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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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 & Financial Assistance

Two advocates at a rally

ADVOCACY

Elayne Wylie in a meeting

trainings, consultations, & speeches

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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After 3 months of serving as our Interim Executive Director, we are excited to announce that one of GJL’s founding members, Danni Askini, will become our new Co-Executive Director of National Programs!

Danni has served for over 20 years as an activist, policy expert, and organizer in two-spirit, trans and LGBQIA+ communities across the United States and Europe. As our founding Executive Director, Danni helped lead Gender Justice League in expanding access to transition related healthcare, banning conversion therapy throughout Washington, defeating 6 anti-trans legislative bills, crushing 2 anti-trans ballot measures, launching our mutual-aid project to support survivors of gender-based violence, and successfully producing 7 Trans Pride events in Seattle. In 2018, after being targeted by the Trump Administration, Danni was forced to seek asylum in Sweden, having been denied a passport to return home. Upon returning in 2020, after settling her case through the UN Human Rights Council, Danni relocated to Washington DC to work as a Senior Health Policy Analyst supporting the passage of the HEROES and CARES Acts through Congress. Danni is now based primarily in Washington, DC and splits her time in Seattle where she has deep roots.

Danni returns to Gender Justice League just ahead of our 10th anniversary to help the organization pivot not only to serve two-spirit, trans, and gender diverse people in Washington State, but to expand our work to support two-spirit, trans, and gender diverse people throughout the country. We continue to see a bifurcation in this country; some states with expansive protections and others with a horrifying repeal of fundamental freedoms, rights, and safety for our communities. Danni will be joined by a Co-Executive Director for Northwest Programs, and will be leading our search to identify a new Co-ED based in Washington State.
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Friendly reminder that the date for Trans Pride Seattle this year is different from years past! Normally our event is held on 6/24, but this year it will be on 9/2. Please don't show up to Cal Anderson this Friday, we won't be there 😅

RSVP at tiny.cc/TPSGJLFB

#TransPride #Pride #TransIsBeautiful #LetKidsPlay #BlackTransLivesMatter #Trans #Transgender #Seattle #Olympia #Washington
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Please join us in welcoming Ganesha Gold Buffalo (she/her), our new SafeHouse Advocate!

Ganesha is a Disabled, Afroindigenous community healer and matriarch, militant anti-imperialist, educator, national organizer, and multidisciplinary performance artist of 11 years—hailing from Tennessee, currently residing in Florida, and operating out of Seattle. She centers radical care and hospitality in everything that she does from the stage, studio, classroom, street, and conference room. Ganesha's drive stems from an ancestral calling to ignite the people with a hunger for reintegration from displacement and ethnocide, abolition of all colonial and neocolonial systems and systemic abuses, sex worker advocacy, food and land sovereignty, environmental justice, youth protections, by-and-for community security initiatives, and equitable resource building and redistribution via ceremony and ancestral communion.

Ganesha will be supporting trans & gender diverse survivors of gender-based violence and crime through the SafeHouse program, as well as serving on related committees and campaigns.
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We're looking for at least 6 more people to help assemble, co-lead, and keep the march on track and safe at Trans Pride Seattle! This is one of the quickest and simplest ways to volunteer—after the march ends, you are free to enjoy the Trans Pride festival!

If interested, please contact Laza@GenderJusticeLeague.org

For more information: transprideseattle.org/volunteer
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Check out what our communications manager Kai has to say on the importance of Trans Pride Seattle in this op-ed for @realchangenews: tinyurl.com/TPTP22

#TransPride #Pride #PrideMonth #Transrightsarehumanrights #seattle #washington #letkidsplay
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If your organization or group would like to be considered to table at Trans Pride Seattle this year, please fill out our form at tiny.cc/TPSTABLE 🏳️‍⚧️

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Trans Pride Seattle
Interested in tabling?
Tabling space is limited! We prioritize trans-led organizations, followed by LGBTQ+ & POC specific organizations, trans-owned small businesses, and services that are utilized by trans & gender diverse people in the Puget Sound Area.
Fill out form: tiny.ccTPSTABLE

#Transpride #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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We are currently seeking performers for Trans Pride Seattle! Whether you're a DJ, singer, dancer, poet, comedian, or something that defies categorization—if you are interested in performing at TPS, please fill out the form at tinyurl.com/PerformTPS by 6/3 🏳️‍⚧️

#transpride #seattle #olympia #transrightsarehumanrights #transgender
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RSVP at tiny.cc/TPSGJLFB for this year's #TransPride Seattle! We can't wait to see you 🏳️‍⚧️

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Gender Justice League presents TRANS PRIDE SEATTLE. Friday, June 24, 2022. 5:45 PM march at Broadway & E. Roy Street, 6 PM festival at Broadway & E. Denny Way.
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Tomorrow, @townhall_seattle presents @Danicasample—the nation’s first openly trans person elected to U.S. state legislature—sharing inspiration to transform and own our personal narratives, in conversation with Samantha Allen! Register at https://bit.ly/384Xa9v

#transgender #trans #transgenderrights #transrights #transpride #transrightsarehumanrights
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Starting tomorrow night, we’re holding open virtual meetings every Thursday evening (5-7 PM PST) to plan Trans Pride Seattle—and you’re invited! We will meet every Thursday from 4/28 - 6/23 to plan for accessibility, talent, and more.

To receive the link to join, please send us your email via the form at tiny.cc/GJLTPS22

Looking forward to organizing together!
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After 10 years in various roles across GJL, Elayne has announced her departure as Executive Director. Read her goodbye letter at tiny.cc/EKWDPRT.

Visit genderjusticeleague.org/careers for more information on our search for our next ED, and apply before the April 29th deadline!
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