Plus, who remembers Deer Baby?

🌈 How we’re celebrating Pride this month

Plus, who remembers Deer Baby?

By Cassie Ruud

It’s Friday!

If you’re not caught up on the news of the week like where you can find 2,300 hats in Portland, how to-go cocktails might become to-stay, and why you shouldn’t sleep on Quesabrosa’s tacos, then you’re good to go with those links. 

Folks, we’re talking about Pride Month today and we’ve got a lot to cover, so without further ado, let’s get to it. 

🌈 How we’re celebrating Pride Month at Bridgeliner

(🎨: Bridgeliner illustration)

June is Pride Month — and we want to highlight and celebrate Portland’s LGBTQIA+ communities and their history all month long. 

Which is why each Friday this month, we’re going to be covering the stories of those communities, from the history of Pride in Portland, to how this year’s celebrations shifted during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and where our city is at currently on supporting LGBTQIA+ Portlanders and how we can do better. 

For this Friday’s edition, we are asking you to send in your favorite local LGBTQIA+-owned and operated businesses, icons, and features of Portland so we can shout them out here in Bridgeliner. They can be historic or current, we don’t play favorites, just so long as they’re good people/orgs doing good things for our LGBTQIA+ community.

Also, send along the ways you celebrate Pride, not just in June, but 24/7/365 — what are ways you advocate for and support your fellow Portlanders? 

We want to acknowledge that while it’s important to celebrate Pride, let us never forget that it began as a riot for fair and equal treatment after years of social and governmental abuse. 

In 2019, we touched on our city and state’s history with Pride (which we’ll go more in-depth on in a future newsletter), and the fact of the matter is that as recently as 1992, there were ongoing fights for LGBTQIA+ rights — the same year that Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender woman and a key vanguard for gay liberation in the United States, passed away.  

“And even more recently [in 2004], Oregonians approved a ballot measure that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman (that law stood for 10 years before it was ruled unconstitutional),” we wrote in 2019. “The fight for LGBTQ equality still faces hurdles in Portland, but there’s a lot of progress to honor this month — and a lot of ways to celebrate.”

These past fights and triumphs are a very real part of our history, and many are still ongoing today, in Oregon and across the nation. 

And while we’ll be celebrating Pride all month long (and year-round), we will also be remembering everything it took to get us to this point — and how much further we still need to go.

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🙋 One more thing …

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

I wanted to share a very weird rabbit hole I went down as I was putting together our members' I Spy challenge for this week. It’s an exclusive game just for members where we share a picture taken somewhere in and around Portland and challenge them to guess correctly where it was taken. 

This week’s I Spy challenge was a picture of one of 38 steel boats you can find along the Trimet MAX Orange Line, for an art installation called “Passages.” 

One of the boats from “Passages” — see how many you can spot the next time you’re riding the Orange Line! (📸: Cassie Ruud)

It’s cool, right? 

Anyway, as I was researching, I found mention of a different art installation from 2011 that almost came to be, known as “Rebirth.”

You might also remember it by its nickname “Deer Baby” and it was supposed to feature a 30-foot tall yellow deer with a child’s face at the then-unbuilt Park Avenue Portland - Milwaukie MAX stop.

Portlanders had some strong opinions about the art, and that plus budget struggles led to the project being withdrawn by the artist. 

Behold, early concept art of “Rebirth.” (📸: Courtesy of Flickr / Michael Anderson / Portland Afoot)

If you’d like to learn more about the “Rebirth” project and what happened, read this fascinating breakdown by OregonLive’s Molly Harbarger. It dives deep on the importance and complexities of public outreach and its relationship to public art. 

Do you remember the Deer Baby drama? (Your editor would have just been graduating from high school and was distracted by that.) How did you feel about it at the time? Hit reply to this email and let me know!

That’s all for today folks, have a fun and safe weekend, and see you back here on Tuesday.

Cassie at Bridgeliner

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