Ingersoll Gender Center is an organization by, and for transgender and gender nonconforming people that provides mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education — all in the pursuit of our collective self-determination.
We envision a world that nurtures healthy communities free from violence, centers self-determination for all people, and celebrates all gender identities and expressions
Courageous authenticity and radical inclusivity:
We create spaces for folks to be their full authentic selves and practice self love with fierce respect for themselves and their communities.
We pursue approaches that center mutual aid and self-determination within healthy communities free from violence and oppression of all forms.
Compassion and empathy:
We believe that practicing both are integral to building sustainable and supportive communities.
We actively work for collective liberation because we know that transgender and gender diverse people live in the intersections of identities and communities. We are not free until we are all free.
Marsha C. Botzer founded Ingersoll Gender Center in 1977 as an organized response to emerging discussions of gender identity. From our beginning we’ve been focused on providing a dynamic person-centered direct service experience.
Starting with a support group modeled on work done by our friends at Seattle Counseling Service, Marsha expanded Ingersoll and created specific programs for transgender and gender nonconforming people. In 1984 Ingersoll became a formal not-for-profit organization and further developed its service capacity. Our support group lives on today, having run weekly for over 40 years!
Ingersoll volunteer leaders, working mutually, were crucial to the Center in the early years of experiment and discovery. Members quickly learned how the Center’s work needed to recognize not only the full human person, but their relations to care, government, and society. Standing against discrimination and in favor of inclusion became a formal value.
Ingersoll has successfully led efforts to change policies and public understanding, and has assisted other support systems around the world. From inclusion of gender identity and expression in Washington State’s 2006 Law Against Discrimination, to innumerable trainings and policy projects, Ingersoll has lived its mission of providing mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education — all in the pursuit of our collective self-determination.
Today, Ingersoll carries on this proud history. Staff members work daily to improve services and find new ways to help. Follow Ingersoll as we make real the famous call from the 19th Century leader for whom we are named, Robert Ingersoll: “The Time to be Happy is Now.”