The National Transgender Discrimination Survey released by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) shows that what we know to be true is also reflected nationally - 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?

STEEP’s focus is to address the economic injustices our communities face by supporting trans and gender diverse people in the Greater Seattle Area on an individual level to build economic stability through gainful employment or entrepreneurial efforts. Our vision is to dramatically reduce the negative economic impact experienced by transgender and gender diverse people as a simple result of being who they are, transitioning in the workplace or in some way not conforming to gender norms.

We host a STEEP breakout group the first Wednesday from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Seattle Counseling Service that will focus on issues related to the challenging job market and the special challenges faced by trans and gender diverse people..

Is STEEP for me?

STEEP is open to all members of our communities regardless of situation or identity. The STEEP breakout group is a co-facilitated group by an Ingersoll peer facilitator and a professional vocational counselor working together to provide support, referrals and resources to help trans and gender diverse people find support themselves.

If you’re facing any of the challenges below, this group is a good way to get going:

  • Unemployed or under-employed
  • Changing careers
  • Discimination at work
  • ID documents
  • Insurance discrimination or issues
  • Job history issues
  • Pre-vocational readiness
  • Housing stability and transportation
  • Self-employment
  • Education

If you’re an employer and you would like to support trans and gender diverse people at your business please take a look at our community engagement trainings. If you’d like to support our efforts at STEEP please email us at info@ingersollgendercenter.org.