Elevating human rights for trans & gender diverse people

Creating a Washington State where all people can live their lives safely, true to themselves, and free from discrimination.
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About Us

 

Gender Justice League is a Washington State gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization based in Seattle, Washington.

In 2012, GJL was started by a group of long-time trans, queer, and allied activists who were looking to increase the community’s capacity to address cissexism, transphobia, transmisogyny, and the homo, bi, and queer phobias that trans and gender diverse people face.

Gender Justice League has focused on elevating civil and human rights for trans and gender diverse people by creating community through advocacy efforts and shared leadership development. Recognizing that only 4% of employees in the major LGBTQ+ organizations are trans, and that trans people face nearly double the unemployment rate of cis people, GJL’s gender justice model seeks to empower trans people to combat the structural oppression, discrimination, and violence that we face in our daily lives.

What We Do

A crowd at the annual Trans Pride march

Trans Pride Seattle

Image of a house with the trans flag colors and GJL icon

SafeHouse: Temporary shelter & Financial Assistance

Two advocates at a rally

ADVOCACY

Two award winners at the 2019 Gender Justice Awards

GENDER JUSTICE AWARDS

Promotional graphic for Decolonizing Gender event co-hosted by GJL

SPECIAL EVENTS

EVERY DOLLAR SUPPORTS TRANS PEOPLE

Gender Justice League works through education, advocacy, mutual aid, and grassroots community building to shift both culture and policies about gender and sexuality. Every dollar amplifies the work of our dedicated staff and volunteers.

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Thank you to everyone who came and made Trans Pride Seattle so special! Check out photos from the event here until October 11th: tiny.cc/TPS22PIX

#TransPride #Seattle
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After Trans Pride, our staff are taking a much-needed break the first week of September. We will be out of the office from September 5-12th, and will return on Tuesday, September 13th. ...

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Tonight is the night!! We can't wait to see you all at Volunteer Park for an evening of trans excellence.

GJL SafeHouse Advocate, Ganesha, recently shared with Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: “Trans Pride in itself is just a beacon for the general trans community, and it allows us to gather in a space where we’re in a time of being disconnected from the community on a lot of different levels."

#TransPride #Seattle #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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"At Trans Pride, we create lifelines for each other as we organize toward a world willing to value our humanity."

Check out the full article from @southseattleemerald at tinyurl.com/83122GJL

#TransPride #Seattle #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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GJL SafeHouse Advocate, Ganesha, recently shared with us what Trans Pride means to her:

"Trans Pride symbolizes a community uplifting its most marginalized and targeted peoples. It symbolizes a great reverence for the power and leadership of Trans peoples and our endless contributions to movement work, while simultaneously acknowledging the great sacrifice it takes for us to be us.

If someone had told me as a child or teen growing up in the Deep South that something like this existed—or would exist—for those like me, I would have come out a lot sooner.

Protect Black Indigenous Trans and TwoSpirit Women and Femmes. Happy Trans Pride!”

Help us reach our fundraising goal and continue to make Trans Pride a reality: tiny.cc/2022TPS

We are so grateful to be in community with you ❤️

#BlackTransLivesMatter #TransPride #Seattle #Trans #Transgender #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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We still need at least 4 accessibility volunteers for Trans Pride Seattle this Friday! If interested, please contact Laza@GenderJusticeLeague.org

Accessibility volunteers can expect to be posted up around the park to help people with mobility assistance needs navigate the park, as requested.

#TransPride #Seattle #VolunteersNeeded
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We'll see you this Friday for #TransPride! Thank you to our sponsors and generous community members for giving time, energy, and resources to make this happen. We truly could not do this without you ❤️ ...

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You're invited to the Trans Pride after-party at The Wildrose Bar!

Hosted by @xmooncakes

Featuring performances by @tinasheamonet, @positivespinpoledance, and DJ Sean Fear.

RSVP at tiny.cc/APTPS

#TransPride #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Party #Seattle #t4t
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Trans Pride Seattle is only a week away, and we still need help to reach our funding goal! Every gift helps us continue to put on this event that is so meaningful for our communities: tiny.cc/2022TPS

Goblin, a GJL service recipient and volunteer, shares: “Trans Pride is about being prideful about your transness, and being in a space where that is safe to express—because that's not a luxury that everyone has.”

