19 November, 2018 7:04 PM

November 2018 Newsletter

Hello Indomitable Gender Justice League Followers!


It sure is beginning to get nippy outside! As we wrap up an exciting 2018 year of advocacy, GJL has LOTS of information to share with you. Please read until the VERY END for updates regarding the Gender Justice Awards, fall and winter volunteer opportunities, important reminders, coalition updates, our Safe House Project, and more!


Safe House Project


As you may or may not have known, Gender Justice League has been operating a safe house, called the Safe House Project, since November 2017. Our primary purpose for SHP is to provide safe space for transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals who are either fleeing Gender Based Violence (GBV), Domestic Violence (DV) or, for one reason or another, have become homeless. Local shelters and homeless programs tend not to receive members of our community well, and in the current political climate, that isn’t likely to change quickly. So, in addressing the needs for our people, Danni Askini and Elayne Wylie opened up the possibility of a safe house situation. Gabby was the first one to use this service and has since come on board with GJL, first as a volunteer and then as a contractor heading up office management. Currently, we are getting our organization HIPAA compliant so that we can better advocate for our clients and for justice on their behalf. This is a massive effort for our team and it is critically important for us to ensure we are compliant, accountable, and transparent in our efforts. Largely, the work being done is to ensure we are “go” when the new year arrives. If there are any questions or ideas regarding the SHP, feel free to contact us!


Office Hours


If you’re interested in meeting with Executive Board Members, GJL Staff, or Executive Director Elayne Wylie at the Gender Justice League offices (undisclosed location), our fall office hours are as follows:

  • Elayne Wylie (Executive Director): By appointment.
  • Sophia Lee (Board Chair): Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Sarah Abshire (Board Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator): Mondays from 1:00-8:00pm, Tuesday from 10:00am-3:00pm, and Fridays by appointment.
  • Anya Morgan (Volunteer Attorney): Wednesdays from 10:00-2:00.
  • Gabby Shimone (Office Manager): Monday through Friday from noon until 6:00 pm.

It is a good idea to call or email before dropping in - just in case we have an impromptu press day or need to leave the office for a meeting during our office hours.

Gender Justice Awards 2018


We are excited to invite everyone to attend the 2018 Gender Justice Awards. The 2018 Gender Justice Awards 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 non-conforming, non-binary, and gender diverse people in the Pacific Northwest. This is the annual fundraiser that supports our work throughout Washington to build community and fight for the human rights of Trans, Gender Diverse, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary people. This year, dinner and drinks will be provided by Harry’s Fine Foods. Yum!


You can buy tickets on our website. Prices go up November 17th!


Fall and Winter Volunteer Opportunities​


GJL Awards (December 6): We’re looking for a limited number of volunteers for set up, safety, check in, and tear down. If you are interested in volunteering, you will receive a free ticket to the event, along with dinner and drink tickets.


Please contact Sarah either by email or phone (206) 972-9989 to schedule volunteer opportunities!


Make a Donation: Not able to volunteer in person, but still want to help out? Consider becoming a Monthly Donor. Even donating $10 a month helps us provide vital community services! Click here to sign up for monthly donations or to make a one-time donation!


Our Statement Regarding The NY Times Article


What is clear by this memo is the intent of the admission to regulate transgender people out of existence.”


Read our full statement regarding the New York Times article here.


Personal Stories About Reproductive Health


We would like to collect personal stories about gaps in healthcare for trans and/or undocumented folks in Washington State for our work in 2019. If you would like to share your story, please contact Zee by phone (206) 538-0423 or email.


Coalition Updates


GJL continues to work for trans, nonbinary and gender diverse people across Washington state to retain their human rights.

The HERRO Coalition is a diverse group of organizations intent on ensuring that the reproductive health of all people in Washington state is safer, accessible and does not discriminate against trans and nonbinary people. It also deeply focuses on the access immigrants and undocumented people have to health care, ensuring that there are no gaps in the law.

Trans Prisoners Coalition:
We continue to examine the conditions trans people endure in prisons across Washington state,  looking at the estimated 100 incarcerated transgender people that are seeking safer and equitable access to mental and physical health care, hormones, and gender affirming procedures.

Coalition for Inclusive Healthcare:
GJL remains a core member of the coalition addressing health equity in Apple Care, the state Medicaid program. There continues to be numerous procedures that are marked as "not covered" that many trans people need to live safer, happier lives. We are fighting to see those included.


Important Reminders!


  • Gender Justice Awards: December 6, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
  • Consider becoming a Monthly Donor! Click here.
  • Attend a Board Meeting! Meetings are held at the Gender Justice League offices on the third Sunday of every month from noon to three.


Whew! That was a long update! Thank you for reading to the very end, and we look forward to connecting with you soon. Remember, you can always get in touch with us via our website or call our office at 206-538-0423.

Rock on!

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