About Gay City

 

2020 marks Gay City’s 25th year of building resilience and joy in LGBTQ communities.

In 1995, a group of community activists launched Gay City with a bold vision of building a community stronger than HIV while centering young queer voices. This mission evolved in the 2000s when the organization introduced its Wellness Center, Arts Programs, and established a physical space where all LGBTQ people could be themselves.

Today, Gay City remains the leading HIV/STI tester in King County, home to the largest LGBTQ library in the Pacific Northwest, and provides access to 100+ resources. The organization is also an active force in queer youth engagement and provides LGBTQ-centered trainings that address the needs of the most marginalized people within our community.

Learn how we apply resources to support the community.

Our Vision

Gay City is the definitive hub for LGBTQ individuals seeking affirming and responsive resources, wellness, and community.

Our Mission

Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center cultivates access and connections to promote self-determination, liberation and joy in our communities.

Our Values

Intersectionality
Gay City recognizes that our community members are multifaceted, with overlapping and intersecting identities. Gay City seeks to honor our interdependent identities in all our services and programming. We also recognize that LGBTQ communities face multiple and intersecting forms of structural oppression. We are committed to honoring those truths in all that we do.

Accessibility
Gay City is committed to creating more opportunities for all LGTBQ people to receive services, resources, engage in community and in the Arts. To do that, we’re committed to building accessibility.

Stewardship
Gay City takes community seriously. We act in service of people’s daily needs, and towards our greater liberation, as they are not separate. We know the power of community and take great care in building it for today and generations to come.

Transparency
Gay City sees transparency being key in creating equitable outcomes and getting people what they need to be successful. We have established policies, procedures, and practices with the intent to be clear and open with the communities we serve.  

Advocacy
Gay City shows up. We lean into our responsibility to address critical issues affecting LGBTQ people. Gay City advocates for the whole person.

Sex & Body Positive
Gay City values all bodies and consensual sexuality. We defer judgment when people seek support or share their diverse stories and invest in people’s self-determination. 

General Contact

If you’re trying to reach out to us for a specific reason, please use one of these email address:

arts@gaycity.org
For anything involving our art shows or arts program.

communications@gaycity.org
For media contacts and promotion requests.

insurance@gaycity.org
To schedule an appointment with one of our insurance navigators.

orca@gaycity.org
To schedule an appointment to get an orca lift card.

prep@gaycity.org
For questions about and to discuss eligibility for our PrEP clinic.

queercore@gaycity.org
For anything involving our youth program.

testing@gaycity.org
For anything involving our Wellness Center and HIV/STI testing program.

volunteer@gaycity.org
For interest in becoming a volunteer or learning more about volunteer opportunities.

info@gaycity.org
For all other issues.

Contact Us

Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
517 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone: 206-860-6969
Fax: 206-860-0195
Email: info@gaycity.org