The National Transgender Discrimination Survey released by The Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) shows that transgender individuals face extremely high barriers to economic security.
A shocking 90% of respondents reported facing discrimination on the job and respondents were four times more likely to live in poverty than non-Trans people.
What is STEEP?
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 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 Wednesday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Seattle Counseling Service (1216 Pine Street Suite #300 Seattle, WA 98101).
STEEP’s mission is to empower Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming people in the Greater Seattle Area to build economic stability through gainful employment or business development.
Our vision is to dramatically reduce the negative economic impact experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people as a simple result of being who they are, transitioning in the workplace or in some way not conforming to gender norms. Trans or gender non-conforming people will know where to turn and have a welcoming entry point into and partner through the employment or business building process. We will provide range of resources available appropriate to their needs be they entry level, career development or workplace advocacy. We will substantially impact the employment climate for our clients, improving understanding and openness of employers large and small and agencies, public and private.
What Are We Doing About It?
Right now we are supporting our community with STEEP breakout groups 1st and 3rd Wednesday nights of Every month, as a component of our ongoing support group offerings. This group is open to all members of our community regardless of situation or identity. This is a co-facilitated group with an Ingersoll peer facilitator and a professional vocational counselor working together to provide support, referrals and option to get you going.
If any of the issues below are causing you problems, this group is a good way to get going:
Discrimination at work
Insurance discrimination or issues
Job History issues
Housing stability and transportation
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