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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 · EugeneCascadesCoast.org
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-Friendly

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Travel

For lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer/questioning visitors and their allies, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region offers an inclusive, integrated travel experience.

Since the 1960s counter-culture era, Eugene has celebrated diversity, thus creating a comfortable atmosphere for individuals to be themselves. Social acceptance alongside an abundance of arts and recreational opportunities affirms the region as an excellent and comfortable destination for LGBTQ+ travelers and their families.

LOCAL LGBTQ+

In 2016, the Advocate ranked Eugene twelfth in their compilation of the Queerest Cities in America. Connect with the local LGBTQ+ community at events and social hubs around town. 

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Eugene Pride Day Equality Project

  • PO Box 1321, Eugene OR 97440
  • P: 541.513.1711
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Soromundi - Lesbian Chorus of Eugene

  • Eugene OR 97404
  • P: 541.343.2575

Out On The Town

From the energy of the University of Oregon to dynamic happenings such as the internationally-recognized, über-hip Oregon Bach Festival; the happily iconoclastic Oregon Country Fair and the très chic Oregon Truffle Festival, the cultural scene attracts culturally-invested seekers from near and far. Get your boogie on at LGBTQ-friendly events and gathering places.

  • Cowfish Dance Club - an alternative venue featuring an eclectic mix of live music, djs and great drinks
  • Spectrum - Formerly The Wayward Lamb, this community-embracing lounge offers a safe space for dancing, performances and pub games
  • The Barn Light - a hip gathering place in the heart of downtown Eugene with reputation for being inclusive
  • Doc's Pad - hosts Drag Bingo every Thursday
  • Blairally Vintage Arcade - a classic arcade and bowling alley
  • Enjoy the musical melodies of Soromundi: Lesbian Chorus of Eugene or the scathingly brilliant shows of WYMPROV, Eugene's own improve troupe

Eugene has a long-term love affair with running, which has earned it the nickname "Track Town USA." The metro area is nestled between two rivers and features miles of well-maintained bike paths inspiring outdoor adventures year-round. Golf is also a big regional draw with courses along the Oregon Coast and nestled in mountain valleys. The area hosted the USGA Women's Amateur in 2008.

Watch or play diverse sports in state-of-the-art venues and abundant natural arenas. A sampling of activities include:

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LGBTQ+ Community

Back 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.

Celebrate Diversity by Soromundi Lesbian Chorus of Eugene

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.

In 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.