PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – June is Pride Month and KOIN 6 News is a proud partner of Pride of the Northwest.
One organization that continues to do a lot for the LGBTQ + community throughout the pandemic is the Q Center. The center is preparing to serve people in person again, now under new management.
Ian Morton took over as executive director of the Q Center last year amid the pandemic. Like most organizations, they have shifted to conducting business virtually when it comes to supporting groups and other services. As they prepare for a return in person, the energy is palpable.
“My entire tenure has been under COVID, so I can’t wait – like everyone else – to reopen the doors,” Morton said. “We hope to do some downtime in July.”
Morton showed KOIN 6 some of the many things the Q Center provides, such as a pantry in partnership with a nonprofit. HandUp, tablets and activity kits for isolated seniors, groups for those who have just left, as well as a clothes closet for transgender people.
“It’s a place where they can buy clothes, we have makeup, we have shoes,” Morton explained.
The Q Center has seen several executive directors over the past few years, but Morton says he’s determined to stay – and excited for the next chapter as COVID-19 numbers continue to drop.
“I’m so excited to have more face to face interactions with the community, to hear what they want the Q Center to be,” he said. “This is an opportunity for us to reset and find the best way to serve post-COVID.”
To find out more about the Q Center and its services, visit their website.