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LGBTQ Allyship believes that access to affordable and culturally competent health care is a human right.

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Our framework is to address the many forms of economic injustice LGBTQ communities face in Washington State.

Homeless Youth

Queer homeless youth face many unique challenges. Here’s what Allyship does to address them.

Latest Blog Posts

Allyship is Hiring a Video Editor

Job Title: Video Editor Job Location: Seattle, Washington Position Type: Contractor, 10 hours of Editing at $75/hour Contact: Debbie Carlsen Email: debbie@allyship.org LGBTQ Allyship is a nonprofit located in the Central Area serving over 2600 constituents by advocating for LGBTQ economic equity, housing, reducing youth homelessness and access to affordable health care in Seattle and

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Allyship is Hiring a Video Editor

Job Title: Video Editor Job Location: Seattle, Washington Position Type: Contractor, 10 hours of Editing at $75/hour Contact: Debbie Carlsen Email: debbie@allyship.org LGBTQ Allyship is a nonprofit located in the Central Area serving over 2600 constituents by advocating for LGBTQ economic equity, housing, reducing youth homelessness and access to affordable health care in Seattle and

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5th Annual Just Desserts Fall Fundraiser

Welcome to our 2016 Just Desserts Fall Fundraiser at New Holly Gathering Hall October 2nd, 6pm to 8pm Just Desserts is an event with 200 guests, and represents our biggest fundraiser of the year. Just Desserts will highlight gourmet desserts from local restaurants and bakeries throughout the Pacific Northwest.  All proceeds from Just Desserts will benefit

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Flush Hate Out of our State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Debbie Carlsen July 7, 2016                                                                 Executive Director, LGBTQ Allyship debbie@allyship.org, 206.930.6668 MEDIA ADVISORY Flush hate out of our state: Make restrooms safe for all LGBTQ Activists Deliver 1,000 Decline to Sign I-1515 Postcards to Joseph Backholm & Just Want Privacy Campaign   What: LGBTQ Allyship activists will deliver over 1000 signed

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15 Emerging Queer & Trans Housing Justice Leaders Join 2016 LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute

15 Emerging Queer & Trans Housing Justice Leaders Join 2016 LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute Grassroots LGBTQ nonprofit creates space for housing equity leadership development within Seattle LGBTQ community What: LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute at LGBTQ Allyship When: May to October 2016 Seattle, WA – LGBTQ Allyship launched its second LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership

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Allyship is Hiring!

Job Title: Community Facilitator Job Location: Seattle, Washington Position Type: part-time, 20 hours a week + goal to increase hours to full-time Contact: Debbie Carlsen Email: debbie@allyship.org LGBTQ Allyship is a nonprofit located in the Central Area serving over 2600 constituents by advocating for LGBTQ economic equity, housing, reducing youth homelessness and access to affordable

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LGBTQ Allyship Responds to Orlando Shooting

  Muslims, Latinos and LGBTQ communities must unite in tragedy Seattle, WA – LGBTQ Allyship wants to honor the 49 victims, mostly LGBTQ Latinos, who were taken away from us through a mass shooting on June 12th, 2016, in Orlando, Florida at a gay club called Pulse. We send our support to the survivors and

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Trans* & Gender Non-Conforming Bathroom Justice Storytelling Training

Allyship is working with Shetha Alaskar from Fuse Washington to train impacted people (transgender & gender non-conforming people and their loved ones) on how to share their personal stories around transphobic bills and initiatives (including I-1515, the conservative-led anti-trans* bathroom statewide ballot initiative) with elected officials, media, and community members. Reserve your spot in this

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LGBTQ Allyship GiveBIG 2016

Please join us on May 3rd and let’s make change together! GiveBig on May 3rd! Donate here: https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/lgbtq-allyship-1 Share our GiveBIG Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086947894660007 Help us build a LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute around LGBTQ Intergenerational Housing Equity! Support 15 LGBTQ leaders gain skills around advocacy and community building. Help host a LGBTQ Intergenerational Conference focusing on

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LGBTQ+ Social Justice Leadership Institute

LGBTQ Allyship believes that in order to build strong communities we must have strong leaders. We are now accepting applications for our six-month LGBTQ+ Social Justice Leadership Institute. Our goal is to build and train 10-12 grassroots LGBTQ+ social justice leaders around LGBTQ+ housing justice & equity. Leaders will become familiar with public speaking, event

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Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth Know Your Workers’ Rights Training

Seattle has stronger labor protections than most cities in the country. Do you know what they are and how they are enforced? If you are an LGBTQ+ homeless youth (age 29 & under) working in Seattle who wants to learn more about your workers’ rights and what to do if they are violated, this training

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March 10th LGBTQ Know Your Workers’ Rights Training

Seattle has stronger labor protections than most cities in the country. Do you know what they are and how they are enforced? If you are an LGBTQ worker in Seattle who wants to learn more about your workers’ rights and what to do if they are violated, this training is for you! It’s being led

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Stop Dumping on LGBTQ Workers

February 2nd, 2016                              For Immediate Release LGBTQ Allyship Media Advisory                                                         Contact: Debbie Carlsen (206) 930-6668, or debbie@allyship.org   LGBTQ Advocates in Olympia Demand Republicans Stop Taking a Dump on LGBTQ Workers LGBTQ Advocates TP Senator Pam Roach and Senator Doug Ericksen’s Offices in Olympia What: LGBTQ Advocates will TP the offices of Senator

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What Bathroom Freedom Means….

