RED DRESS PARTY PDX
DANCING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
PORTLAND'S MOST POPULAR PARTY!
2022/2023 Update: What's the Plan?
As events are coming back into play, the board has had some tough decisions to make. Sadly, we won't be able to throw the huge annual dance party fundraiser this year.
There are a variety of reasons that brought us to this decision, including:
Needing space to accommodate such a large group that still meets fire marshal rules (they became more strict after the ghost ship tragedy)
Portland large venues are already booked for the summer
Our normal starting budget for the party has been depleted after maintaining costs to continue the organization without being able to raise money over the last couple of years
The good news is that we are already planning for 2023 so we can bring the party back with a bang! Additionally, this summer we’re rolling out a series of small events called Red Dress Revamp 2022. We’re looking to partner with local businesses, as well as existing sponsors, to throw a few smaller events to keep the party spirit alive and replenish our coffers so we’ll be in great shape for 2023. The series is still being planned so keep an eye out for more to come!
Why Wear a Red Dress?
When this organization started, the focus was on people living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS. The red dress serves as a way to level the playing field and join us in solidarity. It's a symbol of support and compassion. As the party has grown, we've taken on other local causes, but HIV/AIDs is still one of our major focuses. When everyone comes in a red dress it no longer matters who you are, how you identify, etc. just that we are all there to support our community.
We do understand that some people have personal reasons that don't make wearing a dress optimal. In the spirit of inclusivity, we've loosened the rules a bit. Two-piece garments are acceptable, as well as any additional pieces of clothing that will make you feel more comfortable, as long as your outfit/costume is more than 75% red and at a glance reads as a "dress". Check out our FAQ page to learn more about the dress code and other questions.
Red Dress PDX is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established and run exclusively by volunteers. Through our events and donations, we support queer youth, help community members living with HIV and AIDS, help to fight domestic violence, and serve other community members in need.