ABOUT wayOUT SEATTLE
Established in 2020 as the word shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle chapter has defied the odds, raising sizable grants for two outstanding organizations. Since its inception, the chapter has doubled in size and has rallied local and national businesses to support the wayOUT and LGBTQ+ youth.
LGBTQ IN SEATTLE
With a history of championing LGBTQ+ rights as early as 1973 and permitting LGBTQ+ bars and night clubs since the 1930's, Seattle is a pinnacle of LGBTQ+ culture. Today, Seattle has the highest rate of LGBTQ+ couples & families in the United States, taking over San Francisco with 2.6% of households back in 2013.
To refuse to listen to someone's cries for justice until the request comes in a language you feel comfortable with is a way of asserting your dominance over them in a situation.
— Ijeoma Oluo
This year we are teaming up to fundraise for The Queer Trans Project, whose "Build-A-Queer" kits took TikTok by storm this past Trans Awareness Day - donating over 500 kits in less than 30 minutes. Since 2021 The Queer Trans Project has helped build and foster a sense of community in Jacksonville, FL. An area ravaged by anti-LGBTQ legislation. They have also expanded their work to support trans kids across the country. With great aspirations to scale up their trans aid in Florida and beyond, we couldn't think of a better partner for 2023.
QUEER TRANS PROJECT | Jacksonville, FL
The Queer Trans Project is a black-led and trans-led organization on a mission to provide gender-empowering resources to LGBTQ+ individuals all across the world so that they have the power and confidence to create social change in their communities.
WHAT THEY DO:
The Queer Trans Project provides urgently needed supplies and aid to support LGBTQ+ people in combating dysphoria and living with dignity, safety, and power. 91% of people who access our programs are under the age of 25 and 44% are BIPOC.
2022 IMPACT & ACHIEVEMENTS:
Shipped 500 free Build-A-Queer Kits to LGBTQ+ people in all 50 states;
Provided $6,000 in mutual aid to Black Transgender individuals to center joy and freedom from systemic oppression
Distributed $2,300 total to 133 queer recipients for our “12 Days of Giveaways'' program for holiday joy
Grew our social media presence by 25,000 followers
Raised $35,000 in grant funding.
Build-A-Queer Kits - free fully customizable gender-affirming kits that contain items such as binders, transtape, socks, pride merch, stickers, etc.;
Trans Self Defense Kits - free self-defense kits that include tools such as a taser, baton, folding knife, pepper spray, personal alarm, coloring book/pencils;
To Be Seen - virtual museum highlighting the artwork of queer and trans BIPOC individuals in the US;
Chrysalis Mutual Aid - mutual aid and gender-affirming care dollars for Black individuals in the queer/trans community. In 2023, we plan to open this fund to other identities.
Sexual Health Education - comprehensive, inclusive, and medically accurate sex education - taught by an ACS certified sexual educator.
Accessibility Travel Fund - partnered with Elevated Access to provide free flights to people seeking gender-affirming care out-of-state;
Top Surgery Fund - organizing to promote pod-mapping and wealth redistribution to cover costs for top surgery.
2023 GRANT RECIPIENT
wayOUT SEATTLE PROUDLY THANKS OUR 2022 SPONSORS
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