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Welcome to our new website!

2017-05-08 06:21:14 UTC

Friends and community supporters, 

Welcome to our new website! We have been hard at work the last couple of months planning for our future. After a lot of reflection, conversations and hard work we’re excited to share with you what we’ve been up to. Earlier this year we updated our mission, vision and values to be more in line with the future Ingersoll is working towards. Much of the wisdom reflected in those statements comes from conversations with and the experiences of our trans and gender diverse communities.

In addition to our new website you’ll notice we have new logo. We’re pretty proud of it. With every logo over the last four decades we’ve incorporated different forms of interlocking shapes. Why? This has been our own historical interpretation of the interconnectedness and  fluidity of gender. Just as we talk about at our support group, there is no one way to be trans and we hope that our new logo embodies that important concept. Our new logo brings forth a new interpretation of this theme, honoring our past while looking forward to the future we’re excited to be building with you.  

As you explore our new website we hope that you find it easier to find the resources you need,  stay up to date with what we’re up to and get involved. We will continue to expand our website and resources that support transgender and gender diverse people in expressing their full self-determination. We’re excited to share this next phase of our work with you. If you have any questions or want to help us add more resources for our communities please reach out to us via email at info@ingersollgendercenter.org. If you would like to support our continued work please consider becoming a monthly donor or making a personally meaningful donation here

Onward, 
Karter Booher
Executive Director

Our response to the death of Charleena Lyles

2017-06-20 18:34:35 UTC
We were devastated when we learned that Charleena Lyles was killed after an interaction with the Seattle Police Department this weekend. Charleena was killed after calling the police for help. We know that the systemic devaluing of black lives, the racism, that leads to injustices like this reinforce the transphobia we work so hard to undo. We know that trans and gender nonconcorming people, in particular trans and gender nonconforming people of color, are more likely to be arrested or detained when calling for support from the police than receive the support they need. This is not, unfortunately, a rare instance for many in our communities. We stand with many in the community in calling for a full and fair investigation of what happened to Charleena. 


As we look toward a weekend of being in community and commemorating Pride here in Seattle we know it's important to pause in this moment and reflect on our vision and the work ahead. As we here at Ingersoll work towards a world that nurtures healthy communities free from violence, centers self-determination for all people, and celebrates all gender identities and expressions we know our work will not be done until #blacklivesmatter. We are driven to work towards a future in which violence of this nature is not common place and all people have access to their ful self determination. 


Again, we know that the systemic devaluing of black lives, the racism, that leads to injustices like this reinforce the transphobia we work so hard to undo; that systemic racism and transphobia are intrinsically linked. We will continue to seek out ways to challenge the systems that devalue black lives as we understand that challenging these systems will always contribute to a world that celebrates all gender identities and expressions free from violence. We have a shared responsibility to dismantle the multiple forms of oppression (racism, misogyny, ableism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia among others) that the trans and gender nonconforming folks we serve face. We are committed to doing this work internally and in our communities.    


One concrete step we're taking today is to find ways to support Charleena's family and her children. You can find out more information on how to best do that by checking in with these folks: Sand Point Elementary PTA, No New Youth Jail Seattle, Solid Ground and The Station