The Seattle LGBT Commission seeks applications from interested candidates for three vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on issues that affect LGBTQ communities throughout Seattle. Commissioners have the opportunity to promote positive change by working with community groups and individuals to identify areas of concern, by making recommendations regarding policy and legislative changes, and by serving as liaisons between LGBTQ communities and city government.
In 2013, the Commission addressed a range of priority areas identified through community feedback and the findings from Snapshot Seattle, a citywide survey and community input from an annual Community Work Plan Event. These priority areas include support of LGBTQ elders and aging services; issues pertaining to LGBTQ immigrants, refugees, and asylees; education and outreach around intersectional identities; LGBTQ economic justice; issues of gender identity inclusion and access; outreach to the Seattle Police Department; increased awareness of LGBTQ youth support; support for an LGBTQ Community Center and development of an Office of LGBTQ Affairs among others. In 2014 the Commission adopted a new committee structure with three primary areas of focus: 1) Community Empowerment & Safety 2) LGBTQ Access to Services and 3) infrastructural development that benefits LGBTQ communities. Additional information about the Commission’s 2014 Work Plan is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/LGBT.
Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.
How to apply? The deadline to apply for a seat on the Commission is September 19, 2014. To apply, please submit a completed application form, along with a letter of interest, a resume, a short biography, and the area of Seattle in which you live.
Applicants must live or work in Seattle, and must be available for monthly public meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 at Seattle City Hall in downtown Seattle. Applicants should possess demonstrated experience working or volunteering with LGBTQ communities, and it is highly encouraged that applicants have attended at least one Commission meeting or event within the past 12 months to learn more about the Commission’s work and process. Our next LGBT Commission meeting will be September 18th 6:30-8:30pm at City Hall, downstairs in the Boards and Commissions Room. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the monthly Coffee with Commissioners events to learn more and meet Commissioners; the next Coffee with the Commissioners will be Saturday September 20th 10-11am at West Seattle Junction–Uptown Espresso, 4301 SW Edmunds St (Corner of California & Edmonds).