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LGBTQ Travel to Seattle

In Seattle, we are all welcome.

We invite lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) travelers to visit Seattle’s sophisticated, thriving urban core and experience the pristine wilderness and abundant outdoor recreation the surrounds the city.

Come renew yourself in a city where “new” is constantly redefined. See a play at a local theatre before it premieres on Broadway, or a band perform live before it makes Billboard’s Hot 100. For a more exhilarating experience, score tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game and feel the roar of the NFL’s loudest fans.

While Seattle’s LGBTQ community is integrated throughout the city, Capitol Hill is the heart of Seattle’s gay scene – a historical hub of gay and gay-friendly businesses, bars, restaurants and clubs. Its eclectic nightlife and central location make “The Hill” the perfect place for an exciting night on the town or an intimate evening for two.

Break away from the bustling city by taking an outdoor excursion. Seattle is the gateway to the scenic Pacific Northwest, surrounded by fresh water lakes and the Puget Sound, two mountain ranges and three national parks. Spend the day climbing a mountain, wandering through a rainforest, or on the slopes skiing, then be back downtown by dinnertime.

Enjoy the region’s bounty of fresh seafood and local produce by tasting your way through the iconic Pike Place Market. Indulge in an array of cutting-edge cuisine from some of the country’s top chefs, pairing your meal with internationally-acclaimed wines from Washington’s burgeoning wine region.

The atmosphere of acceptance makes Seattle a perfect wedding destination. On November 6, 2012, Washington state voted to approve Referendum 74, which legalized same-sex marriage. Since that victory, LGBTQ couples have flocked to Seattle to say “I do,” and Visit Seattle could not be happier to assist them. Visit for information about Washington’s marriage law and applying for marriage licenses, as well as wedding planning resources in Seattle such as venues, catering, music and more.

It’s all here, waiting for you to experience. Come visit Seattle – we are excited and proud to welcome you here.

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Pride Guide

Seattle is one of the top LGBT-friendly cities in the nation, with a thriving LGBT community of pride festivals, hangouts, and nightlife (plus an openly gay mayor).  Read more in the Seattle Localist >>


Seattle has the second-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.

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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