Living in Portland, Oregon during the 's was the right place at the right time. It was the perfect home to have with little money, an open mind and an artistic heart. We were far enough from Seattle to be safely tucked away from grunge saturation and close enough to San Francisco to be progressively driven. Thrift stores were full of vintage Pendleton wool shirts for a buck and Starbucks was second choice to Coffee People. I initially lived off NW 23rd before relocating to larger digs on the other side of the Willamette River in close proximity to the Rose Quarter. Life was good and to escape the rainy drudgery people complained about just took a tank of gas and a quick glance at Doppler Radar.
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The Un mentionables proliferated. Their lairs numbered eight, maybe even Clubs and bars did a quiet business. Rainbow flags fly everywhere. Almost, but given certain ideologies prominent in national politics, not quite. Customers asked at the counter. In the years after World War II, a small crescent of welcoming spaces evolved along our rainy streets.
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Silverado has a been synonymous with gay life in Portland for almost 35 years now. Flourishing among many other gay bars and gay owned business Silverado established itself as the premier gay men's nightclub. The new and modern location offers a lounge, nightclub, full kitchen, and easy access to public transport.
Several top Portland locales frequented by the gay and lesbian community include cruising venues. Also, with the city boasting so many microbreweries and hundreds of bars, there is an abundance of places to sip on a cocktail or craft beer. Festive events range from the big Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade to Black and Latinx pride events to a queer documentary film festival. It's easy to move about Portland by using its public transportation options, including the MAX light rail system, streetcars, and rideshares.