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 Documents

Lavender Rights Project

Get That Sh*t Done! Monthly Identity Document Clinic, held on the second Saturday of every month from 12-2 p.m. 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.

US Social Security

US Department of State

Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Department of Licensing

King County

Legal

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.

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

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.

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.

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 TwocsolidarityNW@gmail.com.

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.

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 GLPsani@protonmail.com.

Rental Assistance for Young Adults

Y Social Impact Center is here to support young people through these financially uncertain times. Offering up to six 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 renthelp@seattleymca.org 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 elcentrodelaraza.org.

Rental Assistance Resources in WA State

An online directory of rental assistance programs in Washington.

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.

Hospitality Worker Assistance (Greater Spokane area) via Big Table

Spokane, Spokane Valley, West Plains, Liberty Lake
Initial care may look like 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.

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.

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.

Food Mutual Aid

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.

For more information please contact via phone 206-729-0384, email seattle-fnb@riseup.net and check out https://www.facebook.com/SeattleFoodNotBombs/

Capitol Hill

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

Seattle Cascade Free Market

Sundays at 1:30 p.m
309 Pontius Ave North, Seattle, 98109

Yesler Terrace Community Center

Saturdays at 12 p.m.
835 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA
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. All are welcome.

Occidental Park (in Pioneer Square)

Sundays at 4 p.m.
117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104
A free vegetarian meal open to everyone at Occidental Park. For more information please call 206-397-6815 or email werx.for.me@hotmail.com

Everett

Clark Park, Sundays at 12 p.m.
2400 Lombard Ave. (on the corner of Lombard and 24th Ave)
For more information please email everettfoodnotbombs@gmail.com.

Financial Assistance for HRT and Gender-Affirming Surgery

Point of Pride Free Chest Binders

Free chest binders if you identify as transgender (FTM, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and every other non-cis identity within the trans umbrella) and cannot afford to purchase a binder or cannot safely obtain a binder.

Point of Pride Annual Trans Surgery Fund

Scholarship-like program that provides direct financial assistance to trans folks who cannot afford their gender-affirming surgery.

Point of Pride HRT Access Fund

Scholarship-like program that provides direct financial assistance to trans folks who cannot afford their gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Point of Pride Electrolysis Support Fund

Financial assistance towards permanent hair removal services (including electrolysis and laser hair removal) for trans femme folks who cannot otherwise afford them.

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:

  • Secure a letter of support from a licensed medical or mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or therapist.
  • Select a surgeon who is knowledgeable in transition-related surgeries. If applicant is chosen, the organization assumes this named surgeon is final.
  • 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.

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.

If you are selected for funding, the payment will be made directly to the doctor or hospital facility.

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 $1,000 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 US residents.

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

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.

TransMission

TransMission is a small scholarship of funds available to applicants who identify within the trans & non-binary communities to offset medical, surgical, legal and social transition-related expenses which are not otherwise covered by insurance. 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.

CK Life

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

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. Email genderbands@gmail.com or visit genderbands.org/contact to learn more.

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.

Trans Life Line

One year of HRT 100 percent covered, or two years of HRT 50 perceint covered through vouchers from Folx Health.

Seventy five percent of vouchers will go to BIPOC as per our equity policy.

Binders, Packers and Under Garments

Fenway Health Binding Resources

Binding FAQ.

Point of Pride Free Chest Binders

Free chest binders if you identify as transgender (FTM, genderqueer, non-binary, genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and every other non-cis identity within the trans umbrella) and cannot afford to purchase a binder or cannot safely obtain a binder.

Point of Care Free Femme Shapewear

Free femme shapewear (specially designed compression underwear/gaffs) to any trans femme person who needs one and cannot afford or safely obtain one.

Brother 2 Brother Binder Grant Program

Free chest binder for folks who identify as trans masculine, are 16 years of age or older and unemployed or demonstrate financial hardship.

GenderGear

Owned and operated by trans and gender variant folks to make finding gender gear (binders, gaffs, inserts, STP, low-cost preloved binders, etc.) simple, easy and affordable.

Gc2b

Affordable, high-quality binders (they also come in five 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

FtM Essentials sells packers and STPs, as well as undergarments specifically designed to hold these prosthetics. Prices range from $12 to $80.

Rodeo is another vendor that sells underwear specifically to be worn with packers. Prices range from $25 to $100.

Self Advocacy

Ingersoll Gender Center Self Advocacy Guide and Video

Fenway Institute "Talking to Your Provider about Being LGBT"

Youth and Family

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

A family’s story about accepting and supporting their Transgender son.

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 more than 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

Youth advocacy and life skills.

TransFamilies

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.

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.

Provider and Team

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.

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

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.

LifeLong

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.

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.

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

For more than 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.

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.

Ingersoll Gender Center Gender Affirming Healthcare Guides and Videos

T4T Caregiving

We are a group of trans caregivers and doulas for trans people having gender-affirming surgeries. Together, we have a broad history of direct caregiving experience to suit your needs. As trans people who are all post op ourselves, we know how important this time is for each of us. We believe in our community. We believe in caring for each other. And we know that no one else understands the trans experience like another trans person.

Immigration Support

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

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.

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.

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 exploitation in the sex trade).

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.

API CHAYA

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.

Change Managed Care Plan (Medicaid/Apple Health)

As you navigate through your care, you may find that – depending on the provider and clinic you would like to visit – it may be more beneficial to change your managed care health plan (i.e., Amerigroup, Molina, CHPW, United Healthcare and Coordinated Care). The goal of this section is to coach people who already have Medicaid/Apple Health in how to change their managed care plan in situations where they may need a different managed care plan to access the care that they need.

Please note that it may take up to 30 days (about four and a half weeks) for your new managed care health plan to be effective.

Steps to change Managed Care Plan (Medicaid/Apple Health) via WA Health Plan Finder

  • Navigate to wahealthplanfinder.org; use either of the sign-in buttons located on the home page
  • Log into WA State Health Plan Finder
  • Enter your Username and Password. If you do not have an account, click “Create one now” to create an account. Creating an account will allow you to:
    • Update your application for medical coverage and renew your current coverage
    • Report a change
    • Create another application
    • View your current eligibility results
    • Submit a document
    • View 1095 Form (taxes)
    • Find a Broker (insurance)
    • Find a navigator who can support you in applying for benefits and answer any questions pertaining to benefits and the application process
  • Select Shop for Current Plans
  • Select plan for (Self)
  • Select Shop Plans
  • Pick your desired plan
  • Confirm Plan

Steps to change Managed Care Plan (Medicaid/Apple Health) via phone

Call the Washington State Healthcare Authority: 800-532-3022 ext. 15621

Additional resources

Fertility

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.

Pacific NW Fertility

PNWF has always supported our LGBTQ+ community. We’re proud to formalize our passion for inclusive care with this Center that provides comprehensive, highly successful options for all family building and fertility preservation needs.

Trans Fertility Co.

Trans Fertility Co. was created by trans community members to make the world of fertility easier for us to understand and navigate.

Seattle Reproductive Medicine

We partner with you to provide a customized fertility plan, one that addresses your concerns and meets your objectives. Along the way we refine the plan and adjust as necessary to accommodate your needs. Throughout your journey we educate you on your options and provide honest assessments of how to best proceed. We ensure you are aware of a number of considerations – including investment of time, money and effort; medicinal versus surgical; likelihood of success; and so on – as we make decisions together about your treatment.

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.

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!