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Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi

4115 N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97217, US (map)

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  • Saturday
    Mar 17 2018
    Interrupting Racism Actionshop (Resolutions Northwest)

    Registration required: https://resolutionsnorthwest.org/events/interrupting-racism-7/

    Imagine a world where when racism arises we take action.

    Racism is all around us. It lives in the DNA of every system and institution in the United States, and here in Portland. This Actionshop is focused on interpersonal racism, within the context of systemic and institutional oppression. We will explore the way racism arises in our everyday interactions, and offer tools and practice for interrupting racism.

    We’ll provide a historically and contextually grounded space to talk deeply about racism and the evolution of Racial Codes. But we won’t stop there! Simply talking about racism is not enough to dismantle the power structures that uphold the racial order. At the same time, creating systemic change requires interrupting the learned and daily behaviors that reinforce racism to move toward building healthy communities.

    A note from the trainers: For many Black and Brown people in our community, nothing has changed. For others, especially for many white people, the last Presidential election and events such as the May 26 white-supremacist attack here in Portland have increased their motivation to find out what they can do. The Interrupting Racism Actionshop is not a response to these specific events. This is not a training in self-defense or nonviolent resistance. We will continue to focus the training, as we always have, on internal, interpersonal, organization, and systemic racism and the work we need to do as individuals to change these systems.

    Registration required: https://resolutionsnorthwest.org/events/interrupting-racism-7/

  • Wednesday
    Jan 31 2018
    Trans Housing Open Meeting

    Please join us for a Trans Housing Open Meeting at the Q Center on Wednesday, January 31. Have you experienced homeless or marginal housing in Portland's increasingly expensive and inaccessible housing market?

    According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, One in five transgender people in the United States has been discriminated when seeking a home, and more than one in ten have been evicted from their homes, because of their gender identity.

    This meeting is an open meeting, the purpose of this meeting is to create a small space to talk about some of the overwhelming issues of accessing housing and see if there are any unmet needs and ways to address those needs in the community.

    The meeting will be facilitated within the guidlines of the Q Center's Code of Conduct with an emphasis given on community conversation.

  • Saturday
    Jan 27 2018
    Portland Queer Lives on Film


    Greetings and happy 2018 to all. As many have heard within the last year I have been co-creating with SE Uplift as well as local activists, community members and story-tellers to bring the Queer Lives Archive to the Queer Center of Portland.

    This event is the premiere of PDXQLOF: Portland Queer Lives on Film!

    Come welcome the year with this FREE (donations benefiting Q Center encouraged, but not expected) local event in community as documentary film pieces are shown in the main room of the center. These life stories come from courageous, inspiring QTPoC folk in our PDX community who are using their voices, art and challenges to make the world a better, more informed place.

    The event will begin with documentary shorts, followed by a panel Q&A section where community members can ask and converse with the interviewees, as well as with the filmmaker and crew.

    Community partners include Q Center, SE Uplift, Latino Network and U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX.

    See you there!


    Saludos y feliz 2018 a todxs. Como muchxs han escuchado en el último año he estado co-creando con SE Uplift, así como activistas locales, miembros de la comunidad y narradorxs para traer el archivo de vidas queer al centro queer de Portland.

    Este evento es el estreno de PDXQLOF: Portland queer vive en la película!

    Vengan a bienvenir el año con este evento GRATIS (donaciones que benefician al centro Queer seran aceptadas, pero no se esperan) en comunidad ya que las piezas documentales de cine se muestran en la sala principal del centro. Estas historias de vidas de gente valiente e inspiradora en nuestra comunidad de Portland que están usando sus voces, arte y desafíos para hacer el mundo un lugar mejor, y más informado.

    El evento comenzará con cortometrajes/documentales, seguidos con una sección de preguntas y respuestas del panel en la que los miembros de la comunidad pueden preguntar y conversar con los entrevistados, así como con el director y el equipo de grabación.

    Los socios comunitarios incluyen Q Center, SE Uplift, Latino Network y U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX.

