22 October, 2018 1:55 PM

October 2018 Newsletter

Hello Dauntless Gender Justice League Followers!


We hope the beginning of fall has been treating you well! 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 Danni’s resignation, fall and winter volunteer opportunities, important reminders, our stance on Initiative 1631, our Kavanaugh response, and more!


Danni’s Resignation


Many members in our community have been concerned and curious about our current plans concerning our Executive Director, Danni Askini’s, whereabouts and Gender Justice League’s plans for the new year. On October 9, 2018, we announced that Danni was stepping down as our Executive Director and laid out plans for the remaining part of this year. Please take a moment to read Danni’s resignation and our plans here.


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 3:00-8:00pm, Tuesday from 10:00am-3:00pm, and Fridays (as needed) from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.
  • Gabby Shimone (Office Manager): Monday through Friday from noon until 6:00 pm and every other Wednesday from 2:30-6:30pm.


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.


You can buy tickets on our website. Prices go up November 1!


Fall and Winter Volunteer Opportunities​


Geek Girl Con (October 27-28): We’re tabling at Geek Girl Con this year! We have opportunities for 4-6 volunteers who can commit to a six hour shift (with breaks). Volunteers are encouraged to dress up AND encouraged to have FUN! More Geek Girl Con info here: https://geekgirlcon.com/geekgirlcon-basics/


Available Shifts:

Saturday 10/27: 9:30-1:30

Saturday 10/27: 1:30-6:00

Sunday 10/28: 9:30-1:30

Sunday 10:28: 1:30-5:00 (+teardown)


GJL Awards (December 6): We’re looking for a limited number of volunteers for set up, security, 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!


Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Vote


Never have we had a Supreme Court nominee who has demonstrated such partisanship and lack of objectivity.”


Read our full response to Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote here.


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.”


Read more here.

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!


  • 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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