Washington State Governor
“It’s time, it’s the right thing to do, and I will introduce a bill to do it,” Governor Gregoire said. “I say that as a wife, a mother, a student of the law, and above all as a Washingtonian with a lifelong commitment to equality and freedom.”
The Governor’s announcement follows years of advocating for equal rights for gays and lesbians:
- In 2006, she signed legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and other areas.
- In 2007, Substitute Senate Bill 5336 created the state domestic partnership registry.
- A year later, Gov. Gregoire signed House Bill 3104, which added additional rights and responsibilities relating to issues such as dissolutions, community property, estate planning, taxes, court process, conflicts of interest for public officials and guardianships.
- Legislation signed in 2009 requires state agencies to ensure that all privileges, immunities, rights, benefits, or responsibilities granted to married individuals are granted to an individual who is or was in a state registered domestic partnership.
Center for Spiritual Living
The Center for Spiritual Living is the place for people from all walks of life and spiritual paths to come together to learn more about themselves, about Spirit, and how to use spiritual principles to build a better life and world. We teach people spiritual practices to live by. We are a spiritual community where you gain spiritual tools to live the life of your dreams and to make the world a better place. Everyone is welcome here: young, old, single, families, people from all styles of life and interests. All faiths are welcome as we honor and practice spiritual truths from all religious traditions and philosophies. This is the place where we can gather to remember that in God, Spirit, Infinite Source, all things are possible, to celebrate the growing awareness of goodness in our lives, and to care for each other as friends and companions.
Marsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities in various roles for over 30 years. She was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington, and has served as a board member of Pride Foundation, Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, Seattle Counseling Service, the Seattle LBGT Commission, Washington State DSHS Advisory Committee, and Equality Washington. Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2009-10, a position that she also held in 2005-6. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, and currently serves on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors. Marsha founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center.
In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee for the Equality Across America March in Washington, DC. In 2004 Marsha received the Horace Mann “Victories for Humanity” Award from Antioch University and the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education. In 2007 Marsha received The Task Force Leadership Award. In 2009 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award, and in 2011 Marsha received the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award for Community Service.
As a student at Western Washington University (class of 2013) Ben Crowther is active with many organizations and issues that matter to the LGBT community including: GetEQUAL; Queers & Allies for Activism WWU; Bellevue PFLAG; and WWU’s Queer Resource Center.
Among his many acts of activism Ben has organized a protest against Westboro Baptist Church at 2012 Pride Picnic and in 2009 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church; initiated a petition drive against Apple Computer receiving international attention; was responsible for revoking Liberty University’s invitation to participate in Western Washington Law School Information Fair; and organized initial Day of Silence events at Skyline High School.
In addition, he has also:
- Co-founded Seattle OUTprotest (2009)
- Led campus-wide campaign for Ref 71 and campaign for marriage equality on campus
- Collaborated with WWU Associated Students Board of Directors, Legislative Affairs Council, Student Senate, and Washington Student Association in obtaining endorsements for Marriage Equality Bill
- Working to increase availability of gender-neutral restrooms on campus
Ben is working on an Interdisciplinary degree at WWU with a concentration entitled, “Queer Identity as Shaped by Legal and Ethical Discourse”
Seattle Latino LGBT Organization
The mission of Entre Hermanos is to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
Developing leadership and community mobilization are among the primary objectives of our organization. We are equally dedicated to encouraging participation in programs that provide support, prevention, and treatment for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and all other types of diseases. Entre Hermanos builds the Latino community’s capacity with the necessary tools to achieve a better quality of life, and we encourage the participation of members of the LGBTQ community in activism and human rights.
Equal Rights Washington
Equal Rights Washington (ERW) works to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Washingtonians. (ERW) is a statewide political advocacy organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community of Washington State. The organization has successfully advocated for the Anderson Murray Anti-Discrimination Law, the creation of the domestic partnership registry, the further expansion of domestic partnership protections, and the passage of the Healthy Youth Act. ERW works to organize the movement for equality, educate voters, and influence policy makers. We continue to advocate for the expansion of protections available to committed gay couples and their children while working toward marriage equality. We also work to ensure that healthcare providers meet the needs of an aging LGBT community.
Flying House Productions
Seattle Men’s Chorus
Seattle Women’s Chorus
Under the artistic leadership of Dennis Coleman, the internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus, now in its 33rd year, along with Seattle Women’s Chorus — celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year — are the largest community choruses in America, and the largest gay choruses in the world. When combined, the Choruses are larger than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
With a vision of a world that accepts and values its gay and lesbian citizens, the Choruses perform to further their mission: To entertain, enlighten, unify, and heal their audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and their relationships.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides life-saving and life-affirming services to LGBTQ teens and young adults. Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project operates the only national crisis lifeline for LGBTQ youth and is the first to offer suicide prevention services to youth in digital spaces with TrevorChat, a secure instant message service. Trevor also runs the largest online social network specifically for LGBTQ teens and young adults, called TrevorSpace.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has appointed The Trevor Project to a leadership role in the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and Trevor is a leading resource for the White House initiative, StopBullying.gov. The Trevor Project is also a Champion of Change, an honor presented by the White House for our innovative work to save the lives of LGBTQ young people.
For more information about The Trevor Project and to get involved, visit TheTrevorProject.org. One-on-one support is always available via the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7.
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
The YSPP mission is to reduce youth suicide attempts and deaths in Washington State. Working toward that goal, we build public awareness, offer training, and support communities taking action. YSPP’s OUTLoud Project facilitates educational presentations for teachers and community providers to enhance their recognition of the risk and protective factors and the warning signs for suicide and self-harm. YSPP also facilitates trainings on bullying and bias-based harassment (as it pertains to LGBTQ youth) and the links these experiences have with negative mental health outcomes.
Jay Petterson joined the Youth Suicide Prevention Program’s Board of Directors to honor the life of his brother-in-law Matthew Mattmiller. It is Jay’s goal to aid YSPP in bringing communities, educators and health professionals together in order to reduce the rate of suicide and bullying in Washington State. A supporter of Seattle’s LGBT and small business communities, Jay serves on the Greater Seattle Business Association’s Public Policy Task Force.