LGBTQ+ population must become visible in Federal Way

Federal Way still remains a desert for LGBTQ+ support services.

The LGBTQ+ community in Federal Way is relatively silent and invisible considering that the city is the 10th largest in Washington.

Although there have been some strides, the City Council recognizing Pride month last June for example, Federal Way still remains a desert for LGBTQ+ support services.

In the past year, actors based in Federal Way have stoked fear and hate in our community targeting the LGBTQ+ population. Without an organized effort, these homophobic and transphobic activities will go unchecked. The LGBTQ+ must become visible so that we can advocate for equity and build relationships with the diverse communities in Federal Way.

I recently attended an LGBTQ+ housing conference at Highline College on Nov. 2. The Renton LGBTQIA organization presented on how they recently formed their group, and I think this would be an excellent model for Federal Way to adopt. Who’s with me? Contact Joshua Fike, joshuafike@yahoo.com.

Joshua Fike

Federal Way

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