Birthday Countdown: Gay bars & community

A common theme about people is that we like to be around people who are like us. We build community around people who share common ideas, struggles, and desires. These communities can be churches, sports teams, where you went to school, where you grew up, and other places. For many LGBT individuals these places are gay bars. In fact, the nexus of the gay rights movement started at a gay bar. Gay bars provide safe havens for LGBT folks to be themselves and meet others like them. To flirt with a stranger of the same gender and feel confident you aren’t going to get punched or assaulted for it.

Gay bars are great if you’re over 21 (sometimes 18), but what about LGBT youth who aren’t old enough? That’s where places like Lambert House come in. Lambert House provides a safe place for LGBT youth ages 13-23 to share a meal, meet people like themselves, and build a community where they feel not just included but welcome. We all need safe places to build community, help support a great place for that in Seattle!

In honor of my 36th birthday, I’m asking people to please consider donating $36 (or $360 (or $3600 if you’re feeling really generous)) to Lambert House. You can do so via their Network for Good page or send them a check directly to PO Box 23111, Seattle WA 98102. I have no way of tracking how much the donations add up to, so I’m not looking for a specific dollar amount. If you feel inclined, I’d enjoy knowing if you’ve donated something, anything, to this very worthy cause by commenting on this blog entry or on the Facebook post.

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I'm a gay geek living in Seattle, WA.

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