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Q Center
Saundra Sorensen
Published: 12 June 2019

Midway through Pride Month, there are still a number of events throughout Portland that celebrate LGBTQ community members of color. Many Pride month events benefit local organizations like Basic Rights Oregon and the Q Center.

The Q Center serves as a resource center for the LGBTQ+ community, and has been located on N Mississippi Avenue for the past decade, where it sees more than 20,000 visits each year. The organization is now addressing operational and safety concerns at its 6,500-square-foot facility, with the cost of necessary repairs estimated at $100,000. Donations and a recent Prosper Portland grant have provided $75,000 of the needed funding.

A statement on the Q Center website states, “We strongly believe the people who depend on Q Center deserve access to a space that is safe, welcoming, and vibrant. It’s urgent that we make this space possible.” To secure the remaining funds, the organization has launched the Resilience Campaign, with a deadline of July 1.


Thursday, June 13

Out/Loud Queer Music Showcase: Pride Edition: At 9 p.m. at Kelly’s Olympian (426 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97204), this bi-monthly queer showcase is a line-up of local queer musicians, in genres ranging from pop to indie rock. Featured artists include Frankie Simone, Layperson, Jame, all backed by Out/Loud’s house band Doubleplusgood. All proceeds benefit the Q Center. 21+. Cover is $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 

Friday, June 14

OMSI Pride at the Museum: From 6 – 10 p.m. at OMSI (1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214), this kid- and family-friendly event celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and allies with a Pride-inspired evening of science demos, guest scientists, drag performances, aerial dancers, music, and complimentary admission to current OMSI exhibit “The Science Behind Pixar.” Free parking. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. $14.50 for adults, $11.75 for seniors, $9.75 for youth 18 years and under.

Friday, June 21

Portland Thorns FC Pride Night: From 8 – 10 p.m., the stadium at Providence Park (1844 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205) will host a human rainbow Pride flag in the stands, with the addition of black and brown colors to honor people of color and the Indigenous community. At this third annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, fans can cheer on the Thorns soccer team from general seating sections ($14.50, includes a special Portland Thorns FC headband) or from the reserved seating area ($20, includes a special Pride Night t-shirt designed by local artist HOBBS), where they have the opportunity to be part of the stadium rainbow.

Monday, June 24

Hillsboro Hops Pride Night: At 6 p.m., Hillsboro’s own minor league baseball team kicks off its inaugural celebration for LGBTQ+ fans and allies at Ron Tonkin Field (4460 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124) with a pregame Pride party of music, games, and dinner. Tickets are $30 for general admission lawn seating, $34 for field reserved bleacher seating. Dinner is included, and $4 from every ticket sold benefits the Q Center.

Through July 2

PRIDE at Multnomah County Arts Center: This juried multimedia show showcases the work of 29 local and regional artists in the LGBTQ+ community, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, collage, digital media, zines, jewelry, glass work, photography, poetry, sculpture, prose, and video. Multnomah County Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219) is open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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