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
  • Increase the number of all-gender and gender-neutral bathrooms on campus
  • Monitor the implementation of new contractual provisions regarding gender-neutral bathrooms and protection from microaggressions, including, for instance, arranging for Safe Zone trainings and assisting with individual grievance procedures

Long-term goals:

  • Improve trans-competency at Hall Health
  • Improve ASE health coverage so that it is fully trans-affirming
  • Eliminate institutional dead-naming, such as within the University payroll system
  • 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:

  • Bathroom Equity: Over the past year, we’ve been working to increase the number of gender-neutral restrooms on campus and have had incredible success! Following an action in March, we received commitment from the University that they would convert all single-use restrooms on campus to gender-neutral by the end of Summer 2016. 
  • 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 getting clarification on which services are covered, calling for improved trans competency of Lifewise representatives, etc. For an ongoing list of trans-affirming health providers in the Seattle area who accept GAIP, see here

Past Work:

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:
Trans-Affirming Health Providers

Additional Resources:
Gender-Neutral Bathrooms on Campus
Q Center Trans* Resources

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 We aren’t having regular meetings over the summer, but will update this page with dates and times when scheduled.