Celebrating Black History & Cultures

This was us last year: celebrating Black History with a month of presentations and discussions, trivia games, food, screen printing, even a talent show.

This year, our BSU is hosting a series of awesome virtual events, and we hope to see you there at https://tinyurl.com/nscbsu
Friday 2/12, 3-4PM: Honoring Black History, with a virtual tour of the NW African American Museum
Friday 2/19, 3-4PM: Sister Circle discussion group for WOC
Thursday 2/25, 12-2:30PM: Streaming the documentary LA 92
Friday 2/26, 3-4PM: Discussing the film LA 92

We hope to get back to all our in-person celebrations by 2022, but in the meantime we wanted to share how we, the Student Leadership Events Board, have been celebrating Black art, media, creativity & joy in our everyday lives. Of course there is way more than we could ever list in one article, so this reflects some things that we have personally enjoyed lately.

Check out our list below and if one of your faves is missing, share in the comments!

BOOKS

  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir – Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele
    This book is actually also our all-campus read this year at North. Contact the Library to see if any free copies are still available & sign up to join a faculty-led book discussion!
  • Black Futures – Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
    Black Futures is an American anthology of Black art, writing, and other creative work, form over 100 contributors.
  • Heavy – Keise Laymon 
    It is about the jagged, uneven road to becoming a writer and a man; it is a chronicle of daily confrontations with the twin assaults of American racism and America’s weight-obsessed culture. Heavy is a compelling record of American violence and family violence, and the wide, rutted embrace of family love.
  • Homie – Danez Smith
    In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living
  • Honey Girl – Morgan Rogers
    CW: mental illness, self-harm. Grace is a hard-working straight-A student who just finished her PhD in astronomy. Then, celebrating in Vegas, she gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know. Things start to fall apart, but not at all how you’d expect.
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue – George M. Johnson
    Personal essays by an LGBTQ+ activist & journalist about growing up, stories and reflections on Black joy, structural marginalization, brotherhood, relationships, and toxic masculinity, gender identity, and more.
  • Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
    A Sci-fi classic, written in 1993 but set in 2020. Feels a little more real every day…
  • Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
    Follows 12-year-old Sunny, a Nigerian-American girl with albinism, as she finds her way into a hidden magical community and learns to navigate friendships and identity.
  • Pet – Akwaeke Emezi
    CW: allusions to child abuse. In a utopian future where “there are no monsters anymore,” 17-year-old Jam accidentally brings one of her mother’s horrifying paintings to life.
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of Americas Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson 
    This historical account tells the stories of some of the six million(!!) Black Americans who moved from the South to the North between 1915 and 1970.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – Isabel Wilkerson
    This riveting, illuminating book uncovers the unspoken hierarchies that shape US society.

PODCASTS

  • The Read
    A weekly pop culture podcast by two Black queer writers based in NYC. It is hilarious, poignant, not necessarily family friendly, and always a good time.  
  • Still Processing
    Two culture writers from the New York Times share writing and dialogue on current events, music, movies, art, etc.
  • Therapy for Black Girls
    A weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
  • Bag Ladiez
    Two Afro-latinx Dominican friends chat and joke about baggage, world events, vulnerability, and how we can live our truest, most authentic lives.
  • Introverted Black Girl
    Relatable, conversational, and funny. Short, sweet episodes run 10-20 minutes.

SHOWS

  • Insecure
    A Black millennial woman struggles through job and relationship hoopla. Very funny, fairly lighthearted, and very relatable.
  • Watchmen
    With a combo like Sci-fi and racism, what could go wrong? Well, most things.
  • Lovecraft Country
    See above but add a creepy factor.
  • Pose
    Ballroom is the lifeforce of all things trendy and fun, this show is a great peek into the history and contributions of Black and Latinx queer folks.
  • I May Destroy You
    TW: Sexual Assault. Incredibly written, thought provoking, and raw.
  • Queen Sugar
    Compelling & dramatic, this show follow three Black siblings in rural Louisiana as they try to determine the fate of his sugarcane farm following his sudden death.

