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Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

BiNet Seattle - Seattle, WA - social and support organization created to foster a visible community for bisexual, bi-curious people, and their partners in the Puget Sound area. They have regular social events, support groups, and a speakers bureau called "Bi-Out" which educates the public about bisexuality. http://www.binetseattle.org

Bread & Roses - Olympia - serves, in love, the homeless, the poor, and the marginalized of Thurston County. They operate a transitional shelter for women.  http://www.breadandrosesolympia.org/ 

B.R.I.C.K. (Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge) - Olympia - a chartered student club at South Puget Sound Community College open to all members of the S.P.S.C.C. community. B.R.I.C.K. recognizes the problems of inequality, war, violence, oppression, poverty, and injustice ~ and the active role they must play in their solution. They have hope in their power as students, citizens, and people to create a better world. http://www.spsccbrick.org

Bridges Not Walls - Olympia - "Our focus, in a political climate of racism, fear, and misconception, is the issue of immigration." Bridges Not Walls works to build a movement towards creating a sustainable future for everyone, and to break down the walls that keep people apart, building a movement of community solidarity towards a sustainable future for everyone. http://www.oly-wa.us/bridges/

BuyOlympia.com - art, music, events, software, products & stores. This small, two-person operation located in downtown Olympia carries unique and interesting goods from all over, not just Olympia. http://www.buyolympia.com

Cocoons - Olympia, WA - a group for lesbian womyn who were formerly or are still in heterosexual marriages. Meets on a monthly basis to socialize, share hopes and experiences and support each other while facing the challenges and issues in coping with life after coming out. http://thurstoncounty.tripod.com/cocoons/index.html

Capital City Pride - Olympia, WA - the annual June activities include entertainment, GLBTQ & allied non-profits and businesses, activist inspiration, elected officials, and family activities. http://www.capitalcitypride.net

Downtowners - a documentary film was created by Jessica Eskelson and Nichole Ketcherside, two students from the Evergreen State College during the Winter and Spring of 2005. This documentary lends a voice to local youth who are experiencing homelessness -- they discuss connections between sexual violence and youth homelessness. The premier is scheduled for January 13, 2006 at the historic Capital Theater in Olympia; followed by a community forum to deepen the conversations on issues of community safety (i.e., youth on the streets, public space, and the responsibilities of both social services and the business community). To inquire about purchasing or for more information about “Downtowners” e-mail the filmmakers at olydowntowners@comcast.net. Or visit their website at: http://www.olydowntowners.com

The Evergreen Queer Alliance (EQA) - serves the needs of the queer community at The Evergreen State College and the surrounding Olympia and Thurston County communities. Founded in 1973 the EQA has provided a safe space, resources, advocacy, awareness, education, events, and a sense of community on the TESC campus for its students, staff, faculty, and community members. The EQA is dedicated to providing a space for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, pansexuals, intersexuals, transgenders, transsexuals, genderqueers, all other sexual and gender minorities, family, friends, and allies. The EQA encourages Queer Pride and activism, multiculturalism, respect, consent, safer sex, personal growth, and expression of our diversity.  http://academic.evergreen.edu/groups/eqa/

Intercity Transit - the public transportation provider in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm. http://www.intercitytransit.com

Lesbian Resource Center - Seattle, WA - a community-based organization committed to advancing the status of lesbians by combating oppression and by promoting empowerment, visibility, and social change. Resources include Seattle area attorneys; banking; restaurants; physicians & health services; real estate; therapists; counseling; and more. Established in 1971, the Lesbian Resource Center is the oldest organization of its kind in the country. http://www.lrc.net 

Mpowerment Olympia - a holistic health program and social networking group in Thurston County for young guys who like guys ages 18-29. Come join us for fabulous activities that will help you meet new people, increase your health and build your community. Contact Kylen @ UCAN; Phone: 352-2375; Email: mpoweroly@yahoo.com; Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/mpoweroly

Puget Sound OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) - a chapter of the national organization below. "Connecting old lesbians in the Puget Sound area to form community, and to encourage participation in activities and causes that improve our lives and increase our visibility. ... Our Goals: 1. Promote the visibility of old lesbians among themselves, to the LGBTQ communities, and to service agencies around the Puget Sound. 2. Provide an organizational structure that supports group interaction, individual actions, and the flow of pertinent information. 3. Collect and preserve the herstories of old lesbians. We have fun too!" http://www.psoloc.org/

