• 50+ Lunch Bunch

    Rainbow Center

    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 - Blackfish City

    Rainbow Center

    Please join the Tacoma LGBTQ Book Club for a book discussion of Blackfish City by Sam. J. Miller. 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.

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  • APIDA & Proud

    Rainbow Center

    Join us during the month of May for a series of events celebrating history, culture and diversity in the LGBTQ Asian, Pacific Islander & Desi American community! All of the events in this series are FREE to attend. Connect & Create Wednesday, May 8th // 2:30- 4pm Participate in a self-care activity.and connect with other members of the community. APIDA Dinner Wednesday, May 15 // 5:30- 7pm We invite the LGBTQ APIDA community to join us for a dinner and social time. White allies, thanks for understanding the need for this POC space. APIDA Queer Film Shorts Wednesday, May 22 // 5:30- 7pm Join us for a series of short films created by Larry Tung, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist in New York City. A native of Taiwan, they hold an M.F.A. in TV Production from Brooklyn College and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. Tung’s films focus on social justice and human rights issues. They have been featured in more than 40 film festivals around the world. 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

    Rainbow Center

    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.

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  • LGBTQ Book Club - Logical Family

    Rainbow Center

    Please join the Tacoma LGBTQ Book Club for a book discussion of Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City. 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.

  • Growing Up Coy: A Panel & Discussion

    Rainbow Center

    The Rainbow Center, PFLAG Washington State Council and PFLAG Tacoma, invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 10th from 5- 7pm for a showing of Growing Up Coy. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Snacks and drinks will be provided. “Growing Up Coy” is a feature-length documentary about a young Colorado family who engages in a highly publicized legal battle and landmark civil rights case, as they fight for their 6-year-old transgender daughter's right to use the girls' bathroom at her elementary school. The film asks a universal question that any parent could face: “How far would you go to fight for your child’s equal rights? This event is FREE to attend. RSVP is required. 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 3 business days prior to the event.

  • TRANS Cultural Kick-Off Meeting

    Rainbow Center

    TRANS Cultural is a brand new RC social group for POC (people of color) who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. It is a respectful space for conversation and a place to make connections with others who can relate and understand. Join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2254019571502820/?source_id=145326245532087 Friday, April 5th is the group's first official kick-off meeting from 6- 8pm. This first meeting is a potluck, so you are invited to bring a dish to share. The RC will provide some snacks and drinks. 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 meeting.

  • Jono Vaughan: Project 42

    1701 Pacific Ave

    Jono Vaughan: Project 42 Memorializing the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming Americans through art and performance. Project 42 addresses the pattern of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, providing both a form of memorization and an entry point for engagement and discussion. Begun in 2012, the project’s name is taken from the short life expectancy of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the United States, which I estimate is forty-two years, based—in lieu of official data, which often excludes these identities—on third-party texts and research. The project will continue until 42 garments and memorial actions, one for each individual represented in the chronologically selected group are completed. Rainbow Center is a proudly queer, anti-racist community center. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that reflects the diverse community we serve. Tacoma Art Museum, our location for this event, is fully accessible (ADA compliant). If you need further accommodation, please submit a request at least 5 business days prior. Requests may be made via email ([masked]) or phone [masked] ext. 107)

  • Becoming More Visible

    Rainbow Center

    Join us on Wednesday, March 20th from 5:30- 7pm at the Tacoma Rainbow Center for a showing of Becoming More Visible. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Challenged by how to identify since early childhood, four fearless transgender young adults defy societal norms to be their true selves and become more visible. No transition is easy but some are easier than others. We follow Sean, a transgender male comedian from a small affluent town in upstate NY, Katherine, a Bangladeshi transgender girl from a close-­‐ knit Muslim family, Olivia, who had to leave everything behind and enter the shelter system in order to be the woman she knows she is, and the unforgettable Morgin, a fully transitioned woman pursuing her musical ambitions and making her way in the world. For additional information, contact Bre at [masked] or call (253)[masked], ext. 106.