Hundreds gathered in downtown Portland on June 14, 2015 to celebrate Pride Northwest, an annual parade to promote gay and lesbian activism.


Hundreds of community members from across the Pacific Northwest gathered in downtown Portland over the weekend for the 2015 Pride Northwest Festival, an annual tradition designed to promote the advancement of equal rights in the LGBT community.

This year, the parade was led by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who has been officially recognized as being the first LGBT Governor in the country after assuming the role of governor after the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber. Brown led the parade alongside Jason Dottley, the parade’s celebrity grand marshal who advocates for LBGT rights through his work as a recording artist and television producer.

The festivities also included performances by various LGBT artists including Big Dipper, Doug LockeJesika Von Rabbit, the Portland Lesbian Chorus and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. 

Here are a few facts about LGBT rights in Oregon:

You can see OPB’s complete coverage of changes in LGBT legislation between 2004 and 2014 here.