About Our Organization
The Washington Gender Alliance was founded as the Bellingham Gender Group April 1, 1996 by Barbara Yaple. The Bellingham Open Support Meeting has been held every single week without exception since then, and continues to meet to this day.In December 2005, we surpassed our 500th consecutive meeting.
We changed our name to the Washington Gender Alliance in 2001, to reflect our expanded mission to serve the gender community throughout Washington State, and we incorporated as a not for profit corporation.
In February 2002, we inaugurated the weekly Everett Open Support Meeting. As with the Bellingham meeting, this takes place each and every week without exception. Recently, we surpassed our 200th consecutive meeting.
Over the years, the Washington Gender Alliance has expanded our services to include a Speakers Bureau, a Web site, support meetings for our Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFAs) , and FTMs (in addition to our regular meetings that include MTFs, and others across the gender spectrum). We also assist others in starting local support meetings in their areas.
The Washington Gender Alliance is committed to the ideals of personal freedom and honest discovery in the matters of gender and gender identity. We seek to displace ignorance with education, intolerance with enlightenment, and fear with community in a comfortable and supportive environment.
We offer organizations and institutions, as well as individuals, a source of reliable information to understand questions of gender identity.
Participation in the Washington Gender Alliance is not limited by considerations of race, sex, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. We welcome people with all types of gender identity, and those questioning their gender, to our Open Support meetings, including transsexuals (FTM and MTF), cross-dressers, genderqueer, transgendered, Two-Spirit, Intersexed , friends and family of transgendered people, or anyone searching for information regarding gender and gender identity. Specialty support meetings are limited to participation by members of the intended audience as indicated by the title.