About Gay City

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 

Advocacy

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

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.

Intersectionality

We recognize that our community members are multifaceted, with overlapping and intersecting identities. We seek 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.

Sex and Body Positivity

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. 

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.  

  OUR HISTORY

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 several LGBTQ-affirming services, and provides access to hundreds of 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 SERVICES

Gay City is home to more than ten services supporting the LGBTQ community and its various intersections. View some of the leading programs below.

ARTS

www.gaycity.org/Arts

Every year, we galvanize an audience for queer arts, foster the development of LGBTQ artists and works, and facilitate accessible artistic excellence.

COMMUNICATIONS

communications@gaycity.org

Our communications department supports the promotion of LGBTQ+ events and activities, and connects media to Gay City and other LGBTQ+ agencies.

HEALTHCARE NAVIGATION & INSURANCE

www.gaycity.org/Healthcare

Schedule an appointment with our multilingual health navigators.

ORCA LIFT ENROLLMENT

www.gaycity.org/ORCA

Access public transit for free or low-cost.

PrEP NAVIGATION

www.gaycity.org/PrEP

We can help you access PrEP (whether insured or not) and assistance to pay for the medication.

RESOURCE CENTER

www.gaycity.org/Resources

With assistance from our warm, affirming peer advocates, we will connect you to the resources you need.

VOLUNTEERS

www.gaycity.org/Volunteer

Interested in getting involved with Gay City? Volunteer today for an experience that allows you to create change in your community.

WELLNESS CENTER

www.gaycity.org/Wellness

Our Wellness Center is the leading HIV/STI clinic in King County. Meet with our affirming testers today confidentially or anonymously.

YOUTH

www.gaycity.org/Youth

We promote protective factors that support the development and self-determination of LGBTQ youth.

CONTACT US
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
517 E Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Email: info@gaycity.org
Phone: (206) 860-6969
Fax: (206) 860-0195