Where you spend your money is as important as where you spend your time. Locally-owned and operated businesses are the lifeblood of their communities, creating employment opportunities, and ensuring that dollars spent local, stay local. In addition, a small business that is also owned and/or operated by people who are LGBTQ+ are more likely to be inclusive and hire those in intersectional communities.
This last point is very important. Washington State offers robust anti-discrimination laws, but that isn't to say prejudice doesn't enter into the employment process. For example, LGBTQ+ women are under-represented in comparison to their male counterparts in management or leadership roles.
Transgender individuals have even more distressing outcomes, reporting unemployment rates at about twice the general population. As many as four in 10 transgender workers are under-employed.
The businesses on this page are owned by, operated by, or actively support the LGBTQ+ community. Show them you appreciate what they do by buying from them when you can.
Ashley's Pub is a proudly an LGBT+ safe community and event space, currently for 21+, but soon all-ages! The Pub sells beer, cider, mead, wine, and a large selection of non-alcoholic options (we support sobriety too!) As well as our free-to-play boardgames, video games, coloring books, puzzles, comic books, and more. There are pinball machines that take quarters, and a courtyard, so you may enjoy your time inside or outside!
Northwest Derby Company
Northwest Derby Company empowers and inspires members of the community to be their authentic selves through roller derby, while providing a fun, athletic, compassionate, and safe space for all persons to thrive.
Independent coffee shop in the Charleston neighborhood of Bremerton WA. Cafe Corvo is committed to inclusion across race, sex, age, ability, religion, orientation, identity, and experience. We are anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-bullshit and 100% pro-joy.
Quinn Brein is one of the most established, privately-owned public relations and marketing firms in Western Washington. We specialize in media relations, community outreach, strategic marketing, social media management, and content creation, including articles, photography, videography, and various collateral.