Queer Community in Seattle

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Place-based Websites Related to "Queer Community" in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, USA

This is an on-going list of place-based websites related to "queer community" in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, USA

Seattle Pride parade's website The largest event of it's kind in the Seattle area, which takes place annually, interestingly enough does not use the does not list the words "gay," "lesbian," or "queer" or "community." Without understanding of the history of this event and the connotation of the rainbow design on their logos, one may not even know this was an event to show the pride of LGBTQI people.


GLBTQ.com Page on Seattle

Bent Writing Institute The mission of the Bent Writing Institute is to "promote and encourage written and spoken word among LGBTIQ people and in our communities. Bent began as the dream of a queer poet longing for a bigger community of queer writers. Tara Hardy took action and in August of 2000 the first queer writer's class began in her living room. The supportive and empowering collective has blossomed ever since." "Bent classes are designed for writers, beginning to advanced. The low-impact, supportive environment encourages participants to take the risks necessary for their writing to grow. Classes are offered in poetry, fiction, memoir, performance, and more."

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Seattle Young People's Project Queer Youth Rights (QYR) initiative One of SYPP's oldest projects is the Queer Youth Rights (QYR) initiative, a youth leadership, social support, and political action group led by and for high school age queer youth and allies. QYR is a supportive group for youth that not only works to meet various needs of the queer youth community but is also very beneficial for all the youth involved.

Lambert House Lambert House is a safe place for queer youth ages 22 and under. Our calendar is packed with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events. We are here to make life better for each other as GLBTQ youth.

From Lambert House's Resource List:

"Queercore is a group affiliated with Gay City. Queercore is aimed at gay and bi guys in their late teens and early 20s. They do all kinds of neat things that are all about preventing HIV through building community."

"Seattle's Commission for Sexual Minorities. They advise the city council on queer-friendly policies and work on projects for the queer community."

Yet when you go the SCSM website they say that "The Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities advise the Mayor, Council and departments about sexual minority issues, recommend policies and legislation, bring the sexual minority communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-ranged projects, and ensure that City departments fairly and equitably address sexual minority concerns as individuals and as a protected class.

The Commission for Sexual Minorities consists of 15 representative citizens of Seattle appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. "

Note the change from "queer community" on Lambert House's site to the term "sexual minority" on the city's website. This discrepancy is interesting for a variety of reasons.


File:House 1b.jpg File:House 2.jpg "Seattle's Commission for Sexual Minorities. They advise the city council on queer-friendly policies and work on projects for the queer community."

Yet when you go the SCSM website they say that "The Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities advise the Mayor, Council and departments about sexual minority issues, recommend policies and legislation, bring the sexual minority communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-ranged projects, and ensure that City departments fairly and equitably address sexual minority concerns as individuals and as a protected class.

The Commission for Sexual Minorities consists of 15 representative citizens of Seattle appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. "

Note the change from "queer community" on Lambert House's site to the term "sexual minority" on the city's website. This discrepancy is interesting for a variety of reasons.