Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound (DAPS) serves the trans and gender diverse community of Washington State through direct service and financial and material assistance programs. We work to provide resources, education, a safe space for our community to be their authentic selves, as well as, financial support.
"We, the Board of Directors of the Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound are sickened, saddened, and horrified by this brazen attack on individual liberties and blatant disregard for basic human rights. The statements made by the Justices against the LGBTQIA+ community in their rulings were nothing short of unbridled thinly veiled threats. This decision is ethically, morally, and incomprehensibly wrong. We unequivocally condemn the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and fight beside those fighting for safe abortions, reproductive care, and the right to exist without fear, whether they have a uterus, are LGBTQIA+, or BIPOC. "
Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound acknowledges that all our members live and work on the unceded homelands of Native peoples, who have lived in this region since time immemorial. Our home at Rainbow Center is located on the traditional homelands of the Coast Salish people and the Puyallup Tribe. Additionally, we have members living across the regions now known as Washington State, Oregon State, California State, and Canada. We acknowledge that fluid and diverse gender identities have been present in Indigenous communities since long before the arrival of western settlers, and that these identities subsequently have been systematically oppressed through violence. We stand in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples who still occupy and safeguard these lands, and recognize that a land acknowledgement is only a small step towards allyship, which must be accompanied by action. We commit to respecting, celebrating, and uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of Native people as we advocate for the liberation of all people existing beyond the confines of societal gender roles.
Due to the prevalence of the Omicron variant in Washington State, it was necessary to make radical changes to DAPS’ COVID 19 guidelines in order to continue to be able to serve our community. It is imperative that we continue to assess and adapt to guidelines put forth to combat COVID 19.
By a majority vote of the DAPS Board and Voting Members, we have chosen to institute the following guidelines effective 12/31/2021.
1. Everyone who attends, volunteers at, contracts for, facilitates, or otherwise is involved in a DAPS in-person event, meeting, or activity is required to wear an FDA approved N95 or KN95 mask. Masks will be provided by DAPS for those who do not have their own.
2. Everyone who attends, volunteers at, contracts for, facilitates, or otherwise is involved in a DAPS in-person event, meeting, or activity is required to sign a contact tracing sheet in case of exposure. This sheet will NOT be shared with anyone outside of the org, and will be DESTROYED 14 days after the date started. If an exposure happens everyone will be contacted and the DAPS COVID policy will go into effect, privacy will be maintained.
If you need assistance finding a Vaccine/Booster shot or test please follow the links below.
In order to continue offering in-person activities these are the steps we must take. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to combat this pandemic together.
“You never completely have your rights, one person, until you all have your rights.”
-Marsha P. Johnson
Last year our community lost 55 reported Trans and Non Binary individuals to violence, this year that trend continues. By giving to an organization that is led by, and supports this marginalized community, you help spread awareness and education and allow our community safe spaces to be themselves.
100% of your donations go to helping provide a safe space for the trans and gender diverse community.
Last year 55 reported Trans and Non-Binary individuals were lost to violence, this year the numbers continue to grow. By donating to an organization like ours you help offer services to individuals who are often turned away, not only by society, but by those they trust and love. We offer a safe space for them to be their authentic selves away from judgement.