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 ups and downs of the past year, GJL has continued to stay on the front lines of resilience and resistance. Thanks to the ongoing support of givers, volunteers, and supporters, here is a little taste of what we accomplished in 2020: 

  • Passed the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act, a bill outlawing the use of "trans panic" defense in a court of law, working with Justice 4 Nikki, the Washington State Legislature, and other community leaders
  • Hosted Trans Pride completely virtually, creating an online performance and workshop extravaganza for trans and gender diverse people alongside our friends at TRACTION, WA Black Trans Task Force, and Heartspark Press
  • Co-hosted a second town hall for trans women and femmes, bringing together community members in Thurston County to talk about real life issues and collectively organize to show up for one another 
  • In collaboration with the City of Olympia, passed a resolution protecting trans and gender diverse BIPOC, and established a seat for our community in the city’s social justice work 
  • Delivered food and toiletries to 60+ trans and gender diverse families in Thurston County during the first wave of COVID
  • Served 37 clients through Safe House, a GJL program that provides shelter and direct service to survivors of gender-based violence in (primarily) King County 
  • Provided more than $18,000 in direct cash assistance to community members 

Whether you’re just joining us or have stuck by us through this tumultuous year: thank you. We cannot do it without each other. Support the continued work towards the communities we deserve by giving today

We are wishing you a new year filled with healing, warmth, and joy.

 


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 times of need: 

This season, remember to consider others in your communities who are also having a difficult time. Reach out, and ask yourselves: what can we accomplish together? One way to make a difference is to give to Gender Justice League. Your support has and will continue to make real life impacts by providing shelter and financial support for community members, and allowing us to continue to push for the policy changes we all need in order to survive and thrive. 

Please, take care of yourselves and one another. 

 


City of Olympia will protect its minority communities

The Olympia City Council voted unanimously in favor on Tuesday of adopting city polices aimed at protecting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) transgender and non-binary people from harm.

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A Pride Worth Fighting For: Reflections from our co-executive director

Hi, my name's Tobi Hill-Meyer. I'm one of the co-executive directors of Gender Justice League, and I'm a commissioner for the Washington State LGBTQ Commission representing Thurston County. This has been a difficult year to celebrate Pride. Isolation has always been a challenge for trans people, and many of us have struggled to connect with community during the stay-at-home order.

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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.

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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.

 

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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 strengthen religious freedom.

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