Community RESOURCES

Welcome to our Resources List! Here, you’ll find a wealth of information and support tailored to the needs of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and its allies. Whether you’re looking for educational resources, support networks, or ways to advocate for the rights of our community, we’ve got you covered. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive resource hub that promotes inclusivity, acceptance, and empowerment for all members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We’re committed to creating a safe and supportive space where everyone can access the resources they need to thrive.

What is 2SLGBTQIA+?

Acknowledging the 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym is crucial for creating an inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals. By recognizing and using this inclusive terminology, we validate the existence and experiences of individuals who may identify with these various facets of gender and sexual orientation. It signals support and acceptance, fostering a sense of belonging and reducing the stigma and discrimination that members of these communities often face. Additionally, acknowledging the 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym promotes awareness and understanding, contributing to a more tolerant and equitable society where everyone can thrive regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

2S : TWO SPIRIT
A term used within some Indigenous communities in North America meaning a person with both a feminine and masculine spirit living in the same body.

L : LESBIAN
A woman whose primary romantic and sexual attraction is to other women.

G : GAY
A person who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to members of the same gender. Men, women, and non-binary people may use this term to describe themselves.

B : BISEXUAL
A person who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender, or gender identity.

T : TRANSGENDER
Refers to people whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.

Q : QUEER/QUESTIONING
A way to identify and celebrate with all gender identities and sexual orientations.
Note: As there is no official Queer and Questioning flag, we have used the Progress flag

I : INTERSEX
​Intersex people are born with a variety of differences in their sex traits and reproductive anatomy. There is a wide variety of difference among intersex variations including differences in genitalia, chromosomes, gonads, internal sex organs, hormone-production, hormone response and/or secondary sex traits.

A : ASEXUAL
​The lack of sexual attraction or desire towards anyone.

The ‘+’ reflects the countless affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify under the umbrella of ‘sexuality’ and/or ‘gender’.

Coalition Against Hate and Bias Reporting

An alternative to police reporting. Have you experienced a hate crime or bias incident in East King County? Hate and bias incidents are heavily underreported and overlooked. The King County Coalition Against Hate and Bias (The Coalition) is a multi-racial, ethnic, and language coalition of 23 grassroots, community organizations representing immigrants, refugees, communities of color, veterans, LGBQTIA, seniors, youth, small businesses, farmers, community members and essential workers who have been excluded, and those with English as their second language.

If you’ve experienced:
•Discrimination or Verbal Abuse based on your race, national origin, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity
•Refusal of Service
•Denial of Employment
•Acts of Violence

Call: 425-247-1118
You will be connected to an advocate with one of The Coalition Partners who will connect you with additional resources and referrals, if desired. These calls are anonymous and completely confidential.

This coalition is an alternative to police reporting and also shares the accurate demographics of how our community is being treated, while aiming to ease the concerns many of us have when reporting these traumatic experiences to our city’s police departments. If you need help navigating the reporting process with law enforcement, The Coalition can help with that too.

A Guide to LGBTQIA+ Elder Housing Options

As seniors navigate the challenges of aging, finding safe and supportive housing becomes crucial. LGBTQIA+ seniors, who may encounter discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, face additional hurdles in this process. With an estimated 3 million American adults aged 50 and older identifying as LGBT, and projections indicating a rise to 7 million by 2030, it’s imperative to address the unique needs of this community. Unfortunately, many LGBT seniors are at a higher risk of poverty and struggle to secure suitable housing. The guide by Memory Care aims to assist by providing information on various senior care levels and inclusive senior communities across the United States, ensuring that LGBTQIA+ seniors can access welcoming and supportive housing options.