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GLBTA Newsletter

It's a Yahoo Group called "Alternative Bellingham. One need not subscribe to see newsletter on line.

Newsletter announces weekly location of Wednesday Dinner and also has other notices from local GLBTA community. Contact Robert directly with your information for posting in this newsletter. It's an edited newsletter that comes out roughly once per week.

See also:

* Wall for my Gay Bellingham Facebook Group. Join to post comments and so forth.


Wednesday Dinner

Meets 5:30 PM each Wednesday around a table (or tables) in different restaurants each week. Potluck in a house on first Wednesday of each month. Mostly men. Always a different mix and also a lot of regulars come. Welcomes new people. A good place to start and see who's around town. Weekly locations announced in my newsletter.


Bellingham Fourth Corner Pride Festival and Parade

Sunday, July 12 2015

Visit Bellingham Pride web site.

On Facebook.

2015 Bellingham Pride Parade Video.

Some 2015 pictures.

Visit Robert's picture page of Bellingham Pride memories.


Queer Hiking Club Bellingham

An LGBTQ hiking group in Bellingham. Weekly walk usually on Saturday afternoon. Promoting a positive, safe, and healthy social activity for LGBTQ people of all ages. More information and walk times, locations on Facebook page. Bellingham Queer Hikers.


The Betty Pages (print publication) also Betty Desire Sunday 8pm show at Rumors Cabaret

Betty Desire

The Betty Pages is a monthly print publication distributed around Bellingham.

Also, Betty Desire is famous for her local humor and her Drag shows now held on Sunday Evenings at 8 pm in Rumor's Cabaret, Bellingham. Also usually live streamed on Facebook. More information at Betty.Desire

The Betty Pages is available at Rumors, Village Books and many other places.

Youtube video from when Betty did her show in Mount Vernon, WA. a while back.

Mailing address:
Betty Pages, PO box 2724, Bellingham, WA. 98227.


Bellingham Sex Positive Center

The 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.
Bellingham Sex Positive Center web site.
Thebspg on Facebook.
They also list their things on the web site for Fet Life.


PFLAG, Bellingham-NW Washington

A local chapter for parents, family and friends of gay people as well as gay people, themselves, who want to get involved.

More information about P-FLAG visit their website, or 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 County PFLAG

Skagit County PFLAG

Phone: 360-856-4676
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.
Skagit chapter PFLAG.
National PFLAG web site.


Cascade Rainbow Community Center

Recently moved to Mount Vernon. Located in Center for Spiritual Living Church, 1508 N. 18th St.Mount Vernon, WA.

Weekly social gatherings. Community center volunteers also reach out and network for entire Northwest Washington region centered in Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties.

Web site.

Phone 360-840-8499.


Wedding Officiant

It gives me great pleasure to announce that I am now available to officiate wedding ceremonies. And, yes, it will be my humble honor to perform both traditional and “non-traditional” unions. Gender and spiritual diversity are embraced and enriched by the power of love.

Many of you know of my previous training in religious philosophy and worldwide traditions; some of you may even be aware that I attended Yale Divinity School long ago with the goal of ordination into the Episcopal Church. As the years came and went, those studies and aspirations seemed to belong to the distant life of a foreign soul far, far away.

But now the past clears and the future beckons. Through all that I’ve learned, unlearned, and eventually relearned, two lights now illuminate my path: 1) The Word of God (dess) is…”Yes.” 2) The lesson in the School of Life is…”Love.” Simple truths, but not necessarily easy ones for some of us to accept.

So here’s my offer: If you know of a couple who are seriously considering marriage, I’d be happy to meet with them and discuss the possibilities. Being a bit of a writer, I’d be happy to help with vows. Spiritual traditions are no barrier; from Episcopal to Pagan, I can embrace pretty much anything if you can show me what’s in your hearts.

Nor should financial considerations be an impediment. That ought to be the last thing a couple worries about when it comes to uniting their souls in love.

In short, I am at your service.

Bucolic blessings to one and all,

Matthew Thuney


National guide to LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Student Resources

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.
LGBTQ Friendly Colleges & Student Resources


Evergreen Aids Foundation

Support services and volunteer opportunities. Sponsors community events, fund raisers and work for AIDS prevention. Offices at 115 Unity Street #302. Bellingham, WA. 98225 Phone 360-671-0703


Forth Corner Poly

Fourth Corner Poly is a discussion and support group for people who are open to more than one loving and honest relationship in their lives.

Currently not very active. More information at Yahoo Group. There's another polyamory group that meets at Bellingham Sex Positive Center, third Wednesday of each month. Check their site for details.


Literary Magpie

Literary Magpie is 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.


Queer Youth Project

Formerly called "Just Us Youth."

