Community Resources

For questions regarding private or employer insurance coverage, please contact your insurance company or refer to their website. For assistance finding doctors and services at Swedish, visit our provider directory. For all other questions, contact us at 1-866-366-0926.

ID Document Support

Lavender Rights Project

Get That Sh*t Done! Monthly Identity Document Clinic, held on the second Saturday of every month from 12:00-2:00pm. Due to COVID-19, all clinics will be held virtually until further notice. Gain access to:

  • up-to-date documentation for state IDs, passports, birth certificates and social security information
  • resources to help you navigate the process of updating your name and/or gender marker on various documents
  • notaries to get any and all documentation notarized as necessary*
  • medical providers to review your medical record and sign letters*
  • staff attorneys to discuss legal issues

Drop in anytime during the clinic to pick up documents and receive one-on-one help with your questions and concerns.

Legal Clinics — Lavender Rights Project

Legal Services

Q-Law Legal Clinic

The QLaw Foundation LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic is organized by the QLaw Foundation and is one of the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics. The LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic offers a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. Attorneys determine whether the client has a legal problem, suggest possible options, and provide appropriate referrals. These attorneys will not represent you in court.

Qlaw Foundation of Washington Free Legal Clinic

Lavender Rights Project

We offer both sliding scale and market rates based on reported income for our clients. Each market rate case subsidizes the costs associated with our sliding scale and pro bono cases, allowing us to serve even more low-income LGBTQ community members and further our mission

Legal services — Lavender Rights Project

Financial Assistance

Trans Disaster Relief Fund

The Trans Disaster Relief fund was initially set up as a response to Hurricane Harvey. However, since then, numerous other disasters, ranging from other hurricanes to earthquakes and wildfires, have continued to ravage communities. This means that not only has the Houston trans, intersex, and genderqueer community suffered, numerous other communities have suffered and continues to suffer. Financial assistance is available for members of the trans and gender diverse community who need support due to a disaster/covid 19.

Trans Disaster Relief Fund

Black Trans Task Force

We provide resources for Seattle-Tacoma Black trans people in collaboration with community partners in order to broaden safety nets and increase avenues for justice that are typically available for white trans people.

WA Black Trans Task Force — Lavender Rights Project

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network

Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network. The TWOC Solidarity Network upholds the self determination of Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of color and creates opportunities to exercise collective and community care. The fund is one element of how they are confronting the systemic economic disempowerment and violence that Two-Spirit, Trans Women and Femmes of Color face in their region.

If you are in need of assistance and would like to apply, please email

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households.

Learn more and apply here.

Sex Worker Aid Network (Grants and Supplies) via Green Light Project

We are prioritizing the needs of street based workers, trans, POC, and immuno-compromised workers. We will be using it to purchase medications, sanitation supplies, toiletries, as well as provide cash support for bills and rent.

If you are in need of assistance and would like to apply, please email

Rental Assistance for Young Adults

Y Social Impact Center is here to support young people through these financially uncertain times. Offering up to 6 months of rent assistance to community who are:

  • Currently 18-24 years old
  • Reside in King County
  • Income at or below 80% area median income over the past 60 days
  • Behind in at least 1 month of rent (full or partial) since 3/1/2020

If you are in need of assistance and would like to apply, please email or call (206) 751-7130.

El Centro De La Raza

Assistance available to King County residents for emergency needs, rent assistance, utilities, food assistance and unemployment.

If you are in need of assistance and would like to apply, please call (206) 825-0197/(360) 986-7086
Or visit 1607 S. 341st Pl. Federal Way, 98003 
2524 16th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144

Get Help – El Centro de la Raza

Rental Assistance Resources in WA State

An online directory of rental assistance programs in Washington.

Check out the directory here.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance.

Visit here to apply.

Hospitality Worker Assistance (Greater Spokane area) via Big Table

Spokane, Spokane Valley, West Plains, Liberty Lake
Initial care may look like the following – utilities assistance, help with rent or a deposit for housing, connections to a counselor, car repair, diapers or food for a single mom, a bike for work transportation, medical or dental help, or assistance with resume development.  We do not provide hotel vouchers or long-term financial assistance.

NOTE: This program requires a referral from a coworker or manager, learn more here.

Puget Sound Energy Assistance Programs

Puget Sound Energy offers two programs for residential customers to help pay your electric or natural gas bills. Eligibility is based on your household income and the number of people that live in your home.

Learn more and apply here.

One Fair Wage Funds for Restaurant/Tipped Workers

Providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.

Learn more and apply here.

Food Mutual Aid

Food Not Bombs Capitol Hill

Food Not Bombs provides community members with produce, baked goods, packaged, and deli foods, many of which are organic, and occasional animal products. Some locations also provide hot meals, all of which are free to the public. 

