Pride in Ourselves, Pride in our Craft
Most years, Union Carpenters participate in the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade in Portland, Oregon. Showcasing their support of the LGBTQ+ community and their pride as Union Carpenters, our Brothers and Sisters celebrate the diversity of our trade with the community at large.
This year, Portland Pride was hosted virtually. We touched base with a few carpenters to learn more about the importance of diversity in our industry.
Meet Charlene Getchell
Journey-level Carpenter of Local 1503, Special Projects Coordinator, Instructor, and Multimedia Productions at Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute
“I do believe transparency is important for a lot of reasons. How are people going to trust you if you’re hiding a big part of yourself? Being a lesbian is a part of my life, but it’s only part of me. It’s not who I am in my entirety.
Meet Quincy Durio
Journey-level Carpenter of Local 1503
“It feels like it’s important to be transparent. I’d rather be out and open about myself. I want it to become more normalized, and I don’t want to be marginalized. I don’t want to be seen as ‘other.'”