The LGBTQ Commission identifies legislative priorities annually and works with our Legislative Advisors and other legislators to advance bills that expand the rights of the community.
The current legislative priorities for 2020-21 identified by the Commission are:
- Gender markers and access to health plans
- Adoption and foster care system (protections for LGBTQ children)
- Guidelines for collecting demographic data by government agencies
- Reclassification of certain “elective” surgeries for trans people
- Issues affecting intersex people, especially surgery for intersex children
- LGBTQ affordable housing, with focus on older adults
- Certification of LGBTQ-owned businesses as minority-owned
- Protections and competent services for incarcerated trans individuals
- Access and affordability for PrEP, access for younger people
- LGBTQ-inclusive history curricula in schools
- Decriminalization of sex work
The LGBTQ and ally community in Washington has several ways to be involved in advocating for issues that are important to us. Here are some tools you can use:
Contact Your Legislator
- Find Your Legislator: Enter your address to find your current legislative and congressional district.
- Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 1-800-635-9993). Callers to the Hotline can leave a brief message for their district legislators, Governor or Lt. Governor on issues of concern or on questions they may have about bills or laws. For non-English speaking callers, the Hotline offers interpreter services for many languages.
- E-mail: Click a legislator’s name to go to the e-mail form for that legislator
- Visiting the Legislature: Information about directions, parking, Capitol Campus activities and events, and tours.
- Bill Information: Find out the latest information on a piece of legislation.
- Legislative Process: Learn how a bill becomes a law.
- How to Testify in Committee: Your opportunity to testify comes at the committee hearings. If you cannot appear before a committee, contact your legislator making your position on a bill known.
- TVW: Washington’s public affairs network, providing gavel-to-gavel coverage of Washington State Legislature sessions and coverage of the Washington State Supreme Court and public affairs events.