Plus here’s a list of movies that highlight Black joy (the 90s are well represented!): https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/movies-about-black-joy-48137615

MUSIC

Logic – “No Pressure” album

Jazmine Sullivan – “Heaux Tales” album

Beyoncé – “Black is King” visual album

Be Steadwell – “Queer Love Songs”

LOCAL BUSINESSES

  • Pam’s Kitchen – 1715 N 45th St, Seattle
    Owner & chef Pam moved here from Trinidad in the early 90s and worked cleaning houses until she earned enough to open her now-iconic restaurant. Don’t miss out!
  • Island Soul – 4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
    Mouth-watering Caribbean-inspired soul food (with vegetarian options)! Contactless pick-up available.
  • Simply Soulful Cafe – 2909-B E Madison St, Seattle
    Authentic southern recipes that have been passed down through generations.
  • Enat – 11546 15th Ave NE, Seattle
    Delicious, reasonably-priced Ethiopian food in the North End, including vegetarian options.
  • The Station – 1600 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle
    Black & Latinx owned business, employs POC and LGBTQ+ folx from the community, supports artists of all kinds. Food & coffee, including amazing signature drinks, and you can order online.
  • Black Coffee Northwest – 16743 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline
    Great coffee, and a drive-thru. They host local events and do job trainings and internships for Black youth. They’ve had to deal with a lot of gross racism since opening, so your support is important.
  • Slim Pickins Outfitter
    Okay, so this isn’t exactly local, but this Black-owned outdoor gear shop is the only one in Texas, possibly in the country. Sales have been way down since COVID, to the point where there’s a go fund me to save the location. If you’re doing your shopping online anyway, check them out!

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100 Years of Trans Awareness

In honor of Trans Awareness Week, Student Leadership has put together a timeline to give context to the social and legal status of trans people in the US today. Trans and gender diverse people have existed in every society in the world since the beginning of time. While this timeline is not even close to a complete history, we hope you find it helpful and meaningful as a starting point.

1919: Magnus Hirschfeld opens the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin. It becomes the first clinic to serve transgender people on a regular basis.

1931: German domestic worker Dora Richter and Danish painter Lili Elbe, both patients of Magnus Hirschfeld, are among the first documented recipients of gender-affirming surgery.

1945: Black trans woman and socialite Lucy Hicks Anderson is tried for perjury in California after listing her sex as female on a marriage license. Quoted as saying, “I defy any doctor in the world to prove that I am not a woman,” she is sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

1945: British aristocrat and physician Michael Dillon becomes the first documented trans man to undergo gender-affirming medical care.

1952: US Army veteran & photographer Christine Jorgensen is outed by the press after receiving gender-affirming care in Denmark. As one of the first widely-known trans women in the country, she goes on to become a celebrity, activist, and successful nightclub owner.

August 1966: Compton’s Cafeteria Riots are sparked when a trans woman throws a cup of coffee into the face of a police officer who is unlawfully harassing her. The first recorded trans riot in U.S. history marks a turning point in the LGBTQ movement. A network of transgender social, psychological, and medical support services is established in San Francisco as a result.

1968: National Transsexual Counseling Unit is created in San Francisco, becoming the world’s first trans peer-run support and advocacy.

June 1969: Black and brown trans and gender non-conforming people lead resistance to police in the raid on the Stonewall Inn, sparking the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson emerge as heroes of the movement.

1972: Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to allow citizens to legally change their gender.

1975: Minneapolis becomes the first city to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against trans people.

1980: “Transsexualism” is officially listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

October 1980: Development of the Standards of Care which will go on to become the worldwide foundation for gender affirming medical care.

1993: Minnesota passes the first law in the US prohibiting discrimination against transgender people.

November 1999: First Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is observed.

2002: Transgender Law Center, a civil rights organization that advocates for transgender communities, opens its first office in San Francisco.

February 2004: The Gender Recognition Act becomes law, allowing people to legally change their gender markers and be recognized for the purposes of marriage and other issues.

