Gay City Health Project is a multicultural gay men’s health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County. Their mission is to promote wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. Because of the organization’s success and need for growth to better serve the community, Gay City is moving on up!
Project BuildOUT includes the addition of a 750 sq. ft. multi-purpose assembly space with the potential for a variety of uses, including: theatrical productions, film screenings, spoken word events, musical performances, visual arts installations, readings, writing workshops seminars, community meetings, and private events. The arts space will allow Gay City to have more on-site events, and will be available for rental and use by the community.
“We’re so grateful for the tremendous investment we have seen from the community in this project, with more than $100,000 raised in six months! Our goal has been to build a true community hub, and our success in doing so is reflected in the the fact that the majority of funding for Project BuildOUT has come from individuals and businesses in our community,” said Gay City Executive Director Fred Swanson.
Adding, “As we finish up the space and get ready to move in, we’re focused on the next phase of the project: raising funds to fully outfit our new auditorium and turn it into a state of the art flexible performance venue.”
Project BuildOUT will allow the Gay City LGBT Library to triple in size and gain street access, providing space for the more than 3,500 volumes in the Library’s collection. The increased space will also allow Gay City’s Resource & Referral volunteers to provide more drop-in and face-to-face services.
With more than twice its current space, the Gay City Wellness Center will have an increased range of screening, counseling, and other health support services.
The increased space will also allow Gay City to build new partnerships with other LGBT community organizations.
Moving Day is just a few weeks away. Gay City will remain in Capitol Hill just a few feet away from its current location at 517 E. Pike Street. Have strong arms and want to help? Volunteers are needed on Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. Contact Lark: 206-388-1710 or email@example.com.