Found chalk art in downtown Bellingham.
Guide. Links to GLBTQ things in Bellingham and Northwest Washington
Photos of Bellingham
Pride parades over the years and some loal history.
Gathering & Newsletter
general description of local scene Opinion
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.
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,
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
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
Description by Robert.
Some of my thoughts
and fantasies on erotisism and sexuality
My opinions and blog entries on
This guide listed in
Again, to this Bellingham Guide.