The Wedding of Box Wine Boyfriend
This is a past event. Saturday, February 9 at 5:30pm 11:00pm
Hi-Lo Hotel 310 S.W. Harvey Milk St., Portland, OR 97204
Benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Michael James Schneider and his boyfriend-he-made-out-of-boxes-of-wine request your presence for the Wedding of Box Wine Boyfriend, with a reception immediately after the ceremony (7 p.m.) with food and drink, photo booths and appearances from newsworthy LGBTQ+ performers.
In 2018, writer and contemporary artist Michael James Schneider made a “boyfriend” using boxes from wine he self-medicated on after a rough breakup. The original photo series and then, six months later, news of their engagement went viral and was featured in Huffington Post, VICE, Buzzfeed, The Oregonian, Out Magazine and the Today Show, among numerous news outlets. Presented on social media, Mike’s relationship with “Franz,” his Box Wine Boyfriend, performs grief for what an ended relationship could have been while satirizing the visual language of influencer culture. When Franz “proposed” to Michael this summer, that photo series made it to news outlets including Mashable, VICE, The Takeout and Portland Monthly. This wedding, the penultimate conclusion of their series, realizes and mocks “the slippery slope” argument from homophobic political language that kept people including Schneider from marrying their partners until 2015 — “if two men can get married, what’s to stop someone from marrying a person made of trash?”
All proceeds of ticket and wine sales benefit the ACLU of Oregon, with donations from sponsors including the Hi-Lo Hotel, Adornment Events, House Wine and The Black Tux.
Wedding guests will witness an officiation ceremony from beloved local drag icon Bolivia Carmichaels and meet Franz’s parents, “Bud and Rose.” Reception guests will enjoy food and drinks from the HiLo Hotel, Cabot Cheese, Hungry Hero Desserts and House Wine. In addition to a photo booth with Franz and tarot readings from custom decks designed by Jen Van Horn, wedding and reception guests will see a performance from White Lotus Lion and Dragon Dance company, and performances and appearances from some of Portland and the internet’s favorite LGBTQ+ performers, including:
- Pepper Pepper
- Bolivia Carmichaels
- LuLu Luscious
- Sparkle Lynn More
- NaeNae Dominatrix
- Clare Apparently