08 Dec 2016
December 8, 2016

adem’s Story

December 8, 2016

Q Center has been an essential part of my journey as a 2 spirit person with a disability. I have attended support groups and community celebrations at Q Center. I have received leadership skills training there. I participate in Tranz Guys, a Q Center affinity group. During the winter of 2015, I was able to be present at a pivotal moment, as we joined other trans community leaders to speak out for the trans-fem community at Q Center. This action helped support policy changes to make the center more inclusive and welcoming to all of the LGBT2QIA alphabet.

I am a patient at Equi Institute, the medical clinic housed at Q Center. For me Q Center has been an accessible, safe, and welcoming space to be acknowledged, heard, supported, and mentored. It is now the place I go to mentor others, get vital information about political changes that affect myself and my community, and to celebrate who we are. Without Q Center I don’t know when, or even if, I would have found my community.

I continue to be involved because I believe it is important to support Q Center and its programs, not just for myself, but for other members of our community and for future Portland-area LGBT2QIA folks. I hope that together we can continue to grow and provide vital support as well as a physical home for us to come together, to celebrate who we are despite the barriers we face, and to know we are never alone.

Want to get more connected to the Q Center family? Join us in any of these three ways.

1) Donate.

Your financial support will set us up for a strong start in 2017. Monthly donors become member of our Q Team, and gifts of any size help to make a huge difference.

2) Volunteer.

Our volunteers make Q Center the vital hub that is critical to so many. They keep things running smoothly and help us provide a diverse range of programming for our communities.

3) Share Your Story.

Each of us has reasons why we’re invested in Q Center with our time or our money Stories that need to be shared with others, that connect us to each other and to something bigger as a community.