2005: California became the first state to mandate transgender health care coverage with the Insurance Gender Nondiscrimination Act.

2006: Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act becomes law in the US. The bill prevents defendants from using panic strategies and potential biases against the victim to minimize their actions.

2006: Kim Coco Iwamoto is elected to Hawaii Board of Education, becoming highest-elected trans official in the U.S.

2007: Spain passes world’s first gender identity laws which allow for the change of documented identity without requiring surgery.

2008: Stu Rassmussen of Silverton, Oregon becomes the first openly trans mayor in the U.S.

June 2010: It becomes legal to change the gender marker on a US passport with a letter from a doctor.

2010: Amanda Simpson is named senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, becoming the first transgender presidential appointee.

October 2010: Phyllis R. Frye, a lawyer since 1981, is sworn in as the nation’s first openly transgender judge.

2012: Kylar Broadus, Founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, becomes the first trans person to testify before Congress. Testifies before the US Senate in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

June 2013: Obama administration makes it possible to change gender markers on Social Security cards.

2014: Department of Health and Human Services rules that Medicare must cover gender confirmation surgery.

2014: Laverne Cox, an actress in “Orange Is the New Black,” becomes first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. In July, she becomes the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy.

December 2014: Department of Justice rules that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on gender identity.

August 2015: White House hires an openly transgender staff member, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, to serve as outreach and recruitment director on President Obama’s staff.

June 2016: Trans people allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military.

January 2017: Less than two hours after swearing-in, Trump administration removes all mentions of LGBTQ people and rights from the White House web page.

July 2017: Trump administration announces first attempt at banning transgender people from serving in the military.

October 2018: US representatives at the United Nations work to remove references to transgender people in UN human rights documents.

April 2019: Department of Defense puts ban on transgender service members into effect, putting service members at risk of discharge if they come out or are found out to be transgender.

May 2019: World Health Organization removes gender non-conformity from its list of mental disorders.

September 2019: Merriam-Webster dictionary adds non-binary “they” pronouns.  

October 2019: Supreme Court hears arguments over whether employees can legally be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

November 2019: Department of Health and Human Services announces plans to repeal regulations prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion in all HHS grant programs. These include programs to address the HIV, opioid, and youth homelessness epidemics.

November 2019: Washington allows residents to change the gender marker on state ID to M, F, or X for free, without documentation from doctor or court.

January 2020: COVID-19 begins spreading in the US. Lost income, social isolation, medical discrimination, and postponement of “elective” gender-affirming care take tolls on people’s mental and physical health. Trans Lifeline reports 4-5x the usual volume of calls on unemployment stress and workplace discrimination, and a 300% increase in calls about domestic violence and healthcare.

June 2020: Trump administration removes healthcare protections for LGBTQ people.

June 2020: US Supreme Court extends federal job protections to LGBTQ people.

July 2020: Department of Housing and Urban Development reverses a rule which had protected trans people from discrimination at homeless shelters and federally funded housing services.

November 2020: Voters elect or reelect seven trans candidates to state office, including Mauree Turner (first nonbinary person to serve in a state legislature & first Muslim lawmaker in Oklahoma); Sarah McBride (first openly trans state senator in the US, Delaware); Stephanie Byers (first openly trans Native state lawmaker, Kansas); Jill Rose Quinn (judge, & first openly trans official in Illinois); and Taylor Small (first openly trans person in Vermont state legislature).

All Things Scary: Movies, Shows and Podcasts

WARNING: Due to the nature of these films, some may be triggering.

Child Friendly Movies:

WARNING: DUE TO THE NATURE OF THESE VIDEOS, THEY MAY BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME PEOPLE

WARNING: DUE TO THE NATURE OF THESE VIDEOS, THEY MAY BE TRIGGERING FOR SOME PEOPLE
WARNING: DUE TO THE NATURE OF THESE PODCASTS, THE CONTENTS MAY BE TRIGGERING TO SOME

Faculty Horror Stories | Halloween 2020

Featuring: Jim Jewell (updated 10/29/2020)

Turn your lights off, and brace yourself for these thrilling short stories from our brilliant Faculty and Staff this Halloween! Stay tuned as this blog post will be updated frequently as new stories come in.

