Gayla 2015!

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Stonewall Youth’s Annual Winter Gayla Extraordinaire

Join us on December 5th, 2015 at 6-9:30pm at the Olympia Ballroom for a Fabulous Evening of Fine Dining, Live Entertainment, Games, & Auctions. Enjoy performances by Ashley Eriksson, Erica Freas, Vince Brown, and the Bangles!   Ok, not those Bangles but Eternal Flame, the Bangles tribute band that rocked the house at the Night of the Living Tribute Bands.  Engage in a lively silent auction and try your luck & skill at our carnival games and raffles. Dine on a luscious dinner catered by Nineveh with beer donated by Three Magnets Brewing Co., as well as an array of wine and non-alcoholic beverages. This year’s celebration will be a total high score! 

This isn’t one of those fancy events where it’s required that you dress all formally and either be a Table Captain or know ahead of time where you’re going to be seated.  Sure, it’s awesome when folks organize themselves ahead of time to either be a Table Captain (see below) or come with a group of folks to be seated together, but that’s not necessary!  Just come as you are and be fabulous with us.

The evening will be arcade themed…feel free to attire yourself as your favorite arcade game character!  Or not.  Dress in whatever way pleases you.

The Gayla is an all-ages event.  We provide childcare. The venue is ADA accessible. Ticket price includes full dinner and one drink ticket. Alcoholic beverages will be served to those 21+ with valid ID.

Please consider being a TABLE CAPTAIN: invite at least 4 people to buy tickets and join you at your table. Or you could buy tickets for them! Our fervent hope is that each Table Captain will recruit at least SEVEN other folks, so do your best. One way to put together a table is to check out our Facebook event page to find folks who’ve said they’re interested in going to the Gayla.  Please let us know by Nov. 14 if you’re interested in being a Table Captain.  Want more info?  Here it is:  Basic Table Captain Information

More Ways to Get Involved in Gayla Fabulousness

SPONSOR A YOUTH TO ATTEND! We have many youth who would love to attend this event, but buying a ticket is just not an option. Please consider sponsoring a youth to go to this event by purchasing a ticket (or an entire youth table if you’re able!).
SPONSOR THE GAYLA:  Sponsors are celebrated and appreciated in the Gayla program, on stage, on our website and social media, and many other ways.  Here’s more information about sponsoring the Gayla.
DONATE AN AUCTION ITEM! We’re collecting items as well as experiences for the auction. Do you have something you would like to donate? Here’s more info.
DONATE A DESSERT! Do you have a connection to a fancy pastry chef, baker or bakery? Or maybe you’re a pastry chef or baker yourself? This event will include a special dessert auction and we could use your help collecting delectable desserts. Please contact us at if you are able to donate.
VOLUNTEER! We’re looking for folks to help us organize the event, and will also need some help with set up and clean up. Please contact for more info.

If you have any questions at any time, feel free to call or email. If someone else you know would like to be a Table Captain, please have them contact us as well: or (360) 705-2738.

Thanks for supporting Stonewall Youth!


Homocoming is Here!

Join Stonewall Youth for our Homocoming Dance on Friday, November 6, from 7 to 11:00pm in the Co-Lab space at 317 4th Ave East in downtown Olympia.

The theme this year is: PLANETS. Get your planetary costume on, or just your fabulous self worthy of a planetary description! This event is for LGBTQQIA youth and their allies aged 21 and under.

For adult folk who want to get involved, please contact staff about being a volunteer chaperone or helping out by donating much needed food and beverages for the event. Our email is:

For youth who want to help out with photo booth and decorations, stop by during drop ins, on Friday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday Nov. 4!


We’re hiring two youth (ages 21 or younger) to be our Program Co-Directors

Stonewall Youth is excited to announce that we’re looking for two youth to serve as our Program Co-Directors.  Applications are due at 5pm on August 7.  Each Co-Director will work 6-10 hours per week. The positions are for a maximum of two years, and we’re requesting that each Co-Director make a one year commitment. Please note that while folks need to be 21 or younger to be hired, it’s okay to keep the position after they are older than 21. Please see the job announcement below or click on the attachment for more details!  PD youth announcement (1)

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It’s that time of year again! Come join us for our annual Stonewall Youth Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser!

On MAY 15th from 6PM to 8PM, let’s bowl our hearts out and work together to raise funds for Stonewall’s invaluable community programs and events! 

Do you know 4 other folks–friends, family, co-workers!–who would love to bowl, dress in costume, win prizes and raise/gather donations? You do?! Then you should be a TEAM CAPTAIN! Team captains assemble a super top-notch team of 5 (captains included) and set out to raise a goal of $500 dollars ($100 per team member) before our big Bowl-a-Thon game! You also get to pick a team theme and dress up! If you’d like to be a team captain please email: for more information about team captains and a packet for fundraising!

You won’t leave empty handed from this event, however! There will be a free of charge photobooth for you to remember this wonderful night, as well as your extravagant costumes. We also have a handful of extra special prizes for you to win in the following categories:

If you can’t make it to this AWESOME event but would still love to support Stonewall and it’s youth, DON’T WORRY! (:
Visit our page at and you can make either a one-time donation or sign-up for a monthly donation through Network For Good on the right hand column!

Check out our facebook event!


UPDATE: Mini Restructure Retreat

Join us for our mini day long restructure retreat where we will be talking about the current structure of Stonewall Youth and what we need to improve.

At this retreat, we will be making a lot of important decisions regarding the current structure of Stonewall including: How to restructure the program director position, revisiting and revising our policies and code of conduct, recreating our mission statement and more! Stay tuned for a more in depth agenda.

This retreat is open to the greater Stonewall Youth community: current and past youth, volunteers, staff members, interns, board members. If you have been involved in Stonewall and feel that you have insight into how to better restructure the organization so that it aims to meet its purpose and mission, we invite you to attend!

Lunch and snacks will be provided. 

Until then, we have two more Really Radical Restructure (RRR) meetings Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at the Stonewall space! These meetings are where a lot of the prevalent and important topics get discussed. Open to the Stonewall Youth Community.


UPDATE: Community Meetings

Yesterday Stonewall had its 2nd Wednesday Community Meeting! The turnout was great (a variety of current and past youth, interns, board members, previous staff!) The conversation centered around our overall goals for Stonewall Youth, as well as a more pressing overall goal for the structure of the new Program Director job. Even though we were interrupted by a fire alarm (false alarm), we talked about a lot of great ideas and we’re excited to share those at drop ins!

If you can’t make it/don’t come to drops ins and want to be kept in the loop as well as give your input, check out this shared google doc where the notes from each meeting will be posted, and where you can comment on them!


Many people met on Wednesday to talk about the Stonewall Youth restructure!