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Resources For LGBTQ Community

QRC free stuffThe Queer Resource Center provides a safe inclusive space for PSU community members who identify as gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and their allies. The QRC sponsors events on campus throughout the year. These events include National Coming Out Day, Trans Remembrance Day, World AIDS Day, Day of Silence, and Queer Awareness Week. The QRC is located on the fourth floor of the Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) building in room 401 in the North stairwell. They have a comfy lounge and a large library. If you peak in the QRC they have free condoms, lube, dental dams and information. Students can also get involved by volunteering or applying for an internship with the QRC. Every Thursday from 2-3pm there are walk-in counseling sessions provided by the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) that are free, private, and confidential.

Queer Resource Center Hours Monday- Thursday 8-5 Friday 8-3 


Additional Resources available for PSU Students

Associated Students of Portland State University is our student government. They support and advocate on behalf of students. To find out more or get involved stop by their offices on the first floor of Smith in room 117.

Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services provides legal services to graduate students taking three or more credits and undergraduates taking four or more credits. They are open Monday thru Friday 9-5 and also have drop-in hours.

Peer Tutoring and Learning Center
The Center is located on the fourth floor of the Smith Student Union Building in Room 439. They have drop-in and scheduled tutoring in a variety of subjects.

Allies on Campus

Queer Straight Alliance is a student group on campus. Contact for more information.
The Sexual and Gender Equality Task Force at Portland State University has provided a list of centralized resources on and off campus on their website for the PSU community. The Task Force is a space to discuss issues of relevance to the PSU lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, gender-queer and intersex community and their allies. The task force meets every second Thursday of the month in the QRC conference room from 12-1:30pm.


“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”
Harvey Milk

Health Care Options for Transgender Community at PSU

As of 2010 Portland State University is one of a relatively small growing number of Universities to include Gender Reassignment Surgery in their student health care coverage. For students to qualify for the coverage though they must purchase the Supplemental Insurance which depending on a student’s age ranges from an extra $614 -$1403 per term based on figures from the 2010-2011 school year. The student must also be able to have certified by two providers, one of which must possess a doctorate degree, that they have successfully lived and worked within the desired gender roll full time for at least 12 months and has also received at least 12 months of continuous hormonal sex reassignment therapy. Office visits to establish these requirements are covered under the basic health insurance offered by the university.

To find out more information on PSU’s Insurance regarding gender reassignment go to:

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The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is located on campus at 1802 SW 10th & Montgomery, in the Montgomery Hall basement. They serve as advocates on PSU campus for the best educational experience for all members of the community. Their mission is to advance social justice, ensure access to personal empowerment for all self-identified women, and work toward a safe and healthy campus. It is a safe place for students and faculty to come to eat, relax, and talk. They have an extensive library with many books, videos, and periodicals covering important issues related to women and Women's Studies. They have a computer and plenty of workspace available for students to use, and an area for children to play.
The WRC is home to three great programs: the Empowerment Project for non-traditional students - such as women who are returning to school after a break in their education; the Interpersonal Violence Program for students, staff and faculty dealing with issues of sexual assault and domestic violence; and our Leadership in Action Program, which draws on the talents of students from all areas of the university, and provides students with leadership and professional development opportunities.
They host and co-sponsor many events throughout the year, including The Vagina Monologues, International Women's Day, and Take Back the Night. They bring speakers and performers to campus, sponsor discussion groups, and promote awareness campaigns related to a variety of women's issues. They also put out the She-Sheet, a place for the feminist voice of PSU students and beyond, available online at

Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms
Mon-Fri 9-5

Summer Hours
Mon-Fri 9-5
(these hours may be subject to change)

Available Between terms by appointment.