History of the Portland Gay Press, a panel

12 Dec

Thursday, January 23
298 Smith Memorial Center
Portland State University
1825  SW Broadway

Positive coverage of LGBT issues and events was non-existent in Portland’s press until 1970 when the alternative paper, Willamette Bridge, began printing some articles. The next year, The Fountain, Oregon’s first specifically gay newspaper, was launched, followed by a numerous other publications. They were instrumental in helping organize Portland-area LGBT people as they worked to build community, gain equality, counter anti-gay political measures, and respond to AIDS. All the panelists were involved with one or more of these important publications.

The Panelists:

Judith Barrington is a writer who, in the 70s and 80s was the first and only paid writer for A Woman’s Place Newsletter and then for Rag Times, which was put together by a collective of women. She wrote on feminist issues of all kinds and often used the research later to write columns on the same subjects that were published regularly in The Oregonian.

Rupert Kinnard’s extensive career in publication design began with Just Out as one of the original staff members where he helped the publication win the National Gay Press Association award for best overall design in 1983. In 1996, while working as art director for the Skanner, Rupert won an award for best graphic and typographical excellence by the West Coast Black Journalist Association.

Renee LaChance covered lesbian events as the women’s editor for The Northwest Fountain and served as the editor of The Cascade Voice and was co-founder and publisher of Just Out. Portland Northwest Pride has presented her with two awards: the 2000 Spirit of Pride Award and the Pioneer Award both for her work with Just Out.

Paula Nielsen served as a feature writer and columnist for the LGBT press from 1976 through most of the 1990’s.  Paula was Religion Editor for the NW Fountain, and also wrote feature news articles.  For the Cascade Voice, Eagle Newsmagazine, City Open Press, City Week, Oregon Gay News, and Alternative Connection, Paula wrote a column called “Thoughts From Paula”.


Mountain Moving Cafe: Exploring Collectives at Work

28 Oct

Thursday November 14    7-8:30pm
Smith Memorial Union
Browsing Lounge, Room 238
Portland State University
1825  SW Broadway

Mountain Moving Day


Featuring four members of the original collective:
Andy Clark  Ellen Goldberg  Kiera O’Hara  Peter Thacker

The Mountain Moving Collective’s consciously anti-profit cafe opened in 1975 offering Portland’s earliest vegetarian menu and attracting both alternative and mainstream patrons.

Daily  community programming included political presentations, organizing meetings plus local and nationally touring performers. No men were allowed at Wednesday’s Women’s Night. The collective provided child care, sparking restaurant children’s playrooms in town. The  bulletin board changed monthly,  highlighting the organization currently receiving the tips

The Cafe was a catalyst for discussions and action among progressives, and provided a much-loved community center, for women and men, both gay and straight together, until they lost the space in 1979.

Mountain Moving Cafe was a beloved institution in ‘70s Portland but this evening will be more than nostalgia; it will be an opportunity to talk about what it takes to make a collective work.

A History of the Portland LGBTQ Movement

11 Oct

We return on  Thursday October 24 with four outstanding long-term activists from the LGBTQ  (Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans/Queer) movement .

7-8:30pm in the 2nd floor Gallery, Urban Affairs Building at Portland State University, 506 SW Mill. Free as usual. 

In 1970, Portland’s alternative newspaper, Willamette Bridge, refused to print the following ad, “Gay, longhair, young, lonely, seeks meaningful relationship with same….” This prompted an openly gay Bridge staff member to write an article contending that Portland Gays needed to organize. Soon, the Bridge carried numerous articles on gay dignity and Portland’s Gay Liberation Front was meeting weekly (with both men and women), leaders emerged and organizing blossomed. Join us for a panel with four early activists whose experience spans a multitude of LGBTQ endeavors.

The panel includes:

Steve Fulmer was a gay activist in Portland throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, holding leadership positions in PSU Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Second Foundation, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Cascade AIDS Project, Right to Privacy PAC, Equity Foundation and Portland Schools’ Sexual Minority Task Force.

Cliff Jones has been active in the GLBTQ community since the early 80’s when the hot issue, which took a year of monthly dialogues to resolve, was should we change Gay Pride to Lesbian and Gay Pride. Jones co-founded Black Lesbians and Gays United in the mid-80’s; was the first staff of color at Cascade AIDS Project in the late 80’s. He also co-founded Brother to Brother in the early 90’s and served as its first Executive Director.

Susie Shepherd was Oregon’s first paid female gay activist (Portland Town Council). She wrote sections of and edited A Legislative Guide to Gay Rights, published by PTC in 1976 for distribution to the Oregon legislature and later internationally. She was the first openly gay member of the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus and the Oregon Council for Women’s Equality. She chairs the Bill & Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund of Equity Foundation, honoring her trailblazing parents who co-founded Portland PFLAG in 1976. Among her numerous honors is the Equity Foundations’ Lifetime Achievement Award..

Pat Young worked to get health benefits extended to gay employees at Tektronix and to defeat the ‘92 anti-gay Measure 9. She now teaches the LGBTQ History Capstone class at PSU. She enjoys researching local gay history and learning about everyday people who did extraordinary things to advance the cause of gay rights.

