Guide description

Listings to organizations and other things for GLBTAQ people in Bellingham and Northwest Washington. Some of the links may be outdated and going to places that are not very active, but, last I checked, they aren't broken links at least. Guide updated January 2018.

Robert's Wednesday Dinner Gathering and Newsletter

Newsletter for Dinner Group and more

Events and other things in Bellingham area, at least what I am aware of. It's a Yahoo Group and also a Facebook Group. One can sign up for mailings from the Yahoo Group, or just click on the link to see postings on the open web. Facebook users can sign up for Facebook group.

Dinner gathering meets around 5:30 PM each Wednesday in a different restaurant. It's mostly men, but open to all. Just drop by and find us. New people welcome. Always a different mix and lot of regulars come. A good place to see who's around town. Weekly locations announced in my newsletter. Gatherings are informal and there isn't a topic. Conversations just take place up and down the table. These days usually between 10-20 folks show up each week, but it varies.

Also see my (one person's) description of the Bellingham scene. Also some history and photos of Bellingham Pride Parades.

Robert's Contact
Site maintained by Robert Ashworth of Theslowlane.com

See listings below.

Guide to some Bellingham area GLBTAQ organizations & other things

Fourth Corner Pride Festival in July
In 2018, weekend of of July 15. Said to be second largest in Washington State after Seattle's Pride Festival.

Betty Desire & The Betty Pages
The Betty Pages is a monthly print publication distributed around Bellingham. Said to be Bellingham's largest alternative lifestyle tabloid. Betty Desire is famous for her local humor and Drag shows. The Betty Pages is available at Rumors, Village Books and many other places. Mailing address: Betty Pages, PO box 2724, Bellingham, WA. 98227.

On Wednesday at 6 PM Betty has a sugar free Long Island Cocktail at Miller's Back Door, next door to Rumors. Her outgoing personality can serve as a catalyst breaking the ice and introducing folks to one another. Betty preforms at 9 PM Wednesday evenings in Rumors. The Betty Show.

Imperial Sovereign Court of the Evergreen Empire
Social events, fundraising. Bellingham and Northwest Washington region.

Whatcom PFLAG
A local chapter for parents, family and friends of gay people as well as gay people, themselves, who want to get involved. Support/education meeting the first Sunday of each month, 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room next to the Coop Bakery on Holly St. More information about P-FLAG visit their website, or phone 360-255-3408. Write to: PO Box 28704; Bellingham, WA. 98228-0704. See some images, videos, information about the Yearly Fourth Corner Pride Festival. Whatcom PFLAG on Facebook.

Skagit PFLAG
Join us for Monthly Support Meetings Located at: Skagit Valley Food Co-op Bldg. Room 309 202 S. 1st. St. Mount Vernon, WA 98273 7:00-8:30 PM the second Monday of each month. Also ask about the FAB 5 youth program (14-19) meets twice monthly for support and education. Phone: 360-856-4676
National PFLAG web site

Queer Coffee Talk

A coffee hour for LGBTQIA community. Each Saturday Morning at 9 AM. Meet at Black Drop Coffee House in Bellingham, 300 W. Champion Street. Connections, Conversation, Community, Coffee.

Bellingham Sex Positive Center
Promotes the discovery and enjoyment of our personal desires. We offer a diverse calendar of events in order to provide education and to activate conversation and exploration of open, consensual, and safe gratification. The BSPC is an inclusive, all-embracing venue that is available to adults who are open-minded and interested in exploring the innumerable aspects of non-traditional relationships, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual expression. A meeting place for folks of many sexual orientations.

They also list their things on the Fet Life website. Look for The BSPC in Bellingham.

LGBTA at Western Washington University
The first openly gay organization in Bellingham that I am aware of. It is one of the first campus groups in the US. Started in 1969. Sponsored the first drag show to be held on a US. college campus in 1973. Mostly caters to students in their early 20s, but open to anyone. Has an office, discussion groups, provides speakers for classes, has an information library sponsors events such as educational films, lectures and art shows dealing with gay rights. Office is room 515 Viking Union, Western Washington University. Phone 360-650-6120.

CPNWS Gay and Lesbian History and Archives Project
The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is pleased to announce the CPNWS Gay and Lesbian History and Archives Project. It is our belief that the history of the GLBT community in Bellingham and the surrounding area is diverse, unique, and important.

The Center actively: * Solicits archival material (photographs, documents, publications, posters, and other printed material). This material is cataloged and accessible to researchers through the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. * Conducts Oral History Interviews. * Generates public programs, such as exhibits, workshops, and publications to disseminate the collective experience uncovered in the collecting process.

Center For Pacific Northwest Studies main site

If you are interested in sharing your memories of the local gay and lesbian community, or you wish to donate photographs, drawings, videos, publications, or other materials, please contact Center For Pacific Northwest Studies and ask about the GLBT Collection.

Center For Pacific Northwest Studies main site Some of the GLBT collections at the Center include: Gay and Lesbian Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection: Robert Ashworth collection on the Union of Sexual Minorities Center of Western Washington University, 1975-1984: Hands Off Washington Whatcom County Coalition Records: Motherlode Records.

