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photo of Dr. Angela CarterDr. Angela Carter (Acting Executive Drector | Pronouns: They/them) began serving the LGBTQQI2S community at 16 when they joined the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) in San Francisco as a peer counselor on their youth hotline.  They moved to Seattle in 1997 and joined Q Patrol, Seattle’s LGBTQQI2S street safety patrol organization.  Over many years of volunteering with service orgs for and being part of the LGBTQQI2S community, Dr. Carter developed a keen understanding of the discrimination and health disparities faced by their community.  In 2007 they began medical school with an interest in Queer and Transgender health care.  In 2009, they became chair of the Queers and Allies group on campus, facilitating educational seminars on LGBTQQI2S health, changing clinic and school policy around gender requirements, and improving aspects of LGBTQQI2S care in the community clinics.


They have volunteered continuously with the Meaningful Care Conference since 2009, stepping into the co chair role for this year’s conference.  Dr. Carter’s work has attracted a large and primarily transgender and queer patient base to their practice, uniquely positioning them to see larger trends in LGBTQQI2S  health and care. Dr Carter has attended numerous trainings around the country in LGBTQQI2S health.  They teach a class focused on the culturally specific variables in primary care for LGBTQQI2S and sexual minority communities as adjunct faculty at the University of Western States. They work with the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force to improve the experience of Transgender and Gender Non Conforming survivors of sexual assault. Dr.Carter is the Board Chair and Medical Director of the Equi Institute as well as running their private practice, and lecturing frequently at local and national medical conferences. 









photo of Katie, billing specialistKatie Cox (Chief Operating Officer | Pronouns: She/her) is a rare Portland native, having lived in the area most of her life. Katie entered the medical field, mainly alternative medicine, via office management in 2012 and has worn many different hats for several independent practitioners and clinics including Billing Specialist, Marketing Director and Office Manager.


Katie was introduced to the Equi Institute when she started working as a billing specialist/personal assistant for Dr. Angela Carter. Having roots in queer and trans advocacy, Katie was thrilled at the opportunity to become a part of such a radical and much needed organization.


In April of 2017, the board voted and hired Katie as Chief Operating Officer. Katie's passion and dedication to the mission of Equi is clear through her work with Dr. Carter. She is excited to help take Equi to the next level.


In her "free" time (there's not much!) Katie loves to sing karaoke, cook delicious food and do a little freelance graphic design.








Christopher Gage - Front Desk (Pronouns he/him) Christopher grew up in Texas and has lived in Portland for 12 years, with a small 2 year stay in Austin.  He is very happy to be back on the west coast and excited about the communities that he is getting involved in.  


He graduated high school in Texas, but went to PCC and Concordia University for his undergraduate career and got a degree in Health Care Administration.  A couple of years later, Concordia contacted him with an offer that he could not refuse and now he is in the process of getting his MBA.  


Christopher's most rewarding past position was with the American Cancer Society, where he worked as a Cancer Information Specialist.  In this position, he helped patients, as well as friends and family members, obtain information about their diagnosis and resources to help with bills, transportation, and many other needs.  Also rewarding, was his position as the Office Manager for a local veterinary clinic.   


Christopher has had the great pleasure of being able to volunteer for Equi and is now working at the front desk.  He is very excited to be contributing to an organization with such a heartfelt and driven group of people and he is also excited to experience the growth that will come from working with Equi.  

He has very little free time, but when he does have it, one of his favorite things to do is to spend time with his chosen family, regardless of what the activity is.  He also loves to kayak.

Our Mission

To empower and improve the health of the LGBTQQI2S communities of the Pacific Northwest. We provide services and programs through a community health clinic.

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4115 N. Mississippi Ave. PDX 97217

Phone: 503.459.2584 | Fax: 503.719.8244

Front desk: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


ADA symbolADA building, gender neutral bathrooms, on the #4 bus line, free on site parking, interpreters available upon request. 

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