Guide to some Bellingham area GLBTAQ organizations & other things

Whatcom Pride Festival in July

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 including cannabis shops all across Washington State. Mailing address: Betty Pages, PO box 2724, Bellingham, WA. 98227.

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. 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
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

Skagit Queer
A new social group, umbrella type organization in Skagit County.

Bellingham LGBTQ+ Coffee Conversation Group
Meets Saturdays 10 am. More information in the private Facebook group (above link). This group for local people who are vaccinated against COVID (proof required). Picture of vaccination card on phone, for instance.

Whatcom Queer Film Society
Facebook Group.

Whatcom LGBTQ+ Coalition
The Coalition grew out of Talia Sorinsin’s Initiative to compile a resource list of LGBTQ+ affirming medical and mental health care providers. The Whatcom LGBTQ+ Coalition brings together LGBTQ+ voices and health care and community-oriented professionals to improve access to competent care. Other community building efforts as well. Phone contact 360-599-0844.

Queer and Forever Here Bellingham
Active Facebook Group with a with a lot of local events and gatherings.

Better Late Than Never discussion group
Discussion for people coming out late in life. No definite cutoff age. These days, coming out late could mean after high school. See Facebook group for more details.

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

Lifelong Aids Alliance
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

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.

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.

Lake Padden 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.


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