Stonewall Youth is leading the campaign for Olympia's LGBTQ+ and social justice community center
We celebrate 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.
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.
Participate in securing and sustaining the LGBTQ+ community center
we invite your assistance and input! We've already raised more than $100,000 towards the purchase price of $415,000.
- DONATE: You can make a tax-deductible donation at any time for our Capital Campaign at Network for Good or through our Giving Tuesgay Campaign.You can make a donation of stock to our brokerage account. If you’re a current or retired Washington State public employee, please consider supporting Stonewall Youth through the Washington State Combined Fund Drive. (Our code is 0316285). You may also contact us about setting up a bequest or paycheck deduction.
- INVEST: A supportive investor has started a Limited Liability Company (Liberation, LLC) to make it easy for community members to invest in the building. Our goal is to build equity for Stonewall Youth as well as for other organizations and community members who partner with us. Contact Bryn Houghton at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- ENGAGE: It takes a village to create an LGBTQ+ community center! We welcome the input and assistance of individuals and organizations that are interested in developing a LGBTQ+ and social justice community center in our region. Help us create a fabulous, useful, multicultural, multigenerational center that will benefit our communities for 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.
The LGBTQ+ community can make a home here!
We moved into this historic and conveniently located building in April of 2017 after signing a "Lease to Own" agreement with the current owner. Located at 112 State Ave NE in downtown Olympia, it is a two-story building with a total of 4400 square feet.
We love it! Stonewall Youth currently inhabits the entire first floor, which is on street-level. It is ADA accessible and consists of a large main room with many lovely windows, two offices, two bathrooms, and a small kitchen. The main room has ample space for our library, our music and art programs, a computer area, and a large cozy area that serves as the "living room" space where youth can hang out.
The second floor has 11 offices currently rented by an array of local artists, therapists, and other businesses. Once we purchase the building, folks can continue renting offices (which will help us pay our mortgage), though we hope to do a major renovation of the upstairs within a few years to make it ADA accessible and more available to other local LGBTQ+ and social justice organizations for office and .meeting space.
Built in 1910, the building is located less than a block from the Olympia Transit Center and within a few blocks of the Olympia Community Center, Percival Landing, and a host of downtown businesses.
We are negotiating a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the owner with a purchase price of $415,000, which we aim to finalize by the end of November. Please contact us for more information. Click here to see pictures of the space.
About Stonewall Youth
Founded in 1991, Stonewall Youth is an organization of youth, activists and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other.
Stonewall Youth's work is rooted in social justice and anti-oppression values. We address the root causes of oppression while providing access to services and activities that alleviate the stresses of marginalization and assist youth to survive, thrive, and to build sustainable lives.
We serve youth ages 21 and under. Youth are currently leading an expansion of programming for youth up to age 26. The majority of Stonewall Youth participants are from rural and urban Thurston County and we also serve rural Mason and Lewis counties. Approximately 400 youth access our programs each year.
SY was founded 26 years ago by local LGBTQ+ youth and adult allies to address struggles facing LGBTQ+ youth: a high rate of bullying, violence, homelessness, suicide ideation and suicide, isolation, discrimination, domestic violence, substance abuse, unaddressed mental health struggles, vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, and immense struggles at home, at school, at work, and in the community. Although some legal rights for LGBTQ+ people have advanced, LGBTQ+ youth continue to face the same struggles at much higher rates than their non-LGBTQ+ peers.
Stonewall Youth (SY) provides an array of programs, services and opportunities to LGBTQ+ youth