Ingersoll Gender Center supports transgender people toward growth and well-being. We provide support, education, advocacy, and information resources for people interested in gender identity issues, and for service providers, employers, families and friends as well, in order to promote understanding, awareness and acceptance of gender diversity.
The core of Ingersoll Gender Center’s programming is our perennial peer support program. Ingersoll has provided peer support services continually for over 1800 consecutive weeks without exception, through blizzards, on Christmas day, without fail. Having a reliable, safe place to go, to know you are not alone and have value, have friends, support, information and renewed energy in a sometimes hostile world, means everything. That is why we have been doing this week in and week out for over 30 years.
Ingersoll also supports the people who support Trans people. Healthy relationships are vital to healthy lives. We understand that when a transgender person transitions or comes out, everyone close to them is affected. As such Ingersoll also provides support programs for “Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies” (SOFFA), currently through bi-monthly “break-out” meetings from our weekly Wednesday support groups.
The Seattle Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (STEEP) is a new program of Ingersoll Gender Center that is committed to helping Transgender and Gender Variant people improve their self-employment and career options. The first phase of STEEP is a twice-monthly break-out group that will focus on issues related to the challenging job market and the special challenges faced by Transgender people. Please join the group on every first and third Wednesday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Seattle Counseling Service (1216 Pine Street Suite #300 Seattle, WA 98101).
Outreach, Development and Referral
Discrimination is so often based primarily in ignorance and invalid stereotypes. We believe that education and outreach over the long-term can have a tremendously positive impact on the lives of all transgender and gender variant people. Being a small and relatively invisible community, many people believe they have never met a transgender person and have all of their impressions formed by sensationalistic, shallow or negative media portrayals. Personal contact with a well-spoken trans or gender variant person who can speak to their own experiences can make a tremendous impression, one person and one classroom at a time. Ingersoll regularly provides trained and inspirational speakers through its speakers bureau program.
Safeguarding Rights and Dignity through Law and Public Policy
We have seen how rights and good policies once won cannot be taken for granted and assumed to always continue. Working with our partner organizations at the local and national levels, we cultivate relationships with decision makers and government officials, watchdog legislation and policy of concern to our community, and take action and advocate for our community when the need arises.