With love,
GJL

#TransPride #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Trans #Transgender #BlackTransLivesMatter #LetKidsPlay
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Our communications manager Kai recently talked to @realchangenews about all things #TransPride. Check out the article at tinyurl.com/RCGJL22

#Pride #Transrightsarehumanrights #seattle #washington
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Our Communications & Membership Development Manager, Kai, shared this about his experience at Trans Pride: "The first time I attended Trans Pride Seattle as a newly out trans person, I saw thousands of people like me being proud of who they are, experiencing joy, and mobilizing around issues that matter. To see that being trans can in fact be a joyful and beautiful thing was so powerful, and so counter to the narratives we often see and hear."

Help us fund #TransPride by giving what you can at tiny.cc/2022TPS 🏳️‍⚧️
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Only 16 more days!!

We are so excited for performances by @seasidetryst, @theroyalhouseofnoir, @theonemixx206, @_karinyo, Virtuanaut, and @michetemusic!

Thank you so much to our sponsors: LGBTQ+ employees of Glamazon, @emeraldcitysoftball, @gaycity, @youthcaresea, @fredhutch HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, @acluwa, @seattlepride, @providenceswedish, @seiu775, @kingcountylibrary, @adobe, @legal_voice, @pramilajayapal, @northwestpolitesociety, @[17841440989625660:@waisn_org], @thegsba, and @democraticsocialistsofamerica

#TransPride #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Seattle #Olympia #Washington #BlackTransLivesMatter
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Our staff members Kai & Laza had the honor of attending the #TransBillOfRights press conference yesterday!

As the trans community across the country has been facing relentless attacks, this bill addresses an urgent need. There have been more than 238 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced this year alone, and over 670 introduced since 2018. These bills have banned gender-affirming healthcare; attempted to kidnap trans youth from their supportive families; threatened to prosecute trans youth who take part in sports; and banned free speech by preventing the words "gay" and "transgender" be said in schools.

Our communities are being displaced by these targeted political attacks. GJL receives calls from dozens of trans and gender diverse people and their parents from around the country who are looking to relocate to Washington State.

There is a clear need for the federal government to do more to ensure that civil and human rights are consistent across the country. Trans people, no matter where we ‌live, should have the same freedoms to be ourselves; to get the healthcare we need; to raise children; to be in supportive families; and to live our lives safely and free from discrimination and violence.

We are so grateful to @pramilajayapal, her co-sponsors, and her team for introducing the Trans Bill of Rights, and working to codify civil rights for trans people nationwide.

#TransRightsAreHumanRights #HealthcareIsAHumanRight
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Help us keep Trans Pride Seattle community-centered, grassroots, and radical! Every contribution, no matter the size, helps make one of the world's largest Trans Pride events happen 🏳️‍⚧️ (plus if you give $10+, you get some really cool swag).

Give to support TPS: tiny.cc/2022TPS

For more info on Trans Pride Seattle, visit transprideseattle.org
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Ever wanted to join the GJL team? Join us this Wednesday for our virtual board member open house from 5-6 PM PST! We will meet via Google Meet videochat at this link: tiny.cc/81722GJL

After 10 successful years in Washington State, GJL is pivoting to begin a national program. The National Program—based in Washington, DC—will work to support trans justice organizers, activists, and communities across the country by providing training, technical assistance, and operational support to fundraise, develop and support programs, and elevate the voices of trans folks to combat anti-trans attacks.

As we shift to work outside of Washington, we're working to recruit a new national board that represents the diversity and needs of our whole community.

What do GJL Board Members Do?
GJL board members help support the staff of the organization by reviewing and evaluating the annual budget and fundraising plans; and asking critical questions about policies, programs, and strategy. Board members at GJL are thought leaders who help shape our programs.

GJL’s Board Compensation:
We pay board members $25/hour for regular board meetings, for a total on average of $50-75 a month. We recognize that not all board members need to be compensated, however, we also want to honor the labor and value of community members' contributions, and open board participation to people of all socio-economic statuses.

Do Board Members Have to Fundraise?
Most board members support the organization in some way, not always monetarily. Often board members will assist in fundraising by spreading the word about the org, by joining us at fundraising events, and occasionally by supporting grant writing or fundraising asks to major donors or foundations. There is no mandatory “give-get” to be on GJL’s board.

Time Commitment: 3-4 Hours per Month.
Our board meets once a month via Zoom or Google Meet for 2-3 hours. These meetings have historically happened on Sunday afternoons, though that is subject to change with the new board’s availability.

#TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransRights #LetKidsPlay #BlackTransLivesMatter
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