    ¡Nos vemos ahí!

  • Saturday
    Jan 6 2018
    LGBTQ Health Community Listening Session

    The Pride Study
    By Us, For Us

    PRIDEnet wants to learn about your community’s health concerns, your communication and technology preferences, and your questions about health research as we help the historic All of Us Research Program welcome LGBTQ folks from around the country. We want to know more about things like:

    1. your biggest community health concern?
    2. your most trusted sources of health information?
    3. how to improve health for our communities?
    4. what can medical providers could do to improve health in our communities?
    5. what should researchers study to improve health in our communities?
    6. What technology do you use at home?
    7. What other things are you checking out online?

    Folks ages 18 and older who identify as a sexual or gender minority and live in and around Portland. Hosts and facilitators are Dr. Angela Carter of the Equi Institute, Lynnette McFadzen of BiNet USA, and Carolyn Hunt of PRIDEnet.

    We need to know more. Lack of information on our social, mental, and physical health is a barrier to creating better services and policies for our communities. We’ve never been included before in a federal study like this from the beginning and we want to make sure that LGBTQ people feel great about participating. You can help.

    Register by January 4 by going to this link https://ucsf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Gfek8kley7LuPr and filling out the form: We’ll contact you. The first 25 to register become eligible for a $25 gift card!

  • Thursday
    Jan 4 2018
    Oregon Queer Youth Summit 2018 Kick Off Organizing Ugly Sweater Party!

    Tell all yr friends! Let's get together to celebrate each other's brilliance and plan the Oregon Queer Youth Summit 2018!!!

  • Sunday
    Dec 17 2017
    Holiday Cards to LGBT Prisoners! (Beyond These Walls)

    During the holiday season, most of us look forward to spending time with our friends and family... being with the ones we love. For LGBT people who are incarcerated, the holidays are often a time when the sting of being away from community is particularly painful.

    Join Beyond These Walls as we write holiday cards to send to LGBT people living behind bars. We'll provide the names, cards, and stamps... just show up and write a sweet note! Snacks will be included!

  • Saturday
    Dec 16 2017
    Pet-A-Pig benefitting Q Center and Blanchet Farm

    Come hang out with therapy support pigs and help two great local nonprofits! Local celebrity pig P. Iggy will be there too! Learn more about the Blanchet House addiction recovery farm at http://www.blanchethouse.org/farm/. All suggested donations go to Q Center and Blanchet Farm.

  • Friday
    Dec 15 2017
    Cabaret with a Q - Holiday Edition, benefitting the Q Center!

    Come sing your favorite holiday songs (plus the usual showtunes and pop songs) with your community! From Nat King Cole to Mariah Carey, we've got you covered. We will have a live pianist, song books and so much fun.

    This is an ALL AGES event. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available.

    Suggested donation $5 - $10, but no one turned away.

  • Monday
    Dec 4 2017
    World AIDS Day - *eRa* and PSU present United in Anger

    For World AIDS Day (December 1st) eRa, Q Center's program for LGBTQ+ Senior community , and the Capstone Project at PSU, are showing the Documentary "United in Anger".

  • Sunday
    Dec 3 2017
    Trans Clinic: Insurance & IDs

    Join community and health organizations for a special combination event! The insurance exchange closes December 15th or maybe you want to start a new year with new IDs. We can help with both! Co-hosted by: Equi Institute, Legacy Health, OHSU, Kaiser, Outside In's ID Project, Q Center, and more!

    If you plan to come, RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/3tPUQTjw2xUz62BD2.

    Interpretación en español disponible

    WHAT? Health Insurance: 1) The insurance exchange will close December 15th. If you still need to purchase private insurance on the exchange (not OHP or Medicare) and have questions about what is available to you, this event is for you.

    2) If you recently had any changes to your OHP and need to check in about that, this event is for you!

    IDs: If you have questions or need guidance on updating your name or gender marker on identity documents, come by! We will have knowledgeable assisters available and copies of most forms.