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

Queer Youth Project Facebook page

WHAT - A support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning youth and their allies

WHEN - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.

WHERE - Call for location

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.


WOW! Women of Whatcom

WOW! Women of Whatcom Announcing a new Yahoo group for 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.

North Sound Lesbians.


Whatcom County Health Department

Testing and so forth. Lisa Shoemaker has sent me a packet of flyers. One of the things is an invitation to a Tuesday night group for young men ages 19-25. "Young Men Together," it's called. A place to learn, share and grow. Every other Tuesday 5:30-7:00pm beginning 4/15/03. Call or stop by for more information. 360-676-4593 or visit HIV/STD Program 1500 N. State #201, Bellingham.

Other groups are possible as well. I met with Lisa and mentioned interest in things for older men, such as an over 40s group. She said the conference room is available and she can put energy toward different aspects of the community if the interest is there.

They also sent a brochure with clinic hours for things like HIV testing including some new Tuesday evening hours.


Whidbey Out and About

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


Anacortes LGBT

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


First Congregational Church

United Church of Christ, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham, 734-3720.
Web site

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

Center for Spiritual Living, Bellingham
2224 Yew Street Road.


Saint James Presbyterian

On South Hill 14th street near Fairhaven District.
Web site.


Gudlife Port Townsed, WA.

The place to find out what's going on in the HBT community in and around Port Townsend and the Eastern Olympic Peninsula. Activities include The Out at Lunch Bunch" gathering Wednesdays, 1 p.m. at Madison Street Cafe, corner of Washington and Madison, downtown Port Townsend.


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.


Washington Gender Alliance

Bellingham based. Find Snohomish County group also via their web site.


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.


Camp for gay men Labor Day Weekend

GBT Men Are Invited to Escape to the Great Outdoors this Labor Day Weekend at CAMP.
Q-Squared Men, a Seattle-based non-profit organization, is hosting its annual CAMP (Come And Meet People) getaway this Labor Day weekend for Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (GBT) men at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington State.

CAMP provides camp-goers a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and connect with fellow GBT men in a healthy, fun-filled environment. Like traditional summer camps, the weekend event will offer a wide variety of fun-filled activities, including campfire sing-a-longs, hiking trips, a dance, talent show, and a variety of workshops and outdoor games. CAMPers will have the choice of staying in a modern cabin or roughing it in their own tent.

Transportation to and from the event is available.

To sign up, visit
or call 253-216-3997.
P.O. Box 23129
Seattle, WA 98102


Garden Street Methodist in Bellingham

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


United Methodist Church Sedro-Woolley

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


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.


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.

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.


Leather, Levi and Bear Social

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


Triskeli Guild

A Bellingham Area and Pacific Northwest BDSM Social group promoting an alternative lifestyle community. We encourage participation by all genders, races, and sexual preferences. We advocate safe, sane, consensual play AND safe sex. We have all levels of experience from curious to experienced.


Pride Foundation

Fundraising, community building. Organization based in Seattle is now starting branches in other parts of the state including Whatcom/Skagit Counties.


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.

Pastors Sharon Swanson, R.L. Christensen
Faith Lutheran Church,
2750 McLeod Road, Bellingham, WA 98225


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.


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 Riders motorcycle club

Members from BC and around Pacific Northwest. Gatherings, rides and friendship.


Washington Dykes

Statewide Yahoo Group for lesbians with link exchange to this guide.


Sean Humphrey House

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


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


Equal Rights Washington

A state wide civil rights groups for glbt rights.


Uptown Art Bellingham

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


Mystical Massage

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


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


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.


Out and About, gay hiking group, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, B.C.'s gay men's hiking club. They come down to Bellingham and do a lot of things with us also. Bellingham people often go up to their many events. Hikes, bicycling, potlucks and so-forth.


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.


Gay Radio

Fruit Salad glbt show 7pm

The Lesbian Show 8pm

Thursday evenings on CFRO 102.7 FM. Vancouver Co-op Radio.

We get it in most parts of Bellingham with rabbit ears.
(Remember rabbit ears?)


Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students

Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students

Key Resources and Expert Tips to Make Grad School Affordable. GoGrad.org, P.O. Box 77062, San Francisco, CA 94107


Comprehensive consumer guide to real estate "LGBT mortgages"

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.


Some National and Regional Listings

Search for your communities in some of these larger listings. Some friends of mine are working on a local yellow pages. Keep your fingers crossed, maybe someday they will do the walking.

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

Personal Finance Guide for LGBT by Aptus Insurance.

Also find:

Gay Vancouver Net
Gay business guide to Seattle Area
Northwest area LGBTQ buisness and other listings

* To be listed in this site contact