PRIDE Club of Whatcom Community College
Aims to provide safe, inclusive areas for LGBTQ2IAAP+ students and allies; education within the group; and outreach to the campus community regarding LGBTQ2IAAP+ identities and experiences. PRIDE Club works to be as inclusive of intersecting identities as possible and to foster an environment of inclusivity, education, awareness, and visibility.

Queer Youth Project
A safe and confidential weekly support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally 14-18 year olds.

WHAT - A support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning youth and their allies WHERE - Call for location and meeting times

CONTACT US: Northwest Youth Services - 360.734-9862 NWYS Safe Home Hotline - 360.676-1022/800.456-1022 PFLAG helpline - 360.733-1500

Facilitated by Northwest Youth Services trained volunteers. A safe, confidential, supportive environment for sexual minority youth, youth with sexual minority parents, youth questioning their sexual orientation, and for youth allies. We all can manage so much better with a little support.

Safe Schools Coalition state wide web site

Evergreen Wellness Advocates
Support services and volunteer opportunities. Sponsors community events, fund raisers and work for AIDS prevention. Has branches in several counties. Bellingham offices at 115 Unity Street #302. Bellingham, WA. 98225 Phone 360-671-0703 or 800-249-2437

Whatcom County Health Department
Testing and so forth. Call or stop by for more information. 360-676-4593 or visit HIV/STD Program 1500 N. State #201, Bellingham.

Sean Humphery House
A 6 unit apartment complex for people living with AIDS in Bellingham. Phone 733-9357

Washington Gender Alliance

Center for Gender Sanity
Po box 30313, Bellingham, WA 98228 Transitions That Work is a consulting service for transsexuals who plan to transition on the job, their coworkers, and their employers. We offer help in planning a successful transition, guidance for employers dealing with transition issues, and diversity training about transsexualism. See our website for more information.

Out-Bellingham Meetup Group
We are a group of LGBTQ individuals of all ages, both recent arrivals and longtime residents, seeking to develop a deeper sense of community in Bellingham/Whatcom County. We host happy hours, picnics and other social outings. Join us if you seek a safe space to connect with folks of diverse identities.

WOW! Women of Whatcom
Creating and sharing events of interest to women in Whatcom County.... We need a central place where women can go to find out what's happening. WOW! Women of Whatcom has a calendar where events can be posted, and messages can be sent to the group to arrange new events, find rides to events, etc. Events aren't necessarily exclusively for women, but they are of particular interest to lesbian, bisexual, or straight women. Events are in Whatcom County or nearby (within an hour's drive or so).

North Sound Lesbians Meetup Group
We are a group of lesbians that live all over but mostly in the Whatcom/Skagit counties and Southern BC. We are a social group that gets together for potlucks, game nights, girls night out, camping, hiking, coffee, book clubs, motor cycle rides, dancing, volunteering, picnics, fishing and any other ways we can think of to socialize.

Whidbey Out and About
A Yahoo Group connecting community on Whidbey Island. In towns like Oak Harbor, Coupville, Langley and so forth.

Anacortes_LGBT Yahoo Group
A Yahoo group and web site for Anacortes area in Skagit County.

Gay Men’s Running and Walking Group
Join us at Lake Padden Every Sunday at 10:00AM We meet in the parking lot in front of the swimming area (west entrance) 4882 Samish Way in Bellingham Join us for a fun run or a leisurely walk around the lake. All GLBTQ friendly people are welcome. For more information contact Carl at 360 527-0711.

Bellingham Queer Hikers
An LGBTQ walking group in Bellingham. Promoting a positive, safe, and healthy social activity for LGBTQ people of all ages. More information on its Facebook page.

Some accepting churches for GLBTQ people in Northwest Washington

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
A welcoming congregation for GLBT people. There, many of the sermon topics and discussions at the church deal with gay issues. The building has been a great resource for various fundraisers and events in the gay community. Church located at 1207 Ellsworth St. near I St. in Bellingham Phone 733-3837

First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, 734-3720.

Every Sunday, at First Congregational Church, they say "No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here," and they seek to live it out in all that they do. An "Open and Affirming" congregation of the United Church of Christ (ucc.org), they called their first openly gay pastor in 2009. They host worship services at 10am on Sunday mornings and 6:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. They have also taken a strong stand in supporting marriage equality in Washington state: fccb.net/marriage-equality.

Center for Spiritual Living, Bellingham
2224 Yew Street Road.

Saint James Presbyterian
On South Hill 14th street near Fairhaven District.

Garden Street Methodist in Bellingham
1326 N. Garden Street, (corner of Garden and Magnolia) Bellingham.

Faith Lutheran Church, Bellingham
As a Reconciling in Christ congregation, believing in a loving God, we welcome all people without regard to gender, ethnicity, race, economic and social status, or sexual orientation. Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 McLeod Road, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360)733-3970

United Methodist Church Sedro-Woolley
1013 Polte Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 Phone:(360) 856-6412

Pilgrim Congregational in Anacortes
2802 Commercial Ave. Anacortes.

