Thomas Lauderdale

Meet Portland resident Thomas Lauderdale, the rather fabulous founder and pianist of the multi- million-selling pop-jazz group, Pink Martini. Thomas had an interesting upbringing when his father became the subject of multiple talk shows when he came out as gay. Thomas was just 10 at the time. His father went on to become the first openly gay minister in his denomination.

Thomas Lauderdale
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WATCH: I Like To Watch.
FRAGRANCE: Victory Wolf in Portland. We are creating a Limited edition in partnership with Victory Wolf Pink Martini presents…
UPTOWN: I have two out ts one is Hugo Boss suit in grey or navy. And then Vintage Football pants from Army and navy Surplus store.
DOWNTOWN: There is a hot new gay strip club in Portland called Stag PDX. It is the first club in Portland where men can strip fully.
FAVOURITE DRINK: Hello Goodbye which is a drink we can get in Portland. What’s in it? Bacardi Silver Rum/ roasted coconut water/ lime.
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Lúc Lác Vietnamese Kitchen in Portland Oregon. – cheapest and best.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO ON A FIRST DATE: Rooster Rock which is a nude beach where the Columbia River meets the Gorge. Check out my Instagram on thomasmlauderdale.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL DESTINATION: Hawaii – the beaches are amazing.
FAVOURITE BOOK: A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Tool.
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: I don’t have a TV.
THREE TOP SONGS ON MY PLAYLIST: “Everybody’s Talkin” – Midnight Cowboy “Rivers of Babylon” – Boney M “Vera Lynn” – Now is the Hour
QUOTE TO LIVE BY: “We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity. Virtuous people are simply those who have either not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them.” – Isadora Duncan, “My Life”


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Pink Martini are on tour.

About the author: Jake Hook
The editor and chief of THEGAYUK. All in a previous life wrote and produced songs on multi-platinum records.