Read our latest newsletter to find out our phenomenal year at Stonewall Youth!
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.
Check 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)”
One 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!
2017 continues to be an absolutely fantastic at Stonewall Youth: we have more LGBTQ+ youth participants than ever; we expanded our art, music, Fellowship and Speakers Bureau programs; we moved to a fabulous new location, we hired even more youth staff members, we had two sessions of Glitter Camps…and so much more! Stay tuned for more news about our adventures this year. For now, we’re letting you know about a donation opportunity that enables you to DOUBLE your donation.
Stonewall Youth is extremely grateful for our community’s past and ongoing support of our vital programs. This year, Stonewall Youth has teamed up with the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound to participate in GIVE LOCAL. All donations to our Give Local campaign will support our music, art, education, and support programs for LGBTQ+ youth. Your donation also helps qualify us for a match of up to $5,000 from the Dawkins Charitable Trust! This fundraiser runs until mid-December. Please think of us this holiday season and support LGBTQ+ youth! If you’re able to give, just click on the pic above or go here.
We celebrate the people who have labored for many decades to make our community more welcoming for all LGBTQ+ people. Stonewall Youth is carrying on this legacy by securing a downtown building to serve as a multipurpose LGBTQ+ community center. It will be dedicated to the ongoing wellbeing and fabulousness of our region’s diverse and multigenerational LGBTQ+ community.
Stonewall Youth has already raised more than $100,000 to purchase the lovely building that currently serves as our HQ, conveniently located in downtown Olympia at 112 State Ave. (It is near the corner of Capitol Way and State Ave NE, about a block from the Intercity Transit Station.) We are currently using the first floor of this two-story historic building built in 1910. Stonewall Youth has a Lease to Own agreement with the owner of the building. We’re on track to sign a Purchase & Sale Agreement by the end of 2017 with a purchase cost of $415,000.
The necessity of dedicated and reliable space for LGBTQ+ youth inspired Stonewall Youth’s drive to purchase our current HQ. We want to collaborate with our community to ensure that the community center fulfills needs expressed by other local LGBTQ+ and social justice nonprofits, such as the need for office space, a community kitchen, a performance and event venue, and meeting and gathering space. In addition, the community center will provide leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities for our community. The community center will be a vibrant and beneficial investment in downtown Olympia.
A bit of background: In 2016, the building that Stonewall Youth shared with several nonprofits for seven years was sold for development. As we investigated our options and talked with a wide range of community members, it became clear that purchasing property is best and most sustainable course of action for the youth we serve, our organization, our community, and other local LGBTQ+ and social justice organizations that need space for offices, meetings, and events.
There’s loads of more information about the history and progress of our Capital Campaign at our Trans & Queer Generations website.
There are so many ways YOU can participate in the Campaign to secure and sustain Olympia’s LGBTQ+ Community Center! There’s a brief overview below, and please go to our Campaign website for more info: Trans and Queer Generations
Along with investments and donations from supporters like you, we are also securing funds from other sources: grants from private and public sources; a small business loan; crowdfunding; and loans from community members, to be paid back with an attractive interest rate.
Be sure to check out our Capital Campaign website: Trans & Queer Generations
2017 marks the 7th annual DINE OUT for Stonewall Youth!
Eat out on Thursday November 2nd at some of our favorite local restaurants and support our LGBTQ+ youth community at the same time.
The following restaurants will donate a portion of their sales from the day to Stonewall Youth:
Mercato Ristorante (11am-9pm)
Traditions Fair Trade (9am-6pm)
Darby’s Cafe (8am-2:30pm)
Josh’s Restaurant (10am-6pm)
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
Be sure to round up your family, friends and coworkers to visit one or more of these great local spots on Thursday Nov. 2 –– and help make this year’s Dine Out for Stonewall Youth our most successful yet.
All of the proceeds from Dine Out for Stonewall Youth go towards our Quest for a Permanent Home! We moved to a new location in April of 2017 and are raising money to buy our new building, establishing a permanent downtown space for our LGBTQ+ youth center and other social justice community organizations. The multipurpose building we are purchasing will be a good investment, allow us to expand our programming (including more youth and all-ages workshops, dances, performances, and other events) provide stability to LGBTQ+ youth and to the organization, and give us the opportunity to support emerging ventures.
More informaiton on our Quest for a Permanent Home: http://stonewallyouth.org/
This year’s Dine Out image by Katie Rita!
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Launched in 2010, DineOUT for Stonewall Youth has quickly become a favorite local tradition. Participating restaurant owners appreciate the goodwill and increased customer traffic that the event generates. Folks who dine out say that they enjoy their meals even more because they’re supporting Stonewall Youth’s vital work on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQQIA) young people.
STONEWALL YOUTH is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other.
We serve youth ages 21 and under. The majority of youth participants are from rural and urban Thurston County but we also serve rural Mason and Lewis counties.
Stonewall Youth addresses the root causes of oppression while providing access to services and activities that alleviate the stresses of marginalization and assist youth to survive and to build sustainable lives. We offer a wide range of programs: support groups; drop-in hours; a Speakers Bureau; safe and sober social events; and community organizing, professional development, and leadership opportunities for youth.
Stonewall Youth centers youth voices and empowers youth participants to take leadership roles in our organization, support each other, and educate the community. We are operated by a staff collective of 5 co-directors (three youth and two adults), our Board of Directors is nearly 50% youth, and all of the members of our Speakers Bureau Collective are youth.
More about our programs: http://stonewallyouth.org/
Even more info about Stonewall Youth: http://stonewallyouth.org/
It’s Stonewall Youth’s annual Homocoming Dance!
This year’s theme is ~Homoween~. Come in your spookiest attire for lots of fun, snacks, dancing, and more! RSVP on our Facebook event.
This event is for LGBTQ+ youth 21 and under, and their allies, and it is FREE!
The dance will be located at 112 State Ave. NE, Olympia WA.
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!
The space is ADA accessible! SOBER space, no alcohol, drugs, firearms, or weapons of any kind.
We are looking for adult age volunteers! Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering!
For more information about the event or to voice concerns, e-mail us at: email@example.com or call us at (360) 705-2738.
We invite YOU to join us at our monthly intergenerational community potluck! LGBTQ+ folks and respectful allies of all ages are welcome. RSVP on the Facebook event!
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! (See our event post for guidance on what we mean about a “safer place.”)
Hope to see you there ♥