An Interview with WA State Senator Marko Liias

An Interview with WA State Senator Marko Liias

We sat down (virtually) with WA State Senator and trans justice advocate Marko Liias to discuss the importance of community led policy advocacy, investing in leadership development, and the power in collective work towards gender justice. This interview was conducted...
2021 Policy Wins Statement

2021 Policy Wins Statement

In the 2021 legislative year, Gender Justice League has been hard at work advocating for policies that make WA State safer for trans and gender diverse people, especially BIPOC, with special focus on housing, healthcare, and police accountability. While policy reform...
An Interview with Tobi Hill-Meyer

An Interview with Tobi Hill-Meyer

We caught up with Co-Executive Director Tobi Hill-Meyer to ask some questions about her time with Gender Justice League, and the past and future of organizing for trans justice and liberation. *This interview was conducted December 2020.  What does gender justice mean...

Gender Justice League Anti-Racism Statement

Gender Justice League has explicitly made racial justice one of our priority values since our founding in 2013, but there have been many times we failed to live that as strongly as we could or should have. Racism and anti-Blackness has existed within our organization...
Year in Review: 2020

Year in Review: 2020

We don’t have to tell you how trying the year 2020 was. However, through it all, many of us have found or reconnected with our purpose. At Gender Justice League, ours is creating a Washington state where all people can live safely, truly, and freely.  Through all the...
Thinking of You: Navigating the Holiday Season

Thinking of You: Navigating the Holiday Season

We know the holidays can feel especially isolating and draining for our communities, especially after a year ripe with grief and other challenges. To help get through this time, we’ve compiled a few resources that have given us relief, nurturing, and healing in...
Trans Panic Nikki Kuhnhausen

Trans Panic Nikki Kuhnhausen

Earlier this month, the remains of transgender teenager Nikki Kuhnhausen were found, and this week a suspect has been arrested with her murder. The police have emphasized that the murder took place soon after Nikki disclosed to the suspect that she was trans, saying...
Seattle Public Library Event Response

Seattle Public Library Event Response

We recently found out that an anti-trans organization has booked an event at the Seattle Public Library with the express purpose of arguing to take away legal rights for trans people. The library has put out an immediate response and are continuing to look at their...
New HHS Ruling Against LGBTQ People

New HHS Ruling Against LGBTQ People

This morning, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a notice which stated that, effective immediately, they will no longer be enforcing nondiscrimination requirements among federal grant recipients, while also proposing a new rule that will...
LGBTQ+ Government Contractors and Employment

LGBTQ+ Government Contractors and Employment

Disconcerting news out of the White House last Wednesday, August 14, 2019, with President Trump’s Administration permitting government contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees. According to Truthout.org, this new order will include “for-profit corporations,...
Supreme Court Enforces Transgender Troops Ban

Supreme Court Enforces Transgender Troops Ban

The US Supreme Court today in a 5-4 decision granted the Department of Justice’s request for a stay on the lower courts preliminary rulings, which have been protecting transgender troops allowing them to openly serve in the military. With this stay on the preliminary...
New Co-Executive Directors

New Co-Executive Directors

As we have announced previously our founder Danni Askini has stepped down as Executive Director of our organization. Today we would like to announce our new Co-Executive Directors, Elayne Wylie and Tobi Hill-Meyer. Elayne Wylie started her local activism in 2007,...
Response to the DOJ’s Supreme Court Request

Response to the DOJ’s Supreme Court Request

In a recent development concerning our lawsuit against the Trump administration’s transgender military ban, the Department of Justice (DOJ) attempted to circumvent the lower district court’s preliminary ruling by escalating the case directly to the Supreme Court. In...

Our Statement Regarding Sunday’s New York Times Article

It seems the Trump Administration is not content with attempting to remove trans servicemembers from our military. In their newest attack, leaked internal memos discovered by The New York Times this Sunday describe a strategy to define “gender” as man and woman by...
Leadership Update at Gender Justice League

Leadership Update at Gender Justice League

We are saddened to announce that our Founder and Executive Director, Danni Askini, has stepped down. Danni has in recent years become a target for Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups in the United States, due to her work at Gender Justice League, and...
Kavanaugh Confirmation Response

Kavanaugh Confirmation Response

This weekend the United States Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the most problematic and flawed confirmation process in recent history. Never have we had a Supreme Court nominee who has demonstrated such partisanship and lack of...
Yes on Initiative 1631

Yes on Initiative 1631

We are proud to announce that Gender Justice League is standing by our allies at Yes On 1631 to fight for Climate Justice and support Initiative 1631. The core principles of Gender Justice League lead us to take a strong stance on Climate Justice. Marginalized...
Washington State 2018 Primary

