Accessibility at Gay City

Fragrance Free Policy

It is Gay City’s policy that smoking and use of fragrances are prohibited on Gay City premises, including all Gay City 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.

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.

Mobility and Physical Spaces

Gay City entryways and corridors are all at least 32 inches wide and ADA compliant.

  • 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
  • Auditorium entrance: 42 inches wide
  • Bookshelf aisles: at least 32 inches wide
  • Wellness Center door: 34 inches wide
  • Conference room door: 34 inches wide

Downstairs restroom doors: 35 inches wide (Note: hallway leading to the restrooms is narrower, at only 32 inches wide)

  • Steps by Library: There are two steps, each six inches tall, separating the auditorium/library hallway from the restrooms. To avoid the stairs, you will need to go outside the library entrance and enter through the main entryway.
  • Staircase to Lower level: There are 16 steps, each seven inches tall, with grip surfaces and a handrail three feet off the ground. This staircase is equipped with a lift that is 31-inches wide and can carry up to 495 lbs. To operate the lift, please request assistance from a Gay City staff member.
  • Auditorium to Kitchen: A wheelchair ramp is available with a 1:12 slope.

Gay City provides a variety of seating options. If special seating is needed, please speak with a Gay City staff representative to inquire about available options.


There is no lot or dedicated parking for Gay City, however, there are several paid parking options and limited free two-hour parking spaces.

Paid street parking is available Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Paid parking lots are also available. The cheapest is Seattle Central College Garage (4 blocks away).


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.

Only the lower level of Gay City uses fluorescent lighting.

Gay City provides wi-fi access to all visitors who agree to follow our internet policy. The network is called Gay City Guest.


All restrooms in the building are gender-neutral.


Two bathrooms are available on this floor, however, the right restroom has 4.5 ft. by 5.5 ft. of non-obstructed clearance and grab bars on two sides of the toilet.


The two bathrooms are accessible with a numeric code. Please see a Gay City staff member or volunteer in the Wellness Center. Remember to knock before entering.

The restroom at the end of the hall has a door that opens outward and a 4 feet by 5 feet unobstructed clearance for individuals seeking a more accessible space.


Fragrance is any scent that is perceptible by others. This includes hair products, lotions, detergents, colognes, perfumes, and aftershave products.

Smoking/Vaping includes the lighting and use of any tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, cigars, hookahs), marijuana/THC/CBD, electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes) containing nicotine cartridges.