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.
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.
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.
Seattle has night time hotspots for every taste and gender identity. Check out these bars and nightclubs for an amazing LGBTQ night out:
“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!
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.
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.
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.
Producers of Seattle PrideFest, the largest free Pride Festival in the country held annually in June at Seattle Center.
Seattle Gay News
The third oldest gay and lesbian newspaper publication in the U.S
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.