Whether it’s creating safe spaces for kids, advocating for business interests across Eastern Washington and Idaho, or just organizing the best damn family-friendly Pride parade this side of anywhere, Spokane’s LGBT organizations help our community stay connected and cohesive.
|Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) is the only LGBTA chamber of commerce serving the Spokane, Tri-Cities, and the greater eastern Washington and North Idaho region. INBA’s mission is to develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives. As an organization whose members have experienced social discrimination, INBA also endorses public policy that affects equality for the LGBTA and other minority communities. Membership is open to all businesses, professionals and individuals who subscribe to the purposes of the alliance. The alliance is an affiliate chamber of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the Western Business Alliance of LGBT Chambers.|
|INBA Outreach is the philanthropic arm of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance. Its goals are to promote and reward academic excellence, and the development of leadership skills in teen and adult students who demonstrate a commitment to their LGBT community and themselves.
INBA awarded its first scholarships in 1998 when two students shared a $500 award. Today the INBA Scholarships and Internships are awarded. In 2006, INBA Outreach was formed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit to allow donors to claim their donations as charitable tax-deductible gifts.
|Odyssey Youth Movement (previously Odyssey Youth Center) is a youth-led, adult-supported organization committed to creating, sustaining, and advocating for safe and affirming programs, policies, and services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth community. Odyssey serves LGBTQQ youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in the greater Spokane region by providing: Safe Space, Education, and Advocacy.|
|OutSpokane a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt volunteer organization, promotes and empowers visible diversity for Spokane's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied citizens and provide progressive cultural opportunities and experiences for the greater Inland Northwest community.
OutSpokane organizes Spokane's Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival as a collaborative effort among the other LGBTQA organizations. The parade and festival takes place on the second Saturday in June. The parade winds its way through downtown Spokane and ends in the Gondola Meadows of Riverfront Park. It is the largest family-friendly Pride event in the Inland Northwest.
OutSpokane also hosts additional fundraising events throughout the year.
|Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.|
|TALL helps gender non-conforming and transgender people access basic rights by advocating for safe spaces and providing health and safety information and education.
We hold informational and educational meetings once a month that are open to any transgender people and allies that want to learn and stay organized. We meet on the second Sunday of each month for two hours starting at ten.
|Spokane Trans People is a safe space for trans identifying folks eighteen and over. We exist to provide trans people in the Inland Northwest with a regular opportunity to meet in person for mutual support, and socialization. Spokane Trans People is run entirely by volunteers who are trans themselves, and understand exactly how valuable a resource like this can be.
You can view our meeting schedule here
|Spokane is fortunate to have a satellite office of the The Pride Foundation in our community. The organization is a donor-supported community foundation, that supports transformative philanthropy through programs and initiatives that help people find joy and strength. The Pride Foundation provides scholarships, grants, advocacy, and community leadership in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State. Pride Foundation donors and volunteers are helping us transform our communities and culture.|
|Queer Sounds is one of two local programs that plays music primarily by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists. We interview LGBTQ artists, musicians and people from the regional queer community. We also discuss events and issues relevant to the queer community such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Awareness, boxers vs briefs and so much more! So join your host's "bob" and Cat for a musical and fun journey of queerness. Tune in every Thursday at 6pm PST on KYRS 88.1/92.3FM|
|OUTspoken is a local radio program on KYRS featuring the unique voices of 2.5 very different gay men. Tune in Sundays from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on 88.1 and 92.3 FM. We strive to educate, elevate and impact the ever changing landscape of equality on a local, national and global scale through conversation and dialogue with leaders, entertainers and every day LGBT people and their allies. It is our belief that it is through open, fearless and honest speech and communication that the seeds of societal change truly reside.|
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