Youth Programs

Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center promotes protective factors that support the development and self-determination of LGBTQ youth.

From the launch of Queercore in 1996 to our multiple youth groups today, Gay City has worked with LGBTQ youth to decrease the risk factors that contribute to LGBTQ youth health disparities. The intent is to help dismantle inequitable systems and practices, especially those that disproportionately impact LGBTQ Black and Indigenous youth communities.


Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a group of
LGBTQ BIPOC youth (ages 12-25) from across
Seattle, King County, supports the development
and implementation of effective marijuana/vaping
prevention strategies.

Youth Advocacy Media (YAM)

A group of LGBTQ youth (ages 12-20) from across the Greater Seattle Area that raise awareness about LGBTQ+ concerns by promoting affirming prevention messages through various media channels.


By centering the direct needs of LGBTQ youth, the needs of the community can be met. Gay City offers a multitude of youth advocacy and support trainings to create more equitable systems.

Technical Assistance

Gay City offers technical assistance to
organizations that are interested in providing
equitable and sustainable youth advocacy
and service provisions, such as developing
organization-wide information systems to
building the motivational interviewing skills of
your staff.

Toolkit Services

To expand the ways that all youth service
providers provide youth advocacy Gay City has
created a collection of youth of color lead best
practices tools and techniques to support youth
advocacy. This collection of materials focus on four main topics:

  1. Framework for supporting youth advocacy
  2. Practical Tools
  3. Self-Assessments
  4. Trainings