19 November, 2019 3:37 PM

November 2019 Newsletter

Hello Indomitable Gender Justice League Followers! 

It sure is beginning to get nippy outside! As we wrap up an exciting 2019 year of advocacy, GJL has LOTS of information to share with you. Please read until the VERY END for updates regarding the end of the year events, important reminders, community partnerships, and more!


Census Event

Queer The Census 2020 WA Coalition is holding a free happy hour to relax and have some fun and learn about queering the census! Join us on December 14th, from 4-6:30pm at Black Zia Cantina in Burien. Bring friends and talk about how we can all be counted, while having drinks and watching two great acts featuring Naa Akua and Sarey Savy!

Sponsors Needed

The Coalition for WA LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees has been working to support local asylum seekers, including some who are currently in detention. Once someone is able to be released, they can only leave detention if they have a sponsor. 

Sponsors provide shelter, food, and assurance that asylum seekers will make it to court appointments. Sponsorship is also relationship and community building! We at the coalition are here to support both asylum seekers and sponsors.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship or passing along information to someone you know, please check out our flyer below. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the coalition, please email [email protected]!

Family Matters Legal Clinic​

The Family Matters clinic is a full-representation clinic for people who are parenting, but who don’t have legal recognition of their role.  Some families might be recognized under Washington law but want an adoption or parentage order just to be safe.  Other families might be parenting kids from their partner’s prior relationship, or might not be married to the kids’ other parent and want to make sure that their relationship with the children is protected in a worst-case scenario.  Or, a family might have three or four (or more!) people parenting children and want to make sure each parent has legal recognition.

We support all of the ways that our community makes families.  The court orders our program gets for families aren’t what make them a family, but they offer protection with schools, healthcare providers, or government interactions – and they matter on the worst days, when a parent dies or a relationship between parents ends. 

We are particularly focused on serving parents who are low income, QTPOC, formerly incarcerated, trans/nonbinary, poly, immigrant/refugee, and/or living with disabilities.  We have no limitations based on citizenship or income level.

 We would really appreciate you sharing this resource with your networks!  If you have questions, concerns, or think this program is not correctly designed to be a good fit for your communities’ needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly – we have some flexibility in how we serve families so can adapt if that means serving someone who needs it.  I’ve attached a flier about our services. 

Registration is available here: http://www.qlawfoundation.org/family-matters-legal-clinic.html

LGBTQ+ Career Fair

Atlas Workbase, Seattle. December 5, 2019. 4:00pm-8:00pm. March 5, 2020. 9:00AM-2:00PM. 

Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbt-career-fair-attendee-12052019-tickets-78200920057


Trans Day of Remembrance

GJL is participating in three TDoR events this week: 

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019: GLAMazon Gender Identity Conference. Seattle, Washington, Day One Building, 16th Floor. 8:00AM-5:30PM.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019: University of Washington, Tacoma (1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402). Resource/tabling event from 4:00-5:30 in the Cherry Parks Lobby and Vigil Candle Lighting from 7-8:30 in the WPH Jane Russel Commons. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/2756894254355272/ 


Important Reminders!

  • 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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