01 Dec 2016
December 1, 2016

Katie’s Story

December 1, 2016

When I think about Q Center I think about space. About how even just its existence holds space for so many of us who might not have another place where we can feel like ourselves. About how as a space, it creates opportunities for visibility, for connection, and for safety. About how unique it is as a place that brings our community together and lets us find one another, lets us see one another and be seen. And how incredibly important all those things are, and have been for so long.

We were reminded this year of what space means for our community, and how hard we’ve had to work to carve out – and keep – these kinds of spaces for ourselves where we can be out and celebrate who we are. In the days following Orlando, Q Center gathered so many of us together for a vigil to grieve those tremendous losses, and to share our fears and experiences. But it also gave us the space to feel connected with our community, to organize our responses and our actions, and ultimately demonstrate our resilience and our resolve to keep crucial spaces like Q Center safe so our community can continue to come together.

Since then, every time I walk into Q Center, or even just walk by, I see the little remnants of wax from the candles we all held and burned for those in our community who had been lost to us. And I remember the overwhelming sense of loving community that I felt on that devastating day when I looked out and saw hundreds of LGBTQ people who had come to Q Center because we all needed that kind of space.

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.