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

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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We invite you to join us tomorrow alongside community and partner organizations to mourn those lost and injured in the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs. Please bring extra candles, if you can.

Details / RSVP: tiny.cc/112622

Image description: an image of a lit candle to the left of text, which reads "Club Q Candlelight Vigil / Saturday, November 26, 4:30 PM, AIDS Memorial Pathway Plaza."

#Seattle #ClubQ #ColoradoSprings
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Each year on Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember and honor the trans & gender diverse community members and loved ones we have lost to violence in the past year. Already in 2022, at least 32 trans people across the U.S. have had their lives tragically cut short due to violence. We say 'at least' because often our stories are unreported or misreported. Disproportionately, the lives we mourn on this day and year round are Black and brown trans women and sex workers, navigating intersections of transphobia with racism, anti-Blackness, misogyny, and whorephobia.

Each one of these 32 people had value. Amariey Lej was a dancer and coach for a local hip-hop and majorette dance team. Paloma Vazquez was the founder of the Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, an organization for Latina trans women based in Houston, TX. Fern Feather was a kind and free-spirited soul with an ability to make others feel valued wherever she went. Brazil Johnson was a passionate LGBTQ+ activist and talented chef. The list goes on.

As we mourn these valuable lives lost, we also remember to celebrate the trans & gender diverse communities across Washington and beyond that tenaciously survive and fight for our collective liberation from the structures that seek to destroy us. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for being part of the movement to ensure trans survival, wellbeing, and livelihood.

With love,
Gender Justice League

Image description: text reads "Remember, Honor, & Celebrate Trans Lives" with the Gender Justice League logo beneath, over a background image of a white candle and white baby's breath flowers.

#TransDayOfRemembrance #TDOR #TDOR2022 #BlackTransLivesMatter #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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We invite you to join us this Saturday & Sunday (Nov. 19-20th) alongside other community partners in honoring our loved ones lost for Trans Day Of Remembrance, virtually or in-person in Seattle or Tacoma.

This year, we're moving away from the trauma-bonding model, and towards a community discussion/education model. We will be having discussions on the underlying systematic harms that lead to anti-trans violence, as well as discussing the difficulties we face as trans and gender diverse individuals attempting to navigate these systems. We will give space after each event to share space with one another and decompress as a community.

Image description: Graphic for Trans Day of Remembrance events in Tacoma and Seattle. Title reads: Trans Day of Remembrance: Panel & Candlelight Vigil, next to an image of a flower in trans pride colors (pink, white, and blue). Tacoma event takes place Nov. 19, 3-5 PM, at ALMA: 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma WA 98402. Seattle event takes place Nov. 20, 6-9 PM, at University Universalist Unitarian Church: 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115. Both events will be livestreamed. Brought to you by: Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound, Gender Justice League, Rainbow Center Tacoma, University Universalist Unitarian Church, Spectrum Resource Center, Beyond These Walls, Lambert House, HRC Seattle, PFLAG Tacoma, YWCA Pierce County, QLaw Foundation of Washington, Country Doctor / Carolyn Downs, and Swedish Medical Center.

#TDOR #TransDayOfRemembrance #TransRightsAreHumanRights #Seattle #Tacoma #BlackTransLivesMatter
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This morning, some of our board attended @[17841400384629902:@thejusticedept]'s United Against Hate panel of federal & local officials discussing effective strategies to prevent and respond to hate crimes, with special focus on LGBTQ+ communities. Thanks to returning board member Oliver Webb for this photo!

Image description: A panel of four people sit below a screen projecting a title slide which reads: "U.S. Department of Justice / United Against Hate: Identifying, Reporting and Preventing Hate Crimes."
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Check out our November newsletter to learn about what we've been up to lately: tiny.cc/NOVNEWS22

Sign up to receive our regular e-newsletters at GenderJusticeLeague.org/Updates

#TransRightsAreHumanRights
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Join us in congratulating our Communications & Membership Development Manager, Kai (he/him), on 2 years of service with Gender Justice League!

Since joining the team in October 2020, Kai has played instrumental roles in developing and executing our anti-racism work; re-designing our websites; and fundraising; while also invigorating our social media, e-newsletter, and blog. During this past Trans Pride Seattle ‘22, Kai also played an important role co- organizing and fundraising for the event, as well as leading our VIP team.

Thank you, Kai, for your years of commitment to trans joy, wellbeing, and liberation!
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Join us in congratulating our Programs Associate, Laza, on 4 years of service with Gender Justice League!

Laza (they/she) first joined the team as a volunteer for Trans Pride Seattle in 2018, before later coming on as an intern in September 2020; and in July 2021, was finally hired as our Programs Associate. In their current role, Laza leads GJL’s advocacy work for currently & formerly incarcerated trans & gender diverse people across the state: directly responding to correspondences from community members inside carceral systems and navigating re-entry; organizing in coalition with other leaders and community organizations on abolitionist efforts; and supporting incarcerated trans people across Washington access support around transitioning, navigating legal systems, and accessing basic needs supplies. During this past Trans Pride Seattle ‘22, Laza also leveled up to lead our Spoons Tent and accessibility teams, as well as undertaking all of the volunteer coordination for the event—coordinating 100+ volunteers!

Thank you, Laza, for your years of dedication, perseverance, and strong advocacy for trans and gender diverse people across Washington and beyond. We are so lucky to have you!
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Open enrollment is here! Washingtonians can now enroll in a health or dental plan through Washington’s insurance marketplace @WAHealthplanfinder from Nov. 1 through Jan. 15. Enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Let’s get started! Visit WAHealthplanfinder.org. #GetCoveredWA ...

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This year, we're working alongside @pugetsounddiversityalliance and other community partners to honor Trans Day of Remembrance.

The Tacoma event will take place at @almatacoma on Saturday, Nov. 19th, from 3-5 pm; and the Seattle event, hosted by founder Astro Pittman, will take place at @uuc_seattle on Sunday, Nov 20th, from 6-8 pm.

Reshared from @pugetsounddiversityalliance:

"This year we've decided to move away from the trauma bonding model and toward a community discussion/education model. We will be having discussions on the underlying systematic harms that lead to anti-trans violence, as well as, discussing the difficulties we face as trans and gender diverse individuals attempting to navigating these systems.

We will give space after each event to share space with one another and decompress as a community.

If you are interested in being part of either live discussion, or would like to learn more, please reach out to oliver@diversityallianceofthepugetsound.org for Tacoma or astro@diversityallianceofthepugetsound.org for Seattle.

Links to the FB events can be found in our LinkTree (bio) along with community events from the surrounding area for Trans Awareness Week and TDOR. This year we added a special calendar to our website to help track events for the public which will continue to be updated as we get closer to TDOR.

Both events will be Livestreamed.

Thank you to all of our amazing community partners this year, your continued support is invaluable to this community."

#TDOR #TransDayOfRememberance #Seattle #Tacoma #Washington #TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransAwarenessWeek
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The U.S. Trans Survey gives us the data we need to advocate for funding solutions to the problems our communities face, including poverty, violence, houselessness, and more. Please consider taking the survey before the deadline on Nov. 21st at ustranssurvey.org 🏳️‍⚧️

Graphic re-shared from National Center for Trans Equality (NCTE)

#transrightsarehumanrights
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Comment "AWOOO" if you're a trans werewolf 🐺
Photo by Andi Deroux, Trans Pride Seattle 2019

#Halloween #TransRightsAreHumanRights
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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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