Committees

The Commission has a committee structure to carry out the work. Each committee consists of two or more Commissioners as well as LGBTQ people and allies from the community throughout the State. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please get in touch with us. 

Communications and Outreach:

  • Responsible for working with Commission staff on how to best communicate with stakeholders regarding the Commission’s work
  • Outreach to the community throughout Washington to gather information on issues and concerns
  • Keep records of the work of the Commission for future reference and to preserve the history of the work of the Commission

Children, Youth, and Families:

  • Gather information regarding LGBTQ children, youth, and their families
  • Offer feedback on issues that directly relate to children, youth, and families of LGBTQ people including:
    • Access to foster care systems, adoption, and surrogacy
    • Schools and school districts responses to LGBTQ students
    • GSAs and related work
    • Support services for LGBTQ youth including access to HRT and competent mental health services

Health and Wellness:

  • Work on health and wellness issues that affect the LGBTQ community
  • Monitor work on secession programs for LGBTQ community (smoking, alcohol, opioids, marijuana, etc.)
  • Offer feedback on health and wellness-related programs and administration, including:
    • Access to competent services (health care and mental health)
    • Appropriate forms and procedures that reflect LGBTQ competency

Economic and Business Development:

  • Consider LGBTQ access to business and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Monitor the development of economic opportunities for LGBTQ people
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships with Washington based businesses and LGBTQ business resource groups

Vulnerable Communities:

  • Work on issues related to vulnerable groups within the LGBTQ community such as: seniors, immigrants, disable, veterans and spouses, and people experiencing houselessness

Transgender, GNC, Gender Non-binary, and Intersex Communities:

  • Offer feedback from and outreach to people who identify as trans, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary communities
  • Identify needs for the Intersex community and work on plans to support laws to protect intersex individuals in Washington

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Committee:

  • Identify the specific needs of LGBTQ people of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds:
    • African American and Black communities
    • Latina, Latino, Latinx communities
    • Asian and Asian-American communities
    • Pacific Islander communities
    • Desi and South Asian communities
    • Indigenous, Native American and American Indian communities