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A Decade Ago…

I want to take a moment to publicly thank Kendall Clawson, Sam Adams, Bob Speltz, Judge Kemp, Robert Goman, LeAnn Locher, Anne Viola-Krause, Tim Healea, Paul Fukui, Glenn Goodfellow, Neola Young, Nash Jones, Karen Petersen, Stacey Rice, Susan Kocen, Noah Wood, Dede Willis, Heather Nichelle, Ali Williams, Mary Emily O’Hara, Brian Charles Johnson, and all the other countless, caring, compassionate people who have bravely stepped up over the years to found, fund, build, sustain and, several times, fight to save the vital community resource that Q Center was designed to be.

Despite smoke and mirrors from my record label at the time, when I came to Q Center in 2010 I had nothing. Less than nothing, actually. I was traumatized by violence, was recently in recovery from a 16 year addiction to crack and alcohol which had left me ravaged physically and emotionally, had been freshly divorced while simultaneously being chewed up and spit out by the music industry, and I was living in a stranger’s converted garage. I was completely broke, starving, freezing at night, and, frankly, wanted to die.

One afternoon I found myself at Q Center and for the first time (maybe ever), I felt safe. I belonged. No one cared that I was broken. No one was scared of my need. In fact, they didn’t even see me as those things. They only cared that I was alive and that I was there — because that’s what family does.

Kendall invited me to come back the next day, so I did. When I got there, I told her I wanted to cancel my tour midway through, fire my team, turn my album into a fundraiser for the center, and keep showing up as long as I could be of use — and that’s what happened. I felt useful for the first time in years, and I stayed for the next 5 years.

While many of us have gone on to become successful after our time at Q Center, the truth is that none of us had much of anything back then — but we always had each other; And the people who did have resources gave everything they had to build a home for our community.

We fought for each other. We loved each other. We protected each other. And, most importantly, we created the first safe space many of us had ever experienced. We did all of this together, brick by brick, dollar by dollar, as a community, using our blood, sweat, intentions, and tears as the mortar.

When I literally had no food in my fridge and was too “famous” and ashamed to ask for help, Kendall fed me. I know she also had very little back then, but her care and concern for me and for all of our communities was always front and center. There were many days where the only food I ate was what was leftover at the end of the night after Q Center events, and I know I was not the only queer or trans person having their basic needs met within those walls, because I was often the one wrapping up to-go meals for other hungry queer and trans people.

Q Center saved my life, and it has saved countless others. This Portland Pride weekend, I’m using several copies of The Oregonian as a potty pad for my dog, and I’m celebrating Kendall and all of the people who made this big, gay, community magic possible to begin with — from founding board members and donors, to volunteers and program participants, to staff and community partners along the way.

I SEE YOU.
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Logan Lynn’s “Lead With Love” Documentary Gets Distribution Deal on REVRY TV Streaming Platform

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I am beyond thrilled to announce that my film Lead With Love now has worldwide distribution on the REVRY TV platform!

Watch it on all smart TV and streaming entertainment systems, wherever you are, or click HERE to watch on mobile and online.

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WATCH: Logan Lynn Releases Documentary Film About Controversial Inter-Community Dialogue Project Between Mars Hill Church and Portland’s LGBTQ Community (VIDEO)

River Rocks Thrown Through Mars Hill Church WIndown (Lead With Love Documentary by Logan Lynn) 2014

Those of you who followed me while I was doing community work for Portland’s Q Center between 2010-2014 are most likely already familiar with the story of my Inter-Community Dialogue Project between the LGBTQ Community and Mars Hill Church…or, at least, you might think you are familiar.

I have been sitting on a documentary I made over the course of those years, but with everything going on in the world right now, it feels important to finally let people know what REALLY happened.

One major note that’s not captured in the film, is that Mars Hill Church members from our group subsequently denounced the teachings of their former leader and disassembled all of their congregations after we shot the final scenes.

Here is our story…

Watch “Lead With Love”

ABOUT THE FILM

What happens when an out, gay musician befriends an anti-gay church leader?

Notoriously anti-gay conservative evangelical megachurch Mars Hill landed in Portland, Oregon in 2011.  The public reacted swiftly in protest of the arrival of these unwelcome ideals and the media picked up the story of their purchase of “the castle” immediately.

When local musician and LGBTQ activist Logan Lynn, who was working as the spokesperson and publicist for Portland’s Q Center at the time, was quoted in The Oregonian as saying he would “extend an olive branch“ and “be respectful of them and try to make friends“ – and then he proceeded to do just that — all hell broke loose in the media, as well as in the community.

