07 Dec 2016
December 7, 2016

D’s Story

December 7, 2016

This year, Q Center has been a refuge for me. It is a place of joy and creativity, and resource of openness to building community in new directions and unexpected ways. Our community center stokes my need for a space to be creative, intersectional, to bring more of myself into the world when that full self is simply not welcomed in other arenas.

I think at Q Center, folks know that our laughter and irreverence is based in sheer amazement that we are still here. That we haven’t been erased and silenced out of existence yet. There’s no shush-ing at the Q.

Queer and gender non-conforming salsa? Decolonizing activism? Sure! We can host that. Thank you for saying yes, Q Center, thank you.

When the PNW Queer Heroes awards were held, I was able to bring together people in my community from disparate organizations and walks of life to be in a room of queers. They brought their partners, babies, etc. It felt like a confluence, and a launching point.

Q Center is a promise. It’s a promise from one generation of queers to the next, that we can and should take up space in the world, and that we will hold space for the baby queers and next generations, in the same way that elders created a space for us, even as our needs and colors and genders flex and expand and shift.

Q is an invitation, and a dream.

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.