    **Q Center is ADA accessible with gender neutral bathrooms and is located at 4115 N. Mississippi Ave. Trimet's #4 line drops off directly outside Q Center and the yellow Max line is nearby at the N. Skidmore stop. We will be in the Equi Institute side of Q Center. The front door is directly on N. Mississippi and has no steps.

    We will have snacks, water, juice, and coffee available. <3

    ***If you plan to come, RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/3tPUQTjw2xUz62BD2.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 15 2017
    LGBTQ Housing Instability Focus Group

    The Community Alliance of Tenants and Portland State University are doing a study to learn more about how specific communities experience housing issues in the #Portland area.

    This focus group is for LGBTQ folks.

    The details of the converstaions will be kept confidential, but the lessons learned about the community may influence advocacy for housing justice.

    Registration for the group is first-come, first-served. You can resigter in 1 of 3 ways:

    -online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfF8DgGQzGB1g-O_Wg6VOtxrD7P3QXcXS-YFoAv96YU1yHXbA/viewform

    -by email to housingstudy@pdx.edu

    -by leaving a voicemail at 503.460.9702, ext. 135

    We will ask for a name to sign you up, but it can be a made-up name.

    If you have any questions, contact Erin at housingstudy@pdx.edu, or leave a voicemail at 503.460.9702 ext. 135. This study is approved by the PSU Human Subjects Research Review Committee as a #174369.

    Please note: this is part of three culturally specific housing instability focus groups: one on Black & African people, one on LGBTQ people, another on Elders. Please only register for one, allowing for as many people to participate as possible.

  • Thursday
    Nov 9 2017
    Ages of Art: eRa's Annual Art Show opening.

    Once a year Q Center's Gallery is filled with eclectic Art created by our LGBTQ Senior Community members. All of the month of November we get to enjoy the work. On November 9th we spend an afternoon enjoying one another, enjoying the art! Come to the opening and see friends and artists.

  • Thursday
    Oct 26 2017
    Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest regular monthly meeting

    GLAPN works to preserve the history of LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest. This is GLAPN's regular monthly meeting.

    Glapn: Northwest LGBTQ History
    Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN)

  • Wednesday
    Oct 11 2017
    Pride Northwest 2017 National Coming Out Day (NCOD)

    Come Out and join Pride Northwest and celebrate National Coming Out Day! We will have a Coming Out photo booth and stories, games, food, and music. Oct. 11 at Q Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

    Pride Northwest
    Community Organization · Portland, Oregon
    Oregon & SW Washington's LGBTQ Pride Organization

  • Saturday
    Oct 7 2017
    Disabled Community Care Night

    please join us for disabled community care nite!

    community care for self identified disabled folks. all ages. this event is inclusive of crips who are queer, trans and poc. this event is inclusive of disabled folks of all economic classes and housing status.

    *care will be set up in stations with written descriptions at each station. there will be signs indicating if a station is an all ages or adult areas. folks will be available to help transfer as needed. some stations subject to change. location of some stations will shift during event due to space availability:

    • body work
    • accupuncture
    • loving our bodies: hair coloring and cuts
    • outdoor weed/dab/vaping/piercing/stick and poke station
    • mobility device tune ups (general cleaning and de-gunking)
    • bong, pipe, rig cleaning (bring your pipes and bongs! sometimes hand work can be hard for folks)
    • glam your mobility and/or medical devices
    • open mic
    • herbalists
    • chilling in a big nest of blankets and pillows while ableds bring us food and we make art/hang out/ rest

    working on these things/they are not solid yet:

    • bulk weed
    • tinctures, herbs and salves
    • pipes and bongs
    • ableds/disabled community support support sign up


