HB 1687 Passes the Washington Legislature, Heads to the Governor's Desk- February 26, 2020
We are very proud of our advocacy in support of the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act, which we undertook in collaboration with our sister organization, QLaw Association of Washington. LGBTQ+ people, especially trans women, and most especially Black trans women, experience so much violence for simply existing, and it is beyond time for our state to ensure that our own identity is not used as a defense for assaults against us.
In supporting this bill, we also stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ siblings who experience mental illness:
"This defense asks that our legal system equate a violent and hateful response to our existence to diminished capacity, a defense typically used to allow the legal system to account for mental illness significant enough to impact a person’s ability to tell the difference between right and wrong. Hatred of LGBTQ+ people is not a mental illness, and mental illness does not cause hatred. Our friends, neighbors, and community members who experience mental illness deserve better than to be lumped in together with those who would harm us because of their own fear and bias."
Our deepest gratitude to community partners Equal Rights Washington, Gender Justice League, and so many other organizations that championed this legislation. For more information about QLaw Foundation's position on this bill, read our full letter to legislators here.
Open Letter to Seattle Public Library Regarding Rental to Transphobic Group- December 20, 2019
Today, QLaw Foundation proudly joined GSBA, QLaw Association of Washington, Legal Voice, ADL Pacific Northwest, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, and the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle in urging the Seattle Public Library to reconsider renting its facilities to a transphobic group professing to support women's rights. Read the full letter here.
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