Dedicated to supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and human trafficking, the center aims to provide refuge for all survivors. LGBTQ+ related information is also available.
“The Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission advises the City Council on human rights and relations issues. This Board assists residents by hearing and resolving discrimination complaints and promoting harmony.” HRRAC always seeks community involvement and input regarding the climate and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Salem residents can address HRRAC at any meeting.
The Core Response Team of the City of Salem operates as a subcommittee of the Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission (HRRAC) to assist with concerns of hate or bias activity. Information about what constitutes a hate crime and how to report one is available.
"Marion Co., Oregon group of community services and local individuals focused on providing culturally competent services to the LGBTQ+ community." Allies for Equality meets monthly and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Rights Oregon ensures that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Basic Rights Oregon focuses on LGBTQ+ people of color, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and LGBTQ+ youth as priority communities.
Through giving a broadened perspective on LGBTQ+ individuals, the Q Center strives to support and celebrate each unique person by providing a community and increased visibility.
Community Building Organizations
The Salem Pride website holds a variety of local resources ranging from LGBT events to specialized support groups. Information on the annual Capitol Pride held in Salem can also be found here.
Salem’s chapter of Lavender Womyn is a trans-inclusive, lesbian social support group that is part of a larger network of social support groups.
A list of LGBTQ+ supportive religious institutions giving those of faith the opportunity to pursue their passion for their religion around like-minded individuals.
PFLAG Salem is a chapter of the PFLAG National non-profit organization and serves the greater Salem, Oregon community. Contact: email@example.com.
In-Person and online support group for all transgender people in the mid-Willamette valley that organizes through Facebook. Find the group here: Transgender - T-Gather Support Group
Genderqueer and Transmasculine Oregon
Online support group for genderqueer and transmasculine people that communicates via Facebook ook. “Genderqueer and Transmasculine Oregon was created to be a safe space for who anyone 18+ who identifies masculine or doesn't strongly identify with either gender.” The group is kept secret for the safety and privacy of its members. If you would like to be added to the group, request access here: Genderqueer and Transmasculine Oregon Facebook Group
Salem Rainbow Youth
The mission of Rainbow Youth is to serve the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in Marion and Polk counties. Follow the Salem Rainbow Youth Facebook page for events and updates.
Transgender Oregon Network is an online support group for transgender individuals that communicate via Facebook. It is closed, and anyone can request to join the group without knowing another member.
Planned Parenthood in Salem now offers transgender health care, including hormone replacement therapy. Additionally, they use trans-inclusive language, and the staff are knowledgeable about trans issues and experiences. Many trans men in the community recommend Planned Parenthood for a variety of health needs, including those that are typically labeled “women’s health issues.”
Through the advocacy work of transgender patients at the Lancaster Family Health Center, the clinic has updated its policies around trans patients. They provide both hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and have psychiatrists on staff qualified and willing to provide the letters necessary to seek gender-affirming surgery.
HIV testing at the Marion County Health Department is available for people at high risk for HIV. Marion County Health Department is involved with Allies for
For those with Kaiser Permanente insurance, the Gender Pathways Clinic in Portland "provides culturally competent care to transgender and gender-expansive patients. Gender Pathways is a unique place for Kaiser Permanente members to receive integrated care in a comfortable, supportive setting." The clinic provides hormone therapy, sexual and reproductive health care, mental health services, and surgical evaluations and procedures.
Cascade AIDS Project serves communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington and has programming that specifically focuses on LGBTQ+ communities. Their mission is "to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminate HIV-related stigma and health disparities.”