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: Temporary shelter & Financial Assistance

Two advocates at a rally


Two award winners at the 2019 Gender Justice Awards


Promotional graphic for Decolonizing Gender event co-hosted by GJL



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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Want to help put on the trans event of the year? We`re looking for volunteers to help with Trans Pride Seattle `23!

To sign up to join the planning committee: tiny.cc/PLN23

To sign up to volunteer: tiny.cc/VLNTR23

For more information on Trans Pride Seattle, visit TransPrideSeattle.org

#TransRightsAreHumanRights #ProtectTransKids #Seattle #TransPride

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Organized by friends of Eucy, we`re re-sharing (with permission) this vigil & call to action in her name, happening this Friday, March 31st, at 7 PM in Gilman Park (923 NW 54th, Seattle WA).

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"Vigil for Eucy & call to action on Trans Day of Visibility
Friday, March 31st, 7:00 PM
Gilman Park, 923 NW 54th St. (one block from Eucy`s apartment)
We will continue the struggle for housing justice, trans rights, and against all systems of oppression. Organized by friends of Eucy."

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Interested in performing on stage at Trans Pride Seattle? Whether you`re a musical artist, DJ, drag performer, poet, comedian, or something that defies categorization, we invite you to fill out our performer interest form at tiny.cc/PRFRM23!

We plan to reach out to folks at the end of April.

For more info on Trans Pride Seattle, visit TransPrideSeattle.org

#transpride #seattle #transrightsarehumanrights

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Trans Pride Seattle’s tabling fair is an opportunity for local organizations, small businesses, community groups, artists, and others to share their work with the trans and gender diverse communities of the Puget Sound!

If you`re interested in tabling, fill out our form at tiny.cc/TBL23

For more information about Trans Pride Seattle, visit TransPrideSeattle.org

#transrightsarehumanrights #seattle #washington #transpride

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We deeply regret the loss of local trans community member Eucy. The continuous housing crisis and severe budget cuts to social services following the supposed "end of the pandemic" has made it increasingly difficult for trans & gender diverse community members to access safe shelter and rent relief, often leading to deadly outcomes such as hers. Gender Justice League has seen a 200% increase in calls for assistance to our SafeHouse program between 2021-2022 while experiencing a 50% reduction in funding.

We call on the City of Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington to adopt comprehensive plans to address the horrific housing and shelter crisis faced by two-spirit, trans, and gender diverse people who are excluded from and harmed by the gender-segregated, often religiously-affiliated, and congregate shelter system that denies and erases our existence.

Note: We are not the organizers of the vigil for Eucy, we are just re-sharing this autonomously organized event.

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"Vigil for Eucy
Friday, 3/24, 7 PM
Apartment complex on the 800 block of NW 54th street in Ballard
Please bring candles, flowers, and antifasci heart for those who might not feel safe coming out for Eucy. Eucy was a trans woman who is dead after three sheriffs fired guns while trying to evict her."

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Next up in our series celebrating GJL`s 10th birthday, we got to talk to Sophia Lee about how she`s used her voice, tenacity, and tech knowledge to fight for trans rights across Washington State. During her time in GJL leadership as Board Chair, Sophia helped defeat anti-trans bathroom and sex-segregation bills as part of WA Won’t Discriminate, and helped to shape reproductive access for trans people across the state.

Full story at tiny.cc/10SL

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Over a pink and yellow gradient background, text reads: "New blog: 10 Years of Gender Justice: A Conversation with Sophia Lee." Quote on the bottom left reads "I want people to know the importance of trans people having a voice at the table." Bottom right includes a special 10 year anniversary GJL logo: a gold star with a red ribbon which reads "Gender Justice League / 10 Year Anniversary!". Link to the blog is included at the top: tiny.cc/10SL.

#GenderJustice #Washington #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Seattle #Olympia
#ProtectTransYouth #ProtectTransKids

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Trans Pride Seattle is back in June this year! Mark your calendars for 6/23 and we`ll see you at Volunteer Park for a (much-needed) evening of talent, community, and good vibes 🏳️‍⚧️

For more info on TPS, visit TransPrideSeattle.org

Photo by Alex Garland at Trans Pride Seattle 2022.

