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Darcelle XV
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 10 July 2023

The city of Portland has announced the renaming of O'Bryant Square to Darcelle XV Plaza.

darcelle xv plaza obryant parkO'Bryant Square (Photo/Visitor7 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)
This effort pays tribute to the legendary drag performer and LGBTQ+ icon, Darcelle XV, while celebrating the vibrant LGBTQ+ history and culture that have shaped Portland.

Darcelle XV Plaza honors the legacy of Walter Cole, known by the stage name Darcelle XV. For over five decades, Darcelle XV enchanted audiences with dazzling performances, infectious energy, and a powerful message of acceptance and inclusivity.

"By renaming O'Bryant Square to Darcelle XV Plaza, we are embracing and celebrating the indelible contributions of Darcelle XV to our city's LGBTQ+ community," stated Commissioner Dan Ryan. "This renaming reflects our commitment to fostering a more inclusive city that recognizes the diversity and immense value of its residents."

Walter Cole, who established Darcelle XV in 1967, is an enduring symbol of strength and pride for the Portland LGBTQ+ community. As the world's oldest performing drag queen, Darcelle XV not only entertained countless audiences, but also became an icon of resilience and authenticity.

"Renaming O'Bryant Square to Darcelle XV Plaza signifies the progress we have made as a city in embracing diversity and embracing LGBTQ+ history.

"May this plaza serve as a reminder of our shared journey towards inclusivity and acceptance", added Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Darcelle XV Plaza will serve as a gathering place for community events, cultural celebrations, and public gatherings. It will stand as a symbol of Portland's commitment to equality, acceptance, and the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights. 

The renaming proclamation for Darcelle XV Plaza will take place on July 13, at 2 p.m. in council chambers. Members of the public are invited to attend this historic occasion and join in the celebration. 

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