These are Brave Space's past community projects and collaborations. Interested in partnering with Brave Space? Please contact Cameron to discuss your idea - click here for Cameron's information. Want to support our work? Please consider donating - click here to learn more.
Panel Discussion: Gender Diversity & Identity in Queertopia
On December 8, 2020, Brave Space partnered with Cascade AIDS Project to host an online panel discussion of the documentary "Gender diversity & identity in Queertopia". We organized a group of panelists to discuss thought-provoking questions inspired by the documentary, and invited the community to participate in the discussion. Questions were generally related to providing services for the trans, nonbinary, and intersex communities.
Police Brutality Community Response
In response to the 2020 social movement against systemic racism and police brutality, Brave Space sought out ways to support those being most impacted by current events. We took several steps to help meet the needs of BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color), activists, and frontline workers:
Trauma Decompression & Peer Support
Brave Space offered short-term peer support for activists and frontline workers. Service were short term, free, and did not create a health records. Peer support offered included validating and safe space to process experiences, brief interventions for moving through acute trauma responses, brainstorming for finding longer term care strategies, and linkages to other support networks.
Please contact Kate for more info.
Updates to Counseling Intake Policy
Brave Space implemented long-term changes to our counseling intake policy to increase accessibility of our services to trans & nonbinary black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). Trans & nonbinary BIPOC folks requesting counseling services now receive the same prioritization that prior Brave Space clients do.
Updates to Social Media Use
Brave Space started making an intentional effort to share culturally-specific resources for BIPOC communities on our Facebook page, and to share resources more frequently. We now share resources and news approximately 3 times a week, which includes resources and news related to trans & nonbinary communities, BIPOC communities, mental health, and accessibility.
PDX Defense Fund
The PDX Defense Fund is bailing out trans, queer, and BIPOC activists, as well as offering jail support by donating items directly to those being released. Brave Space donated phone chargers, jackets, and funds directly to the jail support team. We ask our community to support the PDX Defense Fund by donating money or contacting the Defense Fund to see what items the jail support team may need (information below)
Donate: Venmo or Cashapp @DefenseFundPDX
As part of our Police Brutality Community Response, some of Brave Space's providers participated in Radical Rest, a short-term collective of healers offering free wellness services for "BIPOC organizers, leaders, protesters, agitators and liberators." These services were available from June 19th to June 26, 2020. Please visit the Radical Rest website for more information:
Feast & Frolic with PDX Nonbinary Collective
On February 8, 2020, PDX Nonbinary Collective and Brave Space cohosted Feast & Frolic, a LGBTQ+ community potluck and social outing. We gathered at Q Center for social time over a community meal, and then moved to downtown to attend the Winter Lights Festival, an annual winter holiday event near the waterfront that features the latest light-art innovations and technology.
Voice Lessons with The Wellness Group for Voice, Speech and Swallowing
Between January 15, 2020 and March 25, 2020, The Wellness Group for Voice, Speech and Swallowing hosted group vocal coaching for the trans & nonbinary community at Brave Space. This 8-course program was taught by licensed speech-language therapists Aaron Zeigler and Jennifer Gill.
Parent & Caregiver Support Group
Between February 6, 2020 and March 13, 2020 (when Brave Space started shifting to telehealth in response to COVID-19), Brave Space hosted Parent & Caregiver Support Group, a support group for all caregivers of trans & nonbinary people, facilitated by Brave Space counselors Leslie Yeargers and Helix Holman. Parent/Caregiver Community Group was a non-clinical support group for parents and other caregivers of trans and nonbinary loved ones. The group was open to drop-ins and run on donations.
Free Haircuts with Jules Heron
On February 21, Jules Heron of Hair for Humans offered free hair cuts for the trans and nonbinary community. Folks in the community were invited to sign up and Jules provided 3 1/2 hours of affirming service. This event was originally scheduled as a monthly offer; if possible, we will bring this event back when the office is open to the public again.
Eating Disorder Support Group
Between August 19, 2019 and October 28, 2019, Brave Space hosted Eating Disorder Support Group, a support group for trans & nonbinary adults interested in recovery, in partial recovery, or in full recovery from an eating disorder, facilitated by Brave Space counselors Bee Norris and Cambria Beirow. This group offered support for navigating body dysphoria and eating disorders, with the goal of "building our authentic selves while creating a new relationship with our bodies." This group was available for $35 per session and could be covered by OHP insurance plans.
QTPOC Support Group with Cole Prophet
Between August 20, 2019 and November 12, 2019, Cole Prophet of Intersections Counseling hosted QTPOC Support Group at Brave Space. QTPOC Support Group was a non-clinical support and social group for all queer, trans and nonbinary people of color. The group was free and open to drop-ins.
Hot Meals & Gender Feels
On December 16, 2019, Oregon Food Bank hosted Hot Meals & Gender Feels at Brave Space. Hot Meals & Gender Feels was a social and resource event for the trans and nonbinary community. Johnnie Shaver of Oregon Food Bank connected community members with free produce & groceries, a hot meal, and assistance signing up for Link2Feed, Oregon's primary food pantry intake system.
Voice Lessons with Pacific University
More info coming soon!
Brave Space Open House
On July 28, 2019, Brave Space hosted an Open House in a new office! The public was invited to come see the new space, meet and mingle with providers over snacks & beverages, shop the free Clothing Collection, apply for the Brave Space Scholarship, check our our group/community room.