Anderson Park, Seattle, WA Tuesdays @ 5pm
Hot Food Address 1069 19th Ave, Seattle, 98122
Hot Food Day/Time Tuesdays @ 1pm at Peace for the Streets by the Kids From the Streets (PSKS)

For more information please contact via phone (206) 729-0384 or email

Seattle Cascade Free Market Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs provides community members with produce, baked goods, packaged, and deli foods, many of which are organic, and occasional animal products. Some locations also provide hot meals, all of which are free to the public. 

Sundays at 1:30 pm @ 309 Pontius Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109

For more information please contact via email or phone and check out (206)729-0384

Food Not Bombs Yesler

Food Not Bombs provides community members with produce, baked goods, packaged, and deli foods, many of which are organic, and occasional animal products. Some locations also provide hot meals, all of which are free to the public. Each week, FNB members and individuals from Yesler Terrace -- a government housing complex -- collect food donated from local co-ops and distribute it at the Yesler Terrace Community Center (835 Yesler Way). All are welcome.

Saturdays at noon @ 835 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA

For more information please contact via email or phone (206)729-0384

Seattle Dinner Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs provides community members with produce, baked goods, packaged, and deli foods, many of which are organic, and occasional animal products. Some locations also provide hot meals, all of which are free to the public. Food Not Bombs (Seattle Dinner) shares a free vegetarian meal open to everyone at Occidental Park (in Pioneer Square.

Sundays at 4pm @117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104

For more information please contact via email or phone and check out (206)397-6815

Everett Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs provides community members with produce, baked goods, packaged, and deli foods, many of which are organic, and occasional animal products. Some locations also provide hot meals, all of which are free to the public.

Sundays at Noon Clark Park, 2400 Lombard Ave. On the corner of Lombard and 24th Ave.

For more information please contact via email

Financial Assistance for HRT and Gender Affirming Surgeries

Jim Collins Foundation

Applicant must understand the steps that are currently required to undergo the medical process of transition, and must have completed - or have outlined plans to complete - the following steps:

  1. Secure a letter of support from a licensed medical or mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or therapist.
  2. Select a surgeon who is knowledgeable in transition-related surgeries. If applicant is chosen, the organization assumes this named surgeon is final.
  3. Identify who will care for and provide support post-surgery.

If applicant has not completed all of these steps, but is planning to do so, please include your plans in your application.

Note: If you are selected for funding, the payment will be made directly to the doctor or hospital facility. You must comply with any and all requirements according to the Standards of Care of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), as determined by your selected surgeon.

  • Applicant must demonstrate a genuine need for financial assistance.
  • Applicant must detail the efforts they have made to fund-raise and the amount of cost they will be able to cover on their own, if any.

Jim Collins Foundation – Support trans health

Point 5cc

Point of Pride's program has very few requirements for applicants in an effort to be as inclusive as possible. They require that applicants:

  • Applicants must identify as transgender (FtM, MtF, non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and all other non-cis identities).
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must already have begun saving money for their surgery.
  • Applicants must complete their surgery within 18 months of receiving the funds.
  • Applicants must complete their surgery in the United States with a U.S.-based surgeon (you may live outside of the U.S. and still apply).

Annual Transgender Surgery Fund | Point 5cc

Black Trans Men Inc.

As a part of our mission to improve the health and well-being of the people in the communities we serve, BTMI is offering a grant of up to $1000 to assist with the financial obligation for undergoing elective gender affirming top surgery for Black and African American trans men.  Please note that grants are only available to U.S. residents.

Below, you will find information about the Black Transmen, Inc. Gender Affirming Surgery Financial Assistance Application. Completion of this application will enable us to review your request for consideration of financial assistance for your gender affirming surgery ONLY.

To be considered for this grant, please complete each item on the application in its entirety, including all required documents. Before completing the application, we recommend that you review the following list of required documents, and have them ready to upload.

  • Pay stubs and/or other proof of income for household
  • Letter from your doctor acknowledging your surgery date
  • Please allow up to (6) weeks to have your application processed.


TransMission is a small scholarship of funds available to applicants who identify within the trans & non-binary communities to offset medical, surgical, legal, and/or social transition-related expenses which are not otherwise covered by insurance.  Please note: TransMission scholarships are "microgrants" meant to offset costs related to therapy, hormones, gender-affirming clothing/living expenses, etc., and will not cover the complete cost of most surgical procedures.

TransMission - The LOFT: LGBTQ+ Center (

CK Life

CK Life, founded in the Bronx by Kim Watson, offers a surgery scholarship, a surgery buddy assistance program, and insurance assistance.

