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Candidates Commit to Queering Politics at 1st Annual Allyship Candidate Forum

On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, LGBTQ Allyship hosted our first ever Queering Politics Candidate Forum. During the forum, while donning costume attire ranging from feather boas to unicorn horns to bumblebee wings and antennae, candidates spoke to how they plan to show up for queer and trans communities if elected, with a particular focus on safety, housing, economic justice, protecting and expanding LGBTQ rights, and accountability.

Mayoral candidates Oliver and Moon pledge yes to increasing LGBTQ community-owned housing for low-income people in Seattle.

During the lightning pledge round, every single candidate in attendance except Alex Tsimermanincluding mayoral candidates Cary Moon, Nikkita Oliver, Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, and Mike McGinn, City Council Position #8 Candidates Hisam Goueli, Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, Charlene Strong, Sara Nelson, Rudy Pantoja, Mac McGregor, and City Council Position #9 Candidates Pat Murakami, Ty Pethe– made the following pledges:


I will work with LGBTQ Allyship and broader LGBTQ communities to:


  • Safety: Identify and support community-based solutions to safety that extend beyond the Safe Place program & policing as the answers.
  • Economic: Work toward a living wage standard in Seattle.
  • Economic:  Work across government entities to support implementation of the Family Medical Leave Act in Seattle.
  • Housing: Create enforceable standards for low-income housing developers and staff to be LGBTQ culturally competent and welcoming.
  • Housing: Ensure that all new members of the Renters Commission will receive an LGBTQ housing and racial justice training.
  • Housing: Increase LGBTQ community-owned housing for low-income people in Seattle.
  • Housing: Allocate significant resources toward low-income and people of color LGBTQ seniors and youth, with a specific focus on housing.
  • Housing: Ensure low-income LGBTQ renters are aware of available low-income and affordable housing opportunities.
  • Housing: Influence Sound Transit to use Sound Transit 3 lands for equitable development, which would include LGBTQ affirming low-income housing.
  • Protecting/ Advancing Rights: Ensure data is collected about sexual orientation and gender identity for all city services.
  • Protecting / Advancing Rights: Ensure that the rights that have been won by the LGBTQ community and our allies are not retracted.
  • Protecting / Advancing Rights: Support a statewide effort to add a nonbinary gender marker to Washington State Identifications.
  • Accountability: Center perspectives and decision making power of diverse LGBTQ community members throughout government institutions and policy-making processes.

While these are exciting commitments — we know it is our job to work together to ensure that we build and exercise the power that is necessary to hold whomever is elected accountable to these pledges. Contact Kelsen at kelsen@allyship.org if there are particular issues listed above on which you’d like to work!

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Transcend: Trans Advocate Program

Category : Programs

Transcend, LGBTQ Allyship’s Trans Advocate Program is designed for trans and gender-nonconforming workers to support and advocate other trans and gender-nonconforming workers who face discrimination, hardship, and labor violations in their workplace…Read more here

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Allyship is Hiring a Housing Organizer!

Category : Uncategorized

Job Title: Housing Justice Organizer

Job Location: Seattle, Washington

Position Type: part-time, 15 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 2700 constituents by advocating for LGBTQ economic equity, housing, reducing youth homelessness and access to democracy justice in Seattle and south King County. We build community power through leadership development, advocacy and community organizing. Allyship leads the LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute to build LGBTQ grassroots leaders in south Seattle and South King County.

Our mission: LGBTQ Allyship builds power among LGBTQ communities and allies in Washington State to work towards economic, racial, and gender justice. We do this through community organizing, education, advocacy, and developing grassroots leadership in solidarity with other marginalized communities. 

LGBTQ Allyship Housing Justice Organizer

Job Description: The Housing Justice Organizer will lead coordination details of Allyship’s LGBTQ Social Justice Leadership Institute on housing equity – including speaker, food, venue, outreach, materials and agenda coordination. The Organizer will help prepare, research and advocate at the city, county and statewide level around housing policies ie. Housing Levy and HALA recommendations, Move-In Fees Ordinance and other housing renter’s rights policies. This will include GOTV and voter registration for the Primary and general elections. She/he/they will build community storytellers around LGBTQ housing equity. The Housing Justice Organizer will lead the logistics and outreach for Allyship’s Fall LGBTQ Intergenerational Conference on housing equity.

The Housing Justice Organizer will help build leadership and community power within low-income LGBTQ elder/senior communities and help expand and strengthen our housing justice work in South King County.

They will also lead our Democracy Justice work and continue to build our Storytelling Project.

Housing Justice Work:

  • Research housing policies at city and county level
  • Staff Allyship’s LGBTQ Housing Justice Committee
  • Coordinate Statewide Advocacy Day in Olympia
  • Organize logistics of LGBTQ Housing Equity Leadership Institute
  • Identify, recruit and build leadership for Leadership Institute in 2017
  • Build community leaders to share their stories at the city, county and state level around housing
  • Coordinate the completion of our Report from our 2017 Housing Justice Survey
  • Distribute and organize around Allyship’s 2017 Housing Justice Report
  • Recruit organizing committee for Intergenerational Housing Conference
  • Coordinate logistics of speakers, presenters, artists for Housing conference
  • Coordinate outreach for conference
  • Attend coalition meetings
  • Communication – FB, Twitter, email sometimes website advancing Allyship’s LGBTQ Housing Justice narrative

Build Allyship’s Storysharing Project:

  • Identify, recruit and build leadership for Storysharing Project
  • Coordinate volunteers to share their stories
  • Coordinate volunteers to interview storysharers
  • Coordinate logistics and scheduling of interviews
  • Other program and administrative duties

Democracy Justice Work:

  • Register voters and lead GOTV activities
  • Staff Democracy Justice Committee
  • Build leadership of LGBTQ members around democracy justice
  • Coordinate events around Democracy Vouchers
  • Outreach and present around Democracy Vouchers to the community
  • Data entry

This position reports directly to the executive director.

Job Qualifications:

  • Familiar with South King County
  • Experience with working with LGBTQ older communities and elders
  • Familiar with housing advocacy
  • Experience with leadership development in marginalized communities
  • Experience in event planning.
  • Community outreach experience.
  • Ability to track and report data in Allyship’s database.
  • Experience with leading a project and achieving deliverables.
  • Able to lead and accomplish tasks.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent Communicator to community and amongst staff.
  • Experience with managing projects.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent facilitating skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Self-starter
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience coordinating with government agencies, community organizations and staff.
  • Responsible, accountable and able to demonstrate attention to detail.
  • Experience with WordPress and social media – including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Constant Contact.
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Google Docs


  • Has own laptop
  • Experience as a Community Organizer
  • Familiarity with queer, trans, gender non-binary, low-income, people of color, homeless youth and immigrant communities, cultures and organizations.
  • Believes in gender, racial and economic justice.
  • Willingness to work from home.
  • Has own car or able to travel easily
  • Able to start immediately
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Salary: Starts at $18/hour with health stipend, retirement benefits, generous paid vacation and Personal Time Off benefits.

Please send resume and cover letter to Debbie Carlsen, Executive Director, at debbie@allyship.org, by March 31st, 2017.

*This position starts at 15 hours a week and we plan for this position to grow. Therefore, Allyship is looking for candidates who have the flexibility to increase their hours.


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