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Seattle's Top LGBTQ Hotspots & Resources

In Seattle, we believe in love for all and our city has long been welcoming and safe for people who identify in the LGBTQ spectrum. Come out and enjoy with this list of Seattle’s top LGBTQ hotspots.

To be completely honest, Seattle’s gay culture is not limited to Capitol Hill, our “traditionally” gay neighborhood. Instead, you’ll find that Seattle’s LGBTQ scene can be found throughout the city: from Beacon Hill to Ballard, from Wallingford to Westlake, Seattle’s been gay-friendly for as long as anyone can remember.

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The 21st Annual Film Festival hosted by Three Dollar Bill Cinema will be October 13-23, 2016.

Visit TWISTFILMFEST.ORG for info and tickets.

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Capitol Hill

Just east of downtown, Capitol Hill has long been the Seattle’s gay epicenter and home to artists, hipsters, students and now-famous musicians, not to mention some of the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, live music venues and public parks. Overall, if you’re looking to experience Seattle’s LGBTQ scene, Capitol Hill, with it’s pride-painted crosswalks, is clearly the place to be.

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Seattle Gay Pride Festivities

Seattle’s LGBTQ culture is so big that we’ve not just one Gay Pride Festival, but TWO (or more!), with Pride events throughout the month of June each year. Seattle Pridefest takes place at Seattle Center all Pride Weekend-long, while the Volunteer Park Pride Festival kicks off on Saturday and leads up to our AMAZING Pride Parade Sunday morning. Those are the major events, but if you check out the annual Pride Guide in The Stranger (Seattle’s free weekly alt newspaper), you’ll find more pride events than you can shake a stick at.

LGBTQ Nightlife

Seattle has night time hotspots for every taste and gender identity. Check out these bars and nightclubs for an amazing LGBTQ night out:

Dance Clubs, Bars and Nightclubs

  • C. C. Attle’s – Laid-back, local gay bar serving pub food & cocktails with open-mic night, patio & late hours.
  • Changes – An LGBT neighborhood pub located in the Wallingford area
  • The Cuff – A great leather club, premiering local, national & international DJ talent
  • The Seattle Eagle – A leather & kink-friendly bar known for its racy themed parties
  • Madison Pub – Pridefully boasting “no DJs, no cover, no problem,” a gay bar for the sporting type
  • Neighbours Seattle – For over three decades, a safe space for anyone wanting to leave all their worries on the dance floor nearly every night of the week
  • Pony – A tribute to the great West Village and Castro bars of the 1970s, Pony occupies a 1930s-vintage gas station building that has been transformed into a beloved hangout.
  • ReBar – An LGBTQ friendly Seattle standby with tons of dance nights. Home to the Dina Martina Christmas Show (see below).
  • R Place – For more than 30 years a staple of Seattle gay nightlife with 3 floors of fun: dance on level 3, lounge on level 2 and bar on level 1
  • The Wildrose Bar – Seattle’s oldest bar for all women; woman owned and operated
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Dina Martina Christmas Show

“Dina Martina goes way beyond drag into some new kind of twisted art.” – John Waters

A true Seattle holiday original, Dina Martina delivers one of the most festive, invigorating and ingeniously funny evenings you’ll be likely to have. Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to plan ahead!

Seattle Choruses

The Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus make up North America’s  largest community chorus organization, and the largest LGBT-identified men’s and women’s choruses in the world. Check out the larger choruses, or see a performance from one of their smaller sibling groups, Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes.

LGBTQ RESOURCES

Seattle has one of the largest percentage of gay, lesbian or bisexual residents among large cities in the U.S. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community here is strong, cohesive and offers a wide range of resources for community members and visiting community members. Here’s a selection.

BiNet Seattle
A bisexual non-profit, mixed gender, social and support organization created to foster a visible community for bisexual, bi-curious people, and their partners in the Puget Sound area. We support the community through educational speakings, support groups and social events.

Equal Rights Washington
A political advocacy organization for the LGBT community of Washington State.

Gay City Health Project
Multicultural gay men’s health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STD testing in King County.

Greater Seattle Business Association
Seattle’s LGBT, allied business and professional chamber of commerce.

Human Rights Campaign Seattle
A local volunteer steering committee of the Human Rights Campaign.

Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, Olympic & Rainier Empire
Non-profit social/charitable organization whose purpose is to provide funds and services to other non-profits within the gay and lesbian community of Seattle and King County Washington.

Lifelong Aids Alliance
The Pacific Northwest’s leading AIDS service organization

NW Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project
Founded in 1994, NWLGHMP is an organization which researches, interprets and communicates the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Pacific Northwest for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment.

PrideFest
Producers of Seattle PrideFest, the largest free Pride Festival in the country held annually in June at Seattle Center.

Rainbow Families of Puget Sound
To help LGBT families in the Puget Sound region to form strong community ties and spend time with other families like their own.

Seattle Gay News
The third oldest gay and lesbian newspaper publication in the U.S

Seattle Gay Scene
Daily/weekly review of Seattle LGBT events.

Seattle LGBT Commission
The role of the commission is to effectively address and present the concerns of LGBT citizens of Seattle to the Mayor, City Council and all city Departments. The commission recommends legislation, policy, programs and budget items to the mayor, city council and city departments.

Seattle Out & Proud
Coordinates and promotes LGBT pride events in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest that celebrate the present, envision the future and honor the past.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The Abbey of St. Joan is a non-profit organization comprised of men and women dedicated to the support, education, and development of the LGBT community.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema
Provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Producers of The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

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