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The Pride Center provides programs and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual members of the on-campus and online OSU community and their allies (LGBTQQIAA). The Pride Center affirms the identities and empowers the lives of people who are LGBTQQIAA by providing education, outreach, program support, consultation, community development, visibility, and advocacy. The Pride Center is a safe space for all members of our community to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere. OSU itself was named one of the top LGBT campuses in the United States by "The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students" in 2006. Additionally, OSU continues to have a five-star rating and is ranked in the top 20 LGBT-friendly campuses from Campus Pride's LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
We welcome everyone to join us – even from a distance. If you would like to be connected to our resources from afar, please let us know, and we will work to include you in our efforts.
Please click here for a list of additional/outside resources for transgender and non-binary folks.
Fall 1999: Students from various groups on campus identified a need for a safe space with support services for LGBTQQIA and allied students.
November 2000: Student Involvement identified money from their budget that could go toward the center and helped to identify a temporary space in the Women's Center.
March 14, 2001: The Student Fee's Committee unanimously passed the Student Involvement's proposed budget for the Queer Resource Center!
May 2001: The budget was approved by the President of OSU and the Queer Resource Center was born.
Winter 2004: The Queer Resource Center had expanded rapidly over the first years of operation. It was then a need was identified for our own permanent, larger location on campus. A budget was created and approved by the ASOSU Senate.
Spring 2004: The Advisory Board discussed a concern they had for the Queer Resource Center. Students, staff, and faculty had all voiced their opinions around renaming the Queer Resource Center. The Advisory Board came up with the name of "The Pride Center." The new name was chosen to reflect a positive light on all members of our community, particularly being more inclusive and mindful of our allies.
Local history: Thomas Kraemer, "Corvallis, Oregon State University gay activism 1969-2004," posted April 30, 2010
Are you a community member interested in supporting the Pride Center? Ask Assistant Director of Development Jesus Rangel about giving to student scholarships or Pride Center programs, like the Lavender LGBTQ+ graduation or Trans Awareness Week.
Details: The renovation will extend the useful life of the facility as well as reconfigure and expand the interior and exterior program spaces to meet program needs.
Our space and resources we offer are open to all students, faculty, staff, and OSU community.
Library of books on queer history
2251 SW Jefferson Way
Student Experience Center (SEC) Suite 112
Corvallis, OR 97331
Email: [email protected]