  1. Piggy Back Ride – Read by Prof. Jim Jewell

2. The White Lady – Read by Prof. Jim Jewell

3. Jim’s Scariest Halloween – Read by Prof. Jim Jewell

4. The Aswang (Filipino Folklore) – Read by Dr. Mari Acob-nash

Stay tuned for more!

Don’t miss out our other activities:

Movie & Kiki – National Coming Out Day

Happy National Coming Out Day!

To honor, celebrate, learn about and uplift our LGBTQ+ community and their stories, we’d like to share with you a list of LGBTQ+ movies and shows you can stream in the comfort of your own homes!

Hopefully someday soon, we can share space and enjoy these movies together. Until then, we hope you enjoy!

Additionally, you are also invited to watch the documentary “Disclosure” this week to celebrate the holiday, which can be streamed on Netflix. On October 9th, we will be hosting a discussion to engage in conversation about this powerful and moving documentary right here – in the comment section of our North Seattle Blog! (Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysbX6JUlaEc&t=18s)

“Disclosure” was executively produced by the one and only Laverne Cox (Three time Emmy nominated actress, and Emmy Award winning film producer, most known for her role in ”Orange is the New Black”), which highlights the representation of trans folx in media and Hollywood. The documentary has received numerous accolades and praise since its premier and presents an authentic and raw look at the experience of trans folx in America.

As we invite you to partake in a post-viewing discussion, keep the prompts below in mind as you watch the movie and share your thoughts in the comments section.

And of course, do not feel pressured to share more than you are comfortable. Our intent is to create a space of learning and understanding with our North Seattle Community and beyond!

Please observe proper netiquette as you participate, as this subject can be very personal and there are real individuals behind the keyboard! This conversation will be monitored by our Student Leadership board to keep the conversation on topic and appropriate.

  • What kind of thoughts and feelings does this documentary bring forward for you?
  • Did you learn anything new from this documentary? If so, what? Can you apply this new information into your day to day life? How?
  • If you could change one thing about LGBTQ+, BIPOC representation in the media, what would it be? What would that look like?

List of LGBTQIA+ Movies, Shows and Stories

Below is a list of movies and shows that you can stream through Netflix, the Seattle Public Library, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming sites, or can be borrowed through our very own North Seattle Library. There are some movies with question marks by them, because we were unable to find a streaming site that housed these titles due to them being foreign, or independently produced.
We’ve included trailers of all movies in the links below.

This is a living document, and can be updated as we learn more about where movies can be streamed, or if other movies and shows come to our attention that encompass the many diverse voices and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community! Please feel free to reach out to Nicola.Rigor@seattlecolleges.edu if you have any other titles you would like to add!

Movies:

Disclosure (2020) – Netflix

Moonlight (2016) – Netflix – TW: drug use, child neglect, bullying, some violence.

Gods Own Country (2017) – TW: sexual scenes, themes of xenophobia


Pride (2014)

Tangerine (2015) – TW: sexual themes, drug use, violence

Milk (2008) – Netflix

Pariah (2011) – TW: There is a scene of DV centered around homophobia

The Birdcage (1996) – Netflix

Ma Vie En Rose (1997) – Foreign Film: Belgian, French

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) – Hulu – Foregin Film: French

Paris is Burning (1990) – Amazon Prime


Girl (2018) – Netflix – TW: Sexual violence, self harm. There is an in depth disclaimer at the beginning of the film on Netflix on what triggering scenes to expect.

Mosquita y Mari (2012)

Lingua Franca (2020) – Netflix

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) – Netflix

TV Shows:

Euphoria (HBO) – TW: heavy drug use, some violence and graphic sexual content.

Pose (Netflix)

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.