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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.

Today, panelists accomplish this by sharing stories and experiences around gender identity and sexual orientation, and their intersections  with race, class, ability, age, religion, size, and many other overlapping identities and communities. Queeries volunteers speak in classrooms, student groups, faculty gatherings, and other organizations in the Portland community with the ultimate goal of impacting social change on campus and beyond.

Types of Panels:

  • "Queer in the Classroom" - panelists share their experiences as queer/trans students at PSU.
  • "Our Coming Out Narratives" - stories about coming out (or not) and how this relates to all aspects of one's identity.
  • "Intersecting Identities" - explorations of how queer/trans identities interact with a wide array of backgrounds, perspectives, and communities.
  • "Stereotypes & Truths" - panelists address common stereotypes versus the realities of their lived experience.

We have also addressed topics such as mental health, addiction, popular culture, and workplace discrimination - just to name a few! Contact the Queeries Coordinator for more information on requesting specific topics.

All panels include a Q & A component.

Requesting a Panel

To request a panel, please fill out the panel request form, and the Queeries Coordinator will contact you to schedule. For questions, email

Interested in becoming a panelist?

Are you a queer student with a passion for storytelling, education, and activism? Are you looking to develop your leadership and public speaking skills, while serving the community and bolstering your resume? The Queeries program wants to hear your voice! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the intake form and the Queeries Coordinator will be in touch. For questions, email