Queer Town Hall meeting with Mayor Sam Adams

Don’t miss your chance to voice your concerns about issues affecting the local LGBTQ community when Mayor Sam Adams takes the podium tonight at the Q Center (4115 N Mississippi) for a Queer Town Hall meeting.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and friends are invited to participate in a Portland Plan town hall event on April 12, 2010. Mayor Sam Adams will lead the discussion, which is co-facilitated by Jeana Frazzini of Basic Rights Oregon, Kendall Clawson of the Q Center, Michael Kaplan of Cascade AIDS Project, and representatives from the Sexual Minorities Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).

What matters to local lesbians and gays? How do we see the state of our “union?” And how do we want to contribute to the Portland Plan, our city’s strategic plan for the next 25 years. “Ensuring that Portland is a thriving and sustainable city and our people are prosperous, healthy and educated” the PP is a project that aims to makes lives better for PDXers. And boy, are queers a vocal and visible part of this town. So let’s make sure that even our incredibly diverse community is not lost in the shouts of the loudest among us.

Some topics surely to be addressed are health and wellness needs, public safety and sexual minority youth issues such as isolation, bullying and homelessness. But there are a plethora of other needs our community has, ideas to be shared and questions to be asked. Politics may seem daunting on a State and Federal level but we can make a real difference in our daily lives just by participating in our local civics conversations. Besides, I’m sure there will be some some lively discussion and debate considering the radical stances of this queerly minded community.

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