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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.


Requesting a Panel

To request a panel, send an email to with Your name, Your organization, and indicate your preferred time, date, and location. 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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