Portland’s LGBTQ2SIA+ Community Center, Celebrating Our 15-year Anniversary!
At Q Center we're open seven days a week, providing drop-in information and referral, peer support, event and workshop space, a resource library and more. We're a frequent first stop for LGBTQ2SIA+ newcomers to Portland and Southwest Washington, hosting up to 18,000 visits per year from community members seeking a safe and affirming place to explore their gender and sexual identity, get resources, build community and organize for social change.
In addition to 25+ peer support and activity groups, our LGBTQ senior program and active Information & Referral (I&R) service, we share our 6,000-square-foot community space with four other wonderful organizations serving our communities: Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine Clinic (a trans-affirming community health clinic); Sankofa Collective NW (supporting the wellbeing of Black LGBTQ community members); The Community of Welcoming Congregations (an association of open and affirming faith organizations); and Pride Northwest (producer of the Portland Pride Parade).
We advance our mission through these core programs :
Q Center also provides information, support and advocacy to our extended community of family, friends, partners, health providers, social workers and community educators who engage with LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals. We are committed to thoughtfully expanding community capacity through collaborative programming with other nonprofits and public institutions locally and statewide.
Peer Support: More than 25 peer-led groups meet daily, weekly or monthly at Q Center, offering support for coming out, recovery, social connection, resource sharing and more. In 2015, peer-led groups accounted for more than 80% of visits to Q Center.
Encouraging Respect for Aging (*eRa*): Our LGBTQ2SIA+ senior program for people 55 and older offers 26 weekly hours of free programming to more than 200 members, including Meals on Wheels, workshops, physical activities and social events.
Information & Referral (I&R): In 2016, Q Center received roughly 7,000 calls seeking culturally competent and safe referrals across Oregon and SW Washington. Most callers are looking for shelter, health care, mental health support and emergency services. You can access our searchable database here.
Community Events: Community-wide and culturally specific events provide opportunities for LGBTQ2SIA+ people to connect, celebrate, heal, learn and build community. We rent space and host events at a sliding scale, and frequently donate space to other projects that align with our mission.
Learn more about what happens at Q Center!