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Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition

We know that as transgender and gender diverse people we are strong, brilliant and resourceful. Yet - we face serious structural barriers to economic justice.

2 times more likely



Transgender and gender diverse people are two times more likely to be unemployed yet 3 times more likely to have a college degree than their non-trans peers. 

Of transgender and gender diverse Washingtonians will experience homelessness at some point in their lifetime.

Of transgender and gender diverse Washingtonians live in poverty as opposed to 14% of their non-trans peers.

According to the 2015 US Transgender Survey

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Who We Are:

Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.

Ingersoll an organization by, and for transgender and gender nonconforming people that provides mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education — all in the pursuit of our collective self-determination.


UTOPIA has worked to create a safe, welcoming, supportive, and vibrant space for members of the QTPIs (Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders) community to address basic needs, build career and life pathways, foster a sense of common purpose, and advocate for social justice, education, and overall wellness for community members.

Transform Washington is a transgender and gender diverse-led (T/GD) group working to advance the lives and prosperity of T/GD people through education, advocacy, and community development. We serve trans and gender diverse - students in K-12 schools and families, rural communities, incarcerated people, and queer and trans people of color.


Gay City is Seattle's LGBTQ Center, founded in 1995 by a group of community activists, promotes wellness in our LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering the arts, and building community. We are the leading HIV/STI tester in King County, the home to the largest LGBTQ library in the Pacific Northwest, and provide testing in several locations across the Greater Seattle Area

GSBA was established in 1981 and is the largest LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce in North America. We represent over 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing the community together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business, promoting LGBTQ tourism and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

POCAAN mission is to work with communities of color to advocate and ensure equitable access to HIV/AIDS education, prevention and health care resources for people of color.

Seattle Counseling Service was founded in 1969 and is proud to be the oldest LGBTQ-focused community mental health agency in the world. Our services have expanded to include substance use disorder services; support groups; harm reduction programs; HIV prevention programs; peer-led outreach; and, immigrant, refugee, and undocumented outreach.


The Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition is a group of community based organizations that are committed to addressing the economic inequities faced by transgender and gender diverse people and LGBTQ people of color. Our collective goal is to identify barriers, gaps in resources and develop resources and identify policy solutions to move our communities out of poverty. We know working in coalition as organizations led by LGBTQ folks and specifically centering the leadership of transgender led and LGBTQ people of color led organizations we are best suited to find solutions that address economic inequities that impact access to community connections, housing resources, affordable LGBTQ affirming healthcare.


Take Action:


Together we built a community survey by and for trans and gender diverse people so that we can drive the development of new laws, model employment polices, programs and social support that are going to address the real challenges  that keep our communities in systemic poverty. To learn more and take our survey follow the link down below. 



Get Support: 

We know that our communities face serious barriers to finding housing, employment and other critical services now. As we're building policies and programs to address the challenges our communities face you can get support now; if you need the support listed down below click on the organization's logo for more support and information. For more information on your rights in housing and employment go here.

  • Our conference offers job readiness sessions that are specific and relevant to the trans and gender diverse community as well as employers seeking to hire, and how to best support those from our communities 

  • Our organization completes many year round workplace trainings on trans-inclusivity

  • Get direct support in finding new work 

  • Get direct support with navigating transphobia at work. 

  • Get direct support with navigating housing and shelter issues.

  • Get direct support in amending your identity documents.

  • Get support in paying to amend your identity documents and accessing gender affirming clothes via our community financial assistance program. 

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  • Trans Economic & Workforce Development

  • New Possibilities Project

  • Mapu Maia (Advocacy Program)

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance

  • Trans Leadership Development

  • +Transpose- (trans choir)

  • Support for Transgender Youth and Children in K-12 Schools and their families

  • Collecting Stories of Transgender and Gender Diverse (T/GD) Communities

  • Polling & Research / Message Testing / Public Education

  • Leadership Development for T/GD People of color in Rural Communities support for Transgender Children and Youth in K-12 Schools.

  • Our grants support the testing of Transwomen, Transmen, Non-Binary Individuals, Two-Spirits, and Men Who Have Sex with Men. 

  • Healthcare Enrollment & Navigation Services (Open to people of all genders)  

  • Community Engagement Program Services

  • Resource Referral

  • ORCA LIFT Card Registration (Reduced fee public transportation)

  • Arts Economic Leadership Development Workshops 

  • Our Directory features hundreds of businesses that support equality for all

  • Our Job Center provides job listings from GSBA member businesses across the state

  • Join us for one of our after-hours for LGBTQ and allies to connect with valuable opportunities to enhance personal and professional development through social, educational, and philanthropic activities

  • KONNECT II- Provides HIV medical case management 

  • HIV Testing & Education

  • Black Trans Empowerment Project

  • GOTS- transitional housing support 

  • CURB- 18-30 yr old want to make positive changes to improve quality of life

  • Best Starts for Kids

  • RESTORE Youth Program 

  • Mental Health Counseling

  • Psychiatry and Medical Management

  • Addiction Services

  • Support Groups

  • Project NEON

  • Project PEER

  • Immigrant, Refugee and Undocumented Outreach

  • Consultation and Training

  • Testing and Sexual Health


© 2019 by the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition 

Contact us via email at teec@ingersollgendercenter.org