    • Designated chill/low sensory zone
    • ramp accessible
    • two accessible bathrooms
    • some sharp corners in the equi-institute. hard floors
    • please come scent free. checking on scent of q center
    • ableds in support roles to help with transfers, emotional support, accessibility support also known as needs. if you have specific needs please check in with us before the event so we can try to meet folks' needs.
    • child care
    • on site parking. if you are an abled in a support role please leave close by parking open for disabled folks. be aware sometimes disabled folks take longer to get places so please extend this to the entire event.
    • trying to arrange rides from se meet up spot
    • we realize we are not addressing everybody's needs, especially the needs of folks with hearing or sight disabilities. this event is a work in progress. please let us know for this event or for future events how we can be more inclusive.
    • all ableds in support roles will be given a super brief training on how to work with disabled folks. the organizers of this don't have capacity to develop a full training in order to put on a care nite in order to get care but is something we are working on :)
    • community wheelchair available

    we are super grateful to be working with the q center and sacred vessel natural medicine. we have access to the sacred vessel clinic the entire time and have access to the q-center from 3:30-6. please expect some shifting to occur at those points.

    looking into finding a host so crips coming into town for this can attend.


    • vegan food
    • low sodium food
    • gluten free food
    • fresh fruit/veggies
    • probitoics foods
    • junk food
  • LGBTQ Foster Youth and You (AM and PM sessions)

    Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent or geting involved in the Oregon Foster Care System? Come listen to foster youth, foster parents and system partners to discuss becoming a foster parent or a volunteer and learn about the specific need for LGBTQ-affirming families.

    There are 2 identical sessions, 9am-11:30 and 12:30pm-3pm, with a social opportunity for everyone from 11:30am-12:30pm. Coffee and light snacks will be served during the event and a light lunch will be provided. We encourage you to attend the lunch hour to get the chance to talk one-on-one with DHS workers and other community partners.

    RSPVs are requested but not required to attend. Please share widely and register if possible so we are able to plan accordingly for food.

    Please email deidra.l.gibson-cairns@multco.us with any questions or requests for special accommodations.

    A special thank you to our main sponsor, The Portland Children's Levy for their generous support!

    PLEASE REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-foster-youth-and-you-tickets-37019251578

  • Thursday
    Sep 28 2017
    Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest regular monthly meeting

    GLAPN works to preserve the history of LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest. This is GLAPN's regular monthly meeting.

    Glapn: Northwest LGBTQ History
    Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN)

  • Tuesday
    Sep 26 2017
    Place Justice: making a place for everyone

    City Repair is excited to host our third community placemaking conversation with the topic of “Making a Place for Everyone” on Sept 26, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Q Center (4115 N Mississippi Ave). This program is in large part funded by Oregon Humanities

    To date, this conversation series has highlighted stories of Food and Housing Justice in the spring for the Village Building Convergence. Now we will hear from community leaders and organization representatives that continue the good work at the intersection between Place and Equity. From utilizing historical neighborhood depictions, to artistic slogans or community organizing through placemaking, the speakers will shed light on their methods and challenges of reclaiming Place in this rapidly developing and segregating city.

    Speakers include Jessica Rojas from NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, Judy BlueHorse Skeleton - a Portland State University professor in Indigenous Studies and driving force in the Cully Native Gathering Garden, Donovan Smith from Ignorant Reflections, Candace Kita from Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon - APANO, and more.

    Event entrance is $10-20 sliding scale, no-one turned away and includes a dinner from a local POC restaurant.

    This event also acts as the 3rd #VillageInspirationConvergence, an event to initiate the placemaking season for #CityRepair when we begin to help 30-50 communities to develop projects that benefit the commons such as intersection repair paintings, permaculture gardens, community kiosks/natural buildings, and building villages for the housless.

  • Wednesday
    Sep 13 2017
    Portland Two Spirit Society Gathering

    This gather will be very casual, just a meet & great sort of thing and to identify up coming events within the Portland Native Community that we can be present in as a Two-Spirit Family.

    Everyone is welcome to share space with us. Please come and bless us with your Good Medicine.

    Contact information:

    Lorne James email: portlandtwospiritsociety@gmail.com phone: 971-231-4999

  • Thursday
    Aug 24 2017
    Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN) regular monthly meeting

    GLAPN works to preserve the history of LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest. This is GLAPN's regular monthly meeting.