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) - "A  national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national organization for Old Lesbians age 60 and over, and will: Promote Old Lesbian Pride. Educate, support and empower Old Lesbians. Challenge ageism in our society and educate the general public about the effects of ageism and oppression. Celebrate our strengths, our talents, our experiences, and document our lives. Convene national gatherings of Old Lesbians. Encourage, establish, and support local chapters and regional events." http://www.oloc.org/

Olympia Community Events Calendar - a Do it Yourself calendar to let people know what's going on in the Olympia Washington area including political and cultural happenings. http://olyevents.net

Olympia Downtown Association - works to preserve and promote downtown Olympia as a commercial, financial, cultural and recreational center for the region. Lists the Music in the Park Summer concert series, other events and arts, dining, shopping and more. http://www.downtownolympia.com

Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) - is committed to active nonviolence as a transformative way of life and as a means of profound social change. FOR seeks to replace violence, war, racism, intolerance, and economic and social injustice with nonviolence, peace and justice. FOR collaborates and dialogues with the larger community to educate and to engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions. The Olympia FOR is one of about 75 chapters throughout the U.S. and about 40 other countries since 1914-1915. http://www.olyfor.org

Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) - http://www.wwfor.org/

 

 

The Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau
Plan accommodations, food, and fun for your visit to our great area.
http://www.visitolympia.com

Olympia Men's Project - a group of young gay, bi, trans and queer men ages 18-29 working to build a healthy and strong community in Olympia and the surrounding area. They meet every Thursday at United Communities AIDS Network and also hold events & workshops as well as perform outreach projects to help educate people on how to have safer sex practices. http://olympiamensproject.blogspot.com/ and http://myspace.com/olympiamensproject

The Olympia Social Forum - modeled after the annual World Social Forum. The purpose of the Social Forum (organized by The Evergreen State College Global Citizenship program) is to provide a space and opportunity for community members who are concerned about the future of the world and their community to share concerns, ideas, information, and strategies for making another world (or Olympia) possible. http://www.olysocialforum.org

One Washington ~ Diversity - Governor Chris Gregoire: "Our state's greatest strength is its diversity." Here in Washington, diversity is a community value that is reflected in our laws, government and culture. Governor Chris Gregoire believes diversity gives our state a wide base of strengths and knowledge on which to build Washington’s future. See more at http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/diversity/

Out in Front Seattle - an intergenerational effort to develop the next generation of LGBTQ leaders, both to support our community's own continuing needs, and to serve as ambassadors from our community to other minority communities, and to society at large. Out in Front Seattle participants gain new understanding and reinforce their own skills toward becoming inclusive, relevant, inspiring and accountable leaders through training sessions, networking, collaboration and mentorship - connecting participants to some of the foremost current leaders in the LGBTQ movement. Out in Front strives to provide a diverse look at the ways in which the community works for equality, and the ways it can more effectively reach out to friends and allies. http://www.outinfrontseattle.org/

Partners in Prevention & Education - Olympia - a collaborative effort between a collaboration between youth and young adults (13-24 years old) experiencing homelessness, service providers, and concerned citizens partnering to challenge conditions that contribute to sexual violence and youth homelessness. Together, the partners are identifying the underlying causes of sexual violence in the lives of homeless youth and creating solutions for the prevention of sexual violence and youth homelessness. http://home.earthlink.net/~partnersinprevention

Q-Squared - based in Seattle, WA -  In 1995, a group of men envisioned an event that would remove gay, bisexual, and transgendered men from the stress and confinement of the city to build a sense of community. This event, the first CAMP, took place over Labor Day weekend of 1996, with the CAMPers asked to leave their attitude behind and open themselves up to the possibilities of relating to other men as friends and brothers. CAMP received its name from an acronym reflective of its goal: Come And Meet People. Each year’s CAMP has built on the idealistic foundation created by previous CAMP gatherings. A dedicated and persistent volunteer community (a.k.a. The Boyz in the Woods) has made it all happen. In addition to CAMP, they create many collaborative projects with other organizations that promote common goals in improving the lives of gay men. Q-Squared is to improve the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of sexual minority men by building a stronger sense of community, increasing individual responsibility, and improving self-esteem. http://www.qsquared.org/

The Rainbow Center - Olympia and Thurston County, WA - a virtual community center created to facilitate the critical element of networking the many people, events and groups of our thriving and diverse GLBT & allied communities. "It is our hope that the Rainbow Center will become a touch stone for all local GLBT folks seeking to create the equality in society, an equality that will some day make the need for safe GLBT space obsolete." Publishes Rainbow Journal Olympia, maintains a calendar of community events, and more. http://www.rainbowcenteroly.org

