Picture by Oliver Webb TDOR arch lighting November 20, 2021 Pacific Science Center, Seattle WA

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 transition expenses.

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.

Roe v. Wade Response

On May 2, 2022 a leaked brief from SCOTUS revealed Roe v. Wade was likely to be overturned in the near future, this decision would have catastrophic consequences for the trans and gender diverse community, among other disenfranchised minority populations. While current and historical rhetoric has framed the fight for reproductive rights to be that of cis women, specifically privileged white cis women, the reality is that people with uteruses have varying socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, and genders. The refusal to add the rest of those affected by these laws, or lack thereof, is negligent and abusive. 

The removal of Roe v. Wade would not only have devistating consequences in the way of unsafe abortions and forced pregnancies, but would also create a slippery slope of the removal of other rights. What impact would this have on the ability of trans and gender diverse individuals to transition? Would marriage equality stand? Would discrimination protections stand? What would this mean for those who are disproportionately oppressed within our already marginalized communities? Would  Black trans men and gender diverse individuals see more incarceration or higher death rates? What collateral damage would we see from this decision, and what would the removal of Roe v. Wade allow SCOTUS the societal power to remove next?

The right to one’s body should not be governed, should not be something you are given permission to use, or something that can be revoked. The right to be treated as a human being should not hinge upon the beliefs of 9 people. 

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.

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. 

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.

City Hall Pride Guides

Last year we reached out to various cities across the State as a coordinated effort to raise pride flags on Trans Day of Remembrance, to honor those we lost to violence in 2021. Washington lost at least 2 trans women of color. We were met primarily by cities that either had never raised pride flags, or who claimed they needed permission from the Gov. to do so. We found that these cities were more than willing to pass the buck when it came to supporting the community, and tie our requests up in red tape, some only placating our requests with claims of adding proposed policy changes to later agendas, which were never done.

In lieu of these responses we decided to create Pride Guides to help the LGBTQIA+ communities these cities serve communicate directly with their local representatives, while also assisting with resource sharing, education, and general proclamation/ flag requests. We recently sent surveys to 30 different cities, of various sizes and geographics, across the State, in 12 different Counties and will use the data to help the representatives of those cities better understand the needs of their LGBTQIA+ communities.

*Currently working on this project*

Capital Hill Flag Update

We are currently working to identify the LGBTQIA+ owned bars on Capitol hill and make requests that they update and/or replace the 6 stripe rainbow flags with one of the more inclusive versions of the Progress flags that include the BIPOC and Trans communities. We will also be discussing what flying these flags would mean for their establishments and the changes that may need to be made to make their establishments safe spaces for these communities.

*Currently working on this project*

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

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