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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 ·
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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LGBTQ Community

In 2013, "TravelNerd" highlighted cities lesser known for their thriving gay communities (compared to New York City or San Francisco), but still excellent LGBTQ destinations. Eugene was in the Top 10 Destinations for Gay Travelers!

Soromundi: Eugene's Lesbian ChorusBack in the 60s, Eugene put the "counter" in "culture." Today, the city is home to year-round festivals, events and ongoing activism that make for a vibrant and varied place to live and play. Eugene - Springfield is recognized as a green destination, supportive of alternative forms of transportation, recycling and sustainable living.

Eugene is uniquely enriched by the University of Oregon, which at 20,000 students makes a significant contribution to the city. In 2006, the UO was named one of the Top 20 Campuses in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, according to "The Advocate." Student LGBTQA organizations include The Outlaws, the Lesbian Gay Law Student Association, Queer Students of Color, SAPHHO and Theta Pi Sigma.

Social Action

In 1977, the City of Eugene enacted a measure to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment and public access. While the measure was subsequently overturned, it was just the beginning of the community's efforts to ensure equal rights and protection for all.

Soromundi Parade MarcherIn 1987, Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt issued an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation within state employment. The order was revoked by Ballot Measure 8, which in turn was ruled unconstitutional in 1992. The political back and forth continued over the following decades alongside the coming and going of popular LGBTQ social venues including Perry's, Mother Kali's Bookstore and Diablos.

Starting in 2002, the domestic partner registry was made available in Eugene, while statewide, public (non-federal) employers were required to offer equal benefits for same-sex domestic partners. 

In 2015, as equality in marriage was ushered in, the State of Oregon banned conversion therapy targeting youth under the age of 18 years. It was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, the first openly LGBTQ governor. Today, the City of Eugene continues to include protection of sexual orientation in areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. The City of Eugene, as well as the UO, are both members of the Fair Workplace Project, wherein hundreds of Oregon businesses have pledged to support ALL their employees, including those who are LGBTQ.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) provides a snapshot of Oregon's supportive position on important topics for the LGBTQ community.