Gay Portland, Oregon – The Gay UK

Author: , February 22nd, 2019

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For years, my former boss at South Florida Gay News would rave about Portland, Oregon. He loved the free-spirited nature of the community as well as the abundance of outdoor activities available outside the city. After years of seeing Norm and other friends post breathtaking photos on social media, I thought it was time to give Portland a try.

When I first arrived, I got the feeling that I was in a smaller version of Seattle, but as I spent time in Portland, I quickly discovered that it had a life of its own. I did however speak to some locals and they told me the city has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late as they try to compete with Seattle’s economic boom, mostly driven by Amazon and other tech firms. But, why try to be Seattle? Just be Portland.

The entire downtown area is pretty much walkable, with many of the city’s main attractions located within a few miles of each other. What was obvious from the start were the abundance of rainbow flags scattered throughout the city. I think it’s safe to say that Portland may have the highest concentration of rainbow flags per capita than any city I have visited thus far.

My first stop in Portland was The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Being of Jewish decent, I found it fascinating that this particular attraction would be located in Portland. I wasn’t aware of the city’s extensive Jewish community. The museum explores the legacy of the Jewish experience in Oregon and teaches the universal lessons of the Holocaust. The museum features rotating exhibitions that showcase Jewish contributions to world culture, issues of Jewish identity, and the forces of prejudice. They also offer an extensive program of films, lectures, and concerts throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish art, culture, and heritage.

By Joey Amato – Full Story at The Gay UK

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Stephen Galvan of The Heathman Hotel on Gay Portland

Author: , December 28th, 2014

Stephen R. GalvanStephen R. Galvan was no hospitality-industry rookie when he moved to Portland, Oregon to join the historic Heathman Hotel (1001 SW Broadway. Tel: 800-551-0011. www.portland.heathmanhotel.com) in June 2004. With more than 25 years experience, he previously served various hotel properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, including two Embassy Suites Hotels and two boutique hotel propertiesthe Hotel Bijou and the Commodore Hotelwith Joie de Vivre Hospitality Group. Galvan now oversees the general operation of the sales and marketing departments at Heathman.

Built in the 1920s in popular Italian Renaissance style, the Heathman Hotel is a beautiful, sophisticated 150-room premier luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Portlands Financial and Cultural Districts. The Heathman Hotel is a National Historic Landmark, and has been an icon of the citys skyline for eight decades. Just recently, the hotel completed a four million dollar landfill-free green upgrade. The Heathman Hotel ranks among the worlds prestigious Top 500, Top 50 Large City Hotels in the United States, Cond Nast Traveler Gold List, and recently received the Four Diamond award for the 27th consecutive year! This grand, lavish boutique and historic hotel is a prominent supporter of the citys education and arts communities. It is the only hotel in gay Portland’s designated Cultural District, and a place Where Service Is Still An Art.

According to Galvan, Heathmans appreciation and dedication to history and the arts are immediately apparent as soon as one enters the lobby of the hotel. It is a commitment that does not end on Heathmans walls. It extends to the community around us, and I am fortunate to be involved with organizations that share in our enthusiasm. He said for each second he spends working with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Literary Art of Oregon, Oregon Historical Society, Historic Hotels of America or the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, he has the opportunity to bring valuable insight and connections back to the hotel.

By Trudy Knockless – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Portland Gay Travel Resources