ThreeWings, more commonly known as Queer Youth Space, is a youth-led, adult-supported non-profit organization that seeks to empower queer youth to overcome heterosexism and ageism, as well as racism, classism, cissexism and all other oppressions that they face. ThreeWings seeks to do so through a holistic, three-pronged approach, consisting of three areas of focus: (a) cultural arts and activism, (b) wellness, and (c) research and education. ThreeWings aims to sustain alternatives to more traditional, top-down models of community organizing ThreeWings was born out of the Mutiny, a visionary, youth-led forum held at Seattle Central Community College in early 2010, at which over 150 young people from all over the Seattle metropolitan area engaged each other about what their needs as young queer people were and what could be done to meet them. At the Mutiny, two needs were identified: (1) community organizing that is youth-positive and youth-led, and (2) a cultural gathering space created by and for queer youth. This event catalyzed a vision for a cultural arts center led by queer youth that would fulfill both of these needs. With the successful award of a $100,000 Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund in 2010, ThreeWings was able to secure a dedicated physical space in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. With community and organizational support, this physical space was finally opened to the public in November 2012. Led by a staff and volunteer base comprised entirely of young folks from the community and supported by a board of directors that also consists of youth and young adults, Queer Youth Space seeks to provide Seattle’s young queer community with an all-ages, radically inclusive space to exist and share common experiences and struggles. ThreeWings/Queer Youth Space has been successful in partnering with numerous local advocacy organizations to provide queer youth with a variety of programs and services. Successful programs have included poetry and spoken word events, dance parties, anti-oppression and health/wellness trainings and workshops, subject-based tutoring, and identity-based discussion and support groups. With the support of the larger community, Queer Youth Space can keep its doors open and programs running. With your contribution, you are assuring that our physical space remains accessible to youth who have no other place to bring their full and authentic selves forward. Your support also ensures that fundamental community organizing and coalition building continues. Without your support, these services cannot be sustained to their full capacity. It started with you, and it cannot continue without you.
Hey y’all, please take a minute to read this, pass it on, donate if you can, and spread the word! Queer Youth Space is a youth-led, adult-supported, organization that puts radical activism in the hands of young people. QYS has a physical location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, and recently they are struggling to keep their doors open. The organization and it’s people hold a very important place in my heart ❤️
“Our most humble community members, supporters, and friends:
As an organization committed to transparency, we believe that the time has come for us to be fully transparent about Queer Youth Space’s current situation. Recently, we have experienced serious struggles in fundraising to keep our physical space open. As a result, it is facing the possibility of closure as early as December if circumstances do not change. All of us are working tirelessly to keep things running as smoothly as we can, but we are in desperate need of help from you, the community, so that we can continue to provide the same quality of resources, programming and space that we have been able to provide over the past year.
The idea of an organization led entirely by young people and supported by adults is a radical one. As the word “radical” means “at the root,” a radical approach to a problem is one that gets to the root of the problem itself. We feel that there is no better way to attack the roots of heterosexism, cissexism, ageism, racism, classism, and sexism than by placing ourselves as the very young people who are affected by these and other forms of oppression in the leadership of our organization and at the forefront of our own movement. We are constituent-led, and this is our greatest strength.
However, being young people at the intersections of different oppressed identities, we face many struggles and difficulties. As a youth-led organization in an adult-led world, our credit, ability, and efficacy, already under question, are now being further questioned as a result of this current situation. Queer Youth Space is much more than just our physical space, but it is through our physical space that we are able to find greater legitimacy for ourselves in a world and society that in many respects rests on the idea of physical space itself.
Therefore, we now are asking for your continued support so that we can maintain our physical center on Capitol Hill. It is through the support that we have received from the community, both in the form of donated time and donated money, that Queer Youth Space has been the success that it has been. In the single year that it has been open, our center has been fortunate to have provided a great variety of programs, trainings, workshops, and events to youth. However, the most important thing we provide to youth through the space is greater safety; we aim to maintain a space that is inclusive, supportive, and loving, a haven in which all youth can bring their bring their full and authentic selves forward. We attribute our accomplishments to your support. Your support ensures that fundamental community organizing and coalition building continues. We are for you, by you.
Please help us continue the work that we have done. Any and all possible donations are greatly appreciated. We do not want to see this incredible and valuable resource go away. It honestly means the world to us all.
We love you all so much.
Queer Youth Space”