Potluck at the Stonewall Community Center

Join Stonewall Youth for our monthly all-ages community potluck! Along with sharing yummy food, we’ll have a casual convo about what folks want for the emerging Stonewall Community Center.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 17 at 6-8pm

WHERE:  Our fabulous HQ @ 112 State Ave NE, Olympia WA 98501

As you may know, Stonewall Youth is buying our current facility to use as the Stonewall Community Center, a multipurpose community center dedicated to the ongoing wellbeing our region’s diverse and multigenerational LGBTQ+ community and allied social justice organizations. We want to make sure Stonewall Youth and allied organizations have a sustainable, safe, permanent, and FABULOUS space in our community. More info here: https://www.tqgenerations.org/

At the potluck, Stonewall Youth will provide some main course dishes as well as a few sides, and you’re encouraged to bring something tasty to share.

Don’t stress if you’re not able to bring anything or only have time to sprint into the store to pick up chips & dip or some non-alcoholic beverages to share! The important thing is that you show up and feast in community with us. No alcohol, please.

Stonewall Youth is committed to making these monthly potlucks a safer place for all in our community, particularly youth, LGBTQ+ folks, people of color, low-income folks, and elders. Bring your respect!

Need Books or Coffee?

Of course you need books and coffee!  Get’em at Barnes & Noble and a portion of the money you spend will be donated to Stonewall Youth!

Here’s how: 

  • Join us at our music and art event at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 7th from noon to 5pm.  A percentage of your purchase from the bookstore or coffee shop will be donated to Stonewall Youth.  Address: 1530 Black Lake Blvd, Olympia
  • OR support us online between April 7 and April 12 by going to www.BN.com/Bookfairs and enter Bookfair ID 12335733 at checkout. 

ENJOY YOUR BOOKS & THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Dance Dance Dance!

Join us at our Monochromatic Dance Party for lots of fun, snacks, dancing, and more!  We encourage you to dress monochromatically: choose one color to wear, and wear only that color (like dressing in all black, all red, all yellow — any color!)

This event is for LGBTQ+ youth 21 and under, and their allies, and it’s FREE!

The Dance Party’s on Friday, March 23 at 6-10pm at our fabulous office in downtown Olympia, just a block from the Transit Center:  112 State Ave. NE, Olympia WA 98501

Tell all your friends! Bring all your friends! Dance with all your friends! Take pictures with all your friends and random people!

There will be an OPEN MIC starting at 8:30pm!

MUSIC DROP-INS: Tuesdays 4-6pm

Big Announcement:  We’ve added another day of Drop-ins!  OMG!!!!  Starting on March 13, Music Drop-ins will now be on TUESDAYS 4-6pm instead of on Mondays.  Come on down and make music with us!  Sing, play instruments, form a band, write a song, hum quietly to yourself, make some beats, hang out and listen to music, play quietly so no one else can hear you….it’s up to you. All LGBTQ+ youth ages 21 & under are welcome!

No experience necessary, and there’s no pressure to perform.  We have a vast collection of guitars, basses, drums, keyboards (and a piano!), ukuleles, and so much more. You’re welcome to bring your own instrument.

Stay tuned: We’ll be offering periodic workshops and music instruction. And we’ll have more open mics and other opportunities to  perform.

Stonewall Youth will still be open on Mondays from 4-7pm.  That means we now have regular drop-ins FOUR days a week:

Mondays 4-7pm

Music Drop-ins on Tuesdays 4-6pm

Wednesdays 3-5pm (and Peer Support Group at 5-7pm)

Fridays 4-8pm

This month, our community potluck will be an interest meeting for Out Loud! Stonewall Youth is excited to announce the launch of our new music program “Out Loud”! We’re currently working to build a free, ongoing, year-round music program for LGBTQ+ youth 21 and under to learn to play instruments, form bands, perform, record songs, etc….anything is possible!

The potluck is on SATURDAY, FEB 24 at 6-8pm at our HQ: 112 State Ave NE, Olympia 98501. We invite all youth interested in participating in the program, all folks interested in volunteering, organizations interested in collaboration, community members with ideas or questions or concerns, etc. We want to hear your ideas & your dreams!

Come perform at our open mic, eat good food and learn about how to get involved with the new music program at SY <3 Potluck and discussion start at 6, open mic starts at 7. Hope to see you there!

Winter Solstice Potluck: Saturday, Dec. 23 at 6-8pm

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Come out of hibernation to feast with us at our monthly multigenerational potluck, taking place just a few days after the winter solstice on Saturday, December 23 at 6-8pm.
 
Celebrate the fact that the days will be getting longer (well, gradually)! Celebrate all the winter holidays! We’ll play some games, share holiday survival strategies, and more.
As usual, Stonewall Youth will provide some yummy main course dishes as well as a few sides, and you’re encouraged to bring something tasty to share. This is a great time to show off that amazing dish you make, or to experiment with cooking fabulous new recipes!
 
Don’t stress if you’re not able to bring anything or only have time to sprint into the store to pick up chips & dip or some non-alcoholic beverages to share! The important thing is that you show up and feast in community with us. No alcohol, please.
 
We’ll be asking for donations to cover our costs. We’re counting on folks with financial resources to help cover the costs of providing food to youth and other folks in our community who are struggling financially. Any additional income will be applied to the costs of providing our many regular programs for LGBTQ+ youth.
 
Stonewall Youth is committed to making these monthly potlucks a safer place for all in our community, particularly youth, LGBTQ+ folks, people of color, low-income folks, and elders. Bring your respect!  
Hope to see you there ♥ 

Trans & Queer Generations

best front imageWe’re making great progress in our quest to purchase our building so we can create a fabulous LGBTQ+ community center for Olympia!

We’ve already raised more than $100,000 (!!) towards our goal of $415,000, and are on track to sign a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the owner of the building by the end of 2017 (we currently have a Lease to Own agreement.)  You can read more about our Capital Campaign at our Trans and Queer Generations website.

As part of this work, we’re highlighting events and people in our Northwest queer and trans history.In particular, we want to acknowledge the people who labored — and those who are still laboring — to make our communities safer and more welcoming for all LGBTQ+ people.

Sherry_Harris__public_domain__0Check out our TQ Generations blog to read about Sherry D. Harris, who was elected to the Seattle City Council in 1991, becoming the first out black lesbian elected to public office in the United States.  Or see our post about Lesbian Love, Anarchy, Parenting, Imprisonment & Reproductive Rights in 1904.

There’s also a post about LGBTQ+ folks launching a series of creative protests in 1979 against an Olympia disco for their treatment of same-sex couples:  “Pickets Protest Disco Treatment”  Perhaps you’d like to learn about the infamous Capital Lake Bathroom bust in this post: “In 1980, Cops Bust Local “Homosexual Ring” (AKA, allegedly gay men being consensually “lewd” with each other in public)”

lucy-hicks-andersonOne of our favorite posts is about our hero Lucy Hicks Anderson,  an African American woman who built a life and impressive entrepreneurial career in Oxnard, CA based on her many skills, including being a prize-winning and sought-after cook, socialite, event hostess, community member, and madame of a successful bordello and Prohibition-era bar.  The criminal justice system and Lucy’s community turned on her when, after examining her, a doctor went public claiming that she was a “man.” Lucy fought for her right to be married to the man she had married. She fought for her right to be who she was. 

At Stonewall Youth, we’re keenly aware that we owe a tremendous amount to those who have fought, loved, died, and lived (and continue to live) long and fabulous lives fighting for the rights of LGBTQ+ people.  We are dedicated to continuing this ongoing work. Thanks for being here with us!