"You'll understand when you're older."
You see, we don't think that's true. Of course, knowledge increases with life experience and, hopefully, you'll always be looking for ways to evolve and change. At the same time, only you can know you. That's true at any age--whether 9 or 90.
Even just a decade ago, "coming out" looked much different for kids, teens, and young adults. Families were less supportive, GSAs were no where near as widespread, and finding community was much more difficult. While today there's more acceptance and support for LGBTQ+ youth and our community is constantly becoming broader and more diverse, it can still be a challenge to embrace your authentic self and find your "people". The organizations below exist to provide support and connection as you grow into the person you're meant to be.
Aubrey Lough - Creating Growth Counseling
I am a mental health and substance use disorder professional providing individual, couple, and family therapy to clients throughout Washington State via telehealth. I am a strong advocate and ally for the LGBTQIA2S+ and poly/kink communities. I specialize in supporting clients struggling with their own or a loved one’s self-harm, suicidal ideation, and/or substance use, as well as helping couples and families to interrupt and transform ineffective communication patterns. I focus on removing shame and finding empowerment through strengths-based communication and developing effective coping skills.
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.
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.
Bainbridge Psychotherapy Guild
A non-profit association of psychotherapists practicing on Bainbridge Island. Their mission is to promote dialogue among psychotherapists working on Bainbridge and to serve as liaison between the community of psychotherapists with the local community. Includes a search engine and a dedicated Gay & Lesbian page.
Q Youth Resources
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.
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.
Cloud Cover Community
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.
Teen Talking Circles
The Teen Talking Circle mission is to educate, inspire, empower youth; foster partnerships across genders, generations, and cultures, and support youth activism. "By modeling wholeness, compassion, and inclusiveness, talking circles help young people develop mature identities and form healthy relationships at home, at work, and in society, providing a foundation for a more cooperative, caring world." Founded on Bainbridge Island in 1993.
Jefferson County Transgender Support
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.