Student Leadership Celebrates National Coming Out Day

Image is a custom Zoom background. White text on a dark blue background reads "North Seattle College Student Leadership Celebrates National Coming Out Day" above an array of many pride flags. On the right side of the image, a pink door opens to reveal the Progressive Pride flag
Please enjoy this custom Zoom background for National Coming Out Day! The famous Pink Door was first created by students in North’s now-inactive theater department. LGBTQ+ Pride Club dug it out of storage some years ago to use in Coming Out Day, and it’s been a centerpiece of affirming celebrations ever since! If you joined us last year, you may have had the opportunity to pose, “coming out” through the door, with silly photo booth props and cupcakes and feather boas. This year, we are virtual, but the spirit of celebration remains. We are proud to support our LGBTQ+ community, and hope you can join us next year for cupcakes 🙂

Not sure how to connect, or where to start? Student Leaders have put together a list of campus and community resources! This list is not 100% comprehensive, nor is it an official endorsement – just us, doing our best to be helpful! Most of these have been updated to reflect changes due to COVID, but it’s a good idea to check what precautions different organizations are taking, just in case.

CAMPUS RESOURCES 

LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
Did you know that NSC has an affinity group dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community? The LGBTQ+ Affinity Group is led by students, and supported by North to focus on centering and supporting students from systemically non-dominant communities, and they meet up every Wednesday at 3pm.
Contacts: 
Jordan Taylor (They/them/theirs) – Jordan.H.Taylor@seattlecolleges.edu 
Vita Harvey (They/them/theirs) – Vita.Harvey@seattlecolleges.edu
Zoom Link: zoom.us/j/92281898090?pwd=dU5aVWplNDNLNHMrRkMwbmc5UTdrZz09

Counseling Office 
NSC’s counselors are highly educated, and trained to help students cope with a range of personal life challenges and concerns that may impact personal and academic performance. Anything you wish to discuss in these meetings are confidential. 
Contacts:
Email: nscccounseling@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: +1(206)934-3676
Website: northseattle.edu/counseling

United Way Benefits Hub 
Benefits Hub addresses needs in four quadrants: 
Emergency/Crisis Financial Assistance
Food Insecurity
Homelessness Prevention
Managing Financial Resources to pay for and stay in school
Contacts:
Coach Paula Marroquin – paula.a.marroquin@seattlecolleges.edu
Phone: +1 (206)934-4636
Website: northseattle.edu/equity-diversity-inclusion/united-way-benefits-hub

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Hotlines

The Trevor Project
thetrevorproject.org
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Call 1-866-488-7386 available 24/7, as well as text and chat support.

LGBT National Hotline
glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html
The LGBT National Hotline is for all ages. We provide a safe space that is anonymous and confidential where callers can speak on many different issues and concerns including, but limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more. Call at 1-888-843-4564 (available Mon-Fri from 1PM-9PM PT, Sat from 9AM-2PM PT.

Trans Lifeline
https://translifeline.org
Trans Lifeline’s 24/7 Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. All operators are trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.
Trans Lifeline also offers microgrants to help you change your legal name and update your government identification documents. Our advocates will guide you through the process and paperwork, and then we’ll cut you a check for the entire cost.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
A U.S. toll-free service available 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call at 1-800-273-8255.

Physical & Mental Health

Seattle Counseling Service
https://seattlecounseling.org/
SCS is committed to providing high-quality, accessible, culturally competent care. In addition to mental health counseling, SCS offers substance use disorder services; support groups; harm reduction programs; HIV prevention programs; peer-led outreach; and immigrant, refugee, and undocumented outreach.

Gay City
https://www.gaycity.org
Free multilingual assistance to enroll in Medicaid or a health insurance plan, regular and emergency access to PrEP, COVID testing, HIV/STI testing, and help getting ORCA LIFT cards.

45th Street Clinic (Neighborcare Teen Clinic) https://neighborcare.org/clinics/neighborcare-health-45th-street
Gender affirming services for youth and young adults ages 12-23 who are currently homeless or have been homeless at some point in the last 12 months. See Health Services section for more information on services.