    Glapn: Northwest LGBTQ History - Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN)

  • Thursday
    Aug 10 2017
    Know Your City: Celebrate Our Leaders

    COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE: After eight successful years of leadership in civic empowerment and creative placemaking, we at Know Your City have a special announcement from our board and two of our staff members, Cameron Whitten and Lydia Grijalva: Cameron is stepping down as Executive Director, and Lydia Grijalva is stepping up as our Interim Executive Director.

    Cameron Whitten has served with Know Your City since 2013. First, as a Board Member, then as Board President, and since September 2015, Executive Director. After two years of service, Cameron is leaving his position as Executive Director.

    We would like to publically thank Cameron for everything he has done to make KYC what it is today. His leadership has been pivotal in setting the groundwork for us to leverage our impact in Portland.

    But don’t worry! He’ll still be around. You can catch Cameron leading the Hidden History of Albina and People’s History of Portland tours, and guest starring in special events. No matter where he goes, Cameron will always be a part of our Know Your City family. Cameron has made sacrifices time and time again to ensure that these important programs were successful. Cameron has given so much to our organization, and we’re so thankful to have had him on staff.

    Additionally, we are honored to welcome Lydia as our Interim Director. Already, we see that she is a capable, strategic, and passionate leader who is sure to facilitate continued success for Know Your City. We can’t wait to see what the future brings!

    Come join us at the Q Center for a potluck and to celebrate our leaders!

    Know Your City engages the public in art and social justice through creative placemaking projects.

  • Thursday
    Jul 27 2017
    Meet and Greet with the Jewish Community at Q Center

    Join us and learn more about the Jewish community in Portland. Representatives from many Jewish organizations will be present and will be serving Jewish food, from the traditional to the surprising!

    Q Center - provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility and community building. Q Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization which offers multi-generational programs and services in four core areas: Arts & Culture; Education & Training; Health & Wellness and Advocacy.

    Jewish Federation of Greater Portland - The strength of a people. The power of community.

  • Open Discussion on Ban On Trans Military Service

    Dear Transgender Friends,

    In a stunning decision Wednesday morning, July 25 the Trump administration announced the ban on Transgender Military service members, halting 20 years of progress toward opening this area of service to trans people. This is an opportunity to holdan open space for trans members of the military who are afraid and concerned about their future. This is an open forum for trans folks and allies to come to grieve, vent, strategize, share information and talk about this shocking attack on trans rights and most importantly it is an opportunity to have a discussion regarding how to proceed. This event will follow the principles of the Friday night Trans Women's support group for meeting process and preference for facilitation and organizing will be given to active and ex-service members attending. That is at the Q Center 6pm -9pm Thursday July 27th.

    Emma Lugo

    Transpositive PDX is a Portland radio program devoted to raising awareness of issues in the Transgender, Intersex, and Non Binary communities!

  • Saturday
    Jul 22 2017
    SASS Remix: Time For Action

    Join other behavioral health workers as we plan to make the invisible visible. We'll create a plan to get the word out about SASS, and then take it to the streets! Along with expanding upon worker stories and building the SASS playlist. Hope to see you there!

    Solidarity Alliance of Social Services - SASS -

    A safe space to engage in open and constructive discussion around community behavioral health and social services in the Portland Metro Area.

  • Friday
    Jul 21 2017
    Noche de Arte: Pochas Radicales

    [Espanol abajo] [Invite your friends]

    "Noche de Arte 2017" Feauturing las Pochas Radicales Friday July 21st at 6pm Q Center, 4115 N MIssissippi Ave, Portland $10 Suggested Donation

    6pm PDX Latinx Pride weekend Opening Reception 7pm Pochas Radicales Show

    "Noche de Arte 2017" Presentando "Pochas Radicales" Viernes 21 de Julio a las 6pm Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland OR $10 donacion sugerida

    6pm Recepcion apertura del fin de semana del PDX Latinx Pride 7pm Show de las Pochas Radicales

    Pochas Radicales work toward community engagement through art & activism

    PDX Latinx Pride - To bring our community together to share and celebrate our diverse and evolving Latina, Latino, and Latinx cultures, experiences and identities by creating safe events for our queer and LGBTQ family

  • Thursday
    Jun 22 2017
    GLAPN regular monthly meeting

    GLAPN works to preserve the history of LGBTQ people in the Pacific Northwest. This is GLAPN's regular monthly meeting.

