Organizations

"Chosen family" is a term you hear a lot in our community. There's a reason for this: many of us--even if our families are accepting and loving--long to connect with people like us, those that understand our struggles and feelings of being different. Sometimes the need is much more dire: for safety, kindness, or basic compassion. 
 

The organizations on this page work tirelessly to make sure everyone in our community feels safe and seen. Because of these groups--and their (mostly) volunteer crews--LGBTQ+ kids learn early to embrace their true selves, transgender people find support, and our community can come together to celebrate in Pride. 

The need to connect is essential to the human experience. Even the introverts among us, need their people. No matter where you are in your life journey, these organizations can help you through challenges, find the support you need, and forge relationships that have the potential to last a lifetime. 

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Pride Organizations

Bainbridge Pride

Kitsap

Bainbridge Pride is a page that focuses on keeping LGBTQ members and allies on in the Bainbridge Island community connected and helps promote involvement in the Community and in the Arts.

Olympic Pride

Jefferson County

The mission of Olympic Pride is to support the LGBTQ+ community on the Olympic Peninsula through awareness, education, and community engagement. Olympic Pride has a non profit booth at the Farmers Market in uptown Port Townsend, come say hi. We will hold a Pride celebration in Port Townsend in 2022. Currently we are gathering funds and resources to open a LGBTQ+ youth center in Port Townsend.

Kitsap Pride

Kitsap

Kitsap Pride's mission is to celebrate, support, and unite the LGBTQ+ community in Kitsap County. They work with other groups to achieve their goals, including hosting a Pride celebration every summer.

Social Organizations

Cloud Cover Community

Clallam

Cloud Cover Community is a non-profit organization of volunteers working to support LGBTQIA+ folx and the community.

This includes information, discourse, meetings, and peer support. We do this through Community Meetings. We gather together to connect, create, and encourage community.

Based in Clallam County, Washington, we are currently holding Community Meetings in Sequim and Port Angeles. Please check our Facebook page for events.

Kitsap LGBTQ+ Friends Meetup

Kitsap

Meetup Group organizing and promoting LGBTQ+ events and meetups throughout Kitsap County

LGBTQ+ of the Olympic Penninsula

Olympic Peninsula

LGBTQ+ Community Group

This is a group to make friends and have community among others like us.
This group can be used for meet ups, LGBTQ+ news, support, ect.

Q Youth Resources

Kitsap

Q Youth Resources is an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides a safe space for gender and sexual minority (GSM) youth. They support youth development through skill building activties and resources that build confidence and empower GSM youth.

Queer Kitsap

Kitsap

Queer Kitsap's mission is to connect and celebrate the queer community in Kitsap County.

Rainbow Club @ Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island

Rainbow Club is a dedicated youth group serving Kitsap County. Run through the Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club, we host meetings most Fridays here at the club throughout the school year. Youth are able to meet and build relationships with other LGBTQAI+ youth, while developing thier leadership and impacting thier community. The youth developed mission statement is. "To create a positive and safe environment for all LGBTQAI+ youth so they can educate and advocate for themselves and others."

Jefferson County Transgender Support Group

Jefferson

JCTS exists to prevent isolation and provide peer understanding for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals. We strive to empower each other, share with one another, and provide a space for us to be open and communicate on an issue that affects all members. We are a safe space for people to talk about personal issues, experiences, struggles, and thoughts.

Kitsap Transgender Community Group

Kitsap

Kitsap Transgender Community is a group of trans folk from all walks of life, and the allies that support us. We meet in Bremerton 2-3 times per month (please contact us for information), to share experiences, concerns, trials, happy moments, milestones in transition, etc.

PFLAG Bremerton/Kitsap County

Kitsap & National

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

Queer Hike Kitsap

Kitsap

A community group of nature lovers for any human identifying as LGBTQIA+ in the Kitsap and nearby areas. Join us for our monthly hikes to socialize, move our bodies and connect with nature.

