11 February, 2019 2:33 PM

Winter Newsletter

Hello Unstoppable Gender Justice League Followers!


We hope that you have been able to stay safe and warm in the midst of this small cold blast we’ve been having! Being two months into the new year, GJL has LOTS of information to share with you. Please read until the VERY END for updates regarding our new Co-Executive Directors, Coalition Updates, winter volunteer opportunities, important reminders,and a little (tiny) bit of info about TransPride2019!


Welcome to our 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.


To read more, click here!


If you have time, send an email or stop by with a hearty hello during our office hours! Remember, it’s always good to call ahead and let us know you are coming!


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 (Co-Executive Director): By appointment.
  • Tobi Hill-Meyer (Co-Executive Director): Tuesday through Friday 11:00-5:00 or by appointment.
  • Sophia Lee (Board Chair): Tuesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Sarah Abshire (Board Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10:00-1:00
  • 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.

HERRO Coalition Update


"The HERRO coalition is a group of organizations dedicated to equity and accessibility in reproductive healthcare in Washington state.”


In response to the barriers transgender and immigrant populations face in accessing reproductive healthcare, the HERRO coalition is working on a bill called the Reproductive Healthcare Access for All Act (RHAA), designed to fill in the gaps in our current system of coverage.


If you have been denied reproductive healthcare in Washington state, such as hormones, birth control, abortion, STI screenings, or counseling and referrals for gender dysphoria, based on your transgender or immigrant status, and would like to share your story, please contact Gender Justice League at [email protected]. Sarah will be able to walk you through sharing your story in a manner that you believe is most comfortable. If you feel comfortable, we can share your story with legislators and constituents (voters) to emphasize the real life impact of this bill. It would make a huge difference. Sarah is also available to take phone calls during normal business hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


Equal RIghts Washington Lobby Day


On January 21, we’re heading to join Equal Rights Washington for their Lobby Day. It’s a great chance to meet with our representatives and talk about the concerns and successes of our community. Join us!


To join GJL, email or call Sarah (206) 972-9989 during normal business hours.

To learn more about Lobby Day, click here.


Our Response to the Supreme Court Enforcing the Transgender Troops Ban


The US Supreme Court 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 rulings, the Trump Administration is permitted to enforce the ban on Transgender troops.


To read more, click here!


Please also consider donating to help us keep fighting for our Transgender Servicemembers and Veterans!


Volunteer Opportunities


As many of you already know, most of our office items get used once or twice a year - for Gender Justice Awards or for Trans Pride. We would like to move those once a year items into storage so that we have more mobility in our office. We need about six or eight volunteers to help us haul all of those things from the loft, load it into trucks, and unload it into storage. If you’re able to do this (or help Sarah organize it), email or call Sarah. (206) 972-9989 The date for the move is still TBD.


TransPride2019: Sarah will be looking into choosing team captains for Trans Pride. Sarah will contact each captain separately and captains must be able to meet weekly in March (in the evenings). Last year we had 200 volunteers and 15,000 attendees. This year looks to have our largest attendance yet! If you’d like to volunteer, start emailing Sarah. There will be more information in the next newsletter about teams available.


Important Reminders!


  • Equal Rights Washington Lobby day: February 21, 2019
  • The BIG MOVE: Date TBD
  • TransPride2019: June 28, 2019
  • 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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