We will also be joined by George T. Nicola who came out through the fledgling Portland Gay Liberation Front in 1970. In 1972, he wrote and submitted an historic gay civil rights plank that was adopted by the pre-primary convention of the Democratic Party of Oregon. The following year, George wrote and lobbied for Oregon’s first gay civil rights bill. Since retirement, he is chronicling the movement’s history

Fall Schedule in Place! October 24: History of LGBT Organizing in Portland November 14: Mt Moving Cafe

19 Sep

October 24: History of LGBT Organizing in Portland

Panel of four activists from the 70s
Pat Young: Gay/Lesbian Archives of the Pacific NW
Susie Shepherd: Portland Town Council
Cliff Jones: Brother to Brother & Pride Board
Steve Fulmer: Gay Men’s Chorus

PSU Urban Center 212g

November 14 Mt Moving Cafe

Founded in 1973 by an unaffiliated Feminist/Socialist Collective proclaiming themselves anti-profit. They had the second espresso machine and first restaurant children’s playroom in Portland, good vegetarian food (they won Willamette Week’s Best Cheesecake award). Every day of the week featured a different activity: old people’s music night; poetry readings; Wednesday Women’s night; great bands and amazing dances on the weekend; political presentations; health discussions you name it. Tips were collected each month for a different organization who made a bulletin board about themselves.

Panel will feature four members of the original collective:
Ellen Goldberg
Peter Thacker
Andy Clark
Kiera O’Hara

PSU Urban Center 212g

We are sponsored for the space at PSU by the Center for Women, Politics, and Policy but are not affiliated with PSU nor is this an academic program.

Everyone Welcome.


May 22 Program —————— The Portland Women’s Movement Part 3: Fighting for Ideas and Dollars

16 Mar

The Portland Women’s Movement Part 3

Fighting for Ideas and Dollars

Wednesday, May 22
7-8:30 pm
Portland State University
2nd floor Gallery, Urban Affairs
506 SW Mill

Panel, Q & A discussion, Free

Ten years before gaining official recognition in 1980 as a program, female students and professors met to plan and implement the inclusion of Women’s Studies courses at Portland State University. Eventually it became a department granting degrees.

In 1980, 22 Oregon university and college women faculty members filed Penk, et al. v. Oregon State Board of Higher Education alleging sex discrimination in pay, promotion, and treatment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Panelists: Nona Glazer, Professor Emerita, PSU Sociology Dept., helped bring Women’s Studies to PSU and was a plaintiff in the Penk case.  Julia M. Allen participated as a graduate student in the development of the Women’s Studies Program at Portland State during the early to mid 1970s. She is now Professor Emerita, English Department, Sonoma State University. JoAnn Reynolds was associate counsel with Don Willner, in the Penk case, which was tried from September 1984 to June 1985. She now specializes in family law. Marjorie Burns is Professor Emerita, PSU English Dept. She was a witness for Penk v. the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

March 7 Program ————— The Portland Women’s Movement, Part 2: Building–Activism to Institutions

31 Jan

Thursday, March 7
7-8:30 pm
2nd floor Gallery, Urban Affairs Building, Portland State University
506 SW Mill

Lecture, Q & A discussion,  Free

The Portland women’s movement of the 70s began with protests and consciousness raising but quickly expanded to include projects and services: bookstores, abortion information and referral, a rape hotline, women’s studies and a daycare center at PSU, a feminist school, a building, a health clinic and more. This panel will include Kristan Aspen, Ruth Gundle, Ann Mussey, and May Wallace and cover Red Emma, Prescott House leading to Bradley Angle, the Feminist Health Clinic, Rape Relief Hotline and the Community Law Project.

January 24 Program: The Portland Women’s Movement Part I: Origins

21 Dec

womens movement draft photo

Thursday, January 24, 7pm
328 Smith Center, Portland State University, 1825  SW Broadway

Panel, Q&A, Free

Maureen Gray Hudson is an artist, writer and web publisher. She was active in Portland’s city-wide women’s organizing projects, including the  women’s speaker’s bureau and women’s center. In the late 60s and early 70s she was active at Portland State in the day care organizing project, the chair of PSU Speaker’s Bureau, President of S.D.S.  and co-founder of Women University Members.

Kathleen Saadat has been an activist in Portland, OR since the 1970’s.  She worked with several women’s groups both social and political.  Among them The Black Women’s Rap Group; Las Mujheres de Colores de Oregon; Radical Women; Black Lesbians and Gays United.  She was also part of the group of women who responded to the government’s attack on the Fred Hampton Clinic; participated in consciousness raising groups and community building during that time.

Susan Stoner is a local union attorney and historical mystery writer. She was involved in the early 1970’s with the Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell (WITCHES), started the Women’s Health Clinic in Neighborhood House, Health Rap, Outside In and a whole slew of community activist projects ranging from children and families to prisoner advocacy.

Moderator: Sandy Polishuk is an oral historian, writer and activist. In the late 60s and early 70s she helped organize women’s consciousness raising groups, was a member of both the first women’s studies coordinating committee at PSU and the city-wide women’s movement speakers bureau.