From broken windows to broken hearts, through death threats and violence, this is the true story of what can happen when sworn enemies set aside their differences and get to know one another as people.

“People have been telling the story of what happened between me and Mars Hill Church completely wrong for years,” Lynn says about the controversial inter-community dialogue project, which he created. “I gave up correcting strangers and the media half a decade ago, but I also made this documentary as it was all happening so that the truth could someday be told. That someday is now.”

After the final scenes of Logan Lynn’s “Lead With Love” documentary were shot, the controversial founder and leader of the church, Mark Driscoll, resigned and all of the Mars Hill Church congregations were dissolved across the nation.

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LISTEN: Logan Lynn is the Guest on the Band FUN.’s Ally Coalition “Contact” Show This Week

Logan Lynn on FUN Podcast by Ally Coalition (2014)

Huge thanks to the band FUN. for having me as the guest on their Ally Coalition “Contact” show this week!

Listen to the episode HERE or press play below.

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Logan Lynn Accepts Position as Communications Director for Trillium Family Services

Logan Lynn by Chase Person (2014)

All of you who follow me know that I am passionate about mental health — particularly around destigmatizing issues of trauma and addiction.

For the past 4.5 years I have been doing LGBTQ advocacy and communications work with Q Center in Portland, and I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a position as Communications Director for Trillium Family Services, Oregon’s largest provider of mental & behavioral healthcare for children and families.  Click HERE for the full scoop.

My mental health advocacy journey continues, and I hope you will join me in supporting both of these amazing organizations as I embark on this new adventure with you all! Thanks to everyone who has been posting sweet things and flooding my inbox with messages since the announcement.

I love you, too!

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Oregon Wins Marriage Equality!

Marriage Equality in Oregon (Photo by The Oregonian - May 19th 2014)

Now that marriage is won in Oregon, I am really excited for the LGBTQ community (and our allies) to get back to the still very pressing work of making schools safer, ending workplace discrimination, bringing cultural competency to systems which oppress us, building bridges with communities of faith who oppose us, pushing trans rights to the forefront of our agenda, and making sure our growing senior population is honored and celebrated, having paved the way for all of these modern victories so many years ago.

Celebrate tonight, friends — because tomorrow the work continues.

To find the LGBTQ Community Center nearest you to get involved and support this community, click HERE. In Oregon, click HERE to connect with Q Center.

(Photo: The Oregonian)

LOOK: Logan Lynn Featured on Portland Society Page with Ruth Radelet from Chromatics (PHOTOS)

Logan Lynn and Ruth Radelet from Chromatics at Q Center Winter Gala

This year I attended Q Center’s Annual Gala fundraiser for Portland’s LGBTQ Community with Ruth Radelet, lead singer of Chromatics (and muse to Karl Lagerfeld). We are old friends and it was a really fun, fancy night. Portland Society Page featured the event and ran a photo of the two of us being fancy and having fun HERE.

Below are some of the highlights from our evening…

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Logan Lynn and WNBA Star Player Brittney Griner at Q Center in Portland!

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I had a great time hosting WNBA star (and OUT lesbian) Brittney Griner this week at Q Center in Portland! Brittney read from her book, answered questions, signed and gave out copies of “In My Skin”, took photos, and was just generally wonderful. She even brought packs of Skittles and Cliff bars for all of the LGBTQ youth and friends in attendance. What a gem!

At one point during today’s dialogue, when Brittney Griner was asked if she had any advice for queer women coming out in sports, her answer was simple: “Don’t let them silence you.”
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So, This Happened Today.

Santa Claus Porn with Logan Lynn (2013)

I went to Q Center’s HOLIDAZE party today in Portland and this happened.  Oh god.

Can’t take me anywhere!

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Logan Lynn’s Showtimes Announced For Queer Music Summer Tour!

Accidental Bear Summer Benefit Tour for LGBTQ Mental Health Services and Suicide Prevention (2013) Logan Lynn

Tickets for the Accidental Bear Queer Music Summer Tour Benefit For LGBTQ Mental Health Services & Suicide Prevention with Logan Lynn, Big Dipper, Conquistador, Rica Shay and more are on sale now!

