PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and the Urban League of Portland released a groundbreaking report highlighting key social and economic issue areas affecting Black LGBTQ Oregonians.
The event hosted by PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and the Urban League of Portland in partnership with Basic Rights Oregon Our Families , Western States Center, and Pride NW will look at the findings of the report and share community perspectives on current work being done in our community and opportunities for moving forward.
There is currently very little quantifiable data nationally or in Oregon on Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer people and their primary concerns. PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and the Urban League of Portland see this as a huge gap in the research that is currently available. The report released on October of 2012 collected primary data from over 200 participants.
Michael Alexander CEO of the Urban League of Portland said “The partnership with PFLAG Portland Black chapter has been constructive. Building off the great work of the state of Black Oregon we continue see the bigger picture that we all face together as families, friends, daughters and sons. We are stronger together when we are working together with one another to find solutions that will help the community thrive and prosper.”
Khalil Edwards, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter’s Coordinator, calls the project “the first of its kind in Oregon”. Due to the lack of present research in Oregon, he states that this will be “a vital resource in continuing to highlight the experiences, needs, and leadership of LGBTQ people of color in Oregon”.
“The Our Families project seeks to raise visibility and public support of LGBT families of color. We thank the great leadership of the Urban League and PFLAG Portland Black Chapter to move this vision forward,” said Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon.