We often link to PQ Monthly here at the 365 PDXq blog, but we have yet to simply list it as one of the great queer things to do in PDX. And, in light of this week’s news of the folding (yet again) of Just Out, it is time to declare that you should read PQ Monthly.
December 2011 delivered some shocking news. Marty Davis was ending her legendary run at Just Out, Portland’s longest-running queer news source, and shutting down the newspaper. But, Portland wouldn’t be without a queer news outlet for long.
Melanie Davis, the lesbian publisher of Portland’s El Hispanic News, stepped up to fill the void. She announced the launch of PQ Monthly, a newspaper that hits the streets of Portland in middle of each month to share community news, columnist perspective and sharp dash of fun and frivolity. For a sense of continuity, many of Marty’s staff at Just Out came aboard to help the new venture get started with a splash.
PQ Monthly also hosts several fun events each month, but none more Portland-y than the monthly Press Party. Each month, the staff and advertisers and community members gather at a different location to celebrate the release of the new issue. This is a key see-and-be-seen event of the community and all are welcome. Hope to see you there next month!