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.