LGBTQ+ Resources

EOU Ally Information

Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices for LGBT students. They help people in the coming-out process as well as help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect for all people. This page provides resources for allies to continue to gain knowledge in becoming effective advocates, supporters and friends.

10 Ways to be an Ally/Friend

  • Be a listener.
  • Be open-minded.
  • Be willing to talk.
  • Educate yourself.
  • Support Your LGBT friends and family members.
  • Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  • Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  • Challenge oppressive comments and behaviors. Homophobic comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
  • Confront your own prejudices and homophobia, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
  • Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.

State Resources

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
P.O. Box 6743 Portland, OR 97207
Tel: (503) 232-7676 W

Lesbian Community Project
800 NW 6th, Room 333
Portland, OR 97209
Tel: (503) 233-3913
Hotline: (503) 796-1703

Oregon Student Equal Rights Alliance (OSERA)
635 NE Dekum Street
Portland, OR 97211
Tel: (503) 286-0477
Fax: (503) 286-0924

Basic Rights Oregon
310 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 300
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 40625
Portland, OR 97240
Tel: (503) 222-6151