Women in California and Oregon Will be Able to Get Birth Control Directly From Pharmacists 

Two new laws in California and Oregon will allow women to forgo with a visit to the gynecologist in order to obtain a prescription for birth control. The New York Times reports that in the next few months, women will be able to get a prescription for contraception directly from a pharmacist. »Sunday 1:30pm11/22/15 1:30pm


Oregon City Councilor Calls Muslims 'Pure Evil,' Threatens to Deliver 'Ass Whooping' to Trans Kids

Welcome to Big Time Small-Time Dicks, a regular column on The Slot that explores local politicians, small-town scandals, and everything else making life miserable on a local level. Know a small time person who is a big time dick we should feature? Email us. »11/12/15 1:10pm11/12/15 1:10pm

Oregon Court Upholds Convictions of Couple Who Sought 'Faith Healing' Instead of Doctor for Baby

The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 manslaughter convictions of a faith-healing couple whose premature baby died after a homebirth when they didn’t seek medical treatment. Dale and Shannon Hickman are members of the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City, which the state said has a long history of children… »10/13/15 9:05am10/13/15 9:05am

Portland Residents Are Desperate to Find the Man Pooping All Over Their City

Portland, Oregon needs your prayers. Or, at the very least, a whole bunch of plastic bags. There is an as-yet-unidentified man roaming around the city, pooping in public places, and leaving it there for the world to see and smell. Portland residents have begun calling him “The Portland Pooper” because, honestly,… »8/28/15 1:30pm8/28/15 1:30pm

Oregon Pharmacists Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Birth Control 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a measure into law that will allow Oregon pharmacists to prescribe birth control directly to patients. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Knute Buehler, who is both male and Republican, who sponsored the proposal because, he said, “it makes no sense that men have unrestrained access… »7/07/15 7:10pm7/07/15 7:10pm

Bakery That Refused to Bake Cake For Lesbian Couple Must Pay Damages

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages. According to the Associated Press, the damages were ordered by Oregon’s bureau of labor and industries for the “emotional suffering” caused by the bakeries… »7/04/15 1:30pm7/04/15 1:30pm

Oregon is Attempting to Ban Upskirt Photos Taken Without Consent

Yes, you read that headline right: the state of Oregon is “attempting” to ban unwarranted upskirt photos. Because as is infuriatingly the case in many other municipalities, there’s a question of whether or not the practice of taking pictures of women’s genitals without their consent is entirely illegal. »5/26/15 9:40pm5/26/15 9:40pm

Oregon Man Demands That City Council Do Something About Gross Farts

Peter Walters of Pendleton, Oregon is furious. Last week, his fair city passed an amendment which bans marijuana odor, citing it as a nuisance. That’s fine and all, but Walters is concerned that the city isn’t doing enough to curb another important problem: Gross farts that cover Pendleton like a cloud of… »5/25/15 12:36pm5/25/15 12:36pm

Oregon's Next Governor Will be the First Bisexual to Head State 

Politico has an interesting profile on Kate Brown, Oregon's next governor who will serve until November 2016 in an interim role. According to the website, the 54-year-old Brown was first elected to the state House in 1992 and moved to the Senate a few years later where she became the first woman to serve in the role… »2/14/15 11:30am2/14/15 11:30am

Oregon Strippers to Lobby Legislature for Better Working Conditions 

A group of Oregon strippers are planning to lobby the state legislature to implement better health and safety requirements for strip clubs, including better security and a requirement to display a poster about entertainers' rights. It's the first time a group of dancers have used the legislative system to push for… »2/02/15 7:40pm2/02/15 7:40pm

Oregon Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Expenses

Oregon became the fifth state to expand its Medicaid coverage to include the often staggering costs of transgender medical bills. It joins California, Massachusetts, Vermont and the District of Columbia, all of whom already offer coverage for gender dysphoria. Oregon's expanded coverage includes reassignment surgery,… »1/11/15 12:00pm1/11/15 12:00pm