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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

Take Action Today To Support Low-Income Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Washingtonians' Access to Life Saving Health Care!

2017-06-27 21:51:56 UTC
Earlier today Ingersoll joined our partners in the Coalition for Inclusive Health Care in Olympia to testify in front of the Health Care Authority of Washington on behalf of more just administrative rules as they relate to accessing gender affirming care for transgender and gender nonconforming Washingtonians on Apple Health. You can check out our testimony here and find our written comments down below. You have until 5:00pm today to submit comments to the Health Care Authority in favor of more just administrative rules that would give more low-income transgender and gender nonconforming Washingtonians access to the life saving health care they need. Check out this note from Gender Justice League for what kind of comments are most helpful and feel free to reach out to us at info@ingersollgendercenter.org! 
 

Dear Rules Coordinator:                            
My name is Karter Booher and I am writing you as the Executive Director of the Ingersoll Gender Center to offer our comments to the proposed changes to administrative rules for Apple Health’s Gender Dysphoria Treatment Program. In addition to our comments below we strongly support the comments submitted by the Coalition for Inclusive Healthcare. 

Ingersoll Gender Center is one of the nations oldest organizations of and by transgender and gender nonconforming people. Ingersoll members have been involved with World Professional Association of Transgender Health since 1984. A large focus of work is healthcare access for transgender and gender nonconforming people. In addition to helping individuals navigate health insurance to access gender affirming care we support a group of almost four hundred health care providers across the state of Washington to learn the best approaches to transgender healthcare from each other and increase the number of trans-competent healthcare providers in Washington. We provide comments with both the transgender and gender nonconforming people we serve and the healthcare providers we work with in mind. 

As an organization we believe that the best approach to gender affirming care is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. In line with the WPATH standards we support standards of care that act as flexible guidelines that allow transgender people to be seen and treated as whole persons in need of individualized treatment plans. Additionally, most of the healthcare providers that we work to support use an informed consent model that centers the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming people and their relationship with trusted healthcare providers to make the best decisions for the individual seeking treatment. We support the current Apple Health Care rules that use pre surgical requirements that adhere to WPATH standards of care and are deeply concerned by the HCA’s proposed change to require a strict application of requirements. Transgender and gender nonconforming people already navigate numerous barriers in accessing gender affirming care. We believe that a rigid application of requirements will contribute to an erosion of trust in healthcare providers (leading to negative healthcare impacts across the board for transgender and gender nonconforming people) and prevent trans and gender nonconforming people from accessing life saving gender affirming care. 

In particular, we are concerned about the proposed changes that would eliminate flexibility in presurgical requirements, including requirements on “real life experience,” psychological screening, and hormone therapy. The National Center for Transgender Equality surveyed almost 28,000 transgender Americans to create the 2015 U.S Transgender Survey. Almost one quarter of respondents reported being physically attacked while in school (k-12) due to their gender identity. Thirty percent of respondents reported being fired, denied a promotion or facing some other form of mistreatment at work (verbally harassed, physically or sexually assaulted). Additionally this survey found that 29% of respondents were living in poverty (compared to 14% of the average US population) and respondents had an unemployment rate three times higher than the average U.S population. The evidence provided by the 2015 U.S Transgender Survey support the stories of the transgender and gender nonconforming people we serve and paint a more than adequate picture as to why some may feel unsafe in disclosing or “coming out” in every aspect of their lives. We support the flexibility of current HCA rules and believe that a rigid and universal application of ‘real life experience’ standards would not only prevent transgender and gender nonconforming people from accessing gender affirming care but would very likely force transgender and gender nonconforming people to put themselves in unsafe situations in pursuit of adequate healthcare. 

We work in collaboration with mental health providers to ensure that they have the skills, resources and support of peers to provide trans competent care to our communities because we know an overwhelming majority of transgender and gender nonconforming people seek mental health services and they deserve gender affirming and trans competent care. While this is of great import to us we also recognize that not all transgender and gender nonconforming people will seek out mental health support. Requiring a "comprehensive psychosocial evaluation” for all transgender and gender nonconforming people seeking care creates an undo burden and additional barriers to accessing care. Similarly, the strict implementation of the hormone therapy standards set out in WAC 182-531-1675(5)(c) would preclude transgender and gender nonconforming people who, for any number of valid reasons, decide not to pursue hormone replacement therapy from accessing gender affirming healthcare. Once more, we support the flexibility of current HCA rules and believe rigid requirements applied to ‘real life experience’, psychological screening and hormone therapy will have a direct and negative impact on the ability for our communities to access care. 

