March 2019 Newsletter
LGBTQ2SIA+ Town Hall

Last Sunday, February 26, almost 600 community members showed up, and 3,700 attended online, for a Town Hall to address recent uptick in violence against LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals in Portland. The town hall was put together to create an opportunity for our communities to gather, hear from survivors and leaders, and to voice our concerns. You showed up, and let us know that our community needs and deserve more. We see your amazing resiliency and strength in the face of people who wish and do us harm. And we know that there is much work yet to be done.

In the coming months Q Center will hosting a number of self-defense classes, all free of charge. Check out Facebook page for the most up to date information about the events. We will also continue to host workshops like "Interrupting Hate" and "What is a Hate Crime" to keep you informed and provide some tools for action. If you believe you have been the victim of a hate crime or bias incident you can make an anonymous report online at reporthatepdx.com or confidentially via email.

Huge shout out to our allied organizations who helped make the town hall happen. Thanks to these collective efforts, in four days time we we were able to provide attendees with mental health support and respite, ASL interpreting, child care, security and refreshments. Thanks to every community member who showed up ready, willing and able:

  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art - for hosting!!!
  • Pride Northwest - for guidance, coordination, and safety
  • Greater Portland Trans Unity - for guidance, accessbility and safety
  • Quest Center for Integrative Health - for ear seeds and mental health support
  • Basic Rights Oregon - for logistics and coordination
  • Vancouver USA Pride - for guidance, the altar, and reflection wall
  • PCC Queer Resource Centers - for guidance and logistics
  • Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver - for mental health support
  • Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine/Equi Institute - for health and safety
  • Mental Health Providers Unite - for mental health support
  • Rosehip Medic Collective - for medical support
  • Fingers Crossed Interpreting - for ASL interpretation
  • PDX Childcare Collective - for free childcare!
  • Call to Safety - for mental health support
Q Annual Meeting

Join us Thursday, March 14th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and celebrate with us the hard work of our small but mighty community center. You are invited! We welcome LGBTQ2SIA+ community members and allies for an opportunity to meet staff and board members, get a copy of our 2018 Annual Report, celebrate our successes in 2018, and look ahead at what’s coming up in 2019.

A portion of our meeting will be dedicated to hearing from you - our community! Q Center’s leadership will be present to participate in a question and answer session.

Light food and refreshments will be provided. Please email unique@pdxqcenter.org if you need ASL interpretation, childcare, transportation, or have any other access need.

Q Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers are essential to keeping Q Center open 7 days a week. Volunteers staff the front desk, clean the facility, organize the library, and run most of our events! Volunteering at Q is a wonderful way to get to know your local LGBTQ2SIA+ community. We want to recognize the following volunteers have gone above and beyond in their service to Q:

Sammi: Have you heard of the Q Makers Market? Sammi is our Q Makers Market Coordinator and the force behind the entire market. She is creative and incredibly hard working, and passionate about lifting up and supporting her fellow community members. Turning her idea into a reality not only gives the community a great event, it also fills a gap in the Portland market scene. Thank you, Sammi!

Kevin: Being a new volunteer at Q Center, Kevin is already so involved and dedicated to the participant experience at Q. He has dedicated his time to improving the cleanliness and feel of Q Center, and he makes a mean chocolate cake, which he also shared with folks at Q Center! Thank you, Kevin!

Did you know that Q Center's reception desk is staffed 100% by volunteers? Join our team of dedicated Q-ties! Email Bion today to apply and sign up for our next volunteer orientation.

Meet Unique

We are thrilled to welcome Unique Torres (she/her/hers), a queer-identified Latinx from California, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico. As Q Center's newest team member Unique's interest in storytelling and social media as an innovative tool and platform for social issues and movements will be put to good use!
Unique has done communications work for several queer and racial justice organizations including the Sacramento LGBT Center, The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber and The Chico Peace and Justice Center. Unique moved to Portland in June of 2018 with her partner, Jae, and their two toy poodles - Samson and Penelope! They live in St. John's and can be found at a different exploring coffee shops almost every weekend. Have any cool coffee shop recommendations? Tell Unique about them when you run into her at Q Center!

Questions or inquiries regarding Q Center event rentals, social media, community events or event accessibility can be sent to unique@pdxqcenter.org. Or just drop a note to say hi.
Apply to our Community Leadership Project

We are looking for leaders! The Community Leadership Project aims to grow the capacity of local LGBTQ2SIA+ leadership through a 100-hour program that affirms the culture of our diverse LGBTQ2SIA+ communities and advances learning through action. Our 2019 Community Leadership Project will host up to ten fellows who will experience 100 hours of programming, including a self-identified individual project and a collective group project. Each participant receives a $600 stipend for their involvement. Apply to be a part of our next cohort.

Our leadership model uplifts and centers Popular Education. We use our relationships with each other to link individual potential to collective outcomes, emphasizing trust and community building in order to explore more inclusive and equitable ways to work collaboratively.

Interested? Application deadline is Friday March 8. Click here to learn more.
Q Makers Market

The Q Makers Market is Portland's first ever LGBTQ2IA+ focused crafters market, focusing on highlighting quality, handmade artisanal goods created with care and love. Q Makers Market is a benefit event for Q Center. Are you a maker, crafter, baker etc? Apply to be a vendor in the Q Makers Market today!
Join Q Center this Saturday for the GRAND OPENING of the Q Makers Market!
Q Farmers Market

Thanks to an exciting new partnership with queer-owned urban farm, The Side Yard Farm, Q Center will be hosting a weekly farmers market in our parking lot June through September. Together our goal is to bring great, local food to Mississippi Avenue through support of our community of farmers and makers, and to connect youth to food and farming. Market vendors will have interns available to support vendors on market days to help them get some job training and connect them with our LGBTQ2SIA+ community. 
For more information or to be a vendor, please email Anna at farmers@pdxqcenter.org. Apply to be a vendor by March 18!

Interested in sponsoring Q Farmers Market? See available sponsorship opportunities here and contact Natalia at natalia@pdxqcenter.org to secure yours today!
Appreciations & Gratitude

Q Center's mission is to provide safe spaces, community building and empowerment for the positive transformation of LGBTQ2SIA+ communities and allies in our area. We are able to do this through the support of hundreds of generous individuals--board, staff, volunteers, participants, community members--organizations and businesses. We are truly a community center in that community members like you provide the financial support we need to show up for our community. Community powered, and community funded!

Thanks to the commitment of the following groups, who have provided support to Q Center in the past few months. We want to give a big thank you and Q appreciation to the following donors:

  • That's What She Said Feminist Comedy Collective
  • PDX Guild of Geeks
  • Air Raid Roller Girls (pictured below!)
  • Prosper Portland - $58,000 grant for capital improvements
  • City of Portland - $25,000 grant to support programs and services that support and center people of color, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, individuals with disabilities, youth and seniors.
This Month at Q
Questions about event accessibility or hosting your own event at Q?
Save the Dates

Makers Market - April 13
Rainbow Night Market - May 18
Farmers Market Launch - June 6
Thorns Pride Game - June 21
Shine! - November 3
ABOUT Q CENTER
As a community center, Q Center works for a better world by providing safe and affirming spaces of support, celebration, and opportunity for LGBTQIA+ people of all ages, races, genders and abilities.