    Glapn: Northwest LGBTQ History - Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN)

  • Thursday
    Jun 15 2017
    Queer Heroes NW 2017 reception

    A public reception in the gallery and auditorium at Q Center, honoring the individuals recognized as Queer Heroes by GLAPN – our northwest LGBTQ historical society.

  • Tuesday
    Jun 13 2017
    PRIDE Preparations at Q Center (eRa : encouraging Respect for aging)

    Hey! eRa : encouraging Respect for aging friends, we are preparing for PRIDE! Come and help paint and create and be together and make beauty! See you here at Q Center.

    eRa : encouraging Respect for aging - A program of Q Center patterned, cut and tailored specifically for those who have lived some decades longer than others. "era": a period of time marked by distinctive character.

  • Monday
    Jun 12 2017
    PULSE Anniversary: Honor Them With Action (Q Center)

    June 12th marks the anniversary of the PULSE massacre. We are joining in a nationwide effort to honor the lives of the 49 victims. The focus of this effort is to take actions that create a safer enviornment for LGBTQI+ communities. Use the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction to highlight your own actions and to encourage others to act.

    Join us for a presentation by the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety and learn what actions can be taken here in Oregon to promote responsible gun ownership can commonsense gun reform. We will begin with a moment of silence and end with a group action.

    This is event is co-hosted by PDX Latinx Pride, Q Center, Pride Northwest, and Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety.

    About #HonorThemWithAction: On June 12th, 2016, our community was rocked by the massacre that claimed the lives of 49 people. The horror unfolded in the middle of Pride month on Latin night at Pulse Nightclub, a popular gathering place for young LGBTQ people of color.

    Shock and disbelief turned to grief and anger. And at a moment when some sought to meet fear with fear and hate with hate, we saw a community pull together across difference, united in a commitment to challenge bigotry and hatred, not nourish it. A deep resilience emerged from survivors, the victims’ loved ones, Orlando residents and leaders, and LGBTQ people and our allies across the country and around the world. People held vigils and fundraisers to directly aid the families of those killed and the survivors and committed to combatting hatred of all kinds.

    The Orlando community was buoyed by the outpouring of generosity, as cities, towns, churches, and families stood with us in our grief.

    As the one year mark of Pulse approaches, Orlando’s LGBTQ community invites you to join us once again to #HonorThemWithAction.

    More information can be found at http://honorthemwithaction.org.

    Q Center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility and community building.

  • Monday
    May 15 2017
    Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Queer Potluck & Panel

    Come laugh, love and eat with your API family members from API Pride, U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX and Q Center to celebrate API Heritage Month. Check out our display which features cultural items and profiles of local API LGBTQPIA+ activitsts.

    6:03pm - 6:07pm - Opening prayer/blessing

    6:08pm - 6:15pm - Highlight the GLAPN profiles for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the API Pride and U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX display.

    6:16pm - 7:44pm - Community panel regarding being Asian and/or Pacific Islander and also identifying as LGBTQPIA+, while navigating through systems in the Portland and Vancouver areas.

    • Moderated by Manumalo S. Ala'ilima, who is a Masculine of Center presenting Samoan lesbian (uses all pronouns), and by day, is a Quality Assurance professional with the American Red Cross. By night and in-between here and there, the co-chair of API Pride, the chair for U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX, an active APANO member, enjoys developing capacity for coalition building and people connecting, an avid karaoke lover, and their nieces and nephews favorite cool aunt.

