Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC)

Culturally specific support for LGBTQIA2s+ youth

Here at SMYRC, we provide a safe, harassment-free space for queer and trans youth ages 13-23, where you can create art, play music, and join in on our open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups. You can access services like counseling, school support, and much more. Whatever you are looking for, we are here to honor, empower, and support you.

Additional Services We Provide

We also offer mental-health services. A Cascadia Behavioral Health LGBTQ Mental Health Specialist is available for appointments for SMYRC participants outside of the SMYRC space.

To register for counseling, please fill out a form at https://cascadiabhc.org/cair_form/ and request “Adrien Wolmark (they/them)” in the “other” section. Select “Garlington Health Center” as the “preferred location.”

Food Pantry

Hygiene Supplies

Clothing Closet

Gender-Affirming Clothing

Virtual/In Person Check-Ins

Virtual/In Person Groups

Mental Health Support

Referral to Other Resources and Support

LGBTQIA2s+ Services Calendar

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SMYRC East
17199 SE Division Street
Portland, OR
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SMYRC Downtown
1220 SW Columbia Street
Portland, OR
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Find Us

SMYRC Downtown:

1220 SW Columbia Street – By Appointment Only
*Located on the lower level of the building. Please use the side door next to the parking lot and press the buzzer to enter.

SMYRC East:

17199 SE Division Street – By Appointment Only
*We’re the first red house on the right on 171st that appears to be a barn, just past the apartments. Google Maps may take you to the apartments – just look for SMYRC East right next door.

Contact Our Amazing Team to Schedule an Appointment Today

Chelsea Varnum

Director of LGBTQIA2s+ Services

They/Them/Theirs

cvarnum@newavenues.org

Colin Daniels

SMYRC Program Advocate

He/Him/His

cdaniels@newavenues.org

Kashi Maya Tamang

SMYRC Program Lead

They/Them/Theirs

ktamang@newavenues.org

Troy McKinlay

SMYRC Youth Advocate

They/He

tmckinlay@newavenues.org

Angeline Booth

LGBTQIA2S+ Community Education Specialist

She/Her/Hers

abooth@newavenues.org

Visit our Instagram @smyrcpdx 

For Educators, Businesses & the Community

Bridge 13 Community Education

Thank you for reaching out to Bridge 13 Community Education, a program of the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).

Although our goal is to support all places in creating a safer and more affirming space for all LGBT2IA2s+ individuals in our community, at the moment we are pausing our training as we have recently experienced some staff transitions. Please bear with us as we intentionally hire and on-board new Bridge Community Educators over the next couple months to help meet our community’s education needs.

If you would like to leave your contact information and fill out our interest form with some details of what you’re looking for, we will try to get back in touch with you when capacity has increased again. Interest form: http://goo.gl/forms/Maa9k7YJOX

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to connect with Chelsea Varnum. Their information is below. For any SMYRC related request please email smyrcinfo@newavenues.org.

Chelsea Varnum
They/Them
Director of LGBTQIA2s+ Services
P: 971.377.8935 E: cvarnum@newavenues.org

We look forward to supporting your schools, business, and agencies again soon.

Want to learn more about SMYRC?

Contact us at smyrcinfo@newavenues.org or 503-872-9664!