Portland Gay Men’s Chorus Saturday, September 19th at 7pm

AbbaAA “ABBAQueen” by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th Street in Bend. Doors open at 6:15pm. Clifford Cook, Vice President of the local Human Dignity Coalition and the Coordinator for the concert said: “This is a once in a decade opportunity to hear and see the PGMC perform right here in Central Oregon. This is the same concert they performed for Portland Pride now being brought to Central Oregon by the PGMC to benefit Human Dignity Coalition, PFLAG Central Oregon and the GSA Clubs of Central Oregon”.

Tickets are just $20 for VIP Seats and $15 for General Admission and $10 for Seniors 65+ and students. Tickets are available at http://bendticket.com/go/ABBAQueen Over 400 people are expected so everyone is encourage to get tickets in advance. The performance is in the main Sanctuary of the church. It has been at least eight years since the Chorus was here in Bend.

Sponsors helping with this specific performance are Bill Dickey of Morel Ink of Portland and the Equity Foundation based in Portland. The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus is sponsoring their performance so that this can be a significant fundraising event for HDC, PFLAG Central Oregon and the GSA Clubs of Central Oregon. 

PGMC was the 4th gay men’s chorus to organize in the United Sates and did so in 1980 after some Portland men visited San Francisco and heard the chorus there. The Portland chorus was the first in the United States to ever perform in a state capital by performing in 1985 at the swearing in ceremony for then Secretary of State Barbara Roberts. The chorus later performed in the Salem state capital for Governor Barbara Roberts, Kitzhaber and Kulongoski.

For additional info contact:

Clifford Cook at cliffbear @ gmail.com

2015 Pride Month Schedule


June 2015

THURSDAY, JUNE 4  Pride Planning Committee Party
6:00pm Free Pizza @ Abbey’s Pizza/115 NE 3rd St, Bend

FRIDAY, JUNE 5  First Friday – Big Gay Karaoke
6:00pm @ Bishops Barbershop/130 NW Oregon Ave, Bend

TUESDAY, JUNE 9  Central Oregon LGBTQ Early Recollection
Panel: Cliff Cook, Moderator with Elli Work, Gene Carsey & Mike Lovely
6:30pm @ PFLAG/Nativity Lutheran Church/60850 Brosterhous, Bend

SUNDAY, JUNE 14  Back to Our Roots! BBQ & Potluck
11:00am – 3:00pm @ Pioneer Park/1525 NW Wall St, Bend

MONDAY, JUNE 15  LGBTQ Movie Night
Doors 6:00 pm, Movie 7:00pm  $5 @ Volcanic Theater Pub/70 SW Century Dr, Bend

TUESDAY, JUNE 16  Bouncing off the Walls
6:30 – 8:30pm Free All Ages @ 1134 SE Centennial Ct, Bend

THURSDAY, JUNE 18  Basic Rights Oregon – Bites for Rights
www.basicrights.org @ Various Restauraunts

FRIDAY, JUNE 19  Bowling, Games, Food, Drinks at the 300 Club
Free Bowling, Food & Drinks No Host
7:00 – 9:00pm @ Lava Lanes/1555 Forbes Rd, Bend


Noon to 6:00pm FREE @ Drake Park/NW Riverside, Bend

SATURDAY, JUNE 20  After Pride Celebration
7:00pm @ Astro Lounge/939 NW Bond, Bend

Poison Waters Returns to Bend for 11th Annual HDC Drag Show

By Erin Rook, Human Dignity Coalition

Drag superstar Poison Waters returns to Bend this weekend for the 11th annual drag show benefitting the Human Dignity Coalition, Oct. 12 at Liquid Lounge. Poison and her friends — Diva Simone Slaughters, Meesha Peru, Karess Ann Slaughter, and Daphne Bertha Storm — will be bringing three hours of fabulous fun, all to support Central Oregon’s LGBTQ community.

Poison took some time to chat with the Human Dignity Coalition from sunny Hawaii about her upcoming show and why she loves performing in Bend.

Tickets to the 11th Annual HDC Drag Show are $15 per person ($30 for VIP), $25 per couple and will be available at the door.

Human Dignity Coalition: Describe this year’s show in three words.

Poison Waters: Delicious, energetic and fanDRAGulous!

HDC: Why do you keep coming back to Bend?

Poison: Our connection with Central Oregon has been so inspiring and rejuvenating! The love we receive is so amazingly appreciated; the energy the crown feeds us makes us want to work harder and do more for HDC and Bend.

HDC: How has the show changed over the years?

Poison: The venues have certainly changed and with that the mood or tone of our performance has as well. None better than the other, some more “nightclubby,” or some years “underground” and other years “mainstream.” I’ve been so lucky to have basically the same cast all these 11 years, only substituting a few “girls” a few times when schedules conflicted. But always the partnership between the Portland and Eugene performers…that’s a staple!

HDC: Tell us a little about the friends who will be joining you.

Poison: Meesha Peru is a friend of over 20 years, living in Portland, originally from Lima, Peru. She brings a sexy Latina flair to our show and has never missed one! Diva Simone Slaughter is also a decades old friend and has performed at the majority of our HDC shows. She is THE queen in Eugene and always brings a sassy and classy element to the party! Karess is also from Eugene and brings the urban young element to the show; a petite dancer and one sexy queen! Daphne Bertha Storm is from Eugene and is the Cher of the Willamette Valley – she loves all things Cher!!!

HDC: What do you love most about performing drag?

Poison: I love most the connection with the audience. Feeling their support of my artistic abilities, getting my sense of humor…being able to entertain people while also helping worthy groups raise needed funs? What’s not to love?!

HDC: If you weren’t in Bend to perform, how would you be spending your time here?

Poison: Bend is a beautiful place and we’ve gotten to wander a bit, shop and dine over the years but never enough time to do the outdoorsy stuff. I’d love to hike and maybe even try horseback riding!

HDC:  Why is the work of the Human Dignity Coalition important to you?

Poison: The work of HDC is important to me because while I live in Portland and have many resources available to me and folks working toward equality on our behalf, I know the residents of smaller communities throughout our state deserve the same…HDC does such a great job protecting, educating and advocating on behalf of our Central Oregon communities.

HDC: Anything else?

Poison: I’m so thankful and honored that our little show has grown to be THE drag event in Central Oregon and that so many people come out to support HDC and us! The wild party that Bend throws along with us is so much fun and easily one of my favorite annual events! Myself and the entire cast feel at home in Bend and are always happy and eager to return!

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