Denying equal restroom access to transgender and gender non-conforming (GN) people is a violation of their human rights. It not only threatens their safety and well-being in public spaces, but also impacts their ability to use the correct bathroom at their workplace. Trans* people deserve the right to use the restroom while on the job like every

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Allyship Joins Labor Collaborative

Allyship is excited to have been awarded almost $25,000 from the Office of Labor Standards to reach Seattle LGBTQ low-wage workers and inform individuals on their workers’ rights. We are working in a coalition of over 10 other community organizations such as Got Green, 21 Progress, Al Noor Islamic, Somali Community Services, NAACP, Latino Community

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LGBTQ Affordable Housing

LGBTQ Allyship completed a LGBTQ Safety survey in August of 2015 of over 1100 participants. Sixty-four percent of participants identified as fighting for affordable housing as a solution in increasing LGBTQ safety in Seattle. Seventy-four percent of survey participants represented bisexual, transgender and gender non-binary people in Seattle. Allyship has been testifying in favor of

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Planting Seeds for Building Safe Communities

Planting Seeds for Building LGBTQ Safe Communties I have been pondering how LGBTQ communities and particularly LGBTQ Allyship can help build safer LGBTQ spaces on Capitol Hill and in other neighboring communities. An opportunity arose to plant some seeds in building safer communities and on April 4th, I spent my afternoon at a community event in

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Class Divide in the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ Space Needle Workers A call to Action!   By Debbie Carlsen, LGBTQ Executive Director Why was the Space Needle just named “Corporate Leader of the Year?” This is the title of a Stranger article written on February 25th about GSBA naming the Space Needle ‘Corporate Leader of the Year.’ It addresses the Space Needle’s recent

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Just Desserts: A Social Justice Extravaganza!

Dear Allyship Community! On December 15th, 2013, Allyship is hosting our second Annual Fundraising Event called Just Desserts: A Social Justice Extravaganza at the charming and historical Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 South Holly street in the Rainier Valley, from 6pm to 7:30pm. Click here to buy your ticket today! ‘Just Desserts’ will be an event highlighting gourmet desserts and other eateries from

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LGBTQ Community Town Hall On Police Accountability

LGBTQ ALLYSHIP presents LGBTQ COMMUNITY TOWN HALL ON POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2013 @ 6:00PM-8:00PM @SOUTHSIDE COMMONS (3518 S. Edmonds Street, Seattle, WA 98118) (Located in Columbia City) To RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/440086456101306/ FOR MORE INFORMATION: Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter, allyship@yahoo.com, 425-224-6511 Seattle, WA—Please join LGBTQ Allyship on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the

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Over The Rainbow….

With the age wave approaching, the first generation of openly LGBTQ-identified seniors will require in-home or institutional long-term care. Yet recent studies show that one-in-three  LGBTQ seniors worries about facing discrimination as they age. That’s one of the reasons why more than 200 people are expected Tuesday to discuss the specific needs of LGBTQ  seniors and

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Space Needle: Fly the Rainbow Flag and Respect Your Workers

Sign This Petition Help us launch this national petition for economic justice and LGBTQ pride!! Fly the Rainbow flag and respect your workers! Please sign the petition and share it! Seattle is known as a progressive, culturally rich Northwest city and the Space Needle, the symbol of our community, should represent these values. We have

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What Do I need to know about Jell-Obration

Date: Friday May 3rd Time: 7PM- 9PM Location: The Lobby Bar, Seattle So as Jell-Obration draws nearer, I wanted to learn more about this event.  This week, Brad, a recent Allyship board member, agreed to be interviewed about Allyship’s upcoming event and his connection to Allyship. Brad has been involved with Allyship since 2011 and

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LGBTQ Space Needle Worker Campaign

Allyship has joined the campaign to ask that the Space Needle management settle a fair contract with employees and fly the Rainbow flag during Pride month. The reasons for this request are simple. Seattle has the second largest LGBT community in the country. A large percentage of workers in the hospitality and service industry identify

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Allyship Spring Jello-bration 2013

Allyship Spring Jell–Obration 2013 Are social and economic justice something you’d like to see in Washington State? Are you interested in helping to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness and improving healthcare options for everyone? If yes, we’d like to invite you to a party… LGBTQ ALLYSHIP PRESENTS JELLO-BRATION 2013! Allyship is hosting a party to celebrate

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Amazing Success for LGBTQ Youth on Feb. 22nd!