Rainbow Center - Tacoma, WA - serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and our allies (GLBTQA) communities of Pierce County with information, partnerships, programs, and educational resources. The Rainbow Center office is operated by both part time paid staff and volunteers. It is located at 917 Pacific Avenue, Suite 304. It is best to contact them before stopping by to make sure a staff member or volunteer will be present. Phone (253) 383-2318; email rainbowctr@aol.com http://www.rainbowcntr.org

Rosie's Place - Olympia - a resource and drop-in center for youth ages 12-21. They help with access to food, hygiene supplies, shower passes, clothing, crisis intervention, job search assistance, medical care, domestic violence referrals, family counseling and reconciliation services, shelter referrals, internet access, goal setting assistance, legal support, drug/alcohol treatment, getting into school and G.E.D. programs...and MORE! http://www.communityyouthservices.org/street_outreach.html

SafePlace: freedom from violence - the only advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County. http://www.safeplaceolympia.org

Seattle Community Network (SCN) - a service conceived for community empowerment. SCN' principles are a series of commitments to help guide the ongoing development and management of its system for both the organizers and participating individuals and organizations. There is TONS of information on this website about local/regional organizations, neighborhoods, event calendars, and much more. http://www.scn.org 
The Seattle LGBT Community Center - a meeting place for the LGBT community with conference rooms, a community assembly room, a library/resource room, an art gallery, and more. http://www.seattlelgbt.org

South Sound Lesbians at meetup.com - gatherings and social events for south sound lesbians. Recent events included: Beginning snow-shoeing - Breakfast at HopJacks -Game Night and Potato Bar - Movie Night - Book Club - Laser Tag -  And tons of dances, concerts, comedy shows, etc. If you sign up, you can suggest or organize any event you want to. Go to:  www.meetup.com/South-Sound-Lesbians/  

Also at meetup.com you can find:  Pacific NW Gay Motocyclists for LGBT’s - Coming Out Women (which meets in Lakewood) - Families Like Yours and Mine for LGBT families with toddlers and children (meets in Olympia).

South Sound Q-Calendar - for all things LGBTQ happening in the South Puget Sound region, from Kent and Federal Way in the north down to Lacey and Olympia in the south, and including Tacoma, Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Puyallup, Auburn, Puyallup, Sumner, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, University Place, and all points in between.  http://southsoundqcal.com/

Sparkle Town -  "a collective of queers working together to increase the vitality of the queer community in Olympia by organizing and advertising queer events and building relationships with queer allies with the hope of creating more safe welcoming spaces for queers within the boarder Olympia community." The blog includes an online community events calendar and more. http://www.olympiaqueercenter.blogspot.com/

Tacoma Lesbian Concern (TLC) - Tacoma, WA - in existence since 1979, for socializing, supportive networking, and political education and awareness. http://tacomalesbianconcern.org

TC ProNet (The Thurston County Progressive Network) - a communication and support network serving progressive individuals, businesses and organizations as we work together toward a just, democratic, sustainable and humane society. Created to help connect groups with other progressives in order to accomplish more. An online community calendar, a skills and materials exchange, a community bulletin board, action alerts, and more for anti-war, human rights, peace, politics and elections, social and economic justice, spirituality and other progressive interests. http://www.tcpronet.org

Thurston Council on Cultural Diversity & Human Rights - this 23 member Council is the result of a 1992 an intergovernmental agreement between Thurston County and various cities to promote multicultural diversity and human rights education, support diverse cultural activities, and provide a forum for interaction between diverse cultural groups.  http://www.ci.olympia.wa.us/citygovernment/advisory/tccdhr/

Triangles - Thurston County, WA - A Unitarian Universalist Club providing emotional and spiritual support and a safe social environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the greater Thurston County community. Triangles Monthly Breakfast is on the 2nd Sunday of each month at Urban Onion Restuarant, 116 Legion Way, Olympia at 9am. The Triangles Potluck ins on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm - RSVP to TrianglesOfOlympia@gmail.com - http://rainbowskies11.tripod.com

Unity in the Community - an Olympia-based coalition dedicated to organizing positive and pro-diversity educational events and appropriate community responses to the growing Nazi presence in the Olympia area. It was originally formed in 1992 as a response to the racially motivated murder of Bob Buchanan Jr., a bi-racial Asian-American teen, by neo-Nazi skin heads. Unity seeks to build working relationships with a broad range of ethnic and cultural organizations, faith groups, progressive organizations, government entities and individuals who support diversity as an essential basis for a strong community. http://www.olympiaunityinthecommunity.org 

Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) - an asexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which is a choice, asexuality is a sexual orientation. "It is assumed in our society that sexuality is necessary for true emotional intimacy. It is assumed that people who do not display sexual tendencies are sexually repressed or otherwise problematic. AVEN seeks to question these assumptions, to create dialogue around issues of sexual intensity, and to create a safe space for discussion among asexual people." http://www.asexuality.org/

BiNet USA - collects and distributes information regarding bisexuality, facilitates the development of bisexual community, and works for the equal rights and liberation of all oppressed people. http://www.binetusa.org

bi.org - serving the world bisexual community with internet services and resources. http://bi.org
Bisexual Resource Center - researching and educating the general public and other interested organizations about bisexuality; providing a public forum and publications for the discussion of bisexuality; and providing a support network for individuals and interested organizations to discuss and obtain information about bisexuality. http://www.biresource.org

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline (GLNH) -offers and several different programs including a database of resources for finding resources and two national hotlines (below) to help end the isolation that many people feel by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can't talk about anywhere else. http://www.glnh.org 

GLBT National Help Center - works to meet the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity by offering several different programs including two national hotlines that help people talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives. http://www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org

GLBT National Youth Talkline - toll-free phone telephone and email -counseling run by peer volunteers for young adults up to age 25 Run as a program of GLNH Gay & Lesbian National Hotline. Coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more. Phone toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743); Monday thru Saturday from 9:30pm to Midnight, Eastern time); Email: youth@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org  Website: http://www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org/talkline/index.html    

InterPride - exists to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride on an international level, to increase networking and communication among pride organizations, to encourage diverse communities to hold and attend pride events, and to act as a source of education. They maintain an international pride calendar. http://www.interpride.org

The Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) - this American Society on Aging (ASA) constituent group works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. LGAIN seeks to foster professional development, multidisciplinary research and wide-ranging dialogue on LGBT issues in the field of aging through publications, conferences, and cosponsored events. http://www.asaging.org/networks/index.cfm?cg=LGAIN

Lesbian.org - promoting lesbian visibility on the internet with information and resources on Politics and Activism, Arts and Culture, Eva Isaksson's List of Lesbian Lists, The Lesbian.org Guide to the Internet, and more. http://www.lesbian.org

The National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Centers - exists to support and enhance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centers. It maintains a searchable database of LGBT community centers and much more. http://www.lgbtcenters.org

Puget Sound OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) - a chapter of the national organization below. "Connecting old lesbians in the Puget Sound area to form community, and to encourage participation in activities and causes that improve our lives and increase our visibility. ... Our Goals: 1. Promote the visibility of old lesbians among themselves, to the LGBTQ communities, and to service agencies around the Puget Sound. 2. Provide an organizational structure that supports group interaction, individual actions, and the flow of pertinent information. 3. Collect and preserve the herstories of old lesbians. We have fun too!" http://www.psoloc.org/

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) - "A  national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national organization for Old Lesbians age 60 and over, and will: Promote Old Lesbian Pride. Educate, support and empower Old Lesbians. Challenge ageism in our society and educate the general public about the effects of ageism and oppression. Celebrate our strengths, our talents, our experiences, and document our lives. Convene national gatherings of Old Lesbians. Encourage, establish, and support local chapters and regional events." http://www.oloc.org/

QueerByChoice.com - Gayle Madwin writes "Whether the idea of queerness as a radical choice is familiar to you or brand new, you've come to the right place to find out more about it. This is QueerByChoice.com - a radical gathering place for people who have chosen to be queer." http://www.queerbychoice.com

The Rainbow Alliance - an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and heterosexual individuals who have joined together to create an online community of mutual affection and respect. Rainbow Alliance is a diverse group of people holding many beliefs, from all walks of life, joined in a spirit of global unity to celebrate the birthright of all human beings: to be treated with dignity and equality. http://www.ralliance.org

The Rainbow Delegation's free wristbands say "I am safe & supportive" - a visible statement that LGBTQ youth are not alone. So far The Rainbow Delegation has distributed more than 75,000 wristbands to supporters in 66 countries. http://www.rainbowdelegation.org/

Ruralgay  - A group for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals who live in the country or in small towns, or who have an interest in rural or small-town life.  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ruralgay/

Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) - based in New York City, is the nation's oldest and largest social service and advocacy organization dedicated to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) senior citizens. SAGE also is the founder of a nationwide network of local organizations for LGBT seniors called Sagenet. http://www.sageusa.org

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