerts. In the past, the band has collaborated in concerts with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, the Portland Lesbian Choir, and the Seattle Rainbow City Band. The band was also a participant in the 2001 Oregon Adult Band Festival. The band is also active on an international level as a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), an international organization of bands in major cities across the United States and around the world.

This concert will be co-conducted by Robert Shannon and Travis Robinson. Both hold Bachelor of Music in Education degrees from Washington State University and studied under the baton of L. Keating Johnson. Robert is also Associate Conductor of the Tualatin Valley Community Band, Director of Bands for Vernonia School District, has performed with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and along with Travis also perform with Portland’s own Fireside Carolers. Travis has taught all types of public school music from grades K-12 with both Portland Public Schools and the Washougal School District, but currently answers the phone when you dial 9-1-1 in Multnomah County.

Sexual Orienation and Gender Identity in Beaverton Oct. 28th, 2004 @ 11:03 pm
There will be a public hearing at Beaverton City Hall on November 8th at 6:30 to discuss adding a Civil Rights Ordinance to the Beaverton Code. This Ordinance would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of "protected classes" for employment, public accommodations and property transactions. It is modeled after ordinances in Portland, Lake Oswego, Bend, Benton County and other cities. I know churches and organizations are already lining up speakers to oppose this measure. We really need people who live and/or work in Beaverton there willing to voice their support. There is an even greater need for people who have experienced discrimination to share their stories.

If you can't make it you are also welcome to submit your opinion by mail or email. email is citymail@ci.beaverton.or.us and the mailing address is PO Box 4755, Beaverton Or 97076.

Please show up and voice your support.
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