Portland's annual gay pride festival is supposed to be a time for gays, lesbians and transgendered people to celebrate. But this year's event ended with blood on a downtown sidewalk, and with a severely damaged relationship between gay activists and Portland police. The activists say police failed to protect them from homophobic attacks, both verbal and physical. After being knocked unconscious by a stranger following a pride event, Jose Cruz, 30, told KBOO radio, "I really want the police department to be held accountable as a whole. I don't feel like these are isolated incidents.
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The authorities had already forced the cancellation of a play, a film screening and a social mixer, so when an irritated plainclothes officer arrived at the Saturday afternoon gala and flashed his badge, organizers feared the worst. In the 12 years since homosexuality was decriminalized in China, there has been an unmistakable blossoming of gay life, even if largely underground. Antigay violence is virtually unheard of. But official tolerance has its limits.
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The festival, Thursday through Sunday at Maier Festival Park, has one of the summer's most diverse lineups, from headliners including Milwaukee's own Trixie Mattel with Dragapalooza! Friday night to a live stage performance of the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Festival hours are 6 to 11 p.
When organizers for gay film festivals are deciding which films to put on their rosters, you wonder if they have some sort of checklist. Do we have a sexy "circle of life" drama? How 'bout a sympathetic portrayal of gay dads? Is there a coming-out saga?