Trans Equity



Who We Are

The Trans Equity Working Group focuses on supporting trans ASEs and improving working and living conditions for trans students, workers, and community members both at the UW and in the Seattle area.

Short-term goals:

  • Provide our UW trans community with clear, public, and readily-accessible information regarding LifeWise insurance coverage of transition-related healthcare, trans-affirming doctors, and their rights as students and workers
  • Support ongoing insurance claims and appeals processes
  • Ensure the implementation of contractual provisions regarding gender-neutral bathrooms and protection from microaggressions, including, for instance, arranging for Safe(r)Zone trainings and assisting with individual grievance procedures
  • Build relationships with other organizations in the area and collaborate with them to increase support and access to resources for the UW trans community

Long-term goals:

  • Develop and implement organizing strategies that promote resilience and resistance to hostile agendas, such as that of the Trump administration
  • Build strong networks of trans justice at UW, in Seattle, in Washington State, and beyond, by building networks of support and educational resources, rapid response, etc.
  • Improve trans-competency at Hall Health
  • Develop a mapping system/app that enables easier access to and awareness of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus
What We Do

Updates and Ongoing Work:

Past Work:

  • Fighting institutional dead-naming, such as within the University payroll system
  • Co-sponsored a panel event on the 2018 Trans Day of Remembrance
  • Preferred Names: Starting Winter 2019, TAs and Instructors will now be listed on the UW Time Schedule by their preferred name.
  • Health Care: As of Spring 2018’s contract between UW and ASEs, health care coverage through GAIP is fully trans-inclusive.
  • Bathroom Equity: Single-use bathrooms on campus have been converted into gender-neutral bathrooms, in compliance with a Seattle ordinance, since 2016. Our actions helped move UW to implement this change.
  • Health Care: In Fall 2015, we distributed a survey to all ASEs to gather information on the health care needs of trans members. We are in ongoing efforts to improve GAIP coverage of trans-related health services, including clarification on which services are covered, calling for improved trans competency of Lifewise representatives, etc.
  • Statement on 2015 Trans Day of Remembrance
  • Resolution Against I-1515 (passed unanimously in June 2016 Membership Meeting)
  • Resolution Against I-1552 (passed unanimously in June 2017 Membership Meeting)

Trans Equity members protest proposed bathroom legislation in Olympia in February 2016.

Get Support

If you have comments, questions, or are experiencing problems in your workplace because of your gender identity, please email us at

Health Care Resources:

Additional Resources:

Some books:

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members! If you’re interested in helping with our work, or if you’d just like more information, please contact us at