Finding accepting environments for social activities and hobbies can greatly enhance the lives of LGBTQ people, particularly our youth, who often experience bullying and marginalization at school. This page includes local opportunities that provide LGBTQ youth and their allies safe and fun activities. Though some of these spaces are not located in the Eastside, they might be within reasonable driving distance for you and worth checking out.
You might also consult GLBT National Help Center:
- It provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- It maintains the largest collection of resources for the LGBTQ community in the United States, with 15,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.
- It provides you a listing of resources within your specified area: just enter your zip code, the miles you want to travel, and the category of interest.
- It operates two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, run by a diverse group of GLBT volunteers.
For information on preventing youth suicide and finding help, consult Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which works to reduce youth suicide in Washington and has specific resources for LGBTQ youth and their parents. If you or someone you know is at risk for self harm or feeling suicidal, immediately click the red telephone image on the right side of the page for 24-crisis helplines.
Safe Space Places for Seattle Eastside Youth
Camp Ten Trees is a nonprofit organization in Seattle that provides yearly summer camp sessions for LGBTQ youth and their allies as well as children/youth of LGBTQ or non-traditional families, from ages 8-17. It also offers leadership training for youth ages 13-17 through Camp Pegasus.
Diverse Harmony is based in Seattle and is the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. It provides a diverse, safe, and supportive environment for allies and LGBTQ youth/young adults (14-22) to share their love of music and be accepted for who they are.
Community Youth Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), a community-wide support network for LGBT+ kids and kids from LGBT+ families, open to 6th-12th graders on and off the Sammamish Plateau to hang out and have fun. This GSA was created by Plateaupians For Peace in partnership with the Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club-Teen Center, where the meetings are held. See the Facebook Event page for more details, including financial aid and transportation.
King County Library System is supportive of LGBTQ youth and offers events that provide a safe space as well as Teen librarians who can help adolescents find appropriate reading materials and other resources.
Lambert House is an LGBTQ youth center located in Seattle but also open to Eastside youth. It serves youth ages 22 and under and offers youth-led social and educational activities (as well as several support groups led by trained volunteers).
Oasis Youth Center is located in Tacoma and provides LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 a safe place to learn, connect and thrive through youth-led discussions, workshops, recreation, and other programs.
Rainbow Teen Advisory Board meets at the Redmond library the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 4:30-6:30pm and is open to LGBTQ youth and allies from any Eastside School district and in grades 6th-12 grade. Members create safe spaces, socialize, and gain valuable leadership experience as they create community events. No application necessary.
Also check out our website for more information:
- For local counseling and support services, consult Counseling and Support.
- For an extensive list of both local and national organizations, agencies, and educators who support the LGBTQ community, including ones focused on youth, consult LGBTQ Resources .
- For free and low cost publications from PFLAG National and other organizations, including ones that pertain specifically to youth, consult Brochures.
If you are family member or friend remember that one of the best ways you can support your child or loved one is by making sure you also have your own safe space and allies. You can find that through PFLAG. Join us at our monthly meetings or contact us for more information.