ABOUT wayOUT SEATTLE
Established in 2020 as the word shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle chapter has defied the odds, raising sizable grants for two outstanding organizations. Since its inception, the chapter has doubled in size and has rallied local and national businesses to support the wayOUT and LGBTQ+ youth.
LGBTQ IN SEATTLE
With a history of championing LGBTQ+ rights as early as 1973 and permitting LGBTQ+ bars and night clubs since the 1930's, Seattle is a pinnacle of LGBTQ+ culture. Today, Seattle has the highest rate of LGBTQ+ couples & families in the United States, taking over San Francisco with 2.6% of households back in 2013.
To refuse to listen to someone's cries for justice until the request comes in a language you feel comfortable with is a way of asserting your dominance over them in a situation.
— Ijeoma Oluo
The Seattle Chapter was inspired by Our Spot KC's mission to provide safe, affirming spaces and shelter to LGBTQ+ youth in Kansas City. The staff knows their community well and is able to make a little go a long way in providing live-saving resources to our queer siblings in Kansas.
OUR SPOT KC | Kansas City, KS
To provide safe, accepting and affirming programming, services and resources to empower the LGBTQ+ community.
We have equality and respect for all identities regardless of sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or gender.
We promote empowerment and skill enhancements.
We support by uplifting individuals to their maximum potential.
We are understanding of culturally competency within the LGBTQ+ community.
We pride ourselves in allowing the communities that we serve to determine the work that we are doing; not funding, in turn differentiating OSKC from mainstream organizations here in the KC metro area.
$150,000+ Raised - All money raised benefits the community through educational events and resources.
16+ Years Spent Serving the Community - Our board is made of individuals who have spent years serving the Kansas City community.
20,000+ People Impacted - Community outreach is of utmost importance
Lion House: Lion House is an LGBTQ-specific transitional and rapid rehousing program that seeks to come from a community first and housing plus approach
Outskrts: A Festival and Event Series for those on the Outskrts of the Queer Community.
Outreach on Wheels: Our Spot KC Outreach on Wheels is a brand new project, combining our capacity to distribute fresh meals with our ability to bring together our communities in self-defined spaces.
2022 GRANT RECIPIENT
wayOUT SEATTLE PROUDLY THANKS OUR 2021 SPONSORS
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