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O'Bryant Square Being Renamed For Legendary Drag Queen Darcelle XV

(Portland, OR) -- The City of Portland is set to rename downtown's O'Bryant Square in honor of legendary local drag queen Darcelle XV [[ fifteen ]] this week. The official renaming ceremony is set for Thursday in the City Council Chambers. Darcelle, whose legal name was Walter Cole, died at the age of 92 in March following nearly six decades on stage at his eponymous Portland nightclub. Guinness World Records certified him as the oldest performing drag queen in 2016. The nightclub Darcelle XV was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020, becoming the first LGBTQ+ historic site designated in Oregon.

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