We’re creating a housing solution in one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the country. Seattle is one of the top 10 cities in the country for both rental costs and rent increases. Capitol Hill, Seattle’s historically LGBTQ neighborhood, is now too expensive for working-class queer and transgender folks. Communities of color are being displaced from the South End of the city to suburbs that lack sufficient public transit and living wage jobs. Queer The Land is our act of resistance against displacement and gentrification.
We are raising funds towards a down payment on property in King County, WA that will serve as transitional housing and a community center for Queer and Trans Black/Indigenous/people of color (QT2BIPOC). It will eventually be a self-sustaining cooperative funded by rent and membership and program fees.
We would also like to establish an emergency fund for QT2BIPOC facing imminent loss of housing as a response to rapid gentrification and displacement in Seattle.
BASE (Building Autonomy and Safety for Everybody) is a collective of QTBIPOC teaching self-defense as a community-based strategy to defend our bodies, livelihood and communities as inherent to self-determination. We want to create a space where survivors can build power to transform systems that perpetuate violence as it is related to structures of power in our society
The BASE curriculum comes from Home Alive and is informed by the anti-violence work of API Chaya. The classes are designed for all genders and abilities that center survivors and people with trauma. We will be offering these classes on a sliding scale basis to make it accessible to poor and low-wealth queer and trans people of color.
The general membership level is open to anyone who has grown up, identifies and lives as a queer, trans, & 2spirit Black/indigenous/person of color. Non-QT2BIPOC are welcome to join as Allied Community Supporters.