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Queeries: The QRC Speakers Bureau

Queeries Speakers Bureau

The QRC’s Queeries Speakers Bureau was created to bring about a Portland State University campus environment that is free from homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias.

Panelists accomplish this by sharing stories and experiences around gender identity, sexual orientation, and all marginalized and intersecting identities. Queeries speaks in classrooms, student groups, faculty gatherings, and other organizations in the Portland community.

Requesting a Panel

To request a panel, please fill out the panel request form, and the Queeries coordinator will contact you to schedule.

Interested in becoming a panelist?

Being a panelist is a fun and rewarding experience. It offers a great service to the campus, and gives panelists the chance to practice their public speaking. If you are interested in becoming a panelist, please fill out the intake form, and the Queeries Coordinator will be in touch!

Why a rhino? 

Gay activists in Boston chose the purple rhinoceros as a symbol of the gay movement after conducting a media campaign in 1974. They selected this animal because, although it is sometimes misunderstood, it is docile and intelligent – but when a rhinoceros is angered, it fights ferociously. Lavender was used because it was a widely recognized gay pride color; the heart was added to represent love and the "common humanity of all people."