For more information and to apply please contact: or (347) 881-7005.

Gender Bands

Gender bands, a nonprofit organization founded by non-binary trans guy Ian Giles, offers multiple top surgery grants on an annual basis and free chest binders. Gender bands also has a variety of gender centric merchandise for sale that assists in funding future grant opportunities.

Contact: or

The Happy Transgender Center

Rizi Xavier Timaine, a female-to-male transgender singer, actor and trans-specialist coach who advocates for transgender rights, offers an annual scholarship for transgender surgery. This scholarship is administered by The Happy Transgender Center. We have only two requirements in order to keep our program as inclusive as possible.

Point of Pride

You identify as transgender (FTM, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and every other non-cis identity within the trans umbrella).

You cannot afford to purchase a binder, or you cannot safely obtain a binder.

We ship internationally, and shipping is free. All requests are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We average 60 new requests every single day. Unfortunately, we are a small volunteer-run non-profit with limited resources, so our waiting list is very long. Please read this page carefully, and only submit a request if you are truly in need of one.

Trans Life Line

1 year of HRT 100% covered, or 2 years of HRT 50% covered through vouchers from Folx Health.

75% of vouchers will go to BIPOC as per our equity policy.

Microgrants | Trans Lifeline

Binders, Packers and Under Garments


  • Affordable, high-quality binders (they also come in 5 different shades of “nude” for different skin tones) 

Open chest binding with specially designed tape

DIY and commercial STP overview 

  • An informative overview of a range of types of STPs, from DIY solutions to commercially available models. This is a great starting place to direct patients, as it discusses the pros and cons of a variety of STPs and links to several different vendors. Prices range from $10 to more than $100.

DIY packer video

  • Ash Hardell, a nonbinary trans activist, describes how to make a DIY packer using nylons and discusses commercially available packing and STP products.

Packer straps and packer/STP underwear

Packer and STP underwear

Self Advocacy

Ingersoll Gender Center Self Advocacy Guide and Video

Self-Advocacy.pdf (

Fenway Institute "Talking to Your Provider about Being LGBT"

COM13-067_LGBTHAWbrochure_v4.pdf (

Youth and Family Resources

Gender Diversity 

  • “Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.”

Gender Odyssey, an annual conference 

  • Since 2001, Gender Odyssey has been an annual event attracting hundreds of people from across North America and around the world. It is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them.

Ryland’s Story 

TransYouth Family Allies 

  • TYFA empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities, to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected.

Family Acceptance Project 

  • The Family Acceptance Project® is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness, drug use and HIV — in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, racially and religiously diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) 

  • GLSEN believes that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality.

 Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) 

  • PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

The Trevor Project 

  • Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trevor Space 

  • TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. 

Gender Spectrum 

  • Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Support Groups, Chat Rooms, Therapeutic Online Environments.

Washington DC Children’s National Medical Center 

  • The Gender Development Program at Children's National has been supporting the gender needs of youth and their families for the past 20 years. As one of the earliest founded youth gender programs, we are a multidisciplinary team of specialists who work in the assessment and broad care needs of youth on the gender spectrum and their families. We also conduct cutting-edge research to move forward our understanding of youth gender development and ways to best support gender-diverse and transgender youth

The Gender Book 

  • The GENDER book is a fun, colorful, community-based resource, which illustrates the beautiful diversity of gender - a gender 101 for anyone and everyone.

Youth Guardian Services 

  • Youth Guardian Services is a youth-run, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and straight supportive youth through peer-operated, Internet-based projects and programs.

Lambert House 

  • Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills.

Helping Homeless Students 

  • The Coalition on Homelessness is a coordinating force on budget and policy decisions which directly affect the lives and futures of people who are homeless and the kind of community we all live in.
  • We work tirelessly to advance reasonable solutions and solid program models; to protect and strengthen the civil rights and dignity of people who are homeless and poor; and to accomplish legislative victories that promote housing, human services, and the public good at the local, state and federal levels

National Youth Advocacy Coalition 


  • TransFamilies is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting transgender people and their families since 2008. Today, we run parent support groups (including a group for Spanish-speaking families), a trans youth leadership program, special topics groups, and youth support groups, with more programs in development.

Provider and Team Resources

Fenway Institute

Becoming familiar with terms used by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQIA+) can help you provide patients with the highest quality care. In this glossary, you will find terms relevant to the health care and identities of LGBTQIA+ people.

LGBTQIA+ Glossary of Terms for Health Care Teams » LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health  (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Our professional, supporting, and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally. We are funded primarily through the support of our membership, and through donations and grants sponsored by non-commercial sources.