Image description: photo of a person in a cool outfit (which includes a pink suit, striped shirt, rainbow tinsel boa, white hat, sunglasses, and mask) using a walking aid at Trans Pride Seattle 2022 in Volunteer Park. Text to the left says: "Save the date: Trans Pride Seattle. Friday, June 23, 2023 @ Volunteer Park, 5:30 - 9:30 PM."

#TransRightsAreHumanRights #ProtectTransKids #BlackTransLivesMatter #Seattle #Olympia #Tacoma #Washington #WashingtonState

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GJL has also experienced a 50% reduction in funding for our survivor services in the last year, which has meant a significant decrease in our ability to provide support. Please consider giving to support trans survivors today at GenderJusticeLeague.org/Give or via paypal: Info@GenderJusticeLeague.org

Find the @seattletimes article at tiny.cc/ST031423

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Screenshot of an article by The Seattle Times from March 14, 2023 at 6:00 am, updated March 14, 2023 at 4:13 pm. Title reads: Help for crime victims drops to ‘crisis level’ in WA. Photo of a person looking to the right. Photo caption reads: "Heaven Strothers became a client of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center after a couple of her children disclosed they had been sexually abused. Strothers calls the center, which faces increased demand for its services as federal funding decreases and state funding is stagnant, `a safe home away from home.` (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)." Story by Lauren Girgis, Seattle Times staff reporter.

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Our SafeHouse program is taking a one-month pause on new intakes in order to improve services for trans & gender diverse survivors. We will resume intakes again on April 16th. Thank you for understanding!

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The SafeHouse program is taking a one-month pause on new intakes in order to address important administrative needs. We will resume intakes on April 16th with better, more streamlined service for trans & gender diverse survivors. For more information on SafeHouse, visit GenderJusticeLeague.org/SafeHouse

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In celebration of GJL turning 10 years old, we`re sharing stories from a few of the key organizers who have worked within and alongside us this past decade, ultimately helping to advance gender justice in the state and beyond.

We`re kicking off this series with a conversation with David Ward, who, between 2013-2019, successfully leveraged his knowledge and power as a lawyer with @legal_voice to back up GJL’s trans-led advocacy efforts—ultimately helping to secure several major policy wins for trans communities statewide, including insurance coverage of gender-affirming care. David now serves as an attorney at the Washington State Attorney General’s office, and continues to work to advance civil rights in Washington State.

Find the full story at tiny.cc/10DW

Image description:
Over a pink and yellow gradient background, text reads: "New blog: 10 Years of Gender Justice: A Conversation with David Ward." Quote on the bottom left reads "every other year we had to organize and fight—and we never lost." Bottom right includes a special 10 year anniversary GJL logo: a gold star with a red ribbon which reads "Gender Justice League / 10 Year Anniversary!". Link to the blog is included at the top: tiny.cc/10DW.

#GenderJustice #Washington #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Seattle #Olympia #ProtectTransYouth #ProtectTransKids

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GJL advocacy team members and Planned Parenthood volunteers meeting with Sen. Dhingra`s staff to discuss our priority bills to defend gender-affirming care, reproductive care, data privacy, and more on our advocacy day in Olympia on Feb. 20th. Photo by Laza Hart. ...

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This blog is part of a series on what #BlackHistoryMonth means to us, where GJL staff reflect on some of the Black trans lives, stories, and legacies which have shaped us, our movements, and the world. In this post, Kai reflects on two tenants of Black trans feminism: community care and resisting disposability.


#BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackTransHistory

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This blog is part of a series on what #BlackHistoryMonth means to us, where GJL staff reflect on some of the Black trans lives and stories which hold untold power—shaping and influencing us, our movements, and the world. To Laza Magdalene, Black History Month evokes their ancestry, organizing, and Black trans excellence.


#BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackTransHistory

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GJL in partnership with Planned Parenthood at the 2023 Lobby Day in Olympia Washington on February 20th 2023. ...

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