Portland is notable for achieving all sorts of world records such as Evil Knievel’s motorcycle jump over 17 vans, as well as the world’s smallest city park. But did you know we were Keeping Portland Weird all the way back in 2006 when a special Drag Queen Chorus Line took place in Pioneer Square? Indeed, the World Record Chorus Line attracted 69 men of all ages and sexual orientations who danced their hearts out with Darcelle, Poison Waters and Jinkx Monsoon!
Organized as a fundraiser for the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center, the event was covered by local media and marked an important milestone in Portland. Mark Middleton, the event organizer, remembers the excitement of that afternoon.
“The Drag Queen Chorus line was a pinnacle moment in Portland queer history, where we bridged the gap between our rich legacy of Drag Queens and a new generation of empowered youth. On that Saturday we were able to transform Pioneer Square into a fabulous portal where guys of all ages, orientations and backgrounds donned dresses, wigs and danced their asses off to usher in a new era of celebration, acceptance and unity. ”