Support 500 LGBTQ Oregon Youth

by Q Center

A trans youth at Q Center's Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) recently shared his story:

"SMYRC has helped me these past few years to make friends and to discover who I was. I found that I preferred male pronouns, as well as a male name. I preferred appearing masculine, rather than feminine. I hated the fact that I was a girl, and didn't understand why. I just wanted to thank you all for helping me discover myself.  I hope to volunteer in the future, and am really excited to help out as much as possible." - James

Because of your generosity, trans youth are finding themselves - discovering who they really are and being their authentic selves. There is no greater gift than that. 


Community Connect
Community Connect

We are pleased to announce a new partnership which expands services for TransYouth.With your support Q Center continues to protect those most vulnerable.

Community Connect is a drop-in program specifically for transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals. Community Connect serves to address the gaps in services for the Portland trans* community. An advocate will be present during Community Connect to refer individuals to community resources such as counseling referrals, HRT referrals, legal name/gender changes, among other community-based services. The goal of Community Connect is to provide a safe, supportive, and affirming space where trans* individuals can receive assistance in getting their needs met.

Community Connect is held every Thursday from 4pm-8pm at Q Center.

Please contact Lissy Richards, BSWI at or  (503) 252-3000  for more information.



Your generous support helped Q Center achieve so many goals in 2012 - including fully funding our "Support LGBTQ Oregon Youth" Global Giving project.

Together with your help we accomplished a lot in 2012:

  • Opened a new 3,500 square foot facility on Sandy Blvd. in Portland, OR
  • Maintained regular opened drop-in center hours three days a week
  • Served on average more than 200 youth each month
  • Began exploring academic achievement programs
  • Hired new Youth and Young Adult Program Manager

We couldn't have done it without you! Your generous support not only allowed vulnerable youth a place to call home but also provided programs and services that helps to stablize their day-to-day life. Through partners corporate partners, business owners and individual donors like you we were able to install a state-of-the-art kitchen to improve nutrition options.

For many youth the only hot meal they might eat in a week is at Q Center's Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center. Thanks to our friends at Fridgidare and New Seasons Market, youth can now find nutritional food to help lessen the stress of their day.

Once again, please allow us to thank you for your generous, ongoing support of Q Center. We sincerely appreciate your financial support. If you would like to learn more about Q Center we hope you'll vist us in person for a tour. In the meantime, you can visit our youth resource center virtually - thanks to our friends at Google.

Happy New Year,

Barbara McCullough-Jones, Executive Director


It's September and for many youth that means back to school. For some youth that participate in our programs it's just another month. That's because they have no home, no school and no support.

At Q Center we are working hard to change all that.

In partnership with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and with your support we are providing 1:1 counseling and case management to better identify challenges and barriers to success. We continue to explore partnership that lower academic risk and encourage staying in school.

As a companion project - we know even some schools are not yet a safe space for LGBTQ youth. That is why we are partnering with organizations such as Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition, GLSEN, Cascade AIDS Project and many others to present Oregon's Queer Youth Summit this May.

We invite you to stay in partnership with Q Center as we continue our quest to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth to learn and grow. Your contribution through Global Giving and volunteer time ARE the difference.

Thank you for your continued support!



Open House Invite
Open House Invite

In our last report we told you about our efforts to open a new youth facility. We promised to make it an accessible, safe space welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied youth and young adults.

We did it!

On March 1st we open the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center on Sandy Blvd in Portland, Oregon. This 2,500 square foot facility sports a large open space for games, social time and even has room for a good sized stage. When you face the stage to the right is the "drag closet" where clothes, hair and make-up are put together for Friday night shows. To the left of the stage is the "salon". This special place is where participants can get a haircut, color, style and sometimes just get pampered.

The facility has two counseling rooms, shared office space for staff, an art room and a conference room. We also ensured there was plenty of room for the Bayard Rustin Library and a cyber cafe. Finally, my personal favorite was a major renovation allowed us to put in a full kitchen!

We strongly believe if you're hungry you cannot learn and if you cannot learn you will not make good decisions. Having a fully functional kitchen with a food pantry (in partnership with St. Vicient DePaul Food Bank) participants can prepare healthy, nutritious meals and snacks.

We are pleased to report that with the extremely generous support of donors like YOU, Aaron, Kathryn, Larry, Michael, Hanah and many, many others the move was a success and the space is beautiful and functional.

Now comes the challenge of maintaining the space. Your generous support will help with day-to-day expenses:

  • $3,500 per month rent (that's $875 per week)
  • $200 per month for supplies (that's $50 per week)
  • $50 per month food bank shared fee (that's $1.67 per day)
  • $180 per month phone, cable and internet access (that's $6.00 per day)

Your ongoing support especially through our monthly donor program, Sustaining the Q, is essential to our continued ability to serve sexual minority youth. We sincerely appreciate your generous financial contributions. You keep the doors open to a safe and inviting world for LGBTQ youth and young adults. Thank you!




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Q Center

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Barbara McCullough-Jones
Portland, OR United States

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