Finding accepting environments for social activities and interaction can be affirming and even life-saving for LGBTQ youth, who often experience bullying and marginalization at school. You might consult this list for LGBTQ youth (and allies) fun and safe activities. (A few are not Eastside locations but might be within reasonable driving distance.) Also check the additional resources that follow.
Safe Space Places for Seattle Eastside Youth
- The Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Teen Center has an LGBTQ- friendly atmosphere and programs for youth ages 11-19.
- 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.
- Community Youth GSA+ for LGBTQ youth, youth from LGBTQ families, and straight ally youth is 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 YMCA/Sammamish Community and Aquatic center, where the meetings are held.
- 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.
- 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 (R-TAB) meets at the Redmond library the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, from 5-7pm 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.
- Queerios is social group for Eastside LGBTQIA youth ages 14-18, which meets (starting on April 18th) at 4-8PM on Wednesdays at Northlake UU Church in Kirkland. Queer and trans* youth facilitate the group and two background-checked adults with experience caring for LGBTQ youth are present at each meeting. (Queerios is not religious nor affiliated with Northlake UU Church or any other church.)
- Seattle Parks LGBTQ provides numerous programs and activities for LGBTQ youth through its Born This Way Kafe.
You might also consult GLBT National Help Center, where you can find these resources for finding support, information, and safe activities.
- Peer-support, community connections and information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.
- 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.
- Resources within your specified area: just enter your zip code, the miles you want to travel, and the category of interest.
- Two national hotlines, GLBT National Hotline and GLBT National Youth Hotline, run by a diverse group of GLBT volunteers.
You can also find more information on our website:
- See Meeting FAQ for details on our monthly meetings, where you obtain free resources and discuss support for LGBTQ youth with experienced parents.
- Consult Counseling and Support for local services and other resources.
- Check our extensive LGBTQ Resources, which includes lists specific to youth.
- Learn about free and low cost booklets from PFLAG National, including ones that pertain specifically to youth. (PFLAG members receive a bookstore discount.)