Washington State 2018 Primary

Remember, today August 7th is the deadline to return your primary ballots in WA State! If you don’t know who to vote for, a good way to make an educated decision is to look up online the endorsements listed on your favorite newspaper. If you agree politically with the...
Gender Justice League launches new website

Gender Justice League launches new website

We are excited to announce that we are launching our new website, www.genderjusticeleague.org. Our new website was redesigned to streamline content and materials to help bring transgender rights to all. Read about our organization on our about page, for resources...
Gender Justice League responds to Judge Kavanaugh nomination

Gender Justice League responds to Judge Kavanaugh nomination

Last night, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is appointed, it would pose a devastating blow to civil rights, transgender people, and countless marginalized communities in our country. “Gender Justice League condemns...
Trans Pride 2018

Trans Pride 2018

Trans Pride Seattle is an annual event organized by Gender Justice League in association with local organizations who support the Seattle-area trans and gender diverse community.

Response to Community Report of Sexual Harassment

Recently Gender Justice League received a report of sexual harassment against a member of our board of directors. This report comes at a time when there has been a powerful movement of people coming forward to confront sexual harassment and abuse by people in power...
Non-Binary WA Birth Certificates

Non-Binary WA Birth Certificates

Back in August, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) filed a statement of inquiry to add an option for “non-binary” on Washington birth certificates. Washington DOH has released their first draft of a rule and we have a Tuesday 9/26 deadline for...

Gender Markers For All

This last Monday, these comments were submitted to the Washington State Department of Health. “Gender Justice League along with Ingersoll Gender Center, National Center for Transgender Equality, Trans United, Legal Voice, Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus, LGBTQ...
Opposing Apple Health’s Restrictive Rules

Opposing Apple Health’s Restrictive Rules

June 27th, 2017 Gender Justice League is joining our colleagues in the Coalition for Inclusive Healthcare in opposing rules changes to the Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) Program’s coverage for transition-related healthcare (also known as the “Gender...
2017 Pride speaker Jennicet Gutiérrez

2017 Pride speaker Jennicet Gutiérrez

Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender Latina organizer from México, and she is an organizer of Los Angeles based Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Jennicet believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial...
Gender Justice Awards 2016

Gender Justice Awards 2016

The 2016 Gender Justice Awards dinner will highlight and showcase the incredible activism and culture creation of trans and allied activists and artists who have made incredible strides for trans, gender queer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in the...
VICTORY! SB 6443 Defeated!

VICTORY! SB 6443 Defeated!

Moments ago, the full Senate debated Sen. Ericksen’s (R-Ferndale) harmful SB 6443. This bill would have eliminated the Washington State Human Rights Commission’s rules, which made the 2006 Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination law’s requirements clear...
Gender Justice Awards Announced!  Join us Thurs. Aug. 6th!

Gender Justice Awards Announced! Join us Thurs. Aug. 6th!

Gender Justice League has announced the award recipients for the 1st annual Gender Justice Awards.  The 11 award recipients and categories are as follows: Gender Justice Awards and Honorees The Emergence Award honors Selam Abunu, an emerging activist within the trans...
Solidarity with Lizzi

Solidarity with Lizzi

Urgent Action: SOLIDARITY WITH LIZZI! JUNE 27 PICKET FIGHT TRANSPHOBIA & TRANS-IGNORANCE! People’s Bank refused service to Lizzie Duff based on a policy that is biased against trans people. As the Seattle Office of Civil Rights investigates this outrageous...
LGBTQ Hate Violence Forum A Huge Success

LGBTQ Hate Violence Forum A Huge Success

Gender Justice League was honored to join with Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s office and 10 other LGBTQ and allied community organizations to hold a community forum on hate violence in Capitol Hill.  Since the start of 2015 – 8 trans women, 7 of them trans...
GJL Opposes new Anti-Prostitution Bills

GJL Opposes new Anti-Prostitution Bills

Gender Justice League has joined with our colleagues at Sex Workers Outreach Project – Seattle in expressing serious concerns about the impact of two new proposed anti-prostitution bills in Washington state that would dramatically increase penalties for...
Trans Health Insurance Forum a huge success

Trans Health Insurance Forum a huge success

On Saturday January 17th, Gender Justice League hosted a Trans Health Insurance Forum with the Coalition for Inclusive Healthcare. The forum featured panelists and presentation on coverage for transition related care in private insurance policies, for state employees,...

Seattle Times Coverage

We were honored at Trans* Pride Seattle to grace the cover of Monday June 24th edition of the Seattle Times. You can read the article here: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2021257244_transpridexml.html Originally published June 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM | Page...

Help Make Trans* Pride Seattle Happen!

Gender Justice League is ecstatic to learn that we had been awarded a City of Seattle Neighborhood’s Department Match Grant of $15,292.  for Trans* Pride Seattle!  However, in order to get these funds, Gender Justice League and Trans* Pride Seattle have to match...