Additionally, we urge a strong reconsideration of the non covered services listed in Section 6. Many of the services listed in Section 6 are common procedures that transgender and gender nonconforming people pursue to alleviate gender dysphoria in line with WPATH standards of care; in particular, we find it deeply troubling that facial feminization, trachea shave and voice therapy are included in the non covered services listed in Section 6. Ingersoll has helped transgender and gender nonconforming people seeking to alleviate their gender dysphoria access these procedures for decades. We do not believe the exception to the rule process is an adequate alternative as it creates more barriers and undo burden on transgender and gender nonconforming people attempting to access gender affirming care. 

Ingersoll strongly supports the proposed language in revised subsection (2)(b), which would add licensed master’s level clinicians to the list of providers who may make or confirm a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. We know that this change will dramatically increase access to care for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Under the current rules, Ingersoll often acts as an intermediary between individuals and healthcare providers not currently able to make or confirm a diagnosis of gender dysphoria looking for healthcare providers that are currently able to make such a confirmation. This rule change will not only increase access to care but will also allow master’s level clinicians to spend more time supporting their clients and not searching for referrals. Similarly we support the removal of the “centers of excellence” (COE) requirements in WAC 182-531-1675 as we have found the that provision to create more barriers to care for our communities. Both proposed changes will make a substantial positive impact on our work with transgender and gender nonconforming people seeking care and the health care providers working to expand access to gender affirming care. 

Thank you for your consideration of our comments. Ingersoll Gender Center is committed to ensuring all transgender and gender nonconforming Washingtonians have access to trans competent gender affirming healthcare. We welcome any follow up questions or conversations. 


Sincerely, 

Karter Booher, 
Executive Director Ingersoll Gender Center 

We're hiring! Are you the new Healthcare Access Coordinator we're looking for?

2017-07-17 21:12:34 UTC
Healthcare Access Coordinator Job Description:

Ingersoll Gender Center is one of our nation’s oldest organizations by and for transgender and gender non-conforming communities. As we celebrate our fortieth year in 2017 we are excited to begin expanding our Healthcare Access Project. Currently, we support transgender and gender nonconforming people in finding gender affirming healthcare and navigating insurance difficulties. Additionally, we manage a large group of healthcare providers that are committed to educating each other on the best approaches to care and how to remove barriers our communities face. 

To begin expanding the work, Ingersoll Gender Center is looking to bring on a Healthcare Access Coordinator. Our Healthcare Access Coordinator will join a team working to support transgender and gender nonconforming folks looking for gender affirming care, support our growing healthcare provider consult groups and manage our healthcare provider database. 

This will be a part time position based in our office in Capitol Hill. We are committed to bringing on a Healthcare Access Coordinator that we can support both in this position and their next position in the community. We are committed to investing in emerging leaders in our communities. While we don’t emphasis qualifications we do outline some experiences we think will help our Healthcare Access Coordinator be successful in their position. 

Think you may be the amazing human we’re looking for? Take a look down below for the experiences we’re looking for, the responsibilities of the role, compensation and how to apply. Any questions can be directed to info@ingersollgendercenter.org - no phone calls please.  

Desired Experiences

  • - Experience in navigating the healthcare system to find gender affirming care; preferably first hand experience. 

  • - Experience in communicating with collaborators with varying perspectives and interests. 

  • - Managing larger projects that span multiple months. 

  • - Using Google Suite products and basic data entry tools. 

Responsibilities

    • - Support transgender and gender nonconforming folks navigating barriers to care; respond to community request for support in finding gender affirming healthcare providers and navigating insurance difficulties. 

    • - Support the Washington Academy of Transgender Health and the Ingersoll Healthcare Provider Consult Group; coordinating with remote participants supporting monthly meetings with set up and tech trouble shooting, scheduling guest speakers, providing resources, managing the consult listserv and researching referral requests.

    • - Coordinate the management of our healthcare provider database.

    • - Support Executive Director with grant writing and data collection to expand Ingersoll’s Healthcare Access Project. 

Compensation and Benefits

  • This position will pay $15.00 an hour and will generally be 3-5 hours a week from the hopeful August 1st start date until the end of 2017. Some weeks may be more some may be less but in total you can expect to work no more than 100 hours from August 1st to the end of 2017.

How to Apply
  • Please submit a cover letter and resume to via email hap@ingersollgendercenter.org. In your cover letter please share with us  your passion and/or connection to our mission, your experiences in finding gender affirming healthcare and what you hope to learn from this position. 

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but application review will begin on July, 24th 2017. 



Ingersoll Gender Center is an equal opportunity employer. Ingersoll does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender identity or presentation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, immigration status, and the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in employment, volunteer opportunities or services rendered.