Portland Queer Comedy Festival Co-Founder/Co-Producer Belinda Carroll has been an activist in the LGBTQ community since 1993, and began in entertainment producing stage shows at the City Nightclub; the country’s only underage LGBTQ nightclub, at that time. After working as a vocalist throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, Belinda began stand-up comedy in late 2008 and has had the great pleasure of producing sold out shows for, and featuring with — Guy Branum, ANT, Vicki Shaw, Dana Goldberg, Jason Stuart, Sandra Valls and Julie Goldman, among others. In addition, Belinda was a co-organizer for the 2010 Butch Voices National Conference, was a recipient of the 2011 Pride-in-Action award from Pride NW for her work on founding the Q Patrol, a community foot patrol to reduce LGBTQ hate crimes in downtown Portland, and was awarded a Queer Hero award by GLAPN (Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest) in 2018. She has worked with Portland LGBTQ Pride in various capacities; as Entertainment Director, Emcee, Stage Manager, as well as acting as the main organizer for the Portland Dyke March since 2011. As a writer, she has written for the anthology Persistence: All-Ways Butch/Femme, Curve, Huffington Post, Cracked.com, and PQ Monthly. She just read this back, and realized she is clearly very, very gay.