Recreation for LGBTQ+

Welcome to Seattle Parks and Recreation LGBTQ resource page!

As we ramp up our recovery from the pandemic in 2021, Seattle Parks and Recreation hopes to soon offer some of the services and activities of interest to the many diverse people who live, work and play in Seattle, including opportunities for the LGBTQ community.  See the categories below for an idea of what's to come, either in late 2021 or sometime in 2022.

All Gender Swims

In past years Medgar Evers Pool has hosted All Gender Swims. Admission is the usual recreation swim entrance fee for pools. All typically-gendered locker rooms are marked as gender neutral, with the two family/individual changing rooms that are always gender neutral available as well.

Teen Programs 

Seattle Parks and Recreation is dedicated to providing safe and welcoming spaces for all teens, including LGBTQ teens. For general information on teen programming, visit the Seattle Parks Teens web page or the Seattle Parks Teen Jobs webpage.

Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies

Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there are usually many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs. Several City departments offer summer employment appropriate for teens and young adults, including positions in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics (life guards, boat ramp monitors), Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Engaged in Service (job shadowing an adult mentor, usually in an office setting), Seattle Parks and Recreation Student Teen Employment Program and Summer of Service (building trails in local parks as well as working on restoration and other projects), Youth Participatory Action Research (exploring social justice issues), and the Seattle Public Libraries Student Assistance program. Many local businesses will also be in attendance.

LGBTQ Seniors

Find out about Lifelong Recreation programs for those 50+ by visiting www.seattle.gov/parks/find/lifelong-recreation-(50) or calling (206) 684-4951.

The Lifelong Recreation 50+ unit has partnered with Generations Aging with Pride to develop "Rainbow Recreation" programs and activities specifically for LGBTQ adults 50+ and their friends. Quarterly activities include movies, exercise classes, art classes, and field trips.

Weddings and Ceremonies

Find out more about our many scenic and intimate indoor and outdoor venues by visiting the Weddings and Ceremonies web page or by calling (206) 684-4081.

Other LGBTQ Information

Find out more about SeQual: the City of Seattle LGBTQ Employees for Equality Association by visiting the SEqualSeattle Facebook page.