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.
Here are a few facts about LGBT rights in Oregon:
- In 2006, Q Center — Portland’s first LGBT community center since 1978 — opened its doors.
- In 2008, Portland voters elected Sam Adams into office, making him the first openly gay governor of a major U.S. City.
- In 2011, the Portland City Council unanimously led a decision to its make health insurance policy for city employees transgender-inclusive.
- In 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane overturned Oregon’s ban on gay marriage.
You can see OPB’s complete coverage of changes in LGBT legislation between 2004 and 2014 here.