Advocacy Goals

Create accurate, up-to-date, and effective access to resources and care for Trans and Gender Diverse individuals.

  1. Collaborate with local organizations to form lasting partnerships in order to make hand offs of those we serve easier and safer.
  2. Work to build a resource database in order to remove barriers to seeking out resources.
  3. Follow up with those we serve to make sure needs are being met and they are not falling through the cracks.
  4. Work to provide Trans and Gender Diverse individuals with access to services such as HRT supplies and financial aid to assist with name changes and other needs.

Reduce harm and violence caused by State and Government institutions.

  1. Collaborate with local organizations and policy makers to enact change surrounding policies where the Trans and Gender Diverse community is directly harmed.
  2. Collaborate with local organizations and policy makers in order to enact change on a local level surrounding the direct treatment of Trans and Gender Diverse individuals who are incarcerated.
  3. Collaborate with local organizations in direct action organizing against police brutality.

Black Lives Matter

Our rights were fought for by Black Trans Women, our roots are entwined within the Civil Rights movement, to not stand beside our Black siblings would be to turn our backs on our history. What happened to George Floyd is not something new, White Men in power have stood on the necks of Black Men for hundreds of years and yelled from roof tops, but fallen on deaf ears. What happened this summer is we were silent enough to listen for a few moments. The response from Police, was unacceptable and we must continue to hold them accountable for their actions. Continue to speak out, continue to use our privilege, continue to raise our voices up. Until we truly seek out change for our oppressed siblings, change will not come.

Response to the March 16th Massage Parlor Massacre

We stand with the AAPI community, who continue to lose loved ones, friends, and neighbors, due to racism ending in violence and hate spurred on mostly by misinformation surrounding Covid-19. After the March 16th massacre in Georgia we ask that you look to this community and their elders to see what their immediate needs are during this time. Below are statements from Red Canary and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Atlanta is currently calling for local and state governments to provide “crisis intervention resources, including in-language support for mental health, legal, employment and immigration services.” The organization also has callouts for anyone to:

  • Sign their collective community statement
  • Donate to the Atlanta victims and their families
  • Share resources you can offer to the victims, their families and other community members like language translation, mental health services, legal services, childcare or food assistance.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_Q0mFJnivTZL5fcCS7eUZn9EhOJ1XHtFBGOGqVaUY_8/edit?usp=sharing

https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/aaajcommunitystatement

HB1756 WA Dancers Safety and Security Bill

We believe that sex work is work, and those who work in this field should be treated with respect and dignity, as well as, afforded the same rights as all workers. In 2018 a group of WA State dancers began the hard work of designing a bill to fight for the safety and security they so rightfully deserve, this became HB1756 which has passed the House. This is the first WA State bill to be initiated by dancers. Learn more below.

Trans in Jail Coalition

After several Trans individuals were arrested this summer and experienced sexual assaults, harassment, misgendering, placed into solitary confinement, and into custody under their deadnames, a coalition was formed to work with DOC to begin to work on the treatment Trans individuals experience while in custody. Through several negotiations we have been able to begin toward more appropriate and safe care while in custody. Negotiations are still underway and the next step is educating the public on this project.

Ingersoll Demand for Accountability Statement

The Board of Directors of Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound (DAPS) stand in solidarity with the Ingersoll Staff and Former Staff Collective. DAPS believes and supports the BIPOC individuals and persons with disabilities harmed by bigoted and abelist behavior; that have come forward and those who have not. We support the demands for accountability and improvement from Ingersoll Gender Center. DAPS believes that Ingersoll must take the necessary steps to make real change within their organization surrounding racism, ableism, misogyny, and sexism. As organizations who serve our community, we must actively confront these biases, make changes, listen to those we serve, and those who serve with us. In order to move forward, harm must be addressed. We support the demand for accountability for the following:

1. Immediate resignation or termination of the Directors as follows:  Karter Booher, Jonathan (Lee) Williams, and Louis Mitchell. 

2. A revised group of board members that uphold our community values. 

3. An issued statement of process of accountability by Ingersoll Gender Center that will address actions to prevent future harm to members and staff. 

Diversity Alliance of the Puget Sound is a Transgender social service organization, founded in 2004.

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