Led by Ingersoll Gender Center, the Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition has been awarded a two-year grant of $550,000 by King County as part of the Communities of Opportunity partnership. The coalition will address the economic barriers transgender and gender-nonconforming communities and LGBTQ people of color experience as a result of transphobia, homophobia and racism. The Coalition will build leadership development programs and engage area employers to develop model employment policies.
As the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in North America, GSBA says it will “focus on entrepreneurship and fostering the creation of small businesses run by transgender and gender non-conforming people. Additionally, GSBA will work with Coalition partners to create a model employment policy, provide training, and produce a business toolkit to be used by businesses to ensure they are treating their employees with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
“As a coalition of community led organizations we have been working together for decades to support and advocate for our communities. We are excited to receive this funding because it will expand our capacity to think bigger and develop a bolder vision of policies and programs to interrupt the systemic poverty our communities face – making a profound impact on the lives of transgender and LGBTQ communities of color,” says Karter Booher, Executive Director of Ingersoll Gender Center.
“We applaud King County for making a significant investment in addressing the enormous disparities faced by our transgender community, which suffers significant underemployment and lack of access to economic opportunities. GSBA is thrilled to be one of the named partners included in the Communities of Opportunity grant awarded to launch our community’s first Transgender Economic Empowerment program,” says Louise Chernin, President and CEO of GSBA.
Coalition partners represent a broad swath of King County’s LGBT population, including Ingersoll Gender Center, GSBA, U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle, POCAAN, Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center, Seattle Counseling Service, Pride Foundation, and Gender Odyssey.
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