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Nonprofit Overview

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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



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?

Comments ( 1 )


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.

2 Cheryl30


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.


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.



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.



Rating: 5

As the primary co-founder and twice board chair person for the Gender Alliance of the South Sound, (G.A.S.S.), it has been my great pleasure to have worked with the many wonderful people who have stepped up either as ED's, Assistant ED's, Temp ED's, board members or other Center volunteers. Every one of them, to a person, were truely angels to our cause. Our work here in Pierce County really has only begun, and our current economic climate, however long it will last, is inarguably a temporary situation. The future of TBLG people in our country is nearing it's hey-day as laws respecting our civil rights and full access to public accomidations continue to be passed at ever increasing rates, and laws which support those who would victimize our people are being dismantled, the resonances of which are opening doors into the minds of less supportive citizens everywhere. We must not give up our fight. The Rainbow Center of Tacoma / Pierce Co. has provided the greatest of all opportunities to our transgender organization for which we will always be grateful. Time, space, and a multitude of other services too numerous to mention have allowed this South Sound Transgender organization to grow like we only dreamed was possible. We have much work to do in the years ahead, and just like the Rainbow Center, the work en-cue will always exceed the volunteer efforts available. But press on we must, for to give up on the change happening in front of our eyes is to give up on all those who've sacrificed the best years they had for our cause. After almost a decade of association with the Rainbow Center I look forward to The rest of my future here in Tacoma and my knowledge that it and the entire TBLG community will always be a big part of my life. Misha Balch.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

I have served as an intern here at the Rainbow Center since the last part of March; in that time, I have learned a great deal about serving needs withing GLBT communities, working as a team player, and a number of other things I would not have learned had I not had this opportunity. It has been challenging and very rewarding and has truly enriched my life, and working with excellent professionals like Aimee and Andre has made it even more complete.