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5th Annual Just Desserts Fall Fundraiser

Category : Blog , Events , Uncategorized

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 Just Desserts_Save the date_2016Desserts will highlight gourmet desserts from local restaurants and bakeries throughout the Pacific Northwest.  All proceeds from Just Desserts will benefit Allyship’s programming to increase LGBTQ affordable housing and economic equity, build leadership in vulnerable LGBTQ communities and support community-led initiatives that increase the safety and well-being of LGBTQ individuals in Seattle and South King County.

The event itself will be Sunday, October 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. This year we are introducing LGBTQ Allyship supporters to a new venue that will better suit our growth – New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

To purchase your table or tickets click here. Tables sit 10 people.

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Flush Hate Out of our State

Category : Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Debbie Carlsen

July 7, 2016                                                                 Executive Director, LGBTQ Allyship

debbie@allyship.org, 206.930.6668


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 postcards from community members who oppose I-1515, a statewide ballot initiative effort to repeal Washington’s Law Against Discrimination which includes transgender bathroom protections. LGBTQ Allyship will demand Joseph Backholm and the Just Want Privacy campaign to “Flush hate out of our state: Make restrooms safe for all!”

Activists will fill a sparkly rainbow toilet bowl full of trans justice postcards at Just Want Privacy’s office door while a delegation delivers a message to Mr. Backholm that highlights I-1515’s disproportionate impact on trans and gender non-conforming people of color and low-income trans & gender non-conforming people. Hate does not belong in our state!

Who: LGBTQ Allyship staff, board members, and volunteers

When: 10:30am on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Where: Just Want Privacy Campaign Headquarters, 16108 Ash Way, Suite 113, Lynnwood, WA 98087

Visuals: Signs that say Flush hate out of our state: Make restrooms safe for all, sparkly rainbow freedom toilet, 1,000 Decline to Sign I-1515 postcards being flushed down a sparkly rainbow bowl by LGBTQ activists at Just Want Privacy’s office door.


Just Want Privacy Campaign filed initiative 1515, an anti-transgender bathroom policy that would repeal sections, pertaining to transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, of the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination bill passed in 2006 protecting the civil rights of LGBTQ Washingtonians. Initiative 1515 would prohibit transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from using restrooms in public, at work and at school that match the gender they live daily. The Just Want Privacy campaign, associated with the Family Policy Institute of Washington State, must collect 225,000 signatures to get it on the November ballot. The cut-off date for signature gathering is July 8th.


LGBTQ Allyship is a social and economic organization in the Puget Sound area. We work on access to affordable health care and housing, economic justice, and eliminating youth homelessness in the LGBTQ community through education, advocacy, research and community organizing. For more information, please visit allyship.org.

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

Category : Annoucement , Blog

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

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Seattle, WA – LGBTQ Allyship launched its second LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute on Saturday, May 21, 2016. After a competitive application process during April and early May, Allyship selected 15 participants representing historically oppressed LGBTQ communities whose leadership development is often neglected by mainstream LGBTQ organizations. During this six-month leadership development training, participants will learn about housing equity through a gender justice and racial justice lens and receive opportunities to gain hands-on experience in housing advocacy and community organizing.

Here are some perspectives from Leadership Institute participants:

“LGBTQ housing justice means that queer people have a spot and a voice at the table when laws and initiatives are being formed and implemented. It means looking at the intersections of sexuality, race, gender, class and ability when examining housing issues that affect the queer community.” – Krystal Correa

“Through the LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute, I want to learn more about social justice issues and become a better community organizer. I want to support the local LGBTQ community while I am here, and I want to apply what I learn to LGBTQ social justice issues when I go back to Japan.” – Kento Hoshi

“Whether we want to admit it or not, the entire country is looking at how we as a city handle the growth that is occurring right before our eyes. We have the opportunity to create the mold or a blueprint that can change the course of city planning and development for future generations.” – Rocky/Roxie Lester

Allyship’s first Leadership Institute cohort in 2015 conducted an LGBTQ Safety Survey with 1100 respondents – 64 percent of respondents identified affordable housing as a solution to LGBTQ safety concerns. After this finding, Allyship held a series of intergenerational discussions on LGBTQ housing issues called “Conversations Across Generations”; organized LGBTQ delegations to testify at city council hearings on affordable housing legislation; and advocated for the passage of the Commercial Linkage Fee in Seattle and statewide affordable housing bills in Olympia. As Allyship engaged in this work, staff members observed the lack of leadership development resources for LGBTQ housing justice activists in Seattle and decided to focus Allyship’s 2016 LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute on LGBTQ housing equity.

This year’s Leadership Institute participants are attending workshops one Saturday each month from May until October. They will grow their skills around storytelling, earned media, community-based research and more while learning about Seattle’s housing crisis and its roots in racism from seasoned housing activists and professionals. The Leadership Institute is made possible by funding from Communities of Opportunities and Pride Foundation.

Please click here to learn more about our Leadership Institute participants!




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