Various things in the greater region that have been suggested

Literary Magpie
A blog that focuses on gay and lesbian literature by interviewing LGBTQ authors, performance artists and publishers and reviewing queer books and literature. Literary Magpie also explores the writing life and features monthly guest bloggers from the U.S. and abroad.

Gay into straight America
A fantastic voyage. Journey into people's hearts across America. Two women in a purple Suburban and trailer with a poodle. A spiritual awakening, touching lives. They are from Whatcom County! See their video.

Leather, Levi and Bear Social
Monthly gathering of men who like Leather, Kink, and Unabashed Masculinity. Info 360.380.6409

Scrabble Anyone?
Gay men's scrabble club starting up that would meet monthly on Sunday afternoons to play a few low-key rounds. Superiority in scrabble is not required, and the club is open to all ages. Interested players can contact 360- 650-9734. Thanks much, Warren.

Gay Surrey.com
Serves the G.L.B.T. communities of Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Langley, Burnaby, New Westminster, East Richmond, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and all of the Lower Fraser Valley.

Camp TRC
Nation's largest member owned gay campground. Located east of Granite Falls, WA. which is east of Everett. Gets many campers from all over the region; especially Seattle and Vancouver.

Border Rider Motorcycle Group
Members from BC and around Pacific Northwest. Gatherings, rides and friendship.

Washington Dykes
Statewide Yahoo Group for lesbians.

Snohomish County Gay and Bisexual Men's Task force
Serving Everett and Snohomish County area. A calendar of social events and more sponsored by Snohomish County Health District. Info line 425-339-5294

Out and About, gay hiking group, Vancouver, BC

Ski Buddies
Seattle based Skiing and recreation group that has ask to be listed in this guide, even though we are north of Seattle. Local people have participated as well.

Useful links that have been suggested for LGBTQ people

The Ultimate Guide to LGBTQ Dating Safety
Resources and links to articles about dating safety. Dangers of Dating as an LGBTQ Person, Statistics, LGBTQ Dating Apps, How to Use Dating Apps Safely.

The Recovery Village
Recovery Village, an organization dedicated to helping individuals struggling with substance abuse into recovery.

Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students
Attending college can be difficult, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students may have an even harder time than others. The following guide was created to help LGBTQ students understand how many campuses are helping to make the college experience more welcoming and supportive. Part of a larger affordable colleges guide. Key Resources and Expert Tips to Make Grad School Affordable. GoGrad.org, P.O. Box 77062, San Francisco, CA 94107

GBTQ+ and Addiction
A national resource guide. Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.

Addiction Guide
Addiction Guide is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment. Our mission is to guide you and your loved ones to a healthier life.

Comprehensive consumer guides to real estate "LGBT mortgages" and also discrimination
The guide will help to explain the different approaches that same-sex couples can take in getting a mortgage, establishing ownership of a home and other legal issues.

GLBT Housing Guide
Another resource brought to my attention.

From the mail.

Here’s the guide: LGBTQ Housing Discrimination by Jaleesa Bustamante - I thought it was a unique and well-written piece and thought you’d like to share it among your resources, especially since college students are constantly moving around and signing new leases - this is just some helpful info to have available. It covers our rights, steps to take, and even discusses homelessness in LGBTQ youth.

My best, ~Ryan

Guide to Paying for Transitional Procedures
Financing your transition is one of many challenges facing the community, and having a plan in place is essential. This guide covers ballpark pricing for hormone therapy and reassignment surgery as well as discussing funding through insurance and other means.

Some National and Regional Directories

Search for your communities in some of these larger listings.

A national gay and lesbian yellow pages listing since 1973. Publishes a guide. Is also on the net.

Also find:
Gay Vancouver Net

Gay business guide to Seattle Area

A few gay friendly businesses that have ask to be here

Businesses that have asked to be listed here I haven't sold ad space in this guide, but that's something I can think about doing, maybe.

Rumors Cabaret
1119 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham. Next door to Rumors in the same building, Miller's Back Door Lounge.

Pride Life
Concierge Service for Individual (Personal & Private) Insurance Planning.

Uptown Art
We are an art/painting studio like none other in Whatcom County; a place to get together, have a glass of wine, and paint. A place for the non-painter to experience the joy and rewards of painting. And best of all, after three hours you leave with a sense of awe in your heart and a masterpiece in you hand. The fusion of art, entertainment, and personal expression.

Robert Mishkin Owner, Uptown Art 360.733.1471

Mystical Massage
Retreats, workshops, the work of Sequoia mostly based in Vancouver area. Men in Touch.

Whidwood on Whidbey Island
I enjoyed seeing your web site. You actually remind me of a good friend of mine in Spokane that has done some bike trips. Also, I wondered if you would be interested in listing a link to my web site in your "out of Bellingham area links." Thanks, Ron.

For suggestions to this guide and more information

Contact Robert Ashworth.