Seattle Queer/Trans (Friendly) of Color Therapist Directory https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bl0_Z4k3fHyZUxGdIp9sn1MgygkIpN05hvsjAlzGDJ0/

Financial Support

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network
TWOC Solidarity Network provides unrestricted funds to trans women of color.
https://www.facebook.com/TWOCSolidarityNW/
https://www.instagram.com/twocsolidaritynetwork/

Pride Foundations Scholarships
https://pridefoundation.org/find-funding/scholarships/

Legal Support

QLaw Foundation
http://www.qlawfoundation.org/lgbtq-legal-clinic.html
QLaw’s LGBTQ Legal Clinic offers King County residents a free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney specially trained to discuss commonly faced LGBTQ legal issues. Consultations are by appointment only. To make an appointment call 206-267-7070 Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am- 12:00 pm, and request the QLaw Legal Clinic. The clinic is held the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Lavender Rights Project
https://www.lavenderrightsproject.org/
Get That Sh*t Done! Monthly Identity Document Clinic, held on the last Friday of every month from 3:00-5:00pm (now on Zoom). Up-to-date information for changing name and/or gender markers on state IDs, passports, birth certificates and social security. Get one-on-one help with your questions and concerns.
Also offers free 30-minute legal consultations, sliding scale legal services, mediation, and know your rights clinics for trans, gender non-conforming, and LGB identified communities.

Community groups & organizations

Ingersoll Gender Center
https://ingersollgendercenter.org/
Trans-led peer support groups meet every Wednesday from 7pm – 9pm (now remote due to COVID).
1st Wednesday of the month: Breakout groups for trans feminine people, trans masculine people, SOFFAs (significant others, friends, family, and allies), All Gender Expressions (AGE). We also host a QLaw Clinic, wherein attendees can meet one-on-one with a legal advisor to discuss civil law issues.
2nd Wednesday of the month: We meet as a single, large group.
3rd Wednesday of the month: We break out into small groups based on topics chosen by attendees and also host SOFFA and STEEP (Seattle Transgender Economic Empowerment Project) break out groups.
4th Wednesday of the month: We meet as a single, large group.
5th Wednesday of the month (if there is one!): We offer various workshops as well as a discussion group to provide support.
Request community financial assistance: https://ingersollgendercenter.org/resources/support-request-form/
Ingersoll offers financial support for identity documents, gender affirming clothes, emergency HRT support, and stable housing. They also offer coaching and referrals for employment, housing, and folks navigating financial systems.

NW Network of BTLG Survivors of Abuse
https://www.nwnetwork.org/
Safety and support planning, all-gender support groups, advocacy, referrals for housing, food banks, legal assistance, and mental health programs. NW Network also offers relationship skills classes, including some by and for POC.

Entre Hermanos
http://entrehermanos.org/
Serves the Latinx LGBTQ community. Offices are temporarily closed due to COVID. Make an appointment for free HIV testing, and free/low cost access to PrEP. Also offers legal assistance, immigration and asylum support, family law clinics, and support for DACA recipients.

People of Color Against AIDS Network
http://pocaan.org
POCAAN offers life skills, youth mentorship, assistance for HIV+ POC, transitional and reentry support for adults leaving prison or jail, free HIV testing, and support for folks exploring recovery from substance use. Their Trans Economic Project seeks to empower and assess needs in the Black trans community with goals to address inequities faced by members of the transgender, non-binary/gender non-conforming, and gender diverse communities of greater Seattle.

UTOPIA
https://www.utopiaseattle.org
UTOPIA is a grassroots organization for the Queer and Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI) community in South King County, led and founded by women of color who identify as transgender and/or fa’afafine. UTOPIA helps folks access transgender health services, housing and other services. We provide support groups and assistance for Pacific Islanders in the sex industry, providing testing kits, HIV prevention and screening, and contraceptives and other important healthcare resources. We also work to connect QTPI to healthcare resources like insurance and preventative care to address health disparities. We provide clothing (new or gently-used professional attire) for Trans/Gender Diverse community who are in need of accessible options for workplace clothes and offer career counseling and resource referral.

Gender Spectrum
https://genderspectrum.org/articles/gender-spectrum-groups
Free online audio, video, or chat support for trans, non-binary, and gender expansive youth, as well as adults, parents, and families.

Lambert House
http://www.lamberthouse.org/youth-programs
Lambert House is a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 11-22. Our calendar is packed with fun activities, support groups, planning meetings, dances, and other events. Lambert House is where LGBTQ youth make life better for each other. Currently working on moving programming online due to COVID.

Other resources

King Country Trans Resource & Referral Guide
https://kctransguide.org/

Refuge Restrooms
refugerestrooms.org
If you have a smartphone, download Refuge Restrooms to see all single-occupancy all-gender restrooms in your area.

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