After two years of proclaiming “WE NEED QUEER YOUTH SPACE” on telephone poles across Capitol Hill, the search is over. The Three Wings non-profit group announced it has signed a lease on a 1,750 square-foot space was made in a Monday press release from the Three Wings non-profit group. Located at 911 E Pike St, the space is a second floor former photography studio, located between Neumos and Emerson Salon.
“It feels pretty great,” Three Wings board member Quinn Anex-Ries said. “It’s been quite the long process and took a lot of tedious work, but we finally did it.”
On Friday, August 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m., Three Wings is opening the space up to the public for the first time. At the open house, the group will share floor plans and feature speakers. Although the group has secured the space, renovations have not yet begun. A number of changes will be made between now and the space’s September 1 projected opening date, the most substantial of which is the construction of a new gender neutral bathroom.
The search for the space was a long one, made difficult by a number of hurdles. Budget constraints made many spaces on Capitol Hill unrealistic. When a suitable space would arise, the group often found itself outbid. ADA accessibility was another barrier for the group who were dedicated to the concept of the space being open to all people.
“It took a while to find a place with elevators, but the new location is accessible to all,” Anex-Ries said. “There are big windows in it, but since we are on the second floor, we still get privacy and a space that feels secure.”
According to Three Wings, one of the big misconceptions about the space is that it will only function as a drop-in center. While the space will indeed have drop-in hours, it will also host events, conferences, and programs for Queer Youth.
“The space will allow us to expand the work we’re doing already and allow for high quality programming on a more regular basis,” Anex-Ries said.