Author: Vinnie Kinsella

I am a publishing professional living in the Pacific Northwest. My varied work as a writer, editor, document designer, online journal publisher, project manager, and college instructor has afforded me the opportunity to help numerous book publishers, independent authors, news organizations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations produce high quality print and online publications.

National Coming Out Day Celebration—Late Bloomers Style

National Coming Out Day is a day to celebrate coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally. The day is celebrated annually on October 11. But since we’re late bloomers, we’re going to celebrate it on October 16th!

Join us at Crush for an evening of games, friends, karaoke, and pride! Play a party game or two (we’ll have some there already, but feel free to bring your favorite if you want). Get on stage and wow us with your karaoke superstar skills. Share a poem or an inspiring thought during our open mic time. But most importantly, come enjoy being out and proud in the company of others!

The event is open to the public (but over 21 only), so invite your friends and family.

Cost: FREE!

RSVP on Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/PDX-late-bloomers-club) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/976144139112850/).

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Dark Night of the Soul

Dark Night of the Soul, a storytelling series for queer men, is kicking off their new season with their first ever themed event. And that theme is us! All of the featured storytellers on December 11 will be members of this group. It’s going to be amazing. Not only will you want to come to support you’re fellow Late Bloomers, you’ll want to bring your friends with you.

ABOUT DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
Dark Night of the Soul is a storytelling experiment for queer men interested in rewriting narratives of shame through the magic of performance—or what we call “autobiographical alchemy.” Situated somewhere between a literary salon and a pagan ceremony, this experiment is an attempt to shed light on our dark parts while simultaneously creating a culture of compassion for those fearless enough to participate in or attend these performances.

Here are the details:

When: Thursday, December 11. Doors open at 7:00. The show starts at 8:00.

Where: Floyd’s Coffee Shop in Old Town (118 Northwest Couch Street, Portland, OR).

Costs: $6.00 at the door.

National Coming Out Day Celebration—Late Bloomers’ Style

October 11th is National Coming Out Day, a day to celebrate coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or as an ally. But since we are late bloomers, we’re going to celebrate it late on October 17th!

Come and join us for an evening of karaoke and fun at Voicebox Karaoke East (734 SE 6th Ave.). We’ll have our own suite for the evening, with plenty of room to socialize, sing, and dance. A selection of snacks will be provided, but there is also a no-host bar and full menu you can order from in the lounge area.

This event is open to all late bloomers and their over-21 families and friends. Bring anyone along whom you would like to celebrate your coming out with!

The cost for the event is $15 (prepayment is not required, but is appreciated).

Please RSVP through Meetup or by emailing us.

Monthly Discussion Group: Sex Ed!

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Time: 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Location: Pivot (209 SW 4th ave in downtown Portland)

This month is all about sex. We’ll be bringing in a guest speaker from Pivot to talk about the basics of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases: how they spread, what behaviors put you most at risk for infection, and how to protect yourself and your sexual partner(s) from them .

But that’s not all!

The second half of our meeting will be devoted to your questions about sex. Let’s face it, for many coming out later in life, who may or may not have ever been intimate with a man, there are a lot of unanswered questions about same-sex sex. For example:

  • What does it mean when a guy asks if I’m a top or a bottom? How do I know if I’ve never actually had sex with a man before? How should I respond?
  • How do I tactfully ask another man if he has been recently tested for STDs?
  • How do I determine my own personal ethics on sex when I come from a background where same-sex sex is already considered outside the boundaries?

Since this is a sensitive topic, we are giving you the chance to submit your questions about sex beforehand. To do so, send an email to Vinnie through the contact page. We will compile all the questions, and we won’t share the names of the questioners with anyone.

The goal of this meeting is for every man to walk away feeling informed and empowered to make good choices for himself in regard to his own sex life. There will be no judgment allowed about anyone’s sexual choices (if they are sexually active or not, how many men they’ve been with or not been with, etc.). All men are welcome, from the curious to the experienced.

PDX Late Bloomer event Meetup Post: http://www.meetup.com/PDX-Late-Bloomers-Club/events/195337352/

Community Event: Gay Fair on the Square

Join Q Center and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus for Gay Fair on the Square 2014: Let Freedom Sing! This year’s event is taking place on Sunday, September 14th, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland from 12:30–5:00 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Founded in 2009, the goal of Gay Fair on the Square is to highlight the myriad of non-profit organizations in our community that support LGBTQ and allied communities, as well as support people who are out, newly out, considering coming out, curious, new to town, or those looking for ways to expand their horizons and support these communities. Each year Gay Fair on the Square draws between 4,000 and 5,000 people to the square — with even more expected to attend in 2014.

Event announcement page: http://www.pdxqcenter.org/GFOTS/

Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/797454586961171/?ref_notif_type=plan_mall_activity&source=1

PDX Late Bloomer event Meetup (if you want to know which of us will be there): http://www.meetup.com/PDX-Late-Bloomers-Club/events/202371362/

Join Us for AIDS Walk Portland

We have a team for the AIDS Walk Portland! Join us to help raise support for the crucial programs and services of Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). Use the link below to register as a team member for the PDX Late Bloomers Club. There is an entry fee of $10. The course is 2.5 miles long. If you can’t attend the event, please consider sponsoring the group. 

Our team’s page: http://aidswalkportland.org/teampage.asp?fundid=694#.U540kvldV8E

Welcome to the Club

Thank you for visiting the new website for the PDX Late Bloomers Club. For the time being, it’s pretty sparse, but we’ll be beefing it up in the days to come.

If you don’t know, PDX Late Bloomers Club is a Portland-based group for gay, bi, and trans* men who came out well into adulthood. The club is open to men at any stage in the coming out process. It was founded as a Meetup group in 2013, and it’s been growing ever since. Please take the time to look through our pages for what resources we already have posted.

If you have any questions about the club, use the contact page to send us a message.