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posted Friday, April 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 17
OUTBOUND: Portland's 'Q-Doc Festival' begins May 15
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OUTBOUND: Portland's 'Q-Doc Festival' begins May 15

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

For those on the go, here's some news you can use in the world of LGBT travel.


Did you know that Portland is home to the only film festival on the entire planet exclusively dedicated to LGBT documentaries? It's true. 'QDoc: The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival' takes place May 15-18 at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater (5736 NE 33rd Ave.) with an Opening Night screening of The Case Against 8 at Whitsell Auditorum, inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave.) and the Opening Night Party at Portland Art Museum's Sunken Ballroom (1119 SW Park Ave.). The Case Against 8 is a captivating behind-the-headlines look at the Supreme Court's groundbreaking ruling on Proposition 8, previously banning same-sex marriages in California.

Eleven documentaries will be shown during the four-day festival, including The Rugby Player, a portrait of Mark Bingham, one of the passengers aboard the ill-fated United 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11, Regarding Susan Sontag, an insightful peek into the life of the late novelist and activist Susan Sontag, and My Prairie Home that focuses on indie singer-songwriter Rae Spoon. Tickets for individual showings are $10 ($8 for students and seniors), or a festival pass for $75. For a complete list of documentary titles, screening times and other information, visit www.queerdocfest.org.


Las Vegas, a hotter-than-ever destination for LGBT travelers, has unveiled its first Gay-themed commercial segment that will run on Bravo, E! and Logo TV channels. 'The Check In' begins with a young man and woman locking arms and making their way to a hotel reception desk, but when the girl excuses herself to freshen up along comes a tall handsome stranger who stands next to the guy, which prompts the staff person to ask 'you gentlemen ready to check in?' The men look at each other and grin innocently without saying a word, an ambiguous moment that lends itself brilliantly to the city's already popular 'What Happens Here, Stays Here' slogan. You can view the commercial on the YouTube channel 'Visit Las Vegas.'


For beauty pageant followers, the 2014 Miss USA competition will not take place in Las Vegas this year, where it's been held for the past six consecutive years. (I attended the 2013 ceremony at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where Erin Brady from Connecticut was crowned.) The event will be televised on June 8 from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The winner of this prestigious title will then represent the United States at the Miss Universe competition, expected to take place in Fortaleza, Brazil this fall or winter.


Two big Seattle acts are part of the lineup for this year's 'Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival' in San Francisco, set for August 8-10. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will go on stage immediately after Death Cab for Cutie on Saturday night, representing the Emerald City back-to-back. Both artists have interviewed with Seattle Gay News and are huge LGBT supporters. Other Gay or Gay-friendly performers headed to 'Outside Lands,' scheduled at the historic Golden Gate Park, are Tegan and Sara, Kanye West, Kacey Musgraves, Big Freedia and Cut Copy, who also interviewed with Seattle Gay News a few years ago. For the complete lineup and festival information, visit www.sfoutsidelands.com.


Thanks to Sub Pop Records, passengers flying out of Sea-Tac Airport (SEA) will be able to take off with cool music merchandise. The iconic record label, which launched the careers of Nirvana, Fleet Foxes and The Shins, among others, is set to open a retail store in the airport's main terminal that will stock music, apparel, books, travel items, accessories and other goods. Passengers, whether on outbound or connecting flights, can pick up musical mementos with a local affiliation to grab for gift giving or for a more tuneful flight experience. The Sub Pop retail store will be open 365 days a year from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. In 2012, Sub Pop Records donated kindly to Washington state's marriage equality campaign.


Finally, look for SGN's upcoming Pride Travel section in late June with features on Seoul, Las Vegas, the Oregon Coast and a brand new hotel in Portland called The Sentinel.

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