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 & 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.

Follow Us On Social Media

We recently caught up with our Executive Director, Elayne Wylie, to discuss her journey from WA to L.A. and back again, the early days of GJL, and the future trans people deserve. Check out the full blog at tiny.cc/GJLEWY ...

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Masking & social distancing are still important harm reduction strategies against #COVID! In this #COVIDSupportSeries video from last Spring, trans community leaders like Donato Fatuesi discuss navigating masking & social distancing while still finding ways to honor self-expression and be in community.

Watch the video at tiny.cc/MSKNG

#trans #transgender #transisbeautiful #washington #seattle #olympia #bellingham
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"Support a sex worker today by purchasing an item or two from @utopia_wa's registry: bit.ly/UTOPIA_SSW

Reposted from UTOPIA WA:

"During our last #SupportASexWorker campaign we were able to distribute items to 63 sex workers. All thanks to your generous donations.
There has been a strong demand for the request of safety supplies as these are ways that community members can ensure their safety. Our outreach coordinators understand too well the harassment that our sex workers community members face and why there is a need for a lot of the resources that are listed in our Support a Sex Worker Registry. One community member was harassed to the point where all she could do was flee. This was made possible because they had access to one of our safety supplies (pepper spray). Stories like these are what drives our Coordinators to advocate for support while building trust within the Sex Workers community. However, we cannot do this work alone. We need your support in order to help us continue the work we do. Please consider purchasing an item from our Support a Sex Worker Registry so that Sex Worker Community are receiving adequate resources to keep themselves and each other SAFE! All purchases are 100% tax deductible.
Registry link
bit.ly/UTOPIA_SSW
or visit the link in our bio"
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Join us alongside @radicalwomenseattle in marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., by demonstrating that the fight continues for all reproductive justice. Signs and banners will be available or bring your own. Help send the message that Seattle is a pro-choice city!

Saturday, January 22, 1-3pm

Bannering at NE 45th St. overpass of I-5, Seattle

Sponsored by Everett Clinic Defense and Radical Women

Endorsed by Freedom Socialist Party, Gender Justice League, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Party for Socialism and Liberation and Seattle Revolutionary Socialists

Info: rwseattle@mindspring.com, 206-722-6057, www.radicalwomen.org, www.facebook.com/RWSeattle

#StandforRoe #MyDecisionAlone #AbortionIsHealthcare #ReproductiveJustice #Seattle #Washington
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"Starting today, all US households are able order 4 free at home COVID-19 tests.

Just visit www.covidtests.gov to get yours.

Tests, shipping and handling are all free. Tests will take about 7-12 days to be shipped so order them even if you are feeling fine now.

If you need any assistance, please reach out to us at
206-702-2648
covid@utopiawa.org"

Reposted from @utopia_wa
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As #COVID rages on, we're re-sharing our #COVIDSupportSeries videos featuring local trans community leaders like Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater, who reminds us "survival is a victory."

Watch the full video on self-care in COVID times at tiny.cc/SLFCR

#trans #transgender #transisbeautiful #washington #seattle #olympia #bellingham
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"DEADLINE EXTENSION: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) new draft of the Standards of Care (SOC) version 8 is available for public comment!

The overall goal of the SOC is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment.

By following this link, bit.ly/WPATHSOC8C, you can comment on individual chapters or the overall document.

Comments now close Sunday, January 16th, 2021 at 11:59p GMT!"

Reposted from @qlawfoundation
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#HappyNewYear! To ring in 2022, we wanted to share just a few of our accomplishments from 2021 we are most proud of. Thank you to all our supporters who make this work possible ❤️ Check out our full year in review blog at tiny.cc/YIR21

Text reads:
Gender Justice League year in review: 2021
Some of our proudest accomplishments:
- Expanded SafeHouse to the Olympic peninsula
- Gave $30,000 in cash assistance to trans & gender diverse people, 75% going to trans & gender diverse BIPOC
- Sheltered 41 trans & gender diverse people
- Increased support for incarcerated trans & gender diverse people
- Advocated for statewide policies re: housing, police accountability, and healthcare, alongside our advocacy team of trans people with lived experience
Read the full blog at tiny.cc/YIR21

#HappyNewYear2022 #Trans #Transgender #TransIsBeautiful #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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#StaffHighlight: Meet Sharlotte, our Development Associate focused on grant writing and reporting!

Last winter, Sharlotte joined the GJL team as our Policy Intern, before transitioning into her current role in the spring. Sharlotte recently shared with us what drives her work: “I want to work towards a world where trans people can live our true and authentic lives to the fullest.”

Thank you Sharlotte for the consistent thoughtfulness and care you bring to your work!
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Did your estranged aunt send you another McDonalds gift card again this year, even though you've told her a million times you're vegan? Send it to us and we'll give it to a trans person who can use it!

#HappyHolidays #Giving
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We will be closed Friday, Dec. 24th – Monday, Jan. 3rd to give our staff a well-earned break! See you in the new year 🙂 ...

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#StaffHighlight: A face many of you will recognize as one of the original founders of GJL, Elayne Wylie has climbed the ranks from unpaid volunteer, Board Chair, Deputy Director, and finally Executive Director.

Elayne shares a bit about the future she envisions for trans organizing: “It’s really difficult to think of 'the trans community' as one community. We are many, many, many communities. We represent so many different ways of life, so many cultures, so many backgrounds, so many generations. I think the future of trans organizing is more partnership, more collaboration, more sharing, more building each other up."

Thank you Elayne for your tenacity and leadership!
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On this #InternationalDayToEndViolenceAgainstSexWorkers, we are thinking of both the physical violence and structural violence trans sex workers face daily. This is a reminder that trans sex workers in WA State are always welcome and encouraged to apply for financial support and temporary shelter assistance through our SafeHouse program.

Note: because of grant funding, we are only able to provide this specific support to trans & gender diverse people who either:
1. Live in, work in, attend school in, are moving to, or are physically present in Seattle, are age 18+, and have ever experienced gender based violence.
OR
2. Live in Mason, Thurston, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, OR Pacific counties, are age 13-24, and have ever experienced houselessness.

If you don't fall into these groups, you can still make an appointment with us and we will do our best to connect you to other resources!

To learn more, visit GenderJusticeLeague.org/SafeHouse

To access services, contact us at SafeHouse@GenderJusticeLeague.org
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@lavenderrightsproject's @wablacktranstf can help with emergency financial assistance for Black trans & gender diverse people in WA State!

Visit bit.ly/bttfwintersupport

#BlackTransLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #TransIsBeautiful #Nonbinary
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"The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) new draft of the Standards of Care (SOC) version 8 is currently available for public comment, but they close soon!

The overall goal of the SOC is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment.

By following this link, bit.ly/WPATHSOC8C, you can comment on individual chapters or the overall document.

Comments close Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at 11:59p EST!"

Reposted from @qlawfoundation
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If you don't have fruit snacks, are you even strategizing? ...

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Meet Laza, the Programs Associate leading our advocacy for current & formerly incarcerated trans & gender diverse people across the state! Laza first started volunteering with GJL for Trans Pride in 2018 before coming on as an intern in September 2020, and was finally brought on as staff this past July.

Laza shared a bit about the importance of their work: "Trans rights for incarcerated individuals need to be defined on at least the state level. Currently there are federal and state guidelines for trans rights in carceral institutions, but these are left up to the interpretation of the superintendents at individual locations. This has led to vast disparities in trans rights and care from facility to facility, forcing us to advocate for rights and care at individual locations as inequalities present themselves."

Thank you Laza for your dedication, persistence, and commitment to this work! #StaffHighlight
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