Queerly Beloved

Kitsap

Organization dedicated to equitable access to success for LGBTQ+ people in Kitsap County.

Transfriending

Kitsap

TRANSFRIENDING is a support group for family, friends and allies of people in gender transition or exploration. This is a safe, supportive, and understanding group of parents and others who share both the joys and the challenges of their lives with the Trans people in their lives. They are very aware that Transition includes both extended family and friends, and they are happy to share their experiences. They would be happy if there were a network of similar groups across the West Sound, and look for opportunities to help make this happen. Please get in touch if you would like to start such a group! They meet in person on Bainbridge on the second Monday of each month and on Zoom on the fourth Monday of each month.

 

Support Organizations

Black Line

National

Helping the most impacted folks through crisis, abuse, and mistreatment. One call (or text) at a time.

Helpline House

Bainbridge Island

Cost-free social service case management, counseling, food bank, resources and referrals.

Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services

Kitsap

Fishline has a 55-year history of assisting households and individuals who have slipped through the holes of the community’s safety net. Our services include: food, showers, free clothing, toiletries, mental health counseling, case management, and financial assistance. Our partner agencies, located at our site, offer food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), caregiver support, employment assistance, veterans’ needs, dental care, peer-to-peer counseling, substance abuse support, and mediation. Fishline’s case managers routinely assist survivors of domestic abuse, unhoused individuals, low-income families, and those afflicted with mental and physical health disorders.

QLaw Foundation

Washington

The QLaw Foundation of Washington promotes the dignity and respect of LGBTQ+ Washingtonians within the legal system through advocacy, education, and legal assistance. Our bi-monthly LGBTQ2S+ Legal Clinic offers a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. Attorneys determine whether the client has a legal problem, suggest possible options, and provide appropriate referrals. These attorneys will not represent you in court.

 

Wellness Organizations

Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services

Kitsap

Fishline has a 55-year history of assisting households and individuals who have slipped through the holes of the community’s safety net. Our services include: food, showers, free clothing, toiletries, mental health counseling, case management, and financial assistance. Our partner agencies, located at our site, offer food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), caregiver support, employment assistance, veterans’ needs, dental care, peer-to-peer counseling, substance abuse support, and mediation. Fishline’s case managers routinely assist survivors of domestic abuse, unhoused individuals, low-income families, and those afflicted with mental and physical health disorders.

Jefferson County Transgender Support

Jefferson

JCTS exists to prevent isolation and provide peer understanding for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals. We strive to empower each other, share with one another, and provide a space for us to be open and communicate on an issue that affects all members. We are a safe space for people to talk about personal issues, experiences, struggles, and thoughts.

National Alliance on Mental Health- Jefferson County

Jefferson & National

Mental Health Resources in Jefferson County.

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

National

NQTTCN is a healing justice organization that actively works to transform mental health for QTPOC

PFLAG Bremerton/Kitsap County

Kitsap & National

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

Q Youth Resources

Kitsap

Q Youth Resources is an all-volunteer nonprofit that provides a safe space for gender and sexual minority (GSM) youth. They support youth development through skill building activties and resources that build confidence and empower GSM youth.

Helpline House

Bainbridge Island

Cost-free social service case management, counseling, food bank, resources and referrals.

Latinx Therapy

National

Latinx Therapy's mission is to destigmatize mental health in the latinx community, they strive to provide culturally-grounded workshops and services to our community. Latinx Therapy has a bilingual podcast and national directory.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- Kitsap County

Kitsap & National

The mission of NAMI Kitsap County is to improve the quality of life for individuals with severe mental illnesses and their families. We are dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families and the wider community.

Open Path Collective

National

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office and online mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need.

Planned Parenthood West Sound

Kitsap & National

National resource that provides health and sexual wellness services to millions, as well as advocacy and education.

Queer Hike Kitsap

Kitsap

A community group of nature lovers for any human identifying as LGBTQIA+ in the Kitsap and nearby areas. Join us for our monthly hikes to socialize, move our bodies and connect with nature.