18 reasons why Capitol Hill is the epicenter of Seattle gay life

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Naked in Seattle?

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Surprise! Public nudity is totally legal in Seattle. In fact, there are no laws against being nude in the streets – but acting upon being naked, whether solo or with other naked folks, is very illegal. As long as you keep to yourself, don’t harass others, or enter public buildings while nude, you can let your bare self feel the rainy, Seattle air.

R&M Dessert Bar – Late Night Sweet Tooth



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Late-night dessert craving? Hit up R&M Dessert Bar and taste sweet creations handmade by gay couple Rod Gambassi and Marc Adams. Inspired by family recipes, this chef-driven dessert experience serves up cookies, pies, tarts, and more. And during COVID, a walk-up window for to-go sweets.

Capitol Hill Pride: Not Your Guncle’s Corporate Rainbow Party

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Long live authentic pride festivals, with nearly naked people, glitter-bombed bodies, and lots of unified chanting. Capitol Hill bucks the trend of big corporate Pride parades and hosts their very own to honor the community where it all began. Alternatively, Seattle Pride is big, bold, and beautiful, and arguably one of the best events to attend in the United States. And while we love to see T-Mobile and Alaska Air throwing t-shirts and free condoms, the real spirit of Pride, and the meaning behind it, can be found on The Hill.

Gay City Health ProjectSeattle’s LGBTQ Center

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Gay City is the definitive hub for LGBTQ individuals seeking affirming and responsive resources, wellness, and community. Plus, The Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library lives here at Gay City, offering anyone interested a wide collection of 6,000+ books covering LGBTQ topics.

Lambert House – Safe House For All

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The Lambert House is Seattle’s center for LGBTQ and allied youth ages 14-23. The safe house encourages empowerment, social and life skills, and most of all, a protective place to stay. It’s important for any round-up to feature a city-safe spot for anyone that feels lost, alone, or rejected by family or friends.

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