Found chalk art in downtown Bellingham.

The Guide.  Links to GLBTQ things in Bellingham and Northwest Washington

Photos of Bellingham Pride parades over the years and some loal history.

Wednesday Dinner Gathering & Newsletter
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Robert's general description of local scene Opinion of course.

This Guide may come to the top of search engine listings when "gay bellingham" is queried.  That is partially because there has not been (as of yet) any umbrella organization serving Bellingham's diversified glbt community.

Occassionally people have gathered together with the goal of establishing a city wide organization.  Sometimes a new web site gets launched, but volunteer energy invariably runs out.  People scatter off in various directions and the site doesn't get updated.

Meanwhile, I keep maintaining this guide and my glbt newsletter even though I am not an organization.   I am an individual who loves doing things on the web.  Also it brings interest to the other parts of my site.

Possibly this site's biggest manifestation is a Wednesday Dinner social. 
Every Wednesday we have a gay dinner that's real friendly and often brings 5 - 20 people together.  Almost always men, but open to all.

Unlike a large city with obvious institutions, bars and gay ghettos Bellingham is fairly quiet.  At the same time it doesn't seem to be anti gay.   Over time, social networks form.  Both Whatcom and Skagit Counties have PFLAG organizations.

Bellingham also has The Betty Pages, a local alternative lifestyle tabloid (on paper, remember that stuff) published by Betty Desire.  Betty also does a weekly show at Rumor's Cabaret, Sunday's 8 pm.

Rumors Cabaret, sometimes said to be "our bar," has a very mixed crowd.  Often more non gay than gay people there when it's busier in late evenings.  The crowd tends to be very young.  Early evenings the percentage of gay people seems to be higher.   A popular dance bar.  A major support for Bellingham's Pride Festival. Now (2018) there is a new bar operated by Rumors, but separate.  A quieter, more conversational space called The Back Door. 

Travel to the two large cities of Seattle, WA. or Vancouver, BC. is considered one of Bellingham's assetts.  They are fairly handy.  Bellingham rests (rests might be a good word for it) in-between.  

Women are sometimes said to be more organized, locally, than men.

Gay people tend to participate in the main stream of local life going to places like the Y and other types of community groups.  There are also several open and affirming churches in the area.

Politically, Bellingham tends to be "blue state," but much of rural Whatcom County might be classified as more "red state." 

When folks come together, which happens occassionally, there can be interesting dialog.   Every year there is a Pride Festival and it gets bigger each year.  Several thousand participate.  It's the weekend of the second Sunday in July.  

Looking for a "soul mate" can be frustrating in places other than large cities.  While there may be lots of folks around, everyone is a bit different.  People are either "too old," "too young" or what ever.  Some would say it's like being washed up onto a desert island.  There might be "one drag queen," "one leather man" and "one lesbian" at some gathering. 

Various subgroups within the gay scene can be so small that subgroups basically have to get along.

Patience is an important virtue.  Also learning to value a wide circle of friends from different stripes. 

People often fall in love with someone from the distant city, thus leading to the term "I-5 Relationship."

Still, a lot of glbt folks like living in the Bellingham area.

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