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GLAPN and Portland Q Center are pleased to share a Queer Hero per day, through the month of June, 2014!

During February and early March, GLAPN and Q Center poll their communities by email,
through their websites and Facebook pages, asking for nominations of folks whose risk,
sacrifice, service, inspiration
or example have made them heroes to the LGBTQ
community at large.

We begin announcing a hero per day on June 1, and the heroes' posters are unveiled
in a reception at Q Center on June 12, 2014. A traveling version of the Heroes posters
will be displayed by GLAPN and Q Center at Portland Pride.

Follow this link to view the Queer Heroes NW for 2013!

Follow this link to view the Queer Heroes NW for 2012!

BRO Basic Rights Oregon has worked for a broad spectrum of LGBTQ rights in Oregon since their founding in 1996. Read more …
Jules Garza Jules Garza is one of the most effective lesbian activists in Oregon. Read more …
Sam Adams During Sam Adams' time as a city commissioner, he was a major orce behind the founding of Q Center, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Read more …
Antoinette & Keith Edwards Antoinette and Keith Edwards are co-founders of Portland PFLAG's Black Chapter, the first Black PFLFAG chapter in the USA. Read more …
Lopez Vasquez Edna Vasquez and Joachin Lopez demonstrate the power that music has to bridge cultural differences in the LGBTQ community. Read more …
Sanford Director Sanford Director won the honorary title "Portland's Gay Mayor" for his high-profile involvement in the LGBT community during the early days of the AIDS crisis. Read more …
Cliff Jones Cliff Jones' first volunteer gig was at Pride in 1981, and he has been active in Portland's LGBTQ community ever since. Read more …
Sparky Lindsay Sparky Lindsay has been the driving force behind the Portland Lesbian Choir from the day it was founded. Read more …
Michael Long Michael Long shares his working knowledge of government, and leads LGBTQ people in political activism. Read more …
Leila Hofstein Leila Hofstein is a powerhouse among queer and trans* youth of color, connecting them to community resources and teaching them how to work together to create a powerful community. Read more …
Rosetown Ramblers The Rosetown Ramblers are a gay square dancing group which had its beginnings in Portland in 1982. Read more …
Candi Brings Plenty Candi Brings Plenty carries on the work of the Portland Two-Spirit Society and has started the first Native American PFLAG chapter. Read more …
Brett Bigham Brett Bigham is Oregon's Teacher of the Year for 2014. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, Brett is making the most of his new title. Read more …
Margaret-Ann Jones As an African-American lesbian, Margaret-Ann Jones stands at the intersection of several kinds of discrimination. Having recently turned 65, she found herself turning the corner at another intersection. Read more …
Dom Vetri In 1977, Dom Vetri drafted Oregon's first gay civil rights measure, banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in Eugene, Oregon. Read more …
HIV Alliance HIV Alliance provides comprehensive services to people living with HIV/AIDS in eleven rural counties in Oregon. Read more …
Kafoury Katz Kafoury Gretchen Kafoury was active in feminist politics in the 1970s; Vera Katz and Stephen Kafoury were in the House of Representatives. All three were supporters of the first gay civil rights bill introduced in Oregon, in 1973. Read more …
Se-ah-dom Edmo Se-ah-dom Edmo has created a toolkit that helps advance equity for Two-Spirits and LGBTQ individuals, spelling out some ways that tribal governments, as sovereign nations, can address injustice. See more …
Laughlin Many people in the Northwest gained hope and strength when Mike & Rhonda Laughlin came out – as parents of a transgender child. Read more …
Jeff Rose Jeff Rose wanted to create something lasting as his stepping-down after being Mr. Portland Leather in 1993, and he decided to honor Bill and Ann Shepherd, who had co-founded PFLAG Portland nearly 20 years earlier. Read more …
CM Hall CM Hall has helped to make Western Oregon University an LGBTQ-friendly space through teaching and activism for the last 20 years. Read more …
Benjamin Gerritz Benjamin Gerritz, a native Portlander, is recognized locally and nationally for the work he does to eliminate HIV-related stigma. Read more …
Audria Edwards The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund has been granting aid to LGBTQ students in Oregon and SW Washington since the early 1990s. The story of creating, naming, and continuing this organization involves some of the most prominent names in Portland's LGBTQ community. Read more …
Ron Bloodworth Ron Bloodworth was the quietly supportive teacher who made LGBTQ high school kids' lives bearable, back in the day when there were no legal protections whatsoever. And all the while, he was working for legal protections. Read more …
Robert Goman As chair of NIKE's LGBTQ employees & friends network, Robert Goman has advanced the LGBTQ sports movement worldwide, and he maintains strong connections with local LTBTQ organizations. Read more …
Danny Rosen

Danni/y Rosen began his activism with the Northwest Gender Alliance in the 1980s, and his service to the community has involved everything from police work to PFLAG. Read more …

Amani Jabari The late Amani Jabari was one of the first activists to address the crisis of AIDS among people of color in Oregon. Read more …
Catherine Stauffer In the early 1990s, a young writer named Catherine Stauffer set out to infliltrate the anti-gay Oregon Citizens Alliance. In the process of being ejected from an OCA meeting, Catherine was injured, and she sued. That lawsuit was the beginning of the end for the OCA. Read more …
Christian Baeff Christian Baeff, a native of Argentina, became the first LGBT Program Coordinator, of CAUSA, Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. Read more …
JadenJoeX100 Faces for Change was founded to make something positive from the death of an Eastern Oregon boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school. Then the boy's family faced another tragic death. Read more …
   
   
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