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Equinox Tattoo hosts LGBTQ event with performers, snow cones, music and fun for all ages

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Shelly Gray, co-owner of Equinox Tattoo, hosted a Pride Event Saturday, June 18, in downtown Gresham. A business in the heart of downtown Gresham has set itself up as a safe, welcoming haven for any LGBTQ community members who need a breather or place to get away from uncomfortable situations or hate.

That business, Equinox Tattoo, celebrated that ethos alongside those folks it wants to uplift during its first Pride event. From 2-7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, the business, at 121 N. Main Ave., opened its doors with a free gathering filled with queer performers, drag, comedy and more; queer movies, music and trivia; snow cones and a pride mini-market; rainbow face paint; raffle and more. The interior of the tattoo parlor was transformed into an affirming, fun space for all ages, with rainbow lights and decorations.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Shelby and Amber Buford helped volunteer during Equinox's Pride event by helming the queer marketplace.  At the center of it all was Shelly Gray, who owns Equinox Tattoo with her husband, Bill "Jersey" Gray. Shelly has an infectious energy, bringing laughter and beaming smiles to the attendees of the event as she glided around the room in her drag persona Ann Continence. She has a knack for making everyone feel comfortable and connected.

"It is all about having fun," she said. "We want to be at the center of a coalition of businesses that support and protect the queer community.

"The goal is to have this become an annual Pride event that gets even bigger in future years with more people joining in," Shelly added.

Learn more about Equinox Tattoo online at equinoxtattoo.com


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