02 Nov 2015
November 2, 2015

Q Center Newsletter – September 2, 2015

November 2, 2015

Newsletter
09/02/2015

Greetings!

August was an incredibly challenging month AND thanks to the love and support of countless volunteers, board members, neighbors, staff, past staff, organizational partners, community agencies, and so many community members, we made it through and have emerged a stronger team. We believe that in facing this challenge head on and with humility we have been given an opportunity to forge stronger relationships and uphold our values of transparency and collaboration.

We also wanted to share with you that there have been many positive effects resulting from the tragic shooting on August 7. Under the “Collaboration Station” section of this newsletter, you will find many projects in the works to safeguard our community against further acts of violence and to foster community.

One of the things that was clear after the shooting is how hungry you are for information. Our staff is small but mighty and we are doing our best to keep information flowing in all directions through Facebook and this newsletter. Please know that if you have any questions or concerns we welcome you to reach out to us directly so that we can address them in a timely and open fashion.

We are also thrilled to share the great news that we’ve received a grant from the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. With their support we will start a small mailing of our newsletter to community members who do not have consistent access to the internet. If someone you know might benefit from a printed newsletter please have them contact Justin at (503) 234-7837 ext 100 or at
justin@pdxqcenter.org or they can simply drop by for a visit!

Lastly, we are currently working on a community report back to share with you the latest news regarding finances, staffing and other “by the number” figures. You can expect more information about this report later this month.

In Community,

Justin Pabalate & Stacey Rice

Executive Co-Directors, Q Center

PS. The 2015 US Trans Survey will be open until 9/21 and can be found Here. Please spread the word–every voice matters!

Out on the sQuare Block Party: Presented by Q Center 9/27.

Formerly known as ‘Gay Fair on the Square’, Out on the sQuare is our 7th annual Fall gathering of LGBTQ/allied non- profit community organizations and businesses. This year the event will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square on September 27. Join the Q Center and dozens of LGBTQ & allied community organizations and businesses as we celebrate our community. This fun event highlights a diverse myriad of non-profit and businesses that support Oregon & SW Washington’s LGBTQ communities.

Please join our Facebook event and share the event page.

We are new leadership team here at Q Center and one of the ways that we have promised to be accountable to community is to listen AND act. What have heard from community orgs/leaders at smaller community organizations that the original fee of $350 was prohibitive. We hear you and now we are acting. We have lowered the standard registration fee to $150.

We value you and what you bring to our communities and hope that this change will allow you to participate this year. You can find the new prices reflected on the registration page here.

For sponsor information contact justin@pdxqcenter.org and he will get back with you right away. Deadline to secure sponsorship is September 14.

Collaboration Station

The following is a list of projects and events that we have recently partnered on and the groups we’re collaborating with. If you see a project that you would like to help with, please contact justin@pdxqcenter.org.

During the town hall following the shooting we heard from long time residents and neighbors that there is a desire for Q Center to be a “good neighbor” and help with neighborhood issues that come from living in a busy gentrified neighborhood. We heard you loud and clear. Some of those issues were litter pick up and graffiti clean-up.

We are working with SOLVE, Boise Neighborhood Association, Q Center’s gay men’s “Serve & Celebrate” crew and the Boy Scouts to team up to have regular days of action followed by a fun BBQ in the Q Center parking lot. Once we have the final dates and times set we will send an open invitation to anyone who wants to help us help Mother Nature!

During the town hall we also heard the need for community resources. We’ve teamed up with North Portland’s Crime Prevention Coordinator from The Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Portland Police Bureau to host a workshop for neighbors and anyone else who would like to learn the best practices around home safety.

We’re also teaming up with Community Energy Project to host a workshop on weatherizing your home or apartment. Save money and the planet! Community Energy Project provides the weatherization kits for free if you qualify and for sale if you don’t. We’re working on a date in October and will let you know when we have it secured.

We’re very excited about a partnership with VOX SIREN to create a mural on the exterior of Q Center. You may have heard of VOX SIREN as they were recently in the news for their mural partnership with Black United Fund. They take an innovative approach to gender equity and you can learn more about them on their website.

What the Future Holds

As mentioned in the introduction, we’re working on an updated “where are we now” report that we are hoping to share out later this month. In this report we will share our updated finances, recap the building status, the visitor demographics, the survey analysis/results from earlier this year, and other “by the numbers” information. We have some incredible volunteers working on this report to both build our capacity and increase transparency. We thank each and every one of them!

And?!?! There are many more projects than we have space in this newsletter for so we’ll save those for next issue.Suffice it to say that the collaborative approach is yielding amazing results and has been extremely rewarding for us to have the opportunity to form mutually beneficial partnerships with neighbors, community members and organizations.

We welcome you to join us if you would like to help with any of the projects we are working on, or if you want to lead any projects you’d like to see happening at Q Center. We look forward to build community with you!

Support the Q Center

Do you want to invest in our community but are pressed for time? Click Here to become a monthly donor at an amount that is meaningful to you and we will work to honor your contribution through more collaborative projects that enhance and empower our communities.

Upcoming Events

For specific times and locations of the following events visit our events calendar.

Affinity Groups that meet regularly

Youth and Young Adult AA, LGBTQ Depression & Bipolar Support Group, A variety of Transgender Groups: Transgender Women’s
Group, Tranz Guys, Trans-Fem* Group, FTM Peer Support Group, Gender Queery, and Northwest Gender Alliance

Rentals/Special Events

Max Meditation, Bad Girls, Ascended Masters Foundation

Parking Lot Queer PDX: Plant, Produce, and Seed Exchange (9/5)

Pioneer Courthouse Square Out on the sQuare (9/27)

AIDS Walk Portland, September 12th

It’s not too late to come walk with us to end AIDS. Register for AIDS Walk today!

In ten days Q Center will join thousands of other walkers gather in downtown Portland to walk to stop new infections, educate the community, care for friends and family affected by HIV, and to fund research for a cure.

But there is still plenty of time to register and start fundraising. With AIDS Walk’s online system asking friends is personal, impactful, and EASY. Just sign-up with AIDS Walk Portland to get started.

On September 12th, we will support Cascade AIDS Project to raise awareness and essential funds to end AIDS in Portland.

New to the walk this year is the support of Quest Diagnostics. As a premier sponsor for AIDS Walk Portland, Quest Diagnostics is dedicated to helping all of the AIDS Walk community programs achieve their goals in providing HIV testing, care management and treatment.

Be sure to stop by the Quest Diagnostics booth pre- and post-event for face/body painting and their dedication station where you can proudly let others know who you are walking in honor of/memory of.

Questions? Leadership@pdxqcenter.org

How to donate: Give online

4115 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97217

(503) 234-7837