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Burnside Triangle

Rainbow flag displayed in the Burnside Triangle, near the intersection of West Burnside Street, Southwest 13th Avenue, and Southwest Stark Street

The Burnside Triangle, also known as Pink Triangle,[1] is a triangular district in Portland, Oregon, United States, known for its relatively higher density of LGBT and gay-friendly businesses.[2]


  • Description and history 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Description and history

The Burnside Triangle is centered on Southwest Stark Street and comprises a triangular set of city blocks. It is arguably Portland's most visible gay neighborhood and Greek thoroughfare. Bounded by Southwest Alder Street, Southwest 14th Avenue, West Burnside Street, and Southwest Broadway, the district has been a meeting place for Portland’s LGBT community since the turn of the 20th century.

In 2007, in an article about Portland's appeal to "queer travelers" (particularly lesbians), The Advocate noted that men dominate the bars and nightclubs along Stark Street and the Burnside Triangle.[3] In 2008, Willamette Week said the Downtown Portland district "underwent a complete renaissance and is now thoroughly established as a LGBT enclave stretching over several energetic city blocks. The influence of Burnside spreads into nearby neighborhoods including the Pearl District (a former industrial section of old Portland that now booms with art and commerce) and the rather upscale and upbeat Northwest neighborhood."[4]

See also


  2. ^ Notman, Alex (February 14, 2013). "Gay Friendly?". Eugene Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Mulholland, Aefa (July 13, 2007). "Portland is for (lesbian) lovers".  
  4. ^ Beck, Byron (July 3, 2008). "In The Gay-tto: Portland Queer Hood Comes In at #".  

External links

  • Burnside Triangle planning group takes shape by Lee Scopel (March 6, 2002), Daily Journal of Commerce
  • Burnside's changes -- east and west Ryan Frank (October 25, 2007), The Oregonian
  • Getting down in downtown: Portland's central city is the weekend home to late-night revelers by Kate Loftesness (September 17, 2010), The Oregonian

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