    • Meet our panelists:

    • Kainz Barbainz (Kaina Barba) is a Hawaiian, Pinoy, Chinese, gender fluid, Mahu, gay male. On stage he is the fierce Queen, Mama Zara P. Talon. Off stage he is a spiritual leader and Kumu in the Hawaiian community, Uncle/Aunty to many extended nieces and nephews, and an over protective drag mother.

    • Aiden Yang is a software engineer who identifies as a queer Taiwanese-American transgender man (he/him). He is originally from Texas and Ohio and moved to Portland from New York two years ago. He enjoys cooking Taiwanese food, making and listening to music, and spending quality time with his partner and QTPOC community.
    • Roz Monique LGuerrero (bio to come shortly)
    • Virginia Luka (bio to come shortly)
    • Keni Liufau (bio to come shortly)
    • Mel Kakimi (they/them) is a queer, gender non-conforming, 4th generation Japanese American. A recent transplant to Portland from Southern California (it'll be a year in July!) They work in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and are a board member of API Pride. When they're not working around the house, they enjoy being active and lifting weights, finding events and volunteer opportunities around town, being a dog mom, and spending time with their wonderful girlfriend.
    • Alex Liu is a Taiwanese gay male (he/his), who has been in the U.S. for 17 years. He used to work in the IT field but has recently ventured into becoming an entrepeneuer. He is a life coach too and does philanthropic work. To learn more about one of his passionate projects, please go to this link http://www.lovealexliu.com.

    7:45 - 8:15pm - Reception and mingle

    U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX will potluck/donate food items and non-alcoholic beverages for the reception.

  • Saturday
    May 6 2017
    Defending Separation of Church & State

    What does climate-change science, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, and fair immigration policy all have in common — besides being under siege by the current administration? They’re all argued against from a perspective of religious fundamentalism, which can be countered with a return to the founding ideals in the U.S. Constitution of the separation of church and state. How can those of us previously on the sidelines, whether spiritual, liberal-religious, freethinker, secular, atheist, or agnostic, get involved and make a real difference on these issues? Hear from a distinguished panel of activists and change-makers, then organize into breakout groups that speak to your own individual interests. Let’s together demonstrate that true patriotism, that the path to genuinely “make America great again,” is through honoring our founders’ vision of a secular democracy.

  • Know Your Employment Rights for the LGBTQ Community

    Attorney Talia Stoessel from Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan, LLP will present basic information about various employment laws in order to empower you in the workplace.

    May 6, 2017 12:30-2:30pm

    Q Center 4115 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97217

    Please RSVP no later than May 5, 2017 to stoesselt@bennetthartman.com. Light refreshments provided.

  • Thursday
    Apr 20 2017
    Give OUT Day with Q Center

    Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi

    WHAT IS GIVE OUT DAY? Give OUT Day is the ONLY national day of giving for the LGBTQ community – a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites donors and nonprofit organizations from across the country to raise critically needed funds. The technology platform is provided for free and hundreds of nonprofits have leveraged it to attract new donors, motivate their boards and other supporters, and raise their visibility. Since its inception in 2013, over 23,000 individual donors have contributed more than $3 million and supported more than 500 different organizations in every part of the country. These funds have translated directly into services, advocacy, and programs that help tens of thousands of LGBTQ people.

    Participating nonprofits also receive training, marketing support, and a chance to win bonus prize money by participating in event leaderboards.

    WHY IS GIVE OUT DAY IMPORTANT? LGBTQ nonprofits power our movement for equality and justice and are critical to making sure that LGBTQ people have access to the support and services that they need. For decades and decades, from bar fundraisers and penny jars to gala fundraisers and major gifts, individual donors have funded progress at every step. Give OUT Day follows in and builds on this great tradition. Throughout this day-long event, thousands of people make gifts to support a vast array of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, from advocacy groups to sports leagues, from community centers to health care nonprofits. Monetary donations are the most direct way to help a nonprofit make an impact: they allow nonprofits to allocate funds where they are most needed.