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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 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!

Category : Annoucement

Job Title: Administrative Coordinator

Job Location: Seattle, Washington

Position Type: part-time, 11 hours a week + goal to increase hours

Contact: Debbie Carlsen


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 Administrative Coordinator

Job Description: The Administrative Coordinator will provide office support, fundraising duties, grant research and volunteer coordination support.

Administrative Work:

  • Enter names and contact info from postcards and sign-in sheets into Little Green Light and Constant Contact
  • Track and turn in reimbursement forms on a weekly basis to our fiscal sponsor
  • Research for grants
  • Order, track and purchase office supplies
  • Print needed flyers for program and fundraising outreach
  • Maintain and update an organized database
  • Generate donor and volunteer lists and become familiar with Little Green Light
  • Lead large fundraising mailings
  • Assist where needed around board and committee meetings
  • Thank donors on a weekly basis if needed (create and mail letters)
  • Organize and keep office clean
  • Track and update donor information for all fundraising events
  • Communicate and follow-up around fundraising events to Board
  • Assist in coordination event logistics
  • Coordinate and communicate with volunteers around 3 program areas Economic, Housing and Democracy Justice
  • Edit grants
  • Assist program staff in posting on social media
  • Other administrative duties

Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to track and report data in Allyship’s database.
  • Able to lead and accomplish tasks
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Familiarity with fundraising and development work
  • Self-starter
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with Google Drive and Google Docs


  • Has own laptop
  • Experience as an administrator
  • 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 $16/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, by February 6th, 2017.

LGBTQ people of color, working class, gender non-conforming and transgender individuals encouraged to apply.

*This position starts at 11 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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