LGBTQ+ Community in Oregon

Modern-day Oregon is a top destination for travelers from all walks of life.

Oregon is a refuge for all, and Portland is a hub for queer life on the West Coast, second only to San Francisco for the percentage of LGBTQ+ residents. Famous drag venue Darcelle XV in downtown Portland was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020 for its role in gaining acceptance for drag and gay rights. Since the 1970s, it has been a safe place that’s anchored the LGBTQ+ community beyond the reach of any LGBTQ+ bar.

Oregon’s reputation as a diverse and LGBTQ+-friendly state extends to many communities, like Bend and Eugene, and is reflected in many firsts. McMinnville hosts an annual Wine Country Pride event, hosted by the town mayor, winemaker Remy Drabkin, who is queer.

In 2008, Stu Rasmussen became the nation’s first openly transgender mayor when he was elected as the mayor of Silverton; in 2013, the Portland Thorns, Timbers, and Trail Blazers made history by becoming the first major pro sports teams to endorse the freedom to marry while gay marriage has been legal since 2014. Since 2016 Oregon has elected two openly LGBTQ+ state leaders: Gov. Kate Brown and in 2022 Gov. Tina Kotek.