Highline College LGBTQIA Resources
Student Name Change
If you would like to change your name, download and fill out the Student Name Change Form and return it to the Registration counter in Building 6. If you have any questions about changing your name, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local and National LGBTQIA Resources
Health & Wellness
- Cedar River Clinics is a social justice organization that combines direct services, with advocacy and activism and community education. (Renton, Seattle, and Tacoma)
- Entre Hermanos promotes the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
- Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.(Seattle, WA)
- It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
- Lifelong is a community health organization committed to empowering people living with or at risk of HIV and/or other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. Lifelong connects clients with food, insurance, long term support, dental, housing, recovery support, sexual health, case management, and health education youth outreach. (multiple locations across Puget Sound)
- Mpowerment Washington is an HIV prevention and testing resources, outreach, education, and wellness non-profit for the GSM (Gender and Sexual Minority) community. (Olympia, WA)
- Pierce County AIDS Foundation is dedicated to assisting persons living with HIV to meet their needs for food, housing, healthcare and personal support.
- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
- Project HANDLE (Neighborhood House) integrates substance abuse treatment, mental health, HIV counseling and testing, HIV medical care, hepatitis screening, testing and vaccination and prevention services. (View locations for Neighborhood House.)
- Project PEER (Peer Education Enrichment Resource) is a peer-led outreach and non-medical case management program aimed to help individuals who are at high risk for acquiring HIV. (Seattle, WA)
- Seattle Counseling Service is a community based organization that has been dedicated to promoting health and wellness within the LGBTQ community for 45 years. We are committed to providing accessible services, offering a sliding fee scale in addition to accepting Medicaid and many insurance plans.
- Social Treatment Opportunity Programs is a state licensed Nationally and Internationally accredited treatment program.
- The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country. View NW Network news and events and OUTSpoken Speakers Bureau events.
Homeless LGBT Youth
- Seattle Human Services Department – housing, health, and community services and support for individuals and organizations. (Seattle, WA)
- Multi-Service Center offers people pathways out of poverty through support and resources in education, employment, housing, energy assistance, food, and clothing. We also provide statewide advocacy for elderly and disabled residents of long term care facilities.
- Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
- Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
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- Human Rights Campaign (HRC Seattle) HRC advocates for LGBTQ equality and educations the public about LGBTQ issues.
- Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
- QLAW Bar Association & QLAW Foundation hosts a monthly LGBTQ Legal Clinic that is open to all, but focused on serving either those who identify as LGBTQIA or have an LGBTQIA legal issue. Those seeking an appointment can call 206-267-7070 Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Youth Centers and Services
- Cocoon House is a non-profit that conducts outreach to, and provides short and long term housing for homeless and at-risk young people, including their children. Parents of teens can also find support for themselves and their families at Cocoon House so that young people do not become homeless. (Everett, WA)
- Community Youth Services (CYS) provides LGBTQ+ inclusive services for youth, including emergency and transitional housing, drop in center, therapy services, and employment assistance (Olympia, WA)
- Friends of Youth is committed to supporting and celebrating youth and young adults of all gender identities and sexual orientations. (Kirkland, WA)
- Lambert House (Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA)
- Oasis Youth Center Oasis is the only drop-in and support center dedicated to the needs of LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 in Pierce County. (Tacoma, WA)
- Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) provides shelter and support services at PSKS prioritize human safety, health and security for Seattle area homeless youth and young adults. We offer education, employment and housing support to help participants get back on their feet and become engaged, self sufficient members of the community. (Seattle, WA)
- POW (Proud Out Wonderful) LGBTQ+ Youth Group provides a welcoming and supportive space for LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 13-21 in South King County. (Burien, WA)
- Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) community. (Tacoma, WA)
- Stonewall Youth Center is a social justice organization focused on activism and empowerment of LGBTQQIA youth. Services include drop in center and support group. Yearly events like Queer Rock Camp, Stonewall Activism Summer School, and the annual Drag Show bring community together. (Olympia, WA)
- Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. (Seattle, WA)
- The Rainbow Center (Olympia, WA)
- YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGTBQ) by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. (Seattle, WA)
Other Organizations, Social Services & Resources
- Capitol City Pride Olympia LGBTQ+ Pride organizer (Olympia, WA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
- Centerlink Directory of LGBT Community Centers. This database contains information about member LGBT Community Centers and member Affiliates in the United States and around the world.
- Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties provides 24 hour crisis intervention and referral. (Olympia, WA)
- Equal Rights Washington is Washington’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy and community outreach organization. ERW’s mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Washingtonians.
- Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center Resources for activism and civil rights, arts, business and employment, deaf community, domestic and sexual violence, education, elders, emotional health, family and parenting, history and herstory, HIV/STI information and testing, HIV vaccines, housing, intersex, legal, LGBT community centers, multicultural groups, physical heath, publications and media, quitting drugs and alcohol, quitting smoking, sex worker support and information, sexuality, social organizations, spirituality and religion, sports and recreation, travel, transgender, and youth.
- Gender Alliance of South Sound (GASS) provides a variety regular meetings and support for people who are trans* and their friends and family in the South Sound area.
- Gender Justice League‘s mission is to empower trans activists and our allies to fight oppression based on gender and sexuality in Washington State and to create a community where trans people can live their lives safely, true to themselves, and free from discrimination. (Seattle, WA)
- GLAAD Publications include information on transgender, bisexual, media, stories, marriage for same-sex couples and more.
- GLAAD Media Reference Guide – Directory of Community Resources
- GLAAD LGBTQ Resource List for political, bisexual, youth, military, transgender, aging, legal and general information.
- GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) is the world’s largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce.We represent over 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing the community together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business, promoting LGBT tourism with through Travel Gay Seattle, and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.
- Human Rights Campaign Resources for adoption, allies, bisexual, campus and young adult, children and youth, coming out, communities of color, federal advocacy, HIV and AIDS, hate crimes, health and aging, international, marriage, parenting, religion and faith, state and local advocacy, transgender, transgender children and youth, and workplace.
- Ingersoll Gender Center is an organization of, by, and for transgender and gender diverse people that provides mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education — all in the pursuit of our collective self-determination.
- Nexus Youth and Families supports the behavioral health of at-risk and in-crisis youth across the greater South King County area. (Auburn & Enumclaw, WA)
- LGBTQ Allyship builds power among LGBTQ communities and allies in Washington State to work towards economic, racial, and gender justice.
- Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers
- New Boyz Club is a trans* and genderqueer support group for individuals assigned female at birth who now identify as another gender.
- Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE) provides advocacy, support, and therapy services to individuals 13-30 who have experienced sexual assault or are victims of general crime AND are homeless or street dependent. All services are free and confidential, and many services are specific to LGBTQ+ populations. (Olympia, WA)
- Pierce County AIDS Foundation is dedicated to assisting persons living with HIV to meet their needs for food, housing, healthcare and personal support. PCAF provides personalized case management services to people living with HIV and extensive outreach/education/prevention programming to help stop the spread of HIV and combat HIV related stigma. (Tacoma and Olympia, WA)
- PFLAG supports the health and well being of LGBTQ+ people and our family and friends through support, education, and advocacy. Washington State PFLAG Chapters
- Pizza Klatch provides a safe and welcoming school experience for LGBTQQIA youth at 9 local high schools through the magic of pizza and social support. (Lacey, WA)
- POCAAN is a multicultural, multi-social service agency serving marginalized communities in Seattle and greater King County. For many years our work has been rooted in HIV/AIDS prevention, but it has grown with the understanding that related issues such as substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, sexually transmitted diseases, racism, sexism and homophobia also contribute to community marginalization and health disparities.
- Pride Foundation inspires giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest. Through scholarships, grants, advocacy and community leadership, Pride Foundation donors and volunteers are helping us to transform our communities and culture.
- SafePlace Olympia provides LGBTQ+ inclusive advocacy services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Services include emergency DV shelter (female identified only, trans* inclusive), legal & medical advocacy, support groups, and drop in advocacy hours. Services available for all genders and identities. (Olympia, WA)
- Safe Schools Coalition
- Sage Olympia promotes the wellness of LGBT elders in the Olympia area through advocacy, referrals, services, and other activities (Olympia, WA)
- Seattle Bisexual Women’s Network offers a facilitated monthly support group in Seattle. We host events for June Pride, Bi Visibility Day, as well as other social events throughout the year.
- Seattle Gay News is one of the largest Gay and LGBT news archive in the world.
- Seattle LGBT Commission advises the Mayor, Council and departments about issues of concern affecting the LGBTQ community, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBTQ communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-ranged projects, and ensure that City departments fairly and equitably address issues affecting and involving Seattle’s LGBTQ communities as individuals and as a protected class afforded accessibility and inclusion to the services of the City of Seattle.
- Seattle Young People’s Project is a 25-year-old grassroots community-based organization creating space for anti-racist and intersectional feminist youth-led, adult supported community organizing.
- TRANSform Washington is a public education campaign celebrating the dignity, diversity and humanity of transgender and gender-diverse people. We believe all Washingtonians deserve to be safe, to be their true selves, and to live free from discrimination. TRANSform Washington is supported by the Pride Foundation. (Seattle, WA)
- Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment.
- U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle‘s (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) core work is founded on inclusivity, justice, and equality for Pacific Islander LGBTQ+ youth, adults, and families.