Healthcare Resources

Washington State Medicaid

There are different requirements depending on what service you want to have performed. For top surgery, we require a letter from a licensed mental health care provider, a letter from the provider managing your hormone therapy and a letter from the surgeon who will perform the surgery. For bottom surgery, the letters you need are the same with the addition of a second letter from a different licensed mental health care provider. These letters should be given to the surgeon who will submit them with the prior authorization request.

Transhealth Program | Washington State Health Care Authority


Our respect for people drives our mission. We celebrate differences in perspectives and treat everyone with dignity as we would our closest friends and family.

We seek to understand, listen, and leverage each other’s unique strengths to achieve our collective goals. Whether through partnerships, community connections, or individual relationships, we are committed to client-led care and believe we are stronger together.

We fight for health care, housing, and food as basic human rights. Where we do not drive those decisions, we lend our voices, knowledge, and resources to break down barriers that limit equitable opportunities for everyone to live their healthiest life.

Case Management — Lifelong

Gay City

Seattle’s LGBTQ Center offers free confidential and anonymous HIV testing and STI screening. Testing includes Rapid HIV Testing (finger poke), HIV antibody testing, and screening for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and Hep C.

Wellness - Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)/ Out of The Closet Thrift Store/ AHF PHARMACY

For over 30 years, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has been committed to providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to our patients, regardless of ability to pay.AHF offers advanced medical care for people living with HIV. We provide clients with easy access to specialists, medications, and services they would need to be healthy and happy.

AHF | Cutting Edge Medicine and Advocacy Regardless of Ability to Pay

NPAIHB Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health

Welcome to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board website.  You will notice that we are engaged in many areas of Indian health, including legislation, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as data surveillance and research.  Our strengths include an active board, talented staff, and a forward thinking organization.  We know that there is much work to be done to improve the health status in Indian Country, but we do not shy away from the challenge.

Center for Disease Control

Gender identity and sexual orientation are different facets of identity. Everyone has a gender identity and a sexual orientation, but a person’s gender does not determine a person’s sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or none of the above.

Transgender Persons | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health | CDC

Family Equality

Family Equality, along with partner organization Fertility IQ, is here to help transgender and gender non-conforming members of the LGBTQ+ community who are interested in becoming parents or growing their families find the resources they need on their path to parenthood.

Drawn from dozens of medical and academic studies as well as personal experiences, the resources below cover a wide variety of topics related to trans fertility—including understanding how hormones impact fertility, when and how to preserve your fertility if you’re going to transition, and how to get emotional support throughout your family-building process.

Trans Family Building - Family Equality

Ingersoll Gender Center Gender Affirming Healthcare Guides and Videos

Immigration Support

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

WA Immigrant Solidarity Network 

  • Protect and advance the power of immigrant and refugee communities through a multiracial, multilingual, and multi-faith coalition. Our organizing strategy educates and mobilizes statewide to uphold and defend the rights and dignity of all immigrants and refugees, centering the voices of impacted communities.

Transgender Law Center 

  • Transgender migrants are building community, safety, and power through programs like TLC’s Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project and organizations like Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement.
  • Transgender Law Center

Entre Hermanos

  • To promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.
  • ENTRE HERMANOS – Seattle's Latino LGBT Organization

Domestic Violence

Gender Justice League

  • SafeHouse is a program of Gender Justice League that provides direct services to transgender and gender diverse communities in Seattle and along the Olympic peninsula, with priority for trans & gender diverse BIPOC. Our services also prioritize those who have experienced houselessness, and survived gender-based violence (i.e.  domestic violence,  sexual assault, and/or exploitation in the sex trade).  
  • Safehouse | Gender Justice League

The Northwest Network

  • The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in our community and across the country.
  • The NW Network


  • API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness.  We build power by educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive.  

Additional Resources

Darlene Tando, LCSW

  • “This blog is about gender, and all its intricacies...I will be blogging about latest research, reflections from my work with gender-expansive and transgender clients, as well as information about resources.” 

TransGender Pulse 

  • Over half of us have attempted suicide by age 20. We know. That's an alarming statistic. Our mission at TransGender Pulse is to stop the transgender suicide epidemic. It's a lofty goal, and one we take very seriously. We offer a sense of community and kinship for transgender folks, their families, their friends, and their allies. In our forums, you will find a friendly community with a wealth of knowledge and experience at its fingertips. Much the same, our live chat offers experience and moderators who are trained in suicide prevention. 

True Colors 

  • Ensuring LGBTQ+ youth—of all backgrounds—are safe, valued, and able to be their authentic selves.

Hetrick-Martin Institute 

  • Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 

  • The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join us!