Darcelle – LGBT Icon
Walter Cole (born 1930), better known as Darcelle XV, is a drag queen right here in Portland, Oregon. Cole served in the military until the late 1950s, after which he lived a “conventional” life in southeast Portland with his wife and two children. Funds he received from the military helped Cole start new business ventures. He first purchased a coffeehouse near Portland State University called Caffé Espresso, which later relocated and was expanded to include a jazz club called Studio A. In 1967, Cole purchased a tavern in northwest Portland called Demas, which became Darcelle XV Showplace.