Eight Portland LGBTQ Nonprofits

Because Pride doesn't stop when the rainbow flags come down.

(Alexandra E. Rust)

Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center

SMYRC has provided LGBTQ+ youth with harassment-free space for over 20 years. Along with community programming like drag shows, music, art, open mics and queer prom, SMYRC sets its visitors up with mental health support, case management, counseling and educational services. smyrc.org

Our House

Our House has served Portland-area HIV patients since the AIDS crisis began, offering multiple services—from housing and groceries to care evaluation—under one roof. ourhouseofportland.org

Cascade AIDS Project

Among the country's only queer-centric health centers, Cascade AIDS Project's Prism Health Center provides free HIV and STI testing for members of the LGBTQ community through Pivot. It is also a growing medical practice where patients can seek services, including primary care. cascadeaids.org

New Avenues for Youth

New Avenues for Youth has helped thousands of at-risk queer youth get out of homelessness, providing them with meals, counseling, housing, job training, educational opportunities and a host of essential services. newavenues.org

Q Center

Founded almost 15 years ago, the Q Center is a nonprofit event space that has brought together people from across the LGBTQ spectrum with movie nights, panels, community meetups, an art gallery and more. The Q Center is also home to Pride Northwest, the nonprofit that runs the Waterfront LGBTQ+ Pride Festival. pdxqcenter.org

Outside In

Outside In is one of Portland's longest-running queer nonprofits, providing LGBTQ youth with housing, food, education and job training, along with art-based recreation for over 50 years. outsidein.org

SAGE Metro

SAGE Metro meets the needs of the LGBTQ+ community's older citizens, providing them with services community, housing, and medical care coordination. sageusa.org

Friendly House

Friendly House was originally founded by the First Presbyterian Church in 1926 as the Marshall Community Center. The Great Depression and WWII shifted its concerns from the spiritual to the personal, helping laid-off mill workers and their families in times of need. Over the next 50 years, Friendly House drifted away from the church and included services like child care, elder care and fitness programs for people of all ages and expressions. friendlyhouseinc.org

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