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Queeries: The QRC Speaker's Bureau

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


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


 We offer 3 kinds of panels and a variety of facilitated, interactive workshops to meet your curriculum needs. We can mix and match panels with workshops. All workshops come with trained facilitators and moderators.


1. Coming Out Panel: Panelists share their coming out stories around gender identity and sexual orientation. Participants have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel in a non-judgmental, safe environment.


2. Guess the Straight Panel: Participants guess panelists' sexual orientation and gender identities in a relaxed, game-show style panel. Participants explore the influence of stereotypes on Queer communities following at Coming Out Panel.


3. Customized Training and Facilitated workshops: The Queer Resource Center staff can customize a training to meet the needs of your staff or classroom.


Requesting a Panel or Workshop

To request a workshop, click here.

Send an email to with Your name, Your organization, and indicate whether you would like a Coming Out Panel,  Guess the Straight Panel or a Customized Training. Thank you for submitting your request, the Queeries Coordinator will contact you in 2 business days.


Interested in become a panelist?

Being a panelist is a fun rewarding experience that offers a great service to campus in addition to gaining better communication skills. If you are interested in becoming a panelist or learning more, please send your email to

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