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Causes: Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: The Rainbow Center's Mission is to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by providing education, resources, advocacy, information, and opportunities for empowerment to individuals and organizations in the South Puget Sound area. We find our activities falling into three categories: Educate, Advocate, and Celebrate.

Target demographics: People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, 2-Spiritied, or Allies in Tacoma, Pierce County, and Western Washington.

Geographic areas served: Tacoma, Pierce County, Western Washington

Programs: Victims of crimes advocacy, all ages karaoke and open mic nights, public computers, pool table, free wifi, lending library, space for group meetings, cultural competency sessions, and much more.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I enjoyed volunteering but I went to sign up someone for the Oasis center and the child refused to sign the discriminatory policy. I first found this insulting, but later read it and understood the child. Oasis does not allow straight people, a discriminatory act. However, they are funded by the government, so it is illegal to discriminate, even against straight people. Kind of a backwards way of thinkg, isnt it? Because the gay population was discriminated against, they are now discriminating against straight and using public taxes. Not quite fair, is it?

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laura.brewer 06/21/2013

Unfortunately this review was posted under the wrong organization. Though we work closely together, Rainbow Center and Oasis Youth Center are not the same entities and do not have the same policies or the same 501c3 number.

1 Frank Leonzal

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am not just a current Board Member, I am also a Donor. After the surprise from the Advocate stating Tacoma Washington was the nations #1 Gayest city many were shocked. However this only confirms what many already know. Tacoma is a GREAT place to be right now. Tacoma is lucky enough to have a long continuous running Gay Community Center and this year it is full speed ahead as they along with OASIS Youth Center take the next step in Growth, Longevity and Community Building and move into a new shared space. Although I live in South Hill, SE of Tacoma it is the nearest place to gay life in regards to venues and events. The Rainbow Center has been in the mix for along time now doing many great things to help those who need assistance or those looking to have fun or meeting other people. It has provided myself and family the opportunity to do our small part in community outreach and support for those in need. As time goes on maybe one day there will be a 'center' in my part of the woods, until then I know I always have the Tacoma Rainbow Center and am proud to serve the community by being on its Board and as a ACTIVE Donor.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first came into contact with the Rainbow Center it was a small one room space in a United Way building. Today and several years later its is a free standing operation that is supported by its community and provides many much needed services in today's economic depression as well as many social opportunities. Serving as a Board Member today inspires me when I hear stories of how the center and we as a community work together to make peoples lives better and easier and even possible saving a life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

During my life in Pierce County I have been involved with the Rainbow Center in way or another, as a Board Member, supporter and participant. When the former organization that I was the last board member of approached the center board to merge it was met with enthusiasm and excitement. The one condition was I would again join the board- which I did. The center means alot to a great deal of people in many situations and different needs. Our board all believes in its mission, the community believes in our role and also supports the centers efforts. If the center was to vanish it would create a huge void that would be hard to fill. The center and its supporters have done great work and continues to do so while changing many lives for the better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tacoma's GLBTQ population is fortunate to have been served by the Rainbow Center for many years. It offers counseling , social opportunities, a library, drop-in center, information, etc., for the local gay community.

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2 Cheryl30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a regular tuesday afternoon volunteer, I have been profoundly impacted by the sensitive, caring, compassionate nurturing, understanding, and help that the RC staff extends to absolutely every person who calls or walks through our door no matter their gender, sexuality, race, economic, or educational position in the world. If only staff and programs could be cloned to allow the rest of the community to learn from them. Cheryl

2 Lynn G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rainbow Center provides tremendous support and and access to information and meeting space in the Tacoma area. In addition being the only LGBTQ center in the entire Puget Sound Region. They provide meeting space for many varied segments of the LGBTQ communities. This is an invaluable service. In addition they gather and distribute an incredible amount of information and services to help those individuals in these varius communities. The leadership run the center very efficiently in all the volunteer endeavors I have participated in with them. The Rainbow Center is an invaluable resource for our community and runs very efficiently.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board of the Rainbow Center several years ago when I felt that I was ready for board leadership and wanted to give back to my community in a way that felt meaningful to me. During my tenure on the board, I have been consistently impressed with the effort, dedication and results of the team that works there. This is truly a small but mighty organization and one that is very much needed by our community. And, our current Executive Director and staff are the best and most professional that we have ever had. We are blessed to have them!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Rainbow Center is the only place like it in the area. The staff works so hard and offers me space to work and get connected with resources. It is a safe environment for people in the community to come and get connected to jobs and have accesss to computers. Counseling and resources for people who have been victims of crime is important and the Rainbow Center provides this. It is a great place for LGBTQ members of the community to stop in if they are new to the area. There is also guides for LGBTQ supportive businesses. There are many support groups that meet throughout the week. I cannot think of a better place for people to get plugged into the LGBTQ community.

2 Mike45

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here just looking for a place to hang out with other gay people and ended receiving a lot of help with issues that were and are a real roadblock to my happiness and well being. Many things in my life have improved recently, some of them are a direct result of my association with the Rainbow Center.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful interaction with those that come to the center. Staff always pleasant and helpful with resources to help empower those that come to the center.