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WELCOME TO THE RAINBOW CENTER!

Through education, advocacy, and celebration, the Rainbow Center expands resources and safe space for the LGBTQA community.

We are a non-profit resource center open Monday - Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Our center hosts meeting space throughout the week for groups, programming and events. Throughout the year we produce the Tacoma Pride Festival, Out in the Park (Tacoma's official PRIDE event), in addition to the annual Black & White Gayla.

Check out what we’re doing next by staying up to date with the Tacoma Rainbow Center (https://www.facebook.com/tacomarainbowcenter/?fref=mentions) on Facebook.

Upcoming events (5+)

LGBTQ Book Club - Who is Vera Kelly?

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Please join the Tacoma LGBTQ Book Club for a book discussion of Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht. This book club is open to anyone interested in reading books focusing on LGBTQ themes and authors. This club is open to everyone regardless of how they identify. We are all-inclusive without restrictions on gender or sexual orientation. We meet the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 am at the O.R.C. (Oasis and Rainbow Center). There is a small parking lot next to the building. There is also street parking on Pacific Avenue and on South 22nd ST. Please note: The Rainbow Center is closed on the weekends. I will be there to let you in. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books at a 15% discount. King’s is located at 218 St. Helens AVE,[masked]. Be sure to remind them of the discount before checking out. Or check your local library to borrow a copy. In addition to distinct Oasis and RC space, the O.R.C. features a shared community room, a kitchen, meeting areas, and more. Oasis is a drop-in, resource, and support center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 and RC is the community’s all-ages LGBTQ and Allied center. For more information, please visit http://www.oasisyouthcenter.org and http://www.rainbowcntr.org . For a list of previous books we've read see http://www.kingsbookstore.com/LGBTQ After book club we will regroup at Freighthouse Square in the food court for more socializing.

Makeup & Mocktails

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Get ready to get your glam on... Makeup & Mocktails is back! Sip some 'mocktails' and enjoy courses led by makeup artists who are members of the LGBTQ community. Register for the event in advance and get a FREE swag bag filled with beauty goodies! https://tinyurl.com/makeupandmocktails2 Ava Slater will be teaching 'Skincare 101'. Skincare basics are important skills to have. Learn how to protect your skin from the everyday elements. Whether you glam up once a year or every single day, you need to attend this course! Reily Andrus will be teaching 'Essential Glam', focusing on how to get that essential glam look and everything in between! You will learn how to make the most out of minimal make up products and enhance your natural beauty. All techniques will be dedicated to you and the make up you have at home. Visit Reilys Instagram @piratemadden for some of her latest work. This event is FREE and open to anyone in the LGBTQ community. All ages are welcome! The Rainbow Center is a proudly queer, anti-racist community center. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that reflects the community we serve. The Rainbow Center is wheelchair accessible and offers ADA-compliant, single stall restrooms. If you need further accommodations, please submit a request to Bre at (253)[masked] or [masked], at least 5 business days prior to the event.

50+ Lunch Bunch

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The Rainbow Center's 50+ Lunch Bunch is a social and educational opportunity for LGBTQ individuals 50 and older. This program is co-sponsored by Tacoma Older LGBT. This is a brown bag lunch event that meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 11:00am - 1:00pm. Please bring your lunch, we will provide beverages and snacks. Topics will vary month to month and we are always excited to receive new topic suggestions. Topic to be determined.

LGBTQ Book Club - History Is All You Left Me

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Please join the Tacoma LGBTQ Book Club for a book discussion of History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. This book club is open to anyone interested in reading books focusing on LGBTQ themes and authors. This club is open to everyone regardless of how they identify. We are all-inclusive without restrictions on gender or sexual orientation. We meet the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 am at the O.R.C. (Oasis and Rainbow Center). There is a small parking lot next to the building. There is also street parking on Pacific Avenue and on South 22nd ST. Please note: The Rainbow Center is closed on the weekends. I will be there to let you in. Books are available for purchase at King’s Books at a 15% discount. King’s is located at 218 St. Helens AVE,[masked]. Be sure to remind them of the discount before checking out. Or check your local library to borrow a copy. In addition to distinct Oasis and RC space, the O.R.C. features a shared community room, a kitchen, meeting areas, and more. Oasis is a drop-in, resource, and support center for LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 and RC is the community’s all-ages LGBTQ and Allied center. For more information, please visit http://www.oasisyouthcenter.org and http://www.rainbowcntr.org . For a list of previous books we've read see http://www.kingsbookstore.com/LGBTQ After book club we will regroup at Freighthouse Square in the food court for more socializing.

Past events (371)

50+ Lunch Bunch

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