It is important to us at Gay City that everyone is able to access our space and the events and resources that we create for the community. On this page you can learn how you can help keep our space accessible to all and you can find detailed information about our space so you can be clear as possible around the limitations of our space and plan accordingly. If you have an access concern not addressed here, please feel free to contact us.
Fragrance Free Policy
It is Gay City’s policy that smoking and use of fragrances are prohibited on Gay City Health Project premises, including all Gay City Health Project sponsored events and activities. The health of some of our staff, volunteers, and clients may be harmed by exposure to cologne, perfume, or other fragrances–which may cause difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms and more. These symptoms are not always readily apparent and sometimes show up hours later or persist for days after an exposure.
Coming to Gay City having used fragranced products on your body or your clothing means that those who are sensitive are faced with the choice to stay and get sick or leave and be unable to access important services or do their job. We ask your help in making Gay City accessible to all by coming to Gay City fragrance free.
» Guides to Becoming Fragrance Free
How to be Fragrance Free - A basic guide that explains what it means to be fragrance free, what steps to take to becoming fragrance free, why it is important, and explains how chemical sensitivity works and is different from standard allergies.
Fragrance Free Femme of Colour Realness – A love letter about accessibility that centers the experiences of people of color and includes details on affordable fragrance-free body products, especially body products for people of color.
East Bay Meditation Center Accessibility Resources – Basic steps to becoming fragrance-free, along with an extensive list of fragrance-free products and a list of additional resources and websites for more information.
» For Fragrance-Sensitive Individuals
Despite our fragrance free policy, there are still some sources of fragrance in the space. Kaladi Brothers is a public coffee shop and people may be in that space who do not know about or do not follow our fragrance free policy. The ground floor restrooms managed by Kaladi Brothers now have fragrance-free soap, however, they still have fragrance dispensing air fresheners. There are plans to replace them and this will be updated when that happens.
The downstairs restrooms have fragrance-free soap and the Wellness Center now has fragrance-free hand sanitizer. Both should now be effectively fragrance free.
Please protect yourself accordingly. If you are in the space and experiencing a problem, please let a staff person know and we will attempt to find a solution.
Mobility and Physical Spaces
Gay City and Kaladi’s spaces, doors, and corridors are all at least 32 inches wide and ADA compliant. Please note that there are 2 steps from the auditorium/library hallway to Kaladi Bros Coffee and to the restrooms. In order to go between the coffee shop/restrooms and the auditorium/library without using any steps you will need to go outside and enter through the other external door.
» Doors and Hallways
- All doors in the building open manually.
- Walkway to upstairs restrooms: 15 feet long, 35 inches wide
- Main entrance doors: 32 inches wide
- Upstairs Bathroom doors: 35 inches
- Walkway to library and auditorium: 9 feet long, 42 inches wide
- Auditorium entrance when risers are in place: 42 inches wide
- Library doors: 33 inches wide
- Walkway around bookshelves inside library: 48 inches wide on the side closest to the door, and 32 inches wide on all other sides
- Wellness Center door: 34 inches wide
- Conference Room door: 34 inches wide
- Hallway to downstairs restrooms: 32 inches wide
- Downstairs restroom doors: 35 inches wide (Note: hallway leading to the restrooms is narrower, at only 32 inches wide)
» Stairs and Steps
Steps by Library: There are 2 steps, each 6 in tall, separating the auditorium/library hallway from Kaladi Bros Coffee and to the restrooms. In order to go between the coffee shop/restrooms and the auditorium/library without using any steps you will need to go outside and enter through the other external door.
Staircase to lower level: There are 16 steps, each 7 inches tall with grip surfaces and a handrail 3 ft off the ground. This staircase is equipped with a lift that is 31 inches wide. To operate lift from the top of the stairs, request assistance from the Gay City administrative offices, immediately to the left of the top of the stairs. To operate the lift from the bottom of the stairs, request assistance from the Gay City Wellness Center.
Steps to Kitchen: The kitchen is typically only open to staff. Using a removeable step, there are now two 6.5" steps from the auditorium to the kitchen. Please note that moving the risers around the auditorium may require temporarily removing the step. If the removeable step is not there for any reason, the doorway becomes a single 13" step.
Gay City has a variety of chairs in our clinic, our offices, our library, and our auditorium. Some have seat padding and back padding, some are metal, some our plastic, and some are wood. See the accessibility gallery below for photos of the chairs.
Parking on Capitol Hill can sometimes be difficult. There is no lot or dedicated parking for Gay City. There are no disability reserved parking spaces.
Paid street parking is $3/hr, which is enforced until 8pm Mon-Sat and requires either a credit/debit card or sufficient payment in coins. On Pike st there is parallel parking, including a 30 min loading zone directly in front of our entrance. On Belmont next to our building there is angled parking, including a 30 min loading zone farther away from the intersection.
There are several paid parking lots in the area. The closest is on Summit between Pike and Pine, about a block away. The cheapest is at Seattle Central College Garage, about 4 blocks away. The Harvard Market lot above the QFC, between Harvard and Broadway and Pike and Union is also an option, about 2.5 blocks away.
» Electromagnetic Fields
During performances in the auditorium, we ask that audiences turn off their cellphones or put them in airplane mode to reduce the impact on individuals with electromagnetic sensitivity.
The ground floor, including the auditorium, library, admin offices do not have fluorescent lighting. However, the lower floor, including the Wellness Center, bathrooms, and Ingersoll do have fluorescent lighting.
There are several wi-fi networks in the area and the nearest cell tower is 1,350 ft away.
All restrooms in the building are gender-neutral.
» Ground Floor Restrooms
Obtain a key from Kaladi Brother’s counter. Can be accessed without stairs or lift. Doors are 35 inches wide. Walkway to the restrooms is 35 inches wide and 15 feet long.
The “left” restroom has limited space and may be difficult to maneuver mobility devices within, whereas the “right” restroom has 4.5 ft by 5.5 ft of non-obstructed clearance and grab bars on two sides of the toilet.
These restrooms are separated from the Library and Auditorium by two steps; In order to go between the coffee shop/restrooms and the auditorium/library without using any steps you will need to go outside and enter through the other external door.
» Downstairs Bathrooms
Obtain numeric code from Gay City staff or volunteers in the Wellness Center or in the Admin Offices. On the lower floor, requiring use of stairs or lift. Doors are 35 inches, however, the hallway to the restrooms is only 32 inches wide.
The first restroom in the hall has limited space and may be difficult to maneuver mobility devices within, however the second restroom down the hall has a door that opens outward and a 4 ft by 5 ft unobstructed clearance.
» Staff Bathroom
May be available upon request if other bathrooms are unavailable or do not meet your accessibility needs. Located behind Gay City administrative offices. Doorway is 36 inches wide with an unobstructed 4.5 feet x 5 feet unobstructed clearance in the bathroom and grab bars on two sides of the toilet.
Accessibility Photo Gallery
Sometimes you've just got to see what a space looks like to know if it will be accessible to you. For that purpose, we've collected the following photos.