DATES:
7/5 – Beatbox, San Francisco, CA
7/7 – Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA
7/11 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
7/14 – Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
7/19 – Webster Hall, New York City, NY

 

TICKET LINKS + SHOWTIMES:

Friday, July 5th – Beatbox, San Francisco, CA

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Accidental Bear Beatbox SF Poster

 

SHOWTIMES FOR THIS STOP:
8:00pm – Doors
8:30pm – Mike Enders
8:45pm – Rica Shay
9:45pm – Conquistador
10:45pm – Logan Lynn
11:45pm – Darling Gunsel
12:45am – Big Dipper

 

Sunday, July 7th – Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Accidental Bear Los Globos SF Poster

 

SHOWTIMES FOR THIS STOP:
7:00pm – Doors
8:00pm – Mike Enders
8:15pm – Rica Shay
9:15pm – Darling Gunsel
10:15pm – Big Dipper
11:15pm – Jonny McGGovern
12:00am – Conquistador
12:45am – Logan Lynn

 

Thursday, July 11th – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Accidental Bear Mississippi Studios Poster

 

SHOWTIMES FOR THIS STOP:
8:00pm – Doors
8:30pm – Mike Enders
8:45pm – Rica Shay
9:45pm – Conquistador
10:45pm – Darling Gunsel
11:45pm – Logan Lynn
12:45am – Big Dipper

 

Sunday, July 14th – Chop Suey, Seattle, WA

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Accidental Bear Chop Suey Seattle Poster

 

SHOWTIMES FOR THIS STOP:
8:00pm – Doors
8:45pm – Mike Enders
9:00pm – Rica Shay
10:00pm – Conquistador
11:00pm – Logan Lynn
12:00am – Big Dipper
1:00am – Darling Gunsel

 

Friday, July 19th – Webster Hall, New York City, NY

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Accidental Bear Webster Hall NYC Poster

 

SHOWTIMES FOR THIS STOP:
7:00pm – Doors
7:15pm – Mike Enders
7:30pm – Rica Shay
8:15pm – Big Dipper
9:00pm – Conquistador
9:45pm – Logan Lynn
10:15pm – Darling Gunsel

 

FREE 13 Song Compilation Record By Accidental Bear Features Logan Lynn, Big Dipper, Conquistador, Darling Gunsel, and Rica Shay!

FREE Accidental Bear AB XO Compilation Record

The Accidental Bear Queer Music Summer Tour Benefit for LGBTQ Mental Health Services and Suicide Prevention is happening in one month! To get everybody pumped up for the July shows, AccidentalBear.com has released a FREE 13 song compilation record called “AB // XO – Volume 1” featuring songs by all 5 bands on the tour – Logan Lynn, Big Dipper, Conquistador, Darling Gunsel, and Rica Shay!

Download your copy by clicking on the record cover below or visit THIS LINK.

AB XO - Compilation Record - 2013 - Logan Lynn + Big Dipper + Conquistador + Darling Gunsel + Rica Shay - Album Cover

Tickets and info on the charity tour are available HERE. We will be in San Francisco on July 5th, Los Angeles on July 7th, Portland on July 11th, Seattle on July 14th, and New York City on July 19th. Get yours now!

To listen to “AB // XO – Volume 1”, press play below.

Check out this tracklist:
Compilation Record - 2013 - Logan Lynn + Big Dipper + Conquistador + Darling Gunsel + Rica Shay - Tracklist

You Don’t Speak For Me: An Interview With Dan Savage

Logan Lynn Interviews Dan Savage for Queer Voices (2013) QBlog Q Center - Portland

I had the chance to catch up with queer author, columnist, and provocateur Dan Savage this week for QBlog in advance of his new book “American Savage”, which comes out on Tuesday! We chatted about sex, marriage equality, community pushback, transphobia, biphobia, bullying, the new book and more.

Read my interview with Dan below, then come out to Powell’s books this Sunday at 2pm for a Q Center-sponsored reading, Q&A, and meet and greet with Mr. Savage himself!

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Logan Lynn: Hey Dan. Thanks for squeezing me into your busy schedule today. I’m looking forward to your book launch event at Powell’s in Portland coming up this weekend on June 2nd! How does it feel to be making these book rounds once again?

Dan Savage: (Laughs) It feels good. It’s been 7 years since I managed to carve out the time to sit down and write a book because they invented blogging and podcasting and vlogging and Twitter and Instagram. It’s not enough anymore to write a weekly column or bust out a few news items a week. You have to be constantly running your mouth online. It really takes the time away that I used to be able to put into plowing away at a book. It was a tough thing to manage.

Lynn: Well, I’m looking forward to reading it. You recently won an Emmy as well, correct?

Savage: Yeah. I didn’t win an Emmy, everybody who participated in the It Gets Better project won an Emmy. It was awarded The Governor’s Award, which is kind-of their Up With People, social justice, good works award. We are really proud to have gotten (the Emmy) but it was for the project and it’s because of the great impact it has had. The Emmy wasn’t for me and Terry. It was for all of us.

Lynn: That’s really great. What has been the most rewarding part of being involved with the It Gets Better project for you?

Savage: I’ve heard from so many LGBT kids who were helped by the project. People don’t write newspaper stories about kids who don’t kill themselves, so most of these stories aren’t out there and people don’t hear them. I now have ongoing penpal/Twitterpal relationships with some of the Read the rest of this entry »

Logan Lynn, Big Dipper, Conquistador, Darling Gunsel and Rica Shay On Tour Next Month – Get Tickets, V.I.P. Tickets and V.I.P. Passes Here Now!

Logan Lynn Live at Crystal Ballroom in Portland Oregon

Tickets for the July 2013 Accidental Bear Queer Music Summer Tour Benefit For LGBTQ Mental Health Services & Suicide Prevention with Logan LynnBig DipperConquistadorDarling Gunsel, and Rica Shay are on sale now.  The tour is presented by AccidentalBear.com and will be hitting up San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and New York City this first round, with more cities in the works for later this year and early next.

100% of the proceeds from the A.B. Queer Music Tour go to Ali Forney Center (NYC)Pride Foundation (Seattle)Q Center (PDX)LA Gay & Lesbian Center, and Stonewall Project (SF), so there are offering a few ticket levels in an effort to raise the most money possible for these vital community resources.  The mission of this tour is to bring awareness and visibility to LGBTQ music while working to diminish the stigma around mental health and raise money for suicide prevention efforts in each of the communities where the tour is taking place.

Help us live out the mission of Ali Forney Center, Pride Foundation, Q Center, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, and Stonewall Project by purchasing your ticket to the Queer Music Summer Tour today and come have a great time for a great cause this July!

 

Tour Dates, Cities and Tickets:

7/5 – Beatbox, San Francisco, CA – Tickets:  http://bit.ly/15h9592

7/7 – Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA – Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/12kzPbS

7/11 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR – Tickets: http://bit.ly/11DxBPg

7/14 – Chop Suey, Seattle, WA – Tickets:  http://bit.ly/18r0hgP

7/19 – Webster Hall, New York City, NY – Tickets:  http://tktwb.tw/YfzqmD

 

Here’s the ticket pricing info for all 5 shows:

$15 – G.A. (General Admission)
$45 – G.A.+ (General Admission + Tour T-Shirt + Invited to meet and greet w/ bands at VIP reception)
$75 – V.I.P (General Admission Ticket + Tour T-Shirt + Invited to meet and greet w/ bands at pre-show VIP reception + Photo with bands)

 

Watch videos by all the bands playing the tour at the following:

Logan Lynnhttp://youtu.be/_fa5WgqY6cA

Big Dipperhttp://youtu.be/h_6py7V2OuU

Conquistadorhttp://youtu.be/_HHsz902p_0

Darling Gunselhttp://youtu.be/kPA366T2wDU

Rica Shayhttp://youtu.be/IIhf8InaOr4

 

Accidental Bear has also released a FREE digital 13 song compilation album called “AB // XO” with songs from the bands headlining the tour, which is available at AccidentalBear.Bandcamp.com – Download yours today for zero dollars and get excited about the shows this summer!   

Thank you to our official tour sponsors Manhunt Cares and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  If you are an individual, business, corporation, or organization and you are interested in showing your support of the LGBTQ community, a great way to do that is to become a sponsor of the AB Summer Tour! Click HERE to download the sponsorship packet. 

Like the A.B. Queer Music Benefit on Facebook HERE.

 

See you next month!

 

Logan Lynn Is The Guest On Out Loud Radio This Week! Stream The Show Here.

Logan Lynn and Fred Armisen from Portlandia at Q Center in Portland (2013)

In case you missed it live on-air last night, I was the guest on Out Loud Radio this week talking about community work, summer tour, racism in the LGBTQ community, and more. I chat with Sasha Buchert from KBOO for a good 40 of the 60 minutes about why we are doing the work we are doing at (and for) Q Center in Portland, my dream for the world, and more.

To stream the show online, click HERE.

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