My what a busy winter it was, we can hardly believe it is already over. With Spring comes more change to Q Center. Our team continues to grow as we welcome new board members and staff. Next month we'll introduce you to our Board Chair Shane Devins. Rest assured our board is working diligently on governance, oversight, and fundraising, and has recently adopted a Smokefree Policy for our Center that will be effective May 1. You can read more about the new policy here.

Beloved, long-time staff Susan Kocen has bid farewell to our seniors and the Encouraging Respect for Elders program she developed almost seven years ago, though we expect to still see Susan visiting Q for future programs. Stay tuned for the updates as our Senior Programs continue to evolve and grow.
Q Center is Growing!

We are thrilled to welcome Janet Martinez (she/her) as our new Senior Community Coordinator. Janet (she/her) has an extensive background in social services, such as AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Portland Hollywood Senior Center. With a master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies (Gerontology) from Marylhurst University, Janet has spent years in scholarly research investigating the diversity of the longevity market including LGBTQ+ senior populations. She also has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry producing reality programming, series, and feature-length movies in both the United States and abroad. Reach out to Janet via email!
We are equally excited to welcome Nicky Nicholson-Klingerman as our newest staff member at Q. Nicky (she/her) studied journalism at Northwestern University. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry, most recently as an assistant project manager. She is also skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), operation systems management, media and communication relations. When she is not making waves in the construction industry, she’s either performing or turning princesses into princes with her words. Nicky is looking for a crew of volunteers to help with facility maintenance. Interested? Please email for more details.
Meet a Q Volunteer!
Our precious volunteers make most of the magic happen here at Q Center. Volunteers staff our reception desk during open hours, help out behind the scenes with cleaning, graphic design, event planning, and so much more.

Simrat Mann
Hi my name is Simrat Mann but some white people call me Simi. I'm 22 years old and am from Sacramento, California although I've been living in Portland, OR for 4 years now. I enjoy living with my partner, my two goofy cats, and my 12 fish! 

I grew up on the Sikh pillar of "seva", or selfless service, as a guiding philosophy in how I choose to spend some of my time. And after a couple years of being in Portland, working odd jobs, and going to school, I realized that I wasn't feeling fulfilled. I eventually changed jobs and started working with youth in north Portland and then started volunteering at Q Center!

My experience these last 6 months with the center has been transformative. I've volunteered and interned as a front desk receptionist, a host of the QTBIPOC leadership collaborative, an outreach member from time to time, and as an assistant for orientation trainings. I've been able to expand and further develop my own skill sets while making connections with some amazing people. 

Q and A with Simrat:
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: "My Favorite hobbies include dancing, binge-watching tv shows or watching movies, talking and learning more about equitable ways to interact with youth!"

Q:Who is your role model?
A: "My role models are anybody that fights for liberation through whatever equitable method they choose."

Q: This is a tough one... Pancakes or Waffles?
A: "I choose Waffles over pancakes."

Q: What is your favorite TV show or movie?
A: "My favorite tv show right now is The Magicians, but probably because I'm a libra, that definitely took me 20 minutes to decide on."
Q Makers Market

Stop by Q Center this Saturday, April 13 from 12-4pm to support local LGBTQ2SIA+ vendors! This month we are excited to feature LGBTQ2SIA+ vendors that offer many hand-crafted and recycled pieces that will certainly add joy to your life!

Learn more about the market here!

Sign Up and Lyft to Q!

We know that getting to Q Center can be hard, and sometimes not safe, for community members who rely on public transportation. We are proud to be partnering with Lyft to provide free, safe rides to Q Center events.

Need a ride? Fill out this FORM and a Q Center staff will respond within 48 hours to make the arrangements. Funding is specifically meant to support seniors, trans and gender noncomforming individuals, people with disabilities, and those without financial means.
Join our Outreach Team!

Join Q Center's Outreach Team and represent Q Center at events around Portland. As an Outreach Team member you will be an ambassador for Q Center, able to speak to our mission, program, events and impact, whether tabling or speaking in front of groups. 

Requirements: 
Outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable about LGBQT2SIA+ culture, involved in and familiar with Q Center programs, comfortable speaking publicly, availability evenings and weekends. 

Join us, Apply Today!

Drag Queen Bingo is Back!

Mark your calendars now because April 27th is a day you won't want to miss! We are brining drag queen bingo to Q Center this month in partnership with PGE's LGBTQ+ employee resource group! The lovely Flawless Shade will be calling the game and maybe even calling you names! This event is family friendly and will include fun prizes for players of all ages. All proceeds from the game will benefit Q Center.

More details on this fabulous night here!

Join Us and Support Q!
Are you ready to be a part of something great? Q Center's monthly giving program is an opportunity to support your local LGBTQ2SIA+ community and community center on your own terms!

You set the monthly amount and the rest is automatic! 100% of every dollar will go back into the improvement and maintenance of Q Center programs, facility and events. By signing up to be a monthly donor you are making a direct impact every month and providing much needed funding we can count on.

Join our team of monthly donors today!
Save the Dates!

National Transgender HIV Testing Day at Q Center April 18, 4-7:30pm
Free HIV rapid testing, workshops, tabling community partners and refreshments.

More information here.
Our Third Annual Thorns Pride Game is coming the Friday after Pride weekend, June 21. Get your specially designed t-shirts and be a part of the human rainbow!

Stay tuned, tickets are going on sale soon!!
SHINE! Our annual gala brunch will be held Sunday, November 3. Mark your calendars!! Interested in joining our gala committee? We are recruiting committee members this year. Sponsorship is available now!! Please contact Natalia for more information.

Gratitude and Appreciations!

  • Rebellious PR & Consulting - Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) "T" Party Sponsor
  • Vegan Villain - Cupcake donations for TDOV "T" Party
  • Dig-A-Pony - for your generous donations!
  • Ink & Drink - for your generous donations and words of encouragement.
  • Ed Caudero Fund - $15,000 grant to support operations.
Supporting Q Center is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. SHOP - Shop in amazon.smile.com and choose "LGBT Community Center Fund" .5% of your eligible purchase will be donated to Q Center!
  2. LAUGH - Save the Date for Alberta Street Pub's LGBTQ2SIA+ monthly comedy night that benefits Q Center. Every fourth Tuesday.
  3. GIVE - Sign up to be a Q Center monthly donor. Set the amount you are comfortable with once and the rest is automatic!
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.