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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Me and my Wife ( A Transgender Male-to-Female) Traveled from Louisiana to Washington State to escape mistreatment When we got to Tacoma we were greeted with open arms,and given many resources to help us get settled in. The people there were always friendly,and happy to talk with us about any concerns we had. Whenever any of my LGBTQ friends have any problems or concerns,I send them to The Rainbow Center. They don't just help,THEY CARE!


Client Served

Rating: 5

The Rainbow Center has been great! I love the staff, they are so friendly and go out of their way to help you in any way they can. The Rainbow Center offers a number of services and hosts a great selection of events and groups. I feel like there is something for everyone there. They also have excellent resources and can get you information on pretty much anything.