More Pictures from Homeless Youth Advocacy Day Dear Allyship Community! Thank you for an amazing LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Day! Allyship/ERW advocates shared their stories as LGBTQ individuals experiencing foster care and homelessness or being low-income or a dreamer to educate their legislators on the unique issues LGBTQ youth face. It was striking how often legislators

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Join us! LGBTQ Homeless Youth Advocacy Day on February 22nd in Olympia with Equal Rights Washington

When: February 22nd – 6:45am Where: 23rd and Jackson in the Central District Please wear something pink – pink pants, a pink shirt, a pink coat, a pink hat, pink gloves, pink shoes – you get the picture.We want to be visible! To register for the Queer Homeless Youth Advocacy Day, we need some information:

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Activists to lobby for LGBTQ homeless youth in Olympia

by James Whitely – SGN Staff Writer On February 22, LGBTQ Allyship, alongside Equal Rights Washington (ERW), will participate in a homeless and foster-care youth lobby day in Olympia, led by the Mockingbird Society, a foster-care youth lobby group. ‘Homelessness is an LGBTQ issue,’ said Doug Hamilton, ERW’s operations manager. ‘An estimated 40% of youth

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How to effectively tell your own stories to legislators?

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How to effectively tell your own stories to legislators? 1. Identify yourself and let the legislators know that you have a large network of people who support you 2. Why this issue is important to your identity 3. How your proposal will impact the issue Join us on Feb 22 lobby day for homeless youth

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Allyship Will Hold Trainings for Homeless Youth Lobby Day Event for the First Time

——————– 1st advocacy meeting When: February 16th 11am Where: 1505 Broadway, 98122 ——————– 2nd advocacy meeting When: February 19th 6pm Where: 1505 Broadway, 98122 ——————– For registered advocates Allyship and ERW will hold advocacy trainings on February 16th, 11am at Entre Hermanos, 1505 Broadway, 98122 and February 19th, 6pm at Entre Hermanos, 1505 Broadway, 98122.

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Allyship's Queer Homeless Youth Advocacy Day on Febuary 22nd

Dear Allyship Community! Allyship is proud to announce our partnership with Equal Rights Washington (ERW) for our February 22nd Queer Homeless Youth Lobby d ay led by Mockingbird Society. Allyship and ERW will continue to mobilize activists in the LGBTQ community to be allies to LGBTQ homeless youth by advocating for public policies that will

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Join us at our Queer Economic Justice Advocacy Day on January 21st and for our Queer Homeless Youth Advocacy Day on February 22nd!

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LGBTQ and Allies working together Join us at our Queer Economic Justice Advocacy Day on January 21st and for our Queer Homeless Youth Advocacy Day on February 22nd! LGBTQ Allyship believes that all oppressions are interconnected and seeks to build solidarity with marginalized communities in order to support the liberation of all people. We aim

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Youth are homeless because …

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As many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT. Family rejection contributes to the disproportionate number of homeless LGBT youth. Youth are homeless because they run away because of family rejection of sexual orientation or gender identity (46%). Youth are homeless because they are forced out of their homes by parents because of

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What Money Can't buy: A piece of advice for President Obama from Michael Sandel

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          You think the financial crisis in 2008 should awake most people by now, and make people re-consider about market value. But it has not really happened. Michael Sandel called the era we are in, the market triumphalism era.           Michael J. Sandel (born March 5, 1953) is an American political philosopher and a professor

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Thanks to countless allies who said, ‘We do,’ Washington state can celebrate marriage equality

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In this recent election, many people who live on the margins experienced victories, from the visibility and power of the Latino vote on the national level to the passage of marriage equality in Maine, Maryland and Washington. The legalization of marriage in Washington, which begins on Dec. 6, gives lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer

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Join Allyship on January 21st as we partner with Washington Community Action Network for our Queer Economic Justice Advocacy Day!

Health Care LGBTQ individuals are less likely to access health care or have health insurance[i] LGBTQ are less likely to get routine care, including screenings for breast and cervical cancers[ii] The health care system is not set up to recognize our diverse family structures and therefore LGBTQ individuals and members of our families are less likely to

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Join us at our Queer Economic Justice Advocacy Day on January 21st and for our Queer Homeless Youth Advocacy Day on February 22nd!

  LGBTQ Allyship believes that all oppressions are interconnected and seeks to build solidarity with marginalized communities in order to support the liberation of all people. We aim to educate both LGBTQ and heterosexual individuals and groups about the challenges that are faced as LGBTQ people in the areas of health care, immigration, homelessness and

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A special thanks to everyone who made Allyship's Social Justice Kick-Off on November 11th a smashing success

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A BIG thank you to the organizations that bought tables: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775, Office of Civil Rights, Casa Latina, SAGE – LGBT Senior Advocacy, Seattle Counseling Services, Teamsters 117, and WA Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL). And to our wonderful supporters who bought half tables Washington Community Action Network and Asian

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Campaign Kick-Off!

Allyship is hosting a monthly Queer Economic Justice legislative committee meeting open to activists and community leaders. Our goal is to have an open and informative dialogue with our community partners on legislation that addresses youth homelessness, economic justice policies that include diverse family structures, immigrant